115 Best Quotes about War

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If our countries had war the one with the other, that was no cause that he should put us to death; with which they were out of heart that their cruel pretense failed them. For which God be forever-more praised. - William Adams, Explorer

We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy. - Joe Baca, Politician

Wisdom Quotes, Democracy Quotes, Power Quotes

Throughout the lead-up to the war, CNN worked hard to air all sides of the story. We had a regular segment called Voices of Dissent in which we spent time covering antiwar protests and interviewing those who were opposed to the war with Iraq. - Jim Walton

Time Quotes, Work Quotes, Dissent Quotes

The question is: how bad do things have to get before you will do something about it? Where is your line in the sand? If you don't enforce the constitutional limitations on your government very soon, you are likely to find out what World War III will be like. - Michael Badnarik, Politician

Limitations Quotes


From the happy expression on their faces you might have supposed that they welcomed the war. I have met with men who loved stamps, and stones, and snakes, but I could not imagine any man loving war. - Margot Asquith, Author

Love Quotes, Men Quotes

I've taken clowns into the war in Bosnia, the refugee camps of Kosovo, and none of those are any more important than clowning in a subway or an elevator or just walking down the street. - Patch Adams, Author

Important Quotes

Eventually, I was sent to Wales and Germany, and after the war, to Paris. - Lloyd Alexander , Writer

Two thousand people a day were being murdered in Vietnam in a terrorist war, an official terrorist war. - Bill Ayers, American Activist

I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them. - Nelson Mandela

Art Quotes, Revolution Quotes

The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm. - Albert Camus, French Philosopher

Myth Quotes

It was 1943. The U.S. had already entered World War II, so I decided to join the army. - Lloyd Alexander , Writer

Wall Street is one big turf war.. by benefiting one person you are disadvantaging another person - Bernard Madoff

What I really want is a world where no one alive can remember what the word 'war' means. That's my goal. - Patch Adams, Author

Goal Quotes

Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement. - Barack Obama, American President

Action Quotes, Cooperation Quotes, Intelligence Quotes, Planning Quotes, Sharing Quotes

We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome. - Isabel Allende , Writer

Strength Quotes, Time 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. - Abraham Lincoln, American President

Purpose Quotes

My graduate study was interrupted, like that of many others, by World War II. - Kenneth Joseph Arrow , Economist

Developments in information technology and globalised media mean that the most powerful military in the history of the world can lose a war, not on the battlefield of dust and blood, but on the battlefield of world opinion. - Timothy Garton Ash , Author

Technology Quotes, Opinion Quotes, History Quotes, Power Quotes

Having now reached a point where danger might be reasonably apprehended from strolling war parties of Indians, spies were kept in advance and strict diligence observed in the duty of sentinels. - William Henry Ashley, Businessman

Anger Quotes

The war on drugs is not being won, and it continues to threaten stability and democracy not only in the Andes but throughout the Caribbean as well, where tiny police and military forces are outclassed by the sophisticated equipment in the hands of traffickers passing through the region on the way to their market in this country. - Elliott Abrams, Lawyer

Ability Quotes, Democracy Quotes

Many people in Europe and the U.S. dispute the thesis that we are living through a clash of civilisations between Islam and the west. But a radical minority of Muslims firmly believes that Islam is under siege, and is committed to winning the holy war it has declared against the West. - Ayaan Hirsi Ali , Dutch Politician

Winning Quotes

I believe that the war against terrorism and the war against poverty in these times of turmoil go together. So you - when you fight one, you have to fight the other. - Gloria Macapagal Arroyo , Statesman

Time Quotes, Poverty Quotes

I'm not sure Americans are hesitant to do this again - to fight another war, because it looked to them like a courageous and terrific endeavor. - Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian Journalist

American Quotes, Courage Quotes

Growing up, I was fascinated with Buck Rogers' airplanes. As I began to mature in World War II, it became jets and rocket planes. But it was always in the air. - Buzz Aldrin , Astronaut

I had a job; I was, during the war, a nurse, a 'Gray Lady.' We wore a veil and a gray dress. - Brooke Astor, Writer

We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas. - Ronald Reagan, President

Well, I think In Love and War, which had a wonderful performance by Sandy, Sandra Bullock, who the authorities and, the supposed authorities, in cinema didn't want to know about. - Richard Attenborough, Actor

