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

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The supreme art of war is to s... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quotes About War
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu

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I do not know with what weapon... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quotes About War
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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There is no avoiding war; it c... is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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

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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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Cry havoc! and let loose the d... is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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The problem in defense is how ... is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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In war there is no substitute ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quotes About War
In war there is no substitute for victory. Douglas MacArthur

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There is no calamity greater t... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quotes About War
There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war. Laozi

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

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Everyone prepares for battle i... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Everyone prepares for battle in his own way. 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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Wars don’t bring lasting peace... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Wars don’t bring lasting peace, only lasting death. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Time to unite the Sacred Bands... is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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

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

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I have known war as few men no... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quotes About War
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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If any question why we died, t... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quotes About War
If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied. Rudyard Kipling

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"Revenge is fruitless." Janet Morris

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

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Nothing he knew of, enunciated... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Nothing he knew of, enunciated life like death. Janet Morris

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War is like love, it always fi... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quotes About War
War is like love, it always finds a way. Bertolt Brecht

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"Kiss my pommel." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Look to the souls of Your own ... is listed (or ranked) 25 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

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"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

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You count up your dead, every ... is listed (or ranked) 27 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

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‎"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

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This fight coming is not a bat... is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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‎"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

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Proof of war, when it comes, a... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Proof of war, when it comes, always comes too late. Janet Morris

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Revenge is never the best driv... is listed (or ranked) 32 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

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War is a contagion. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quotes About War
War is a contagion. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Mankind must put an end to war... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quotes About War
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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Hence that general is skilful ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quotes About War
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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The war is dreadful. It is the... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Quotes About War
The war is dreadful. It is the business of the artist to follow it home to the heart of the individual fighters -- not to talk in armies and nations and numbers -- but to track it home. D. H. Lawrence

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The savage in man is never qui... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quotes About War
The savage in man is never quite eradicated. Henry David Thoreau

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The most persistent sound whic... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quotes About War
The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums. Arthur Koestler

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Older men declare war. But it ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. Herbert Hoover

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War is delightful to those who... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quotes About War
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it. Desiderius Erasmus

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"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

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

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

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

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These warriors of the Sacred B... is listed (or ranked) 45 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

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War seared its specter into yo... is listed (or ranked) 46 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

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Sometimes the cost of winning ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Sometimes the cost of winning for all the right reasons is so great that spirits die and hearts grow cold. Janet Morris

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Nothing walks the earth more s... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quotes About War
Nothing walks the earth more savage than a mare enraged. Janet Morris

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The quickest way of ending a w... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Quotes About War
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. George Orwell

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In the arts of life man invent... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quotes About War
In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine. George Bernard Shaw