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War Quotes


Top 40 War Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)War Quotes

We make war that we may live in peace.

- Aristotle (384–322 BC), Greek philosopher, pictured right.



No  2War Quotes

In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill,

- Winston Churchill (1874–1965), British prime minister, pictured right.

Churchill also comments:

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war


No 3War Quotes

I think I had experienced first-hand what being ‘scared shitless’ really meant,

- Harry Parley, British soldier , pictured right.(talking about D-Day, June 1994).



No 4War Quotes

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?

Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

(from the 1917 poem Anthem For Doomed Youth)

- Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), pictured right above, English poet and soldier in World War One.



No 5War Quotes

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

 In Flanders fields.

(from the 1915 poem In Flanders Fields)

- John McCrae (1872-1918), pictured right above, Canadian poet and surgeon in World War One.



No 6War Quotes

Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war,

- John Adams (1735-1826), American president, pictured right.



No 7

Make love not war.

- student slogan of the 1960s.



No 8War Quotes

There never was a good war, or a bad peace,

- Benjamin Franklin (1706–90), American politician, philosopher and inventor, pictured right.


War Quotes

Cicero (106-43 BC), pictured right, the Roman philosopher and politician, said similarly:

A bad peace is always better than a good war



No 9War Quotes

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.

- John F. Kennedy (1917–63), American president, pictured right.



No 10War Quotes

It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it

- Robert E. Lee (1807–70), American Confederate general, pictured right. (after the battle of Fredericksburg, December 1862)



No 11

All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword,

(Matthew 26:52 in the Bible)

- Jesus (c4 BC-c30 AD), founder of Christianity



No 12War Quotes

Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy? If we threw away these rifles and this uniform you could be my brother just like Kat and Albert,

(Paul, Lew Ayres, pictured right in the 1930 film, speaking to the French soldier, Duval, he has just killed in the 1929 novel All Quiet on the Western Front)

- Erich Remarque (1898-1970) German writer.



No 13War Quotes

In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.

- Neville Chamberlain (1869–1940), pictured right, British prime minister.



No 14War Quotes

War is the continuation of politics by other means.

- Karl von Clausewitz, pictured right., On War (1832)



No 15

War QuotesAll delays are dangerous in war.

(from the 1669 play Tyrannic Love)

- John Dryden (1631-1700), pictured right, English writer.



No 16War Quotes

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

(talking about the Vietnam War).

- Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall, pictured right), in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.



No 17War Quotes

I just know that every man I kill, the farther away from home I feel,

- Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks, pictured right) in the 1998 film, Saving Private Ryan.



No 18War Quotes

 In warfare, the mental to the physical is as three is to one.

- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), pictured right, French leader


War Quotes

Karl von Clausewitz, pictured right., in his 1832 book also comments:

Fighting...is a trial of moral and physical forces through the medium of the latter.



No 19 War Quotes

War is cruelty.

- William Sherman (1820-91), Unionist general in the American Civil War, pictured right.



No 20War Quotes

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

- Omar Bradley (1893–1981), American World War Two general, pictured right.



No 21War Quotes

Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone,

- Edith Cavell (1865-1915), pictured right, English nurse, who helped soldiers on both sides in the First World War



No 22War Quotes

War is a defeat for humanity.

- John Paul II (1920-2005), Polish pope, pictured right



No 23War Quotes

The morale of the soldier is the greatest single factor in war.

- Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), pictured right, British general.



No 24War Quotes

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.

- George Washington (1732-99), pictured right, American president.



No 25War Quotes

The art of war is a simple act; everything is in the performance

- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), pictured right, French leader.



No 26War Quotes

Beware of bloodshed; do not trust in that, for spilled blood never sleeps.

- Saladin (c1137-93), pictured right, Turkish leader.



No 27War Quotes

What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.

- Sun Tzu (544-496 BC), pictured right, Chinese general.



No 28War Quotes

There is only one principle of war...Hit the other fellow, as quickly as you can, as hard as you can, where it hurts him most, when he ain’t lookin’.

- William Slim (1891-1970), pictured right, British World War Two general



No 29War Quotes

War will make corpses of us all.

(Faramir in The Lord of the Rings)

- J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), English writer, pictured right



No 30War Quotes

It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead.,

(from the 1961 novel Catch-22)

- Joseph Heller (1923-99), American writer, pictured right



No 31War Quotes

My father fought in World War One single-handedly destroyed the Germans' lines of communication. He ate their pigeon.

- Frank Carson (1926-2012), pictured right, Northern Irish comedian.



No 32War Quotes

Those skilled in war subdue the enemy’s army without battle.

- Sun Tzu (544-496 BC), pictured right, Chinese general.



No 33War Quotes

War is too important to be left to the generals.

- Georges Clemenceau (1849-1929), French prime minister, pictured right .



No 34War Quotes

All warfare is based upon deception.

- Sun Tzu (544-496 BC), pictured right, Chinese general.



No 35War Quotes

The greatest single factor in winning a war is the understanding of man management,

- Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), pictured right, British general.



No 36War Quotes

 The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

- George S. Patton (1885-1945), World War Two general, pictured right .



No 37War Quotes

Everything in war is very simple but the simplest thing is difficult.

- Karl von Clausewitz, pictured right., On War (1832)



No 38War Quotes

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.

- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), pictured right, American writer.



No 39War Quotes

I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.

- Ulysses S. Grant (1822-85), American president and general (pictured right)



No 40War Quotes

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.

- Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80), French philosopher (pictured right).



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