Friday, 21 June 2013

Free War Quotes 2

War has a deeper and more ineffable relation to hidden grandeurs in man than has yet been deciphered. ~ Thomas de Quincey

No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time. ~ Henry Kissinger

Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. ~ Gandhi,

I would like it if men had to partake in the same hormonal cycles to which we’re subjected monthly. Maybe that’s why men declare war – because they have a need to bleed on a regular basis. ~ Brett Butler

We saw the lightning and that was the guns and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped. ~ Harriet Tubman

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passions, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace. ~ André Gide,

Battles, in these ages, are transacted by mechanism; with the slightest possible development of human individuality or spontaneity; men now even die, and kill one another, in an artificial manner. ~ Thomas Carlyle,

The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars. ~ William Westmoreland

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace. ~ Ulysses S. Grant

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the name of peace They waged the wars Ain’t they got no shame ~ Nikki Giovanni

Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity. ~ Author Unknown

What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood. ~ Aldous Huxley

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

To kill a man is not to defend a doctrine, but to kill a man. ~ Michael Servetus

A day will come when a cannon will be exhibited in museums, just as instruments of torture are now, and the people will be astonished that such a thing could have been. ~ Victor Hugo

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 Bismark

The draft is white people sending black people to fight yellow people to protect the country they stole from red people. ~ Gerome Gragni and James Rado

War hath no fury like a noncombatant. ~ Charles Edward Montague,

What a country calls its vital… interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war. Petroleum is a more likely cause of international conflict than wheat. ~ Simone Weil,

War is never a solution; it is an aggravation. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

The stench of the trail of Ego in our History. It is ego – ego, the fountain cry, origin, sole source of war. ~ George Meredith,

Dress it as we may, feather it, daub it with gold, huzza it, and sing swaggering songs about it, what is war, nine times out of ten, but murder in uniform? ~ Douglas Jerrold

If you wish to be brothers, drop your weapons. ~ Pope John Paul II

Law never made men a whit more just; and by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice. A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys, and all marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart. They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in which they are concerned; they are all peaceably inclined. Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power? The mass of men serve the State thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies…. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. ~ Henry David Thoreau,

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

A day of battle is a day of harvest for the devil. ~ William Hooke

There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it. ~ Havelock Ellis

All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers. ~ François Fénelon

War should belong to the tragic past, to history: it should find no place on humanity’s agenda for the future. ~ Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla)

Men were made for war. Without it they wandered greyly about, getting under the feet of the women, who were trying to organize the really important things of life. ~ Alice Thomas Ellis

Will… the threat of common extermination continue?… Must children receive the arms race from us as a necessary inheritance? ~ Pope John Paul II

War is nothing less than a temporary repeal of the principles of virtue. It is a system out of which almost all the virtues are excluded, and in which nearly all the vices are included. ~ Robert Hall

Traditional nationalism cannot survive the fissioning of the atom. One world or none. ~ Stuart Chase

Wars usually have the effect of speeding up the process of history. ~ Pieter Geyl,

Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong? ~ Holly Near

The pioneers of a warless world are the [youth] who refuse military service. ~ Albert Einstein

O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it. ~ Mark Twain

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic. ~ Joe Stalin

Men like war: they do not hold much sway over birth, so they make up for it with death. Unlike women, men menstruate by shedding other people’s blood. ~ Lucy Ellman

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. ~ John Stewart Mill

The aim of military training is not just to prepare men for battle, but to make them long for it. ~ Louis Simpson

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

The expendability factor has increased by being transferred from the specialised, scarce and expensively trained military personnel to the amorphous civilian population. American strategists have calculated the proportion of civilians killed in this century’s major wars. In the First World War 5 per cent of those killed were civilians, in the Second World War 48 per cent, while in a Third World War 90-95 per cent would be civilians. ~ Colin Ward,

You can’t say civilization don’t advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way. ~ Will Rogers,

Organized slaughter, we realize, does not settle a dispute; it merely silences an argument. ~ James Frederick Green

I recoil with horror at the ferociousness of man. Will nations never devise a more rational umpire of differences than force? Are there no means of coercing injustice more gratifying to our nature than a waste of the blood of thousands and of the labor of millions of our fellow creatures? ~ Thomas Jefferson

War should be made a crime, and those who instigate it should be punished as criminals. ~ Charles Evans Hughes

War is a game which were their subjects wise, kings would not play at. ~ William Cowper

Borders are scratched across the hearts of men By strangers with a calm, judicial pen, And when the borders bleed we watch with dread The lines of ink across the map turn red. ~ Marya Mannes,

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

They should pick a dry year to fight the war. Better yet, civilize the moronic races and have no wars at all. ~ Clair J. Clark

I don’t know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war. ~ Georges Clemenceau

As long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of exalted characters. ~ Edward Gibbon

There’s a graveyard in northern France where all the dead boys from D-Day are buried. The white crosses reach from one horizon to the other. I remember looking it over and thinking it was a forest of graves. But the rows were like this, dizzying, diagonal, perfectly straight, so after all it wasn’t a forest but an orchard of graves. Nothing to do with nature, unless you count human nature. ~ Barbara Kingsolver,

War! When I but think of this word, I feel bewildered, as though they were speaking to me of sorcery, of the Inquisition, of a distant, finished, abominable, monstrous, unnatural thing. When they speak to us of cannibals, we smile proudly, as we proclaim our superiority to these savages. Who are the real savages? Those who struggle in order to eat those whom they vanquish, or those who struggle merely to kill? ~ Guy de Maupassant,

I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses, for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it. I hate war, and never again will I sanction or support another. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians have to get hurt in wars, otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy way to rid the human race of unneeded trash. ~ Fred Woodworth

In an incredible perversion of justice, former soldiers who sprayed festeringly poisonous chemicals on Vietnam, and now find today that they themselves have been damaged by them, appeal to the people for sympathy and charity. The effects of the defoliant "Agent Orange" are discussed at length, but not one single newspaper article or hearing that we are aware of has even mentioned the effects of the people who still live in those regions of Vietnam. It’s as outlandish as if Nazis who gassed Jews were now to come forward and whine that the poisons they utilized had finally made them sick. The staggering monstrousness goes unlaughed at and even unnoticed, as in a Kafka novel. ~ Fred Woodworth,

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war. ~ Herbert V. Prochnow

Studies by Medical Corps psychiatrists of combat fatigue cases… found that fear of killing, rather than fear of being killed, was the most common cause of battle failure, and that fear of failure ran a strong second. ~ S.L.A. Marshall

You’re an old-timer if you can remember when setting the world on fire was a figure of speech. ~Franklin P. Jones, referring to the atomic bomb


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