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War: A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

Those that fight don't listen, those that listen don't fight.

To throw bombs from an airplane will do as much damage as throwing bags of flour. It will be my pleasure to stand on the bridge of any ship while it is attacked by airplanes.
Newton Baker, US minister of defense (1921)

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
Elayne Boosler

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
Omar Bradley

The Buddha

Though thousand times a thousand in battle one may conquer,
yet should one conquer just oneself, one is the greatest conqueror.

Victory breeds hatred; the defeated live in pain.
The peaceful live happily, giving up victory and defeat.

In time of war, the first casualty is truth.
Boake Carter

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good.
We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
Jimmy Carter

Sir Winston Churchill

One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'.

Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.
Georges Clemenceau

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

Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.
Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
David Friedman

Either war is obsolete or men are.
R. Buckminster Fuller

An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind.
Mahatma Gandhi

Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.
W. L. George

In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.
Thich Nhat Hanh

I'm glad I didn't have to fight in any war.
I'm glad I didn't have to pick up a gun.
I'm glad I didn't get killed or kill somebody.
I hope my kids enjoy the same lack of manhood.
Tom Hanks

In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.

Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.
Benny Hill

Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.
Francis Jeffrey

I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed... without having first spoke clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.
Martin Luther King

There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
'Abraham Lincoln' in "The Savage Curtain" stardate 5906.5

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
Robert Lynd

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
Thomas Mann

Groucho Marx

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.

I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets. 

George Orwell

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.

We have met the enemy, and he is us.

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Jeannette Rankin

War: An international lose - lose situation.

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
Joseph Stalin

The war to end all wars is the battle against our delusions.

Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining?
George Wallace

We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people.
Colonel Gerald Wellman

Last updated: March 12, 2011

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