93+ Profound War Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Top War Quotes

A true soldier does not admit defeat before the battle. – unknown

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

But war is also an incredible teacher – a brutal instructor. We learned lessons in war, written in blood, about sorrow, loss, and pain. – Jocko Willink, The Dichotomy of Leadership

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. – Sun Tzu

The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can and keep moving on. – Ulysses S. Grant

After the war, aid. – Greek Proverb

One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression. Patriotism becomes the order of the day, and those who question the war are seen as traitors, to be silenced and imprisoned. – Howard Zinn

Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood. – George S. Patton

Don’t go looking for trouble. – Aesop

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. – Douglas MacArthur

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. – Jose Narosky

Listen up – there’s no war that will end all wars. – Haruki Murakami

God grant me a good sword and no use for it. – Polish

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

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

Happy nations have no history. – Belgian

War is a severe doctor; but it sometimes heals grievances. – Edward Counsel

One might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. – N. Rogers

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. – G.K. Chesterton

War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it. – Benito Mussolini

The spider and the fly can’t make a bargain. – Jamaican

Until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown will be cut down and disfigured, to begin all over again after that! – Anne Frank

United we stand; divided we fall. – Aesop

Only the dead have seen the end of war. – Plato

Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous. – George Bernard Shaw

Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down. – Malcolm X

Violence begets violence. – unknown

War settles nothing. – Dwight Eisenhower

War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means. – Carl Von Clausewitz

Lest we forget? But have we forgotten? The cost, the maiming of war? Lest we forget? – Greta Zwaan, Have We Forgotten?

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 other’s children. – Jimmy Carter

But everywhere throughout the world – throughout this war that covers the world- there is a special spirit that has warmed our hearts since our earliest childhood – a spirit that brings us close to our homes, our families, our friends and neighbors – the Christmas spirit of peace on earth, good will toward men. It is an unquenchable spirit. – Franklin Roosevelt

War ends nothing. – Zairean

After the end of the World War of 1914 there was a deep conviction and almost universal hope that peace would reign in the world. – Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm

When the rich wage war, it is the poor who die. – Jean-Paul Sartre

War is sweet to those who haven’t experienced it. – Latin

In the decades since World War II, we have constructed a system of regulatory law that basically outlaws common sense. Modern law, in an effort to be self-executing, has shut out our humanity. – Philip K. Howard, The Death of Common Sense

That war is never the answer that hatred must be controlled; God molded love for each nation, not greed or power or gold. – Greta Zwaan, In the Trenches

There never was a good war, or a bad peace. – Benjamin Franklin

Until we end our own inner war, war will never end. – Raven Mardirosian

The future can be anything we want it to be, providing we have the faith and that we realize that peace, no less than war, required blood and sweat and tears. – Charles Kettering

You can’t have peace any longer than your neighbor pleases. – Dutch

This is the nature of war: it turns us into enemies. People who have never met kill each other out of fear. – Thich Nhat Hanh, Creating True Peace

War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading. – Thomas Hardy

Remembrance Day isn’t just about war and those we’ve lost, but about ideals and what we stand for. It’s about respecting our past and looking hopefully forward, and more than anything, thanking those who have served. – Rebecca Zamon

A mind at peace does not engender wars. – Sophocles

Worry is the worst enemy of mankind: It is a silent killer. It has killed more people than all the wars in the history of mankind. – M. K. Soni

The Korean War marked a turning point in American attitudes towards marriage and the family and established as a permanent trend what we had regarded as a Second World War adjustment. – Margaret Mead

The power of making war often prevents it. – Thomas Jefferson

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

From wars to corrupt governments causing hungry and poverty, these are all made by decisions that men and women make. – Catherine Pulsifer

Once, in a magazine interview, I said the difference between shoe ladies and bag ladies is that shoe ladies are just a bit classier. Finished! That started World War III among all the women I knew. I only meant that shoes do more for your look and body than bags do! – Kareena Kapoor Khan

War is what happens when language fails. – Margaret Atwood

War can only be abolished through war … in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun. – Mao Zedong

War demands sacrifice of the people. It gives only suffering in return. – Frederic Clemson Howe

