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Quotes on war

Quotes and aphorisms on war
Quotes and aphorisms on war

Quotes on war, aphorisms, quotations, ideas, and famous sentences by great authors and writers about the stupidity of every war and the cruelty of armies and soldiers.

Iustum est bellum, quibus necessarium. – War is right for those for whom it is needed -.
Tito Livio, Ab urbe condita, I sec.

War is what happens when language fails.
Margaret Atwood

Before all else, be armed.
Niccolo Machiavelli

If my soldiers started thinking, no one would stay in my ranks.
Frederick II King of Prussia

If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
Simone de Beauvoir

Frederick II King of Prussia once said: “If my soldiers started thinking, no one would stay in my ranks.”. That’s why a dictator who favors war is without brain just as well, capable of nothing, but only of a good action, that of dying.
Carl William Brown

War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
Bertrand Russell

How wonderful it would be if the human race, like some animal species, practiced mass suicide in a finally serious and convincing way, not as it has done up to now playing with wars.
Carl William Brown

When war is declared, Truth is the first casualty.
Arthur Ponsonby

War is fear cloaked in courage.
William Westmoreland

War: a massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other.
Paul Valery

All’s fair in love and war.
Francis Edward Smedley

War is what happens when language fails.
Margaret Atwood

If the frontline people do count, you couldn’t prove it by examining the reward systems in most organizations.
Karl Albrecht

War on nations changes maps. War on poverty maps change.
Muhammad Ali

You don’t have to fight too often with an enemy, otherwise you will teach them all your warfare.
Napoleon I

The most important wars in history were the result of trivial causes. Those who know when they have had enough are wealthy.
Fred Van Amburgh

A coward is one who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.
Ambrose Bierce

O can’t you see, brother – Death’s a congested road for fighters now, and hero a cheap label.
C. D. Andrews

In war, moral considerations count for three quarters, the ratio of real forces only for the other quarter.
Napoleon I

In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.

From the happy expression on their faces you might have supposed that they welcomed the war. I have met with men who loved stamps, and stones, and snakes, but I could not imagine any man loving war.
Margot Asquith

A skillful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
Samuel Butler

Necessity can set me helpless on my back, but she cannot keep me there; nor can four walls limit my vision.
Margaret Fairless Barber

The destructive forces of humanity are directly proportional to the scientific, technological, sociological, economic, political and military capabilities of its imbecility.
Carl William Brown

Napoleon on war
Napoleon on war

The cannon thunders… limbs fly in all directions… one can hear the groans of victims and the howling of those performing the sacrifice… it’s humanity in search of happiness.
Charles Baudelaire

It takes twenty years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only twenty seconds of war to destroy him.
Baudouin I

A wage hike is very hard to take away, but bonuses and profit-sharing can disappear very quickly in hard times… More people are realizing that bonuses look like raises, but really aren’t.
Al Bauman

If we justify war, it is because all peoples always justify the traits of which they find themselves possessed, not because war will bear an objective examination of its merits.
Ruth Benedict

Any soldier who fights for money and for a dictator is a waste of society, an object without a brain, only capable of a good action, that of dying.
Carl William Brown

To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
Walter Benjamin

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
Tony Benn

The inevitableness, the idealism, and the blessing of war, as an indispensable and stimulating law of development, must be repeatedly emphasized.
Friedrich Von Bernhardi

If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for, but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.
Hans A. Bethe

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 Bismarck

Hell and damnation, life is such fun with a ragged greatcoat and a Jerry gun!
Alexander Blok

Neither situations nor people can be altered by the interference of an outsider. If they are to be altered, that alteration must come from within.
Phyllis Bottome

Let me have war, say I: it exceeds peace as far as day does night; it’s spritely, waking, audible, and full of vent. Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy; mulled, deaf, sleepy, insensible; a getter of more bastard children than war’s a destroyer of men.
William Shakespeare

When a war breaks out, everyone hopes it will end soon, the only ones who want it to continue as long as possible are those who died first.
Carl William Brown

For cowards the road of desertion should be left open; they will carry over to the enemy nothing, but their fears.
John Christian Bovee

Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them must share in the guilt for the dead.
Omar Nelson Bradley

War is like love, it always finds a way.
Bertolt Brecht

To see, to hear, means nothing. To recognize (or not to recognize) means everything. Between what I do recognize and what I do not recognize, there stands myself. And what I do not recognize, I shall continue not to recognize.
Andre Breton

