Quotes; War

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 (1890 – 1976), Autobiography (1977)

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), (attributed)

War is not nice.
Barbara Bush (1925 – )

Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.
Carl Sandburg (1878 – 1967), The People, Yes (1936)

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
George Orwell (1903 – 1950), Polemic, May 1946, “Second Thoughts on James Burnham”

War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.
Georges Clemenceau (1841 – 1929)

War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.
Georges Clemenceau (1841 – 1929)

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Jeannette Rankin (1880 – 1973)

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.
Jimmy Carter (1924 – )

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948), “Non-Violence in Peace and War”

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
Mao Tse-Tung (1893 – 1976)

Either war is obsolete or men are.
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983), New Yorker, Jan. 8, 1966

It is well that war is so terrible – otherwise we would grow too fond of it.
Robert E. Lee (1807 – 1870), Statement at the Battle of Fredericksburg (13th December 1862)

Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
Solomon Short

War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
Thomas Mann (1875 – 1955)

Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.
W. L. George

6 Responses

  1. It is ANZAC day, we remember the fallen

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  2. Nice post. Thanks for sharing the quotes, I read every single one!

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  3. You forgot my own favorite although I have no attribution to offer. I saw it on a poster back in the 60s:
    “Fighting for peace is like F***ing for chastity.”

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