WAR QUOTES IV

quotations about war

War is not a life: it is a situation,
One which may neither be ignored nor accepted.

T. S. ELIOT, A Note on War Poetry

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War being the greatest of evils, all its accessories necessarily partake of the same character.

HERMAN MELVILLE, Omoo

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The only religion which seems to have a function in time of war is the tribal religion which invokes a God as the exclusive protector of the nation which calls upon him.

JOSEPH ALEXANDER LEIGHTON, The Nation and the Ethics of War and Preparedness: An Address

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In war--a country's hopes stagnate,
In war--her strong are slain.
In war--dark evils desecrate
Her council hall and fane.
In war--with wings of omen dark
Her wrongs and debts increase,
Prosperity and progress mark
The golden realm of Peace.

MARTHA LAVINIA HOFFMAN, "The Song of Peace"

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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, speech, April 16, 1953

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In former days, when wars arose from individual causes, from the policy of a Minister or the passion of a King, when they were fought by small regular armies of professional soldiers, and when their course was retarded by the difficulties of communication and supply, and often suspended by the winter season, it was possible to limit the liabilities of the combatants. But now, when mighty populations are impelled on each other, each individual severally embittered and inflamed--when the resources of science and civilisation sweep away everything that might mitigate their fury, a European war can only end in the ruin of the vanquished and the scarcely less fatal commercial dislocation and exhaustion of the conquerors. Democracy is more vindictive than Cabinets. The wars of peoples will be more terrible than those of kings.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, May 13, 1901

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If there is a God, the phrase that must disgust him is "holy war".

STEVE ALLEN, Reflections

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We may have hell if we have war, and we may have hell if we have peace. But if we have no vision for what we do, we have hell anyway.

GERALD STANLEY LEE, The Air-line to Liberty: A Prospectus for All Nations

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Looking at what's going on in the world right now, it's easy to feel hopeless and frightened. Violent conflict is erupting around the world -- from our own streets, schools, churches and mosques to war-torn countries far away. The call to war is being fueled by capitalizing on the fear people are feeling, but the strategies we are currently employing most often as a response to violent conflict in the world are incredibly expensive and they don't work. In fact, it seems they are making the problem worse.

LORI DRAPER, "Conflict resolution is a much better investment than war", Alaska Dispatch News, January 6, 2016

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If you think of humanity as one large body, then war is like suicide, or at best, self mutilation.

JEROME P. CRABB, War Quotes and Quibbles

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Accursed be he that first invented war.

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, Tamburlaine the Great

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Wars do not end wars any more than an extraordinarily large conflagration does away with the fire hazard.

HENRY FORD, My Life and Work

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No catalogue of horrors ever kept men from war. Before the war you always think that it's not you that dies. But you will die, brother, if you go to it long enough.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, "Notes on the Next War", Esquire, September 1935

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It is interesting ... how weapons reflect the soul of the maker.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

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Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.

REBECCA WEST, attributed, Europe in Arms

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Perhaps, when we remember wars, we should take off our clothes and paint ourselves blue and go on all fours all day long and grunt like pigs. That would surely be more appropriate than noble oratory and shows of flags and well-oiled guns.

KURT VONNEGUT, Cat's Cradle

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Now that I've seen what war is ... I know that everybody, if one day it should end, ought to ask himself: "And what shall we make of the fallen? Why are they dead?" I wouldn't know what to say. Not now, at any rate. Nor does it seem to me that the others know. Perhaps only dead know, and only for them is the war really over.

CESARE PAVESE, The House on the Hill

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I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen two hundred limping exhausted men come out of line-the survivors of a regiment of one thousand that went forward forty-eight hours before. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, Address at Chautauqua, August 14, 1936

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Beware the toils of war ... the mesh of the huge dragnet sweeping up the world.

HOMER, The Iliad

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I find war detestable but those who praise it without participating in it even more so.

ROMAIN ROLLAND, "Journal de Genève", Inter arma Caritas

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