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Famous Quotes & Quotations About War:

A day of battle is a day of harvest for the devil.
~ William Hooke.

A day will come when a cannon will be exhibited in museums, just as instruments of torture are now, and the people will be astonished that such a thing could have been.
~ Victor Hugo.

A great war leaves the country with three armies - an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.
~ German Proverb.

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
~ Napoleon.

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.
~ Herbert V. Prochnow.

All the arms we need are for hugging.
~ Author Unknown.

All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.
~ François Fénelon.

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.

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 Bismark.

Are bombs the only way of setting fire to the spirit of a people? Is the human will as inert as the past two world-wide wars would indicate?
~ Gregory Clark.

As long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of exalted characters.
~ Edward Gibbon.

Battles, in these ages, are transacted by mechanism; with the slightest possible development of human individuality or spontaneity; men now even die, and kill one another, in an artificial manner.
~ Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, vol 1, book VII, chapter 4.

Borders are scratched across the hearts of men
By strangers with a calm, judicial pen,
And when the borders bleed we watch with dread
The lines of ink across the map turn red.
~ Marya Mannes.

Diplomats are just as essential in starting a war as soldiers are in finishing it.
~ Will Rogers.

Draft beer, not people.
~ Attributed to Bob Dylan.

Dress it as we may, feather it, daub it with gold, huzza it, and sing swaggering songs about it, what is war, nine times out of ten, but murder in uniform?
~ Douglas Jerrold.

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. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, Speech, American Society of Newspaper Editors, 16 April 1953.

Every US President has to have a war.
~ Mikhail Gorbachev.

Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals.
~ Colman McCarthy.

Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.
~ Author Unknown.

Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private individuals.
~ Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 1955.

Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace.
~ Charles Sumner.

Have not I myself known five hundred living soldiers sabred into crows' meat for a piece of glazed cotton, which they call their flag; which had you sold it at any market-cross, would not have brought above three groschen?
~ Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus.

I couldn't help but say to [Mr. Gorbachev], just think how easy his task and mine might be in these meetings that we held if suddenly there was a threat to this world from another planet. [We'd] find out once and for all that we really are all human beings here on this earth together.
~ Ronald Reagan, 1985.

I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war.
~ Georges Clemenceau.

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