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History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.

~Abba Eban

 

Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.

~Abraham Flexner

 

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.

~Abraham Lincoln

 

Military glory--that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood--that serpent's eye, that charms to destroy...

~Abraham Lincoln

 

Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose—and you allow him to make war at pleasure.

~Abraham Lincoln

 

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

~Abraham Lincoln

 

We must recognize the chief characteristic of the modern era--a permanent state of what I call violent peace.

~Admiral James D. Watkins

 

All nations want peace, but they want a peace that suits them.

~Admiral Sir John Fisher

 

In war, truth is the first casualty.

~Aeschylus

 

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

~Aesop

 

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

 

The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.

~A. J. P. Taylor

 

No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.

~A. J. P. Taylor

 

No war is inevitable until it breaks out.

~A. J. P. Taylor

 

Wars based on principle are far more destructive...the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.

~Alan Watts

 

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives...inside ourselves.

~Albert Camus

 

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.

~George Orwell

 

When a war breaks out, people say: "It's too stupid, it can't last long." But though a war may be "too stupid," that doesn't prevent its lasting.

~Albert Camus

 

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.

~Albert Camus

 

It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own.

~Albert J. Nock

 

What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.

~Aldous Huxley

 

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

The demands of internal growth are incomparably more important to us...than the need for any external expansion of our power.

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

The next war ... may well bury Western civilization forever.

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.

~Alexander Berkman

 

War paralyzes your courage and deadens the spirit of true manhood.

~Alexander Berkman

 

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

~Alexander Hamilton

 

O peace! how many wars were waged in thy name.

~Alexander Pope

 

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.

~Alexis de Tocqueville

 

Distorted history boasts of bellicose glory . . . and seduces the souls of boys to seek mystical bliss in bloodshed and in battles.

~Alfred Adler

 

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.

~Albert Camus

 

It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

~Albert Camus

 

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.

~Alexis de Tocqueville

 

Even if we are spared destruction by war, our lives will have to change if we want to save life from self-destruction.

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

Violence as a way of gaining power...is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security...

~Alfred Adler

 

War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.

~Alfred Adler

 

To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman.

~Alfred Adler

 

It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.

~Alfred Adler

 

The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations.

~Ambrose Bierce

 

Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.

~Anne Louise Germaine de Stael

 

Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.

~Anne O'Hare McCormick

 

Brute force is not our salvation, especially as directed by State central planning and done with little regard for the innocents...

~Anthony Gregory

 

Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible.

~A. Philip Randolph

 

Because I do it with one small ship, I am called a terrorist. You do it with a whole fleet and are called an emperor.

~A pirate, from St. Augustine's "City of God"

 

Old men declare war because they have failed to solve complex political and economic problems.

~Arthur Hoppe

 

Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

~Ayn Rand

 

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.

~Barbara Tuchman

 

The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies.

~Basil O'Connor

 

War is never a solution; it is an aggravation.

~Benjamin Disraeli

 

Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.

~Benjamin Franklin

 

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.

~Benjamin Franklin

 

Let us not deceive ourselves; we must elect world peace or world destruction.

~Bernard M. Baruch

 

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

~Benjamin Franklin

 

Either man will abolish war, or war will abolish man.

~Bertrand Russell

 

War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

~Bertrand Russell

 

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

~Barbara Ehrenreich

 

The terrorist is the one with the small bomb.

~Brendan Behan

 

After each war there is a little less democracy to save.

~Brooks Atkinson

 

Blind faith in your leaders or in anything will get you killed.

~Bruce Springsteen

 

War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.

~Carl P. G. von Clausewitz

 

We...are not really free if we can't control our own government and its policies. And we will never do that if we remain ignorant.

~Charley Reese

 

War, n: A time-tested political tactic guaranteed to raise a president’s popularity rating by at least 30 points. It is especially useful during election years and economic downturns.

~Chaz Bufe

 

In war, we always deform ourselves, our essence.

~Chris Hedges

 

After victory, you have more enemies.

~Cicero

 

War is never economically beneficial except for those in position to profit from war expenditures.

~Congressman Ron Paul

 

As a rule of thumb, if the government wants you to know it, it probably isn't true.

~Craig Murray

 

There is nothing politically right that is morally wrong.

~Daniel O'Connell

 

War creates peace like hate creates love.

~David L. Wilson

 

We must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means.

~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

 

Conflict cannot survive without your participation.

~Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

The tragedy of modern war is that the youg men die fighting each other---instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.

~Ed Abbey

 

A Patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

~Ed Abbey

 

"neoconservatives" are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell.

~Edward Abbey

 

My theory is, strong people don't need strong leaders.

~Ella Baker

 

You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.

~Ernest Hemingway

 

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.

~General Omar N. Bradley

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Or you could try someone we all trust:

 

the role of the military is to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place.

~George W. Bush

 

Our enemies...never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

~George W. Bush

 

I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.

~George W. Bush

 

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.

~Adolph Hitler

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