War quotes

By | 14.03.2022

This is a war to end all wars. Woodrow Wilson

War quotes: God created war so that Americans would learn geography. Mark Twain

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

I appeal for cessation of hostilities, not because you are too exhausted to fight, but because war is bad in essence. Mahatma Gandhi

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. George Orwell

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

The more money you spend on guns, the less money you spend on people! More weapons, less happiness; more guns, more misery! Mehmet Murat İlda

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. Winston Churchill

Only the dead have seen the end of war. George Santayana

War is what happens when language fails. Margaret Atwood

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

Nations who are proud of their guns, tanks, missiles etc. are deprived of humanity! Mehmet Murat İldan

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace. Ulysses S. Grant

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

Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories. Sun Tzu


It’s time for us to turn to each other, not on each other. Jesse Jackson

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Two armies that fight each other is like one large army that commits suicide. Henri Barbusse

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. G.K. Chesterton

I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. George McGovern

We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children. Jimmy Carter

I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. Barack Obama

We’re telling lies; we know we’re telling lies; we don’t tell the public the truth, that we’re losing more officers than the Germans, and that it’s impossible to get through on the Western Front. Lord Rothermere

War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. J.R.R. Tolkien – quotes about war

No more war, war never again! Peace, it is peace, which must guide the destinies of people and of all mankind. Pope Paul VI

If they are going to have war, they ought to take the old men and leave the young to propagate the race. Jeannette Rankin

The cries of the wounded had much diminished now, and as we staggered down the road, the reason was only too apparent, for the water was right over the tops of the shell-holes. Captain Edwin Vaughan

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire

War settles nothing. Dwight D Eisenhower

Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later. Benjamin Franklin

I wish those people who talk about going on with this war whatever it costs could see the soldiers suffering from mustard gas poisoning. Great mustard-coloured blisters, blind eyes, all sticky and stuck together, always fighting for breath, with voices a mere whisper, saying that their throats are closing and they know they will choke. Nurse Vera Brittain

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. Sun Tzu (The Art of War)

War is a defeat for humanity. Pope John Paul II

War… is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer. Thomas Jefferson

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War. George Washington


However the world pretends to divide itself, there are only two divisions in the world today – human beings and Germans. Rudyard Kipling

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die. Herbert Hoover

Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war. Albert Einstein

The most successful war seldom pays for its losses. Thomas Jefferson

The First World War was a horror of gas, industrialized slaughter fear and appalling human suffering. Nick Harkaway

Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. Herbert Hoover

When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die. Jean-Paul Sartre

How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business. Albert Einstein

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 like the American soldier individually but do not like the nation as a whole. America entered the war for what money she could get out of it. Frau Frieda Fischer of Lohndorf

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu

You don’t liberate a country standing on the soil of another. Fadia Faqir (Willow Trees Don’t Weep)

Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war. John Adams

…we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…Winston Churchill

A small but noteworthy note. I’ve seen so many young men over the years who think they’re running at other young men. They are not. They are running at me. Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)

In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons. Herodotus

My religion is based on truth and nonviolence. Mahatma Gandhi

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America. Barack Obama

The enemy win their battles from the air! They knock out my panzers with American armor-piercing shells. Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

There are perhaps many causes worth dying for, but to me, certainly, there are none worth killing for. Albert Dietrich (Army GI, Pacifist CO: The World War II Letters of Frank Dietrich and Albert Dietrich)

The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars. William Westmoreland

There never was a good war or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin

The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed. Marcus Tullius Cicero

That’s impossible! The Americans only know how to make razor blades. Göring

If you win, you need not have to explain…If you lose, you should not be there to explain! Adolf Hitler

There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy. George Washington

The first casualty when war comes is truth. Hiram Johnson

We could do with some of those razor blades, Herr Reichsmarshall. Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

Listen up – there’s no war that will end all wars. Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore)


There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter. Ernest Hemingway

Peace is not achieved by controlling nations, but mastering our thoughts. John Harricharan

War is never a solution; it is an aggravation. Benjamin Disraeli

I’ve had my fill of Hitler. These conferences called by a ringing of a bell are not to my liking; the bell is rung when people call their servants. And besides, what kind of conferences are these? For five hours I am forced to listen to a monologue which is quite fruitless and boring. Benito Mussolini—to his son-in-law

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. Napoleon Bonaparte

If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.Theodore Roosevelt

Defend Paris to the last, destroy all bridges over the Seine and devastate the city. Adolf Hitler

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

War: a massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other. Paul Valery

Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun. Martin Amis

There’s this romantic idea that’s built up around war. But the pragmatic view is there are tons of people of my generation who have lost their lives, lost their marriages, or lost their health as a consequence of being sent to wars which could have been avoided. Pete Buttigieg

The fruits of victory are tumbling into our mouths too quickly. Emperor Hirohito of Japan

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 in the holy name of liberty or democracy? Mahatma Gandhi

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. Norman Schwarzkopf

Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime. Victor Hugo

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace. Thomas Mann

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. Howard Zinn

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy

Make no mistake: the anti-war voices long for us to lose any war they cannot prevent. Ralph Peters


What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party. Henry David Thoreau

Nice chap, no General. Field Marshal Lord Montgomery on Dwight D. Eisenhower

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality. Lewis Carroll

The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own. Aldous Huxley

My personal opinion is that if someone writes honestly about war, it will inherently be anti-war. Kevin Powers

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil. George Orwell

If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking. General George Patton

Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. Sun Tzu (The Art of War)

Peace is constructed, not fought for. Brent Davis – short quote about war

What charitable 1 percenters can’t do is assume responsibility – America’s national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the repayment of its staggering war debts. Stephen King

War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head. Euripides

War would end if the dead could return. Stanley Baldwin

If it were a fact, it wouldn’t be called intelligence. Donald Rumsfeld

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

War, I have always said, forces men to change their standards, regardless of whether their country has won or lost. Salvatore Quasimodo

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