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.
Jeremy Collier

Faint heart never won fair lady.
Miguel De Cervantes

War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can.
Winston Churchill

The sinews of war, a limitless supply of money.
Marcus T. Cicero

In war, more than anywhere else in the world, things happen differently from what we had expected, and look differently when near from what they did at a distance.
Karl Von Clausewitz

It was once said that to have peace one had to prepare for war, but I prefer to argue that to have peace one must exterminate war.
Carl William Brown

War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of politics by other means.
Karl Von Clausewitz

Stupidity of wars
Stupidity of wars

It is far easier to make war than to make peace.
Georges Clemenceau

A ‘just war’ is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.
Alexander Cockburn

That cowardice is incorrigible which the love of power cannot overcome.
Charles Caleb Colton

He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, and though a late, a sure reward succeeds.
William Congreve

When war rages in order to obtain peace you have to fight.
Carl William Brown

I would often be a coward, but for the shame of it.
Ralph Connor

Perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries is not the goal but the exercise.
E. V. Cooke

The giving of blood is imbued with the psychology of peace, for it leaves its humanitarian mark in the hearts of those who give for their fellowman.
Red Cross Courier

That strange feeling we had in the war. Have you found anything in your lives since to equal it in strength? A sort of splendid carelessness it was, holding us together.
Noel Coward

Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.
Bruce Crampton

Vice is its own reward. It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal, must carry Green Shield stamps.
Quentin Crisp

The idea of thanking staff should mean giving them something that they would never buy for themselves.
Jayne Crook

No country has suffered so much from the ruins of war while being at peace as the American.
Edward Dahlberg

War is the trade of Kings.
John Dryden

War, he sang, is toil and trouble; Honor but an empty bubble.
John Dryden

Everyone in our culture wants to win a prize. Perhaps that is the grand lesson we have taken with us from kindergarten in the age of perversions of Dewey-style education: everyone gets a ribbon, and praise becomes a meaningless narcotic to soothe egoistic distemper.
Gerald Early

America is addicted to wars of distraction.
Barbara Ehrenreich

In past times during the various battles mostly soldiers died, nowadays progress has meant that in times of war mostly civilians die.
Carl William Brown

Covetousness like jealousy, when it has taken root, never leaves a person but with their life. Cowardice is the dread of what will happen.

I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein

Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow — perhaps it all will.
Albert Einstein

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted.
T. S. Eliot

Although I am opposed to war, as we live in a society of bitter conflicts and bitter competition, it is obvious that to change the state of things a mythical struggle must be undertaken, first of all against stupidity.
Carl William Brown

I feel sure that coups d’etat would go much better if there were seats, boxes, and stalls so that one could see what was happening and not miss anything.
Edmond and Jules De Goncourt

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Carl William Brown
Carl William Brown

War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
Desiderius Erasmus

A coward turns away, but a brave man’s choice is danger.

Moderation in war is imbecility.
Admiral John Fisher

We would be cowards, if we had courage enough.
Thomas Fuller

Cowards can never be moral.
Mahatma Gandhi

Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
Mahatma Gandhi

It is open to a war resister to judge between the combatants and wish success to the one who has justice on his side. By so judging he is more likely to bring peace between the two than by remaining a mere spectator.
Mahatma Gandhi

Stupidity and aggression, selfishness and greed lead to war, but people don’t seem to worry too much, at least until the grenades fall on their feet.
Carl William Brown

Morality is contraband in war.
Mahatma Gandhi

Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save.
John Gay

Unless they are immediate victims, the majority of mankind behaves as if war was an act of God which could not be prevented; or they behave as if war elsewhere was none of their business. It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.
Martha Gellhorn

How many joys are crushed under foot because people look up at the sky and disregard what is at their feet?
Catharina Elisabetha Goethe

The coward threatens when he is safe.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The thorns which I have reaped are of the tree I planted.
George Noel Gordon

A reward cannot be valued if it is not understood.
Phillip C. Grant

The award of a pure gold medal for poetry would flatter the recipient unduly: no poem ever attains such carat purity.
Robert Graves

War is hell and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peace time.
Ian Hay

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
William Hazlitt

War is stupidity, just as stupidity is the existential war of man.
Carl William Brown

Frankly, I’d like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.
Joseph Heller

Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else.
Joseph Heller

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
Ernest Hemingway

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow men.
Napoleon Hill

Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.
Thomas Hobbes

When cowardice is made respectable, its followers are without number both from among the weak and the strong; it easily becomes a fashion.
Eric Hoffer