Love Quotes, Performance Quotes, Wonder Quotes

We didn't see what happened after mortars landed, only the puff of smoke. There were horrors that were completely left out of this war. So was this journalism? Or was this coverage? - Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian Journalist

These people were well dressed in skins, had some guns, but armed generally with bows and arrows and such other instruments of war as are common among the Indians of the Missouri. - William Henry Ashley, Businessman

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 , Theologian

Harmony Quotes, Men Quotes, Mind Quotes

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

Vice Quotes

We make war that we may live in peace. - Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

The Philippines and the U.S. have had a strong relationship with each other for a very long time now. We have a shared history. We have shared values, democracy, freedom, and we have been in all the wars together in modern history, the World War, Second World War, Cold War, Vietnam, Korea, now the war on terrorism. - Gloria Macapagal Arroyo , Statesman

Freedom Quotes, Time Quotes, Values Quotes, Democracy Quotes, History Quotes

The Iraq War was the biggest issue for people of my generation in the West. It was also the clearest case, in my living memory, of media manipulation and the creation of a war through ignorance. - Julian Assange, Activist

Ignorance Quotes, Memories Quotes, Creation Quotes

In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention. - Thomas Aquinas , Theologian

Authority Quotes, Intention Quotes

This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games. - William S. Burroughs, Writer

Time Quotes, Nature Quotes

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... inside ourselves. - Albert Camus, French Philosopher

Wonder Quotes

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war. - Albert Einstein, German Physicist

Without peace, there is no freedom, individual or national. War and hostilities are a form of slavery. - Klas Pontus Arnoldson , Author

Freedom Quotes

Unless a nation's life faces peril, war is murder. - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Leader

Life Quotes

War... some people glamorise war and glorify war. It's not nice, from whatever point of view you come from. - Gerry Adams, Politician

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up. - James A. Baldwin, Author

Love Quotes

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed. - Albert Einstein, German Physicist

Civilization Quotes

John Quincy Adams most certainly was a part of the Revolutionary War era. He was a young boy, but he was actively involved. - Michele Bachmann, Politician

Revolution Quotes

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, German Physicist

E. Klimov's 'Come and See,' about partisans fighting the Germans in Byelorussia, is the greatest anti-war film ever made. - J. G. Ballard

Great Quotes

If Bush and Blair are eventually put on trial for war crimes, I shall not be among those pressing for them to be hanged. - Richard Dawkins, Scientist

The First World War, and especially the latest one, largely swept away what was left in Europe of feudalism and of feudal landlords, especially in Poland, Hungary, and the South East generally. - Emily Greene Balch, Educator

If there ever was a religious war full of terror, it was the crusades. But you can't blame Christianity because a few adventurers did this. That's my message. - Moustapha Akkad , Director

Blame Quotes, Christianity Quotes, Religious Quotes

We released 400,000 classified documents, the most extraordinary history of a war to ever have been released in our civilization. Those documents cover 109,000 deaths. That is serious matter. - Julian Assange, Activist

Death Quotes, Civilization Quotes, History Quotes

There still is a war on women in terms of politicians in Washington and the state legislatures trying to eliminate any rights we have fought to win and that the Supreme Court has afforded us. - Gloria Allred, Lawyer

Women Quotes

10 Top quotes about War by Winston Churchill

When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

Winning Quotes, Aim Quotes

Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

Time Quotes, Politics Quotes

Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

Time Quotes, Anger Quotes, Politics Quotes

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

Pain Quotes, Politics Quotes

A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

Life Quotes, Work Quotes

In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

Time Quotes, Politics Quotes

5 Famous quotes about War by Will Rogers

You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way. - Will Rogers, Actor

Civilization Quotes

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week. - Will Rogers, Actor

I have a scheme for stopping war. It's this - no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one. - Will Rogers, Actor

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

The United States never lost a war or won a conference. - Will Rogers, Actor

5 Popular quotes about War by Thomas Jefferson

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

Success Quotes

I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another. - Thomas Jefferson, President

It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it. - Thomas Jefferson, President

The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind. - Thomas Jefferson, President

I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind. - Thomas Jefferson, President

Great Quotes

10 Amazing quotes about War by Rick Atkinson

The American army between world wars after World War I had virtually disintegrated. It was a very small force, given largely to practicing cavalry charges on western outposts. - Rick Atkinson, Author

American Quotes

There were almost 11,000 American soldiers killed in Germany in April of 1945, the last full month of the war. That's almost as many as died in June, 1944. Right to the very end, it was absolutely brutal. - Rick Atkinson, Author

