War quotes page 2
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that
good men do nothing.
The motto of war is: "Let the strong survive; let the weak die." The motto of peace
"Let the strong help the weak to survive."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
War isn't declared in the name of God - it is a human affair entirely.
In modern war you will die like a dog for no good reason.
To stop war by the perfection of engines of destruction alone, might consume
centuries. Other means must be employed to hasten the end.
Endless money forms the sinews of war.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on
programmes of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
Martin Luther King Jr.
One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as
disastrous as to lose one.
Every war has been preceded by a peace conference. That's what always starts the next
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in
the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
Henry Ward Beecher
When you go to war, both sides lose totally.
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
The war-party is assuredly right in affirming and reaffirming that the martial virtues, although
originally gained by the race through war, are absolute and permanent human goods.
A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.
Henry van Dyke
There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by
Either war is obsolete or men are.
Richard Buckminster Fuller
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
All of us who served in one war or another know very well that all wars are the glory and the
agony of the young.
Gerald R. Ford
War never slays a bad man in its course, but the good always!
I have always been opposed even to the thought of fighting a "preventive war." There is
nothing more foolish than to think that war can be stopped by war. You don't "prevent"
anything by war except peace.
War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the
depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too
comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.
Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
One question in my mind, which I hardly dare mention in public, is whether patriotism has,
overall, been a force for good or evil in the world. Patriotism is rampant in war and there are
some good things about it. Just as self-respect and pride bring out the best in an individual,
pride in family, pride in teammates, pride in hometown bring out the best in groups of people.
War brings out the kind of pride in country that encourages its citizens in the direction of
excellence and it encourages them to be ready to die for it. At no time do people work so
well together to achieve the same goal as they do in wartime. Maybe that's enough to make
patriotism eligible to be considered a virtue. If only I could get out of my mind the most
patriotic people who ever lived, the Nazi Germans.
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, that it is inside ourselves.
To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral
H. L. Mencken
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
A war not only arises, but derives its nature, from the political ideas, the moral sentiments,
and the international relations obtaining at the moment when it breaks out.
Qualities of a great general:
1. Tactically aggressive (loves a fight)
2. Strength of character
3. Steadiness of purpose
5. Good health and strength
George S. Patton, 1909
War is capitalism with the gloves off and many who go to war know it but they go to war
because they don't want to be a hero. It takes courage to sit down and be counted.
War makes men barbarous because, to take part in it, one must harden oneself against all
regret, all appreciation of delicacy and sensitive values. One must live as if those values did
not exist, and when the war is over one has lost the resilience to return to those values.