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. – Leo Tolstoy

Dwight D. Eisenhower endured many dramatic, tension-filled days, but nothing ever exceeded the events leading up to his courageous decision to launch the greatest military invasion in the history of warfare on June 6, 1944. – Carlo D’Este, Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. – Jawaharlal Nehru

War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always. – Sophocles

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. – Winston Churchill

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. – St. Jerome

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

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. – Douglas MacArthur

Wars do not end wars any more than an extraordinarily large conflagration does away with the fire hazard. – Henry Ford

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

The nation having the strongest war footing can easily find an excuse for going to war. – Lewis F. Korns

War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it. – Martin Luther

A war undertaken without sufficient monies has but a wisp of force. Coins are the very sinews of battles. – Francois Rabelais

I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell. – William Tecumseh Sherman

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders. – Winston Churchill

The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead! – George S. Patton

For thousands of years, life has been teaching us the same lessons over and over. Through war and peace; through rags and riches; through stories of hope and of despair; through tragedies and failure that end in triumph and success… – Mauricio Chaves-Mesen

Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives. – Chuck Palahniuk

War hath no fury like a non-combatant. – C. E. Montague

With everyone so focused on their own production and creating their own success, there would be no time for war, drugs, or other wasteful, unnecessary destruction. We’d all hit levels of success previously thought impossible – and inspire one another to do more and be more. – Grant Cardone, Be Obsessed or Be Average

A warrior is not a person that carries a gun. The biggest war you ever go through is right between your own ears. It’s in your mind. We’re all going through a war in our mind, and we have to callus our mind to fight that war and to win that war. – David Goggins

Short of changing human nature … the only way to achieve a practical, livable peace in a world of competing nations is to take the profit out of war. – Richard Nixon

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

On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine. – Queen Elizabeth II, Christmas Message 2016

So I would say God hates war, but God loves every soldier. – Rick Warren

Blame is fascinating – it shapes our lives. It can be a benign way of positioning ourselves, a gentle joust or banter, or it can be poisonous, hurtful or devastating for its victims. It can tear apart marriages and fracture work relationships; it can disable major social programmes; it can inflict damage on powerful corporations; it can bring down governments; it can start wars and justify genocides. – Stephen Fineman, The Blame Business

I have seen periods of progress followed by reaction. I have seen the hopes and aspirations of Negroes rise during World War II, only to be smashed during the Eisenhower years. I am seeing the victories of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations destroyed by Richard Nixon. – Bayard Rustin

A pen to a poet becomes a mighty sword. When drawn, a literary war against paper, creatively unfolds. – Robert M. Hensel

I was drafted during the Korean War. None of us wanted to go… It was only a couple of years after World War II had ended. We said, ‘Wait a second? Didn’t we just get through with that?’ – Clint Eastwood

We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome. – Isabel Allende

The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy, but this time green energy. – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The use of drones is rapidly transforming the way we go to war. On the battlefield, a squad leader can receive real-time data from a drone that enables him to view the landscape for miles in every direction, dramatically expanding the capabilities of what would normally have been a small and isolated unit. – Michael Hastings

Before the Second World War, I believed in the perfectibility of social man; that a correct structure of society produced goodwill; and that, therefore, you could remove all social ills by a reorganization of society. It is possible that I believe something of the same again; but after the war, I did not because I was unable to. – William Golding

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans – born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace. – John F. Kennedy

When I was in the White House, I was confronted with the challenge of the Cold War. Both the Soviet Union and I had 30,000 nuclear weapons that could destroy the entire earth and I had to maintain the peace. – Jimmy Carter

I will share a personal experience: my father was posted in Jammu & Kashmir during the Kargil war. I remember my mom sitting in front of television throughout the day reading tickers which had name of the martyrs. – Anushka Sharma

There are only two sides to this question. Every man must be for the United States or against it. There can be no neutrals in this war; only patriots and traitors. – Stephen Douglas

The great thing about being a print journalist is that you are permitted to duck. Cameramen get killed while the writers are flat on the floor. A war correspondent for the BBC dedicated his memoir to 50 fallen colleagues, and I guarantee you they were all taking pictures. I am only alive because I am such a chicken. – P. J. O’Rourke

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