American Quotes

Almost everything about American society is affected by World War II: our feelings about race; our feelings about gender and the empowerment of women, moving women into the workplace; our feelings about our role in the world. All of that comes in a very direct way out of World War II. - Rick Atkinson, Author

American Quotes, Work Quotes, Women Quotes, Feeling Quotes, Power Quotes

I'm going to leave WWII. I considered and rejected doing something on the Pacific. Fourteen years is enough. I'd like to take on a different challenge and probably a different era. But it will be another war. It's what I do. - Rick Atkinson, Author

Challenge Quotes

It's my belief that by demonizing Saddam, by raising the stakes in this war to the point where we're talking about a great moral crusade, that Bush in fact planted the seeds of discontent in the country, because this was fundamentally a limited war with limited objectives and with limited gains. - Rick Atkinson, Author

Great Quotes, Belief Quotes

Global war is a clash of systems, not just battalions biffing one another in some godforsaken forest. - Rick Atkinson, Author

The U.S. Army records alone for World War II weigh 17,000 tons, and even the best historians have not done more than just scratch the surface. The story is such that 500 years from now people will be writing and reading about it. - Rick Atkinson, Author

There are a number of World War II historians I admire: Cornelius Ryan, Mark Stoler, Antony Beevor, to name a few. As for generals, there are those I admire as combat leaders and others I admire because they're great fun to write about. - Rick Atkinson, Author

Fun Quotes, Great Quotes

In searching for a rationale to go to war, Bush settled on the notion of Saddam as an incarnation of evil, basically, and convinced himself that Saddam was fundamentally Adolf Hitler reborn. I think his feelings towards Saddam were in fact quite genuine and quite legitimately hostile. He was not play acting. - Rick Atkinson, Author

Evil Quotes, Feeling Quotes

Hitler had a police state of the first order. And those who showed any sign of being weak-kneed faced prison or often summary execution. That prevented a lot of people who knew that the war was not going to turn out well for Germany from giving up. - Rick Atkinson, Author

Giving Quotes

4 Awesome quotes about War by Richard Armitage

Tolkien was, I believe, writing about his experience in the First and Second World Wars, where he would have spent a lot of time without any female contact. He was part of the fellowship of men who went to war, and I think, really, that's what he's writing about. - Richard Armitage , Politician

Time Quotes, Experience Quotes, Men Quotes

I read everything that Tolkien wrote, and also read biographies of him. I was fascinated by his experiences in World War I, which includes the loss of life of some of his very, very close friends. I think he writes about that a lot in 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings.' - Richard Armitage , Politician

Life Quotes, Experience Quotes

The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight. We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war - diplomacy, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and of course, military power - and we are developing new tools as we go along. - Richard Armitage , Politician

Finance Quotes, Wage Quotes, Intelligence Quotes, Law Quotes, Power Quotes

Let's be clear: Neither Secretary Powell or I opposed the notion of removing Saddam Hussein by force, but we wanted to avoid the war if we could. But if we couldn't, the notion of removing Saddam Hussein from the scene seemed eminently sensible, given that you had, what, 16 or so U.N. Security Council resolutions basically saying the same thing. - Richard Armitage , Politician

Resolution Quotes, Security Quotes

31 Best quotes about War by Noam Chomsky

A number of analysts have observed that although bin Laden was finally killed, he won some major successes in his war against the U.S. - Noam Chomsky

Success Quotes

The American escalation of the war in Laos provoked a response by the Communist forces, which now control more of Laos than ever before. - Noam Chomsky

American Quotes, Control Quotes

As international support for Obama's decision to attack Syria has collapsed, along with the credibility of government claims, the administration has fallen back on a standard pretext for war crimes when all else fails: the credibility of the threats of the self-designated policeman of the world. - Noam Chomsky

Decision Quotes, Aim Quotes

The Washington leadership has put aside non-proliferation programmes and devoted its energies and resources to driving the country to war by extraordinary deceit, then trying to manage the catastrophe it created in Iraq. - Noam Chomsky

Life Quotes, Leadership Quotes

Immediately after 11 September, the U.S. closed down the Somali charitable network Al-Barakaat on grounds that it was financing terror. This achievement was hailed one of the great successes of the 'war on terror.' In contrast, Washington's withdrawal of its charges as without merit a year later aroused little notice. - Noam Chomsky

