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  War is pleasant to those who have not tried it.  
 -  German proverb
  

  War makes robbers, peace hangs them.  
 -  French proverb
  

  In war, truth is the first casualty.  
 -  Aeschylus
  

  One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.  
 -  Agatha Christie
  

  There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones. In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace. When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?   
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  War does not determine who is right - only who is left.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.  
 -  Boris Yeltsin
  

  Every thinking person fears nuclear war and every technological nation plans for it. Everyone knows it's madness, and every country has an excuse.  
 -  Carl Sagan
  

  Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  The best strategy is always to be very strong; first in general, then at the decisive point... There is no higher and simpler law of strategy than that of keeping one's forces concentrated... In short the first principle is: act with the utmost concentration.  
 -  Carl von Clausewitz
  

  War makes men barbarous because, to take part in it, one must harden oneself against all regret, all appreciation of delicacy and sensitive values. One must live as if those values did not exist, and when the war is over one has lost the resilience to return to those values.  
 -  Cesare Pavese
  

  Endless money forms the sinews of war.  
 -  Cicero
  

  In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female.  
 -  Cyril Connolly
  

  War is delightful to those who have had no experience to it.  
 -  Desiderius Erasmus
  

  I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  War is the sure result of the existence of armed men. That country which maintains a large standing army will sooner or later have a war. The man who prides himself on fisticuffs is going, some day, to meet a man who considers himself the better man, and they will test the issue.  
 -  Elbert Hubbard
  

  I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  In modern war you will die like a dog for no good reason.  
 -  Ernest Hemingway
  

  Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.  
 -  Ernest Hemingway
  

  A war not only arises, but derives its nature, from the political ideas, the moral sentiments, and the international relations obtaining at the moment when it breaks out.  
 -  Ferdinand Foch
  

  A war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without ships. Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range and mount the most powerful guns.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  The motto of war is: 'Let the strong survive; let the weak die.' The motto of peace is: Let the strong help the weak to survive.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen 200 limping, exhausted men come out of line - the survivors of a regiment of 1,000 that went forward 48 hours before. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will.  
 -  Frederic Bastiat
  

  I know war as few men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.  
 -  Gen. Douglas MacArthur
  

  In war, there is no second prize for the runner-up.  
 -  Gen. Omar N. Bradley
  

  War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other guy die for his.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  All of us who served in one war or another know very well that all wars are the glory and the agony of the young.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  If we don't end war, war will end us.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  It only takes one nation to make war. But it takes two or more to make a peace.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  I have always been opposed even to the thought of fighting a 'preventive war.' There is nothing more foolish than to think that war can be stopped by war. You don't 'prevent' anything by war except peace.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.  
 -  Henry van Dyke
  

  The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  I know war as few men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.  
 -  Gen. Douglas MacArthur
  

  In war, there is no second prize for the runner-up.  
 -  Gen. Omar N. Bradley
  

  War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other guy die for his.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  All of us who served in one war or another know very well that all wars are the glory and the agony of the young.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  If we don't end war, war will end us.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  It only takes one nation to make war. But it takes two or more to make a peace.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  I have always been opposed even to the thought of fighting a 'preventive war.' There is nothing more foolish than to think that war can be stopped by war. You don't 'prevent' anything by war except peace.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.  
 -  Henry van Dyke
  

  The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  War continues in Iraq. They're calling it Operation Iraqi Freedom. They were going to call it Operation Iraqi Liberation until they realized that spells 'OIL'.  
 -  Jay Leno
  

  We have a war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.  
 -  Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
  

  I want to stand by my country, but I cannot vote for war.  
 -  Jeannette Rankin
  

  There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.  
 -  John Adams
  

  War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  I don't believe in killing, whatever the reason.  
 -  John Lennon
  

  Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.  
 -  John Milton
  

  All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.  
 -  John Steinbeck
  

  War - that mad game the world so loves to play.  
 -  Jonathan Swift
  

  In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.  
 -  Jose Narosky
  

  A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.  
 -  Joseph Stalin
  

  We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell  
 -  Karl Popper
  

  The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of the aftermath.  
 -  Led Zeppelin
  

  I am 'anti-all-wars.'  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  When you want to fight us, we don't let you and you can't find us. But when we want to fight you, we make sure you can't get away and we hit you squarely... and wipe you out... The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue.  
 -  Mao Zedong
  

  I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.  
 -  Margaret Mead
  

  War - a wanton waste of projectiles.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programmes of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Usually, when a lot of men get together, it's called war.  
 -  Mel Brooks
  

  Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.  
 -  Miguel de Cervantes
  

  Young men go to war. Sometimes because they are have to, sometimes because they want to. Always, they feel they are supposed to. This comes from the sad, layered stories of life, which over the centuries have seen courage confused with picking up arms, and cowardice confused with laying them down.  
 -  Mitch Albom
  

  To stop war by the perfection of engines of destruction alone, might consume centuries and centuries. Other means must be employed to hasten the end.  
 -  Nikola Tesla
  

  Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.  
 -  Otto von Bismarck
  

  War will exist as long as there's a food chain.  
 -  P. J. O'Rourke
  

  Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography.  
 -  Paul Rodriguez
  

  The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.  
 -  Richard Buckminster Fuller
  

  Either war is obsolete or men are.  
 -  Richard Buckminster Fuller
  

  It's time American soldiers quit being killed and it's time for us to quit killing a lot of other people who have not attacked us.  
 -  Ron Paul
  

  Another term for preventive war is aggressive war – starting wars because someday somebody might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition.  
 -  Ron Paul
  

  Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.  
 -  Sir Peter Ustinov
  

  How many wars have been averted by patience and good will?  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  War never slays a bad man in its course, but the good always!  
 -  Sophocles
  

  A sovereign should never launch an army out of anger, a leader should never start a war out of wrath.  
 -  Sun Tzu
  

  How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars – when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.  
 -  Thomas Aquinas
  

  War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.  
 -  Thomas Paine
  

  War is capitalism with the gloves off and many who go to war know it but they go to war because they don't want to be a hero. It takes courage to sit down and be counted.  
 -  Tom Stoppard
  

  Have you ever stopped to think? We're old enough to go to war...but we ain't old enough to drink.  
 -  Tupac Shakur
  

  Love is a game, war is a pain, and peace is just hope for a better tomorrow.  
 -  Unknown
  

  When guys get jealous, it's kinda cute. When girls get jealous, World War III is about to start.  
 -  Unknown
  

  A cure for War? Furiously spending the same daily amount of money toward making friends. Being an indispensable source of food, shelter, peace, and cultural support dedicatedly spending 9 billion dollars a month on helping people would be a formidable enemy of evil.  
 -  Vanna Bonta
  

  There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.  
 -  Will Durant, The Lessons of History, 1968
  

  Every war has been preceded by a peace conference. That's what always starts the next war.  
 -  Will Rogers
  

  Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.  
 -  Will Smith
  

  The war-party is assuredly right in affirming and reaffirming that the martial virtues, although originally gained by the race through war, are absolute and permanent human goods.  
 -  William James
  

  It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.  
 -  William Tecumseh Sherman
  

  War isn't declared in the name of God - it is a human affair entirely.  
 -  Woodrow Wilson
  

  When you go to war, both sides lose totally.  
 -  Yoko Ono