I am for peace: but when I
speak, they are for war.
Psalms 120:7, King James Version
So in the simple blessing of a rainbow,
In the bevelled edge of a sunlit mirrow,
I have seen visible, Death's artifact
Like a soldier's ribbon on a tunic tacked.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on a dunghill.
Man, I ain't got no quarrel with them Vietcong.
No, I am not going 10,000 miles to help murder, kill, and burn other people to simply help continue the domination of white slavemasters over dark people the world over. This is the day and age when such evil injustice must come to an end.
Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?
John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.
If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
War would end if the dead could return.
One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.
All war represents is a failure of diplomacy.
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America.
These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
Veni, vidi, vici.
Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.*
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
An unjust peace is better than a just war.
The sinews of war: unlimited money.
The leader is not just a scorekeeper. He is responsible for creating something new and better.
Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.
Conquer, but don't triumph.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
Man tell us our lives are free of danger. We stay at home. They go to war. Rubbish. I'd rather face three assaults. In line of battle, than bear one child.
Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.
There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.
[The] city of New York and the United States of America is much stronger than any group of barbaric terrorists, that our democracy, that our rule of law, that our strength and our willingness to defend ourselves will ultimately prevail.
I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
Losing one glove is certainly painful, but nothing compared to the pain, of losing one, throwing away the other, and finding the first one again.
In modern war ... you will die like a dog for no good reason.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience ... I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things like the men and women serving our country in Iraq and other places around the world.
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.
There's no such thing as interacting in society without it being a political act, the most fearsome of which is war. But all other acts are political, too. Even if you say,I don't believe in politics, you've just acted. You've acted for the status quo.
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
The first casualty when war comes is truth.
I have not yet begun to fight!
Under the hypnosis of war hysteria, with a pusillanimous Congress rubber-stamping every whim of the White House, we passed the withholding tax.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction ... The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.
No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.
It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.
Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals.
I don't celebrate the 4th of July because there never should have been a war with Britain.
Wars aren't stopped by fighting wars, any more than you can fight fire with fire. You fight fire with water. You fight violence with nonviolence.
I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
The Establishment center ... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster - a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.
Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not the battlefields of Vietnam.
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 best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
The army is always the same. The sun and the moon change. The army knows no seasons.
You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.
In business as on the battlefield, the object of strategy is to bring about the condition most favorable to one's own side.
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
If you didn't like Darfur, you're going to hate Baghdad.
War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.
A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed; they are armed because they mistrust each other.
Forget wars, religions, famines and poems for the moment. This is history's greatest theme: the metastasis of exchange, specialization and the invention it has called forth, thecreationof time.
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.
You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way.
Sweat saves blood.
Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
There are also unknown unknowns.
Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
This England never did, nor never shall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.
The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.
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.
Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.
What is the use of physicians like myself trying to help parents to bring up children healthy and happy, to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?
The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.
A wound born in victory is a wound without pain.
We must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.
I fired him [MacArthur] because he wouldn't respect the authority of the President ... I didn't fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that's not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.
We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark.
War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
All war is deception.
The general who wins a battle makes many calculations ... here the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few to defeat.
The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.
Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
I have brought you to the ring, now dance the best you can!
If we don't end war, war will end us.
I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
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.
Politics is war carried out without bloodshed, while war is politics carried out with bloodshed.