I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.
Abbie Hoffman

Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.
Herbert Clark Hoover

Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose; but young men think it is, and we were young.
A. E. Housman

No man who does a good deed should expect gratitude. The reward of a good deed is in having done it.
Elbert Hubbard

What we believe is more important than our material existence, therefore warfare is a legitimate extension of values.
Edward Johnson

Charlie Chaplin against war
Charlie Chaplin against war

War seems to be one of the most salutary phenomena for the culture of human nature; and it is not without regret that I see it disappearing more and more from the scene.
Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
Aldous Huxley

It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward.
Dolores Ibarruri

The natural principle of war is to do the most harm to our enemy with the least harm to ourselves; and this of course is to be effected by stratagem.
Washington Irving

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
Thomas Jefferson

In spite of all of the training you get and the precautions you take to keep yourself alive, it’s largely a matter of luck that decides whether or not you get killed.
James Jones

It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so.

Criminals and law enforcement agencies, a fratricidal struggle, a civil war between rival gangs.
Carl William Brown

The best-educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed.
Helen Keller

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

Oh, the brave Music of a distant drum!
Omar Khayyam

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
Martin Luther King Jr.

And that is called paying the Dane-geld; but we’ve proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane.
Rudyard Kipling

If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.
Rudyard Kipling

A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.
Marvin Kitman

Dishonesty, cowardice and duplicity are never impulsive.
George A. Knight

The most persistent sound which reverberates through man’s history is the beating of war drums.
Arthur Koestler

Where do all the women who have watched so carefully over the lives of their beloved ones get the heroism to send them to face the cannon?
KaThe Kollwitz

How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.
Karl Kraus

Sure war is a bad thing, but at least it helps bring down unemployment.
Carl William Brown

War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
Karl Kraus

The more prosperous and settled a nation, the more readily it tends to think of war as a regrettable accident; to nations less fortunate the chance of war presents itself as a possible bountiful friend.
Lewis H. Lapham

Cowards cannot see that their greatest safety lies in dauntless courage.
Johann Kaspar Lavater

The war is dreadful. It is the business of the artist to follow it home to the heart of the individual fighters — not to talk in armies and nations and numbers — but to track it home.
D. H. Lawrence

Of course in war all madnesses come out in a man. That is the fault of war not of a man or a nation.
Frieda Lawrence

I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving.
Robert E. Lee

Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war –for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.
John Lennon

I sincerely wish war was a pleasanter and easier business than it is, but it does not admit of holidays.
Abraham Lincoln

Let him not boast who puts his armor on as he who puts it off, the battle done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I have known war as few men now living know it. Its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.
Douglas Macarthur

In a country where the military earns a lot of money, the only thing to do to amortize the expense is to generate a war.
Carl William Brown

I see that old flagpole still stands. Have your troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down.
Douglas Macarthur

In war, there is no substitute for victory.
Douglas Macarthur

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Niccolo Machiavelli

War aircraft
War aircraft

The Oscars demonstrate the will of the people to control and judge those they have elected to stand above them (much, perhaps, as in bygone days, an election celebrated the same).
David Mamet

Wars are carried out by large organizations; Peace is brought one by one.
Rachel Manor

Blunders are an inescapable feature of war, because choice in military affairs lies generally between the bad and the worse.
Allan Massie

Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.
Francis Meehan

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
H. L. Mencken

God always provides what we need, but we must be ready to open our eyes and see it.

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Henry Miller

I’m a hero with coward’s legs.
Spike Milligan

War hath no fury like a non-combatant.
Charles Edward Montague

Cowardice is the mother of cruelty.
Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

The only war I can conceive is that against stupidity. But in this area the human race always prefers to be at peace with itself and its deadliest enemies.
Carl William Brown

It is the part of cowardliness, and not of virtue, to seek to squat itself in some hollow lurking hole, or to hide herself under some massive tomb, thereby to shun the strokes of fortune.
Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society.
Lewis Mumford

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
Jose Narosky

The only cowards are sinners; fighting the fight is all.
John G. Neihardt

War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound; its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Our rewards in life will always be in direct ratio to our service.
Earl Nightingale

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
Ronald Reagan

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

There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.
George Orwell

What are we hoping to get out of it, what’s it all in aid of — is it really just for the sake of a gloved hand waving at you from a golden coach?
John Osborne

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Wilfred Owen

To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.
Thomas Paine

The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

Suppose they gave a war, and no one came?
Leslie Parrish-Bach

He that does good for good’s sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.
William Penn

