War Quotes


Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose — and you allow him to make war at pleasure. If today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, ‘I see no probability of the British invading us’ but he will say to you, ‘Be silent; I see it, if you don’t.'” – Abraham Lincoln

The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service. – Albert Einstein

A country cannot simultaneously prepare and prevent war. – Albert Einstein

I love the smell of Napalm in the morning – Apocalypse Now

Never has there been a good war or a bad peace – Benjamin Franklin

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them. – Clara Barton

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 not clothed.– Dwight D. Eisenhower

We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk. – Eleanor Roosevelt

All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere? – Emperor Hirohito

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

They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. – Ernest Hemmingway

Lee Harvey Oswald, shooting from the top floor of the Book Depository was able to take 3 shots from an old Italian bolt action rifle. From a distance of over 258 feet and shooting at a moving target he was able to score 2 hits including a headshot. Now does anybody know where he learned to shoot like this? In the Marine Corps ladies! – Full Metal Jacket

Now your soul may belong to Jesus, but your ass belongs to the Marine Corps – Full Metal Jacket

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 and democracy? – Gandhi

Vietnam was the first war evr fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind. – General William Westmoreland

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

Join the army, meet interesting people, kill them – Graffiti At Bromley

Older men declare war. But its the youth who must fight and die! – Herbert Hoover

Naturally, the common people don’t want war … but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country. – Hermann Goering

Zeus most glorious and most great, Thundercloud, throned in the heavens! Let not the sun go down and the darkness come, until I cast down headlong the citadel of Priam in flames, and burn his gates with blazing fire, and tear to rags the shirt upon Hectors breast! May many of his men fall about him prone in the dust and bite the earth! – Homer: The Iliad

Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent – Issac Asimov

Instead of building newer and larger weapons of mass destruction, I think mankind should try to get more use out of the ones we have. – Jack Handey

I am going to explain to you why we went to war. Why mankind always does to war. It is not social or political. It is not countries that go to war, but men. It is like salt. Once one has been to war, one has salt for the rest of one’s life. Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women from laughing at them. Night fell again. There was war to the south, but our sector was quiet. The battle was over. Our casualties were some thirteen thousand killed–thirteen thousand minds, memories, loves, sensations, worlds, universes–because the human mind is more a universe than the universe itself–and all for a few hundred yards of useless mud. – John Fowles, “The Magus”

“Let someone else get killed!” “Suppose everyone on our side felt that way?” “Well then I’d certainly be a damned fool to feel any other way, wouldn’t I?” “Englishmen are dying for England, American’s are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting in this war. Surely so many countries can all be worth dying for?” “Anything worth living for,” said Nately, “is worth dying for.” “And anything worth dying for,” “answered the old man, “is certainly worth living for.” – Joseph Heller, Catch 22

War is the continuation of politics by other means – Karl Von Clausewitz

You know the real meaning of PEACE only if you have been through the war – Kosovar

Anyone, who truly wants to go to war, has never truly been there before! – Larry Reeves

Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Once and for all the idea of glorious victories won by the glorious army must be wiped out. Niether side is glorious. On either side they’re just frightened men messing their pants and they all want the same thing – not to lie under theearth, but to walk upon it – without crutches. – Peter Weiss

La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid – Pierre Ambroise Francois Choderios de LaClos (1741-1803)

Only the dead have seen the end of war – Plato

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. – Ronald Reagan

Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong. – Ronald Reagan

“Use humility to make the enemy haughty. Tire them by flight. Cause division among them. When they are unprepared, attack and make your move when they do not expect it.” – Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”

There are always so many conjectures as to the issue of any event that, whatever the outcome, there will always be people to say: “I said then that it would be so,” quite forgetting that among their innumerable conjectures, many were to take the very opposite effect. – War and Peace, “Leo Tolstoy”

I think that technologies are morally neutral until we apply them. It’s only when we use them for good or for evil that they become good or evil – William Gibson

The Imperial German Government will not expect the Government of the United States to omit any word or any act necessary to the performance of its sacred duty of maintaining the rights of the United States and its citizens and of safeguarding their free exercise and enjoyment. – William Jennings Bryan,Secretary of State

The United States is like giant boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate.