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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.



Any excuse will serve a tyrant.



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.



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



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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