Quotes about War & Politics

Quotes about war and politics

“You’ve never lived until you’ve almost died, for those who fought for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.” –Anon. from Vietnam 1968

“One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing, that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.” ~Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Autobiography (1977)

“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 others children.” ~Jimmy Carter (1924-)

“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 Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

“Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.” ~Mao Tse Tung (1893-1976)

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” ~ H.L. Menchken

“It is dangerous to be the right when the government is wrong.” ~ Voltaire (1694-1778)

“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” ~Will Rogers (1879-1935)

“When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.” ~Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

“The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, “you know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.” ~George Carlin

“Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder… the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish their corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace… They are continually talking about their patriotic duty. It is not their but you patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches.
~Eugene Debs

“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 not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children… Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower “The Chance for Peace” Address

“What if somebody gave a war and nobody came? Life would ring the bells of ecstasy and forever be itself again.” ~Allen Ginsberg

“Older men declare war, but it is the youth that must fight and die. And it is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the
triumphs that are the aftermath of war.”
~Herbert Hoover

“What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and try to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.
~General Robert E. Lee

“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.” ~ David Brin

“We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst into our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in war.”
~Erich Maria Remarque (All quiet on the western front Chap. 5 Pg. 88)

“I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficially cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another.”
~Erich Maria Remarque

“War does not determine who is right- only who is left.” ~Bertrand Russell

“A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still, there are things to worth fighting for.” ~ Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

“There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight; there is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right.” ~Woodrow Wilson

“The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace.” ~Nikita Khrushchev

“The first casualty when war comes is truth.” ~Hiram Johnson

“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” ~Gore Vidal

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.” -Theodore Roosvelt

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. ” -Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese Navy “World War II

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” -Plato

“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.” -Mark Twain

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” -Confucius


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