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Quotations The Best Quotes About War  

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A list of the best war quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous war quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic war quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational war quotes from that same writer.

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Wars don’t bring lasting peace, only lasting death. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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

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I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones. Albert Einstein

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

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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

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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

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"Keep your enemies at a distance, your partners close at hand." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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"When you give death, you give of your own life -- every time." Janet Morris

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

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

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In war there is no substitute for victory. Douglas MacArthur

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Everyone prepares for battle in his own way. Janet Morris

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Wars don’t bring lasting peace, only lasting death. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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"If the gods sent you to fight here, then the gods are fools." Janet Morris

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"Strife brings all things into being on her battlefield. This I know. I have been there many times,” says Vashanka, lord of sack and pillage. “I have died before.” Janet Morris

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

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

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"We've the new hard-steel, though why they're all so hot to pay twice the price when men're soft as clay and even wood will pierce the boldest belly, I can't say." Janet Morris

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War is a contagion. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Time to unite the Sacred Bands, Thebans and his people: one unit, one heart, one swing through life. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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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

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"No ethos, pursued without thought or mercy, is ethical." Janet Morris

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There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war. Laozi

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Nothing he knew of, enunciated life like death. Janet Morris

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