Success Quotes, Achievement Quotes, Great Quotes, Work Quotes

The argument that resistance to the war should remain strictly nonviolent seems to me overwhelming. - Noam Chomsky

Argument Quotes

Concentration of executive power, unless it's very temporary and for specific circumstances, let's say fighting world war two, it's an assault on democracy. - Noam Chomsky

Circumstances Quotes, Concentration Quotes, Democracy Quotes, Power Quotes

One of the problems of organizing in the North, in the rich countries, is that people tend to think - even the activists - that instant gratification is required. You constantly hear: 'Look I went to a demonstration, and we didn't stop the war so what's the use of doing it again?' - Noam Chomsky

Rich Quotes, Problems Quotes

There are two problems for our species' survival - nuclear war and environmental catastrophe - and we're hurtling towards them. Knowingly. - Noam Chomsky

Problems Quotes

In the early days of the military Arpanet, my daughter was studying in Nicaragua. Because the U.S. was essentially at war with them, contact was difficult. I managed to use MIT's Arpanet connection, and she found one, so we could communicate thanks to the Pentagon! - Noam Chomsky

Studying Quotes

Britain kept its position as the dominant world power well into the 20th century despite steady decline. By the end of World War II, dominance had shifted decisively into the hands of the upstart across the sea, the United States, by far the most powerful and wealthy society in world history. - Noam Chomsky

Wealth Quotes, History Quotes, Power Quotes

A war with Pakistan would be an utter disaster. - Noam Chomsky

In 1962, war was avoided by Khrushchev's willingness to accept Kennedy's hegemonic demands. - Noam Chomsky

In general, I think, U.S. policies remain constant, going back to the Second World War. But the capacity to implement them is declining. - Noam Chomsky

In November 2004, U.S. occupation forces launched their second major attack on the city of Falluja. The press reported major war crimes instantly, with approval. - Noam Chomsky

It's a near miracle that nuclear war has so far been avoided. - Noam Chomsky

On October 15, 1965, an estimated 70,000 people took part in large-scale anti-war demonstrations. - Noam Chomsky

Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism. - Noam Chomsky

Whatever the reasons may be, I was very much affected by events of the 1930s - the Spanish Civil War, for example, though I was barely literate. - Noam Chomsky

There's a War Crimes Act in the United States passed by a Republican Congress in 1996, which says that grave breaches of the Geneva Convention are subject to the death penalty. And that doesn't mean the soldier that committed them - that means the commanders. - Noam Chomsky

Death Quotes

If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. - Noam Chomsky

American Quotes

John Lewis Gaddis is not only the favorite historian of the Reagan administration, but he's regarded as the dean of Cold War scholarship, the leading figure in the American Cold War scholarship, a professor at Yale. - Noam Chomsky

American Quotes

Since the civil war in Laos was resumed in earnest in 1963, American participation has been veiled in secrecy. - Noam Chomsky

American Quotes

When General Allenby conquered Jerusalem during World War I, he was hailed in the American press as Richard the Lion-Hearted, who had at last won the Crusades and driven the pagans out of the Holy Land. - Noam Chomsky

American Quotes, Rich Quotes, Heart Quotes

Up until the First World War, when people turned anti-German, Germany had been described by American political scientists as the model of democracy. - Noam Chomsky

American Quotes, Democracy Quotes

The prescription for endless war poses a far greater danger to Americans than perceived enemies do, for reasons the terrorist organisations understand very well. - Noam Chomsky

American Quotes, Great Quotes, Anger Quotes, Enemies Quotes

Pre-emptive war might fall within the framework of international law. - Noam Chomsky

Work Quotes

The target of preventive war must have several characteristics. It must be virtually defenceless; it must be important enough to be worth the trouble; it must be possible to portray it as the ultimate evil and an imminent threat to our survival. - Noam Chomsky

Important Quotes, Character Quotes, Trouble Quotes, Evil Quotes, Worth Quotes

We can, for example, be fairly confident that either there will be a world without war or there won't be a world - at least, a world inhabited by creatures other than bacteria and beetles, with some scattering of others. - Noam Chomsky

Habit Quotes

The Iraq War was the first conflict in western history in which an imperialist war was massively protested against before it had even been launched. - Noam Chomsky

Conflict Quotes, History Quotes

In the 1960s, there was a point, 1968, '69, when there was a very strong antiwar movement against the war in Vietnam. But it's worth remembering that the war in Vietnam started - an outright war started in 1962. - Noam Chomsky

Worth Quotes