That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.
Edgar Allan Poe

The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
Ezra Pound

Wars are made to make debt.
Ezra Pound

There is no reason for war that reasonable men can’t settle. Clouds and thunder don’t always result in rain. A small cloud can hide the sun and the moon.
Armenian Proverb

Cruelty of war quotes
Cruelty of war quotes

War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.
French Proverb

To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love.
German Proverb

It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.
Irish Proverb

We won the war, but we lost peace.
Serbian Proverb

Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.
Queen Elizabeth II

War begets quiet, quiet idleness, idleness disorder, disorder ruin; likewise ruin order, order virtue, virtue glory, and good fortune.
Sir Walter Raleigh

By now the cold war has turned into a hot peace, and people have already begun to sweat a lot.
Carl William Brown

There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.
Ayn Rand

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

The reward of great men is that, long after they have died, one is not quite sure that they are dead.
Jules Renard

Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It’s to see my dividends coming in.
John D. Rockefeller

I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war and no one will win the next.
Eleanor Roosevelt

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

War is a contagion.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Open-mindedness should not be fostered because, as Scripture teaches, Truth is great and will prevail, nor because, as Milton suggests, Truth will always win in a free and open encounter. It should be fostered for its own sake.
Richard Rorty

A cowardly cur barks more fiercely than it bites.
Quintus Curtius Rufus

War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery

To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
George Santayana

Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.
William T. Sherman

If it were not for the war, this war would suit me down to the ground.
Dorothy L. Sayers

God’s delays are not God’s denials.
Robert H. Schuller

When the adulation of life is gone, the coward sneaks to his death, but the brave live on.
George Sewell

Cowards die a thousand deaths. The valiant taste of death but once.
William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
William Shakespeare

For the humorist, good is evil, war is peace, life is death.
Carl William Brown

Cry “havoc!” and let loose the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.
William Shakespeare

We go to gain a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name.
William Shakespeare

In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine.
George Bernard Shaw

Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice.
George Bernard Shaw

War is the statesman’s game, the priest’s delight, The lawyer’s jest, the hired assassin’s trade.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

War – what a waste of time. It’s all about great achievements for the very few but hideous losses for the very many.
Author Unknown

Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
Sun Tzu

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Sun Tzu

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Sun Tzu

You can ensure the success of your attacks if you only attack places that are undefended. You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked. Therefore, that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
Sun Tzu

A modern tank
A modern tank

It is better to be killed than frightened to death.
Robert S. Surtees

Greater even than the pious man is he who eats that which is the fruit of his own toil; for scripture declares him twice-blessed.
The Talmud

I have a deep sympathy with war; it so apes the gait and bearing of the soul.
Henry David Thoreau

The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
Henry David Thoreau

There are two things which will always be very difficult for a democratic nation: to start a war and to end it.
Alexis De Tocqueville

Not in rewards, but in the strength to strive, the blessing lies.
J. T. Towbridge

Except a person be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave.
Mark Twain

Except a person be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave.
Mark Twain

It is better to deserve an honor and not receive it, than to receive one and not deserve it!
Mark Twain

The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession, but carrying a banner.
Mark Twain

There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.
Mark Twain

A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.
Author Unknown

As cowardly as a coward is, it is not safe to call a coward a coward.
Author Unknown

All wars are wars of power, which is why being against power and stupidity it is obvious that it is also against the war for power, but not against the revolt against power and its atrocities.
Carl William Brown

Companies that give excellent service reward employees for providing it.
Author Unknown

Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward.
Author Unknown

The cowards never started – and the weak died along the way.
Author Unknown

To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given.
John Updike

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
Peter Ustinov

Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered for themselves. There are perhaps less wrong-minded people than thoughtless.
Marquis De Vauvenargues

It is forbidden to kill – and thus, all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers, and with the background of trumpets playing.
Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire

One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly.
Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire

What war has always been is a puberty ceremony. It’s a very rough one, but you went away a boy and came back a man, maybe with an eye missing or whatever but godammit you were a man and people had to call you a man thereafter.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.
Booker T. Washington

A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war.
Simone Weil

What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict.
Simone Weil

Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men.
Bishop Westcott

With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
Oscar Wilde

All men would be cowards if they durst.
John Wilmot

My mind is my biggest asset.
Tiger Woods

If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or “our” country, let it be understood soberly and rationally between us that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits which I have not shared and probably will not share.
Virginia Woolf

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
Virginia Woolf

I think it better that in times like these a poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.
William Butler Yeats

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