Photo: via Tumblr

war The Best Quotes About War  

Reference
490 votes 22 voters 10.8k views 133 items Embed

List Rules Must be a famous or well-known quote. Vote for the War sayings that strongly resonate with you, and downvote any you didn't like.

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.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about war?" and "What are inspirational war quotes?"

This list includes notable war quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest war quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite war sayings get to the bottom of the list.

1
6 0
There is no calamity greater t... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quotes About War
There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war. Laozi

The Best Walter White Quotes of All Time Youngest Hollywood MILFs

2
9 1
Cry havoc! and let loose the d... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quotes About War
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

3
10 2
Wars don’t bring lasting peace... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Wars don’t bring lasting peace, only lasting death. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

4
7 1
‎
‎"Dreamers and dreaming dead, lots of them from neither here nor there with no chance of getting home again, lost in place and time..." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

5
7 1
"When you give death, you give of your own life -- every time." Janet Morris

6
7 1
"Be polite to all, friendly to none. Be professional. Be ready to kill everyone and everything." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

7
7 1
"Mercy is not in favor in my heavens today,” says Vashanka, unforgiving and combative, folding vast arms and spearing Harmony with lightning that crackles from his gaze. Janet Morris

8
8 2
"No ethos, pursued without thought or mercy, is ethical." Janet Morris

9
5 0
Nothing walks the earth more s... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Nothing walks the earth more savage than a mare enraged. Janet Morris

10
5 0
The supreme art of war is to s... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quotes About War
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu

11
6 1
‎
‎"Gather the shards of your courage. Patch together what resolve you can. We'll find this thing -- and kill it." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

12
6 1
"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

13
6 1
‎
‎"For Tempus...was a dozen storm gods' avatar; no army he sanctified could know defeat; no war he fought could not be won. Combat was life to him; he fought like the gods themselves..." Janet Morris

14
6 1
War seared its specter into yo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quotes About War
War seared its specter into your memory. Doubled the beat of your heart. Humbled you because it would take you if it could. Living had become very important, the only thing that mattered. Chris Morris

15
6 1
This fight coming is not a bat... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quotes About War
This fight coming is not a battle of weapons, but a battle of wills. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

List of Katy Perry Interviews 14 Celebrities Who Are Heirs

16
6 1
Wars don’t bring lasting peace... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Wars don’t bring lasting peace, only lasting death. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

17
6 1
Time to unite the Sacred Bands... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Time to unite the Sacred Bands, Thebans and his people: one unit, one heart, one swing through life. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

18
6 1
‎
‎"Old enough to kill means old enough to die," Janet Morris, Chris Morris

19
6 1
You count up your dead, every ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quotes About War
You count up your dead, every one. Always. Recall them, each and all – every face, every heart. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

20
6 1
These warriors of the Sacred B... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quotes About War
These warriors of the Sacred Band were inscrutable; they loved their war and death and picking through the bones of time to sort out right from wrong, good from bad, holy from profane, honor from dishonor. Janet Morris

21
6 1
If any question why we died, t... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Quotes About War
If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied. Rudyard Kipling

22
6 1
Everyone prepares for battle i... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Everyone prepares for battle in his own way. Janet Morris

23
6 1
Proof of war, when it comes, a... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Proof of war, when it comes, always comes too late. Janet Morris

24
6 1
"Keep your enemies at a distance, your partners close at hand." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

25
7 2
"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

26
7 2
"Revenge is fruitless." Janet Morris

27
7 2
"And what do the Theban hoplites see in this extended rending of the sky, this white-bright glory of Enlil's lightning? The future, but not theirs: paired cavalry fighters; formed ranks of armored death; grim men on their tall horses with lightning limning weapons tailored to the task; men spoiling for a fight if the gods allowed -- the Sacred Band of Stepsons, out from shadows and the dark." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

28
7 2
"War's balance will prevail." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

29
7 2
Nothing he knew of, enunciated... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Nothing he knew of, enunciated life like death. Janet Morris

The Best Movies With Heaven in the Title The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

30
7 2
"Kiss my pommel." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

31
8 3
"If the gods sent you to fight here, then the gods are fools." Janet Morris

32
7 3
Look to the souls of Your own ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Look to the souls of Your own soldiers, God, who labor in Thine awful cause. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

33
6 2
Whatsoever is thine, is Mine. ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Whatsoever is thine, is Mine. And you, arrogant servant, best not forget it. For I am always with thee, wheresoever thou art. Have faith in Me, rely on Me, and only Me, in the battles yet to come. Forever and ever. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

34
5 1
The problem in defense is how ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quotes About War
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without. Dwight D. Eisenhower

35
5 1
In war there is no substitute ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quotes About War
In war there is no substitute for victory. Douglas MacArthur

36
4 0
There is no avoiding war; it c... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Quotes About War
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. Niccolò Machiavelli

37
4 0
War is like love, it always fi... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quotes About War
War is like love, it always finds a way. Bertolt Brecht

38
6 3
And what do the Theban hoplite... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quotes About War
And what do the Theban hoplites see in this extended rending of the sky, this white-bright glory of Enlil's lightning? The future, but not theirs: paired cavalry fighters; formed ranks of armored death; grim men on their tall horses with lightning limning weapons tailored to the task; men spoiling for a fight if the gods allowed -- the Sacred Band of Stepsons, out from shadows and the dark. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

39
6 3
Gods colliding, ethos and myth... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Gods colliding, ethos and mythos trying to combine. The Sacred Band caught up in a whirlwind not of any god's devising: he and Niko had wanted to save twenty-three pairs of fated Theban fighters. Now everything feels fated and fighting oversweeps its boundaries of time and place and plane. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

40
6 3
And what do the Theban hoplite... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quotes About War
And what do the Theban hoplites see in this extended rending of the sky, this white-bright glory of Enlil's lightning? The future, but not theirs: paired cavalry fighters; formed ranks of armored death; grim men on their tall horses with lightning limning weapons tailored to the task; men spoiling for a fight if the gods allowed -- the Sacred Band of Stepsons, out from shadows and the dark. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

41
6 3
Niko’s angular face caught a f... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Niko’s angular face caught a flicker of firelight and Tempus saw his future there: sharp purpose, discipline, and power in perfect balance; love of man and gods, and mercy transcending all. If war ever wore a more humane face, this one would make it so. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

42
5 2
"One man, one horse, one holocaust on demand." Janet Morris

43
5 2
"Sometimes the cost of winning for all the right reasons is so great that spirits die and hearts grow cold." Janet Morris

The Best Winston Churchill Quotes The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

44
5 2
Revenge is never the best driv... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Revenge is never the best driver for a battle, but a common one. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

45
5 2
"Naming god is the first act of war." Chris Morris

46
5 2
Niko knew death like a sister ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Niko knew death like a sister – she was his true partner in the phenomenal world. Janet Morris

47
5 2
"You've been playing gods-and-witches again, that's clear." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

48
4 1
The battle had shaken all thre... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quotes About War
The battle had shaken all three of them. Life seemed so fragile, each Sacred Band fighter so vulnerable. Chris Morris

49
4 1
"You have crossbows: Shoot early; shoot often." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

50
4 1
"The only unfair fight is the one you lose." Janet Morris, Chris Morris