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Published Monday, May 30, 2016 @ 11:53 AM EDT
May 30 2016

War as Napoleon knew it is just not possible any more. However, we're very unlikely to accept or recognize world peace even when we get it.
-Bruce Sterling

War brutalizes everyone involved until there is no more innocence on either side.
-Harry Harrison

War does not determine who is right- only who is left.
-Bertrand Russell

War doesn't mature men; it merely pickles them in the brine of disgust and dread.
-Rex Stout

War has... become a luxury which only the small nations can afford.
-Hannah Arendt

War hath no fury like a non-combatant.
-C.E. Montague

War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances... that no human wisdom can calculate the end.
-Thomas Paine

War is a biological necessity.
-Friedrich A.J. von Bernhardi

War is a great asshole magnet.
-P.J. O'Rourke

War is a lottery in which nations ought to risk nothing but small amounts.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

War is a serious game in which a man risks his reputation, his troops, and his country. A sensible man will search himself to know whether or not he is fitted for the trade.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

War is always cause for remorse, never for exhilaration.
-William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
-Thomas Jefferson

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.
-Norman Cousins

War is capitalism with the gloves off and many who go to war know it but they go to war because they don't want to be a hero. It takes courage to sit down and be counted.
-Tom Stoppard

War is destructive. The idea that you can do something constructive with war is becoming this facile, dangerous, intellectually lax political interpretation of military counter-insurgency theory.
-Rachel Maddow

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
-George Orwell

War is evil, but sometimes man has to play with the devil to get rid of him.
-Roy Forquer

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.
-Ambrose Bierce

War is just one more big government program.
-Joseph Sobran

War is like a fire. One man may start it, but it will spread all over. It is not about one thing in particular.
-T.H. White

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

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
-Winston Churchill

War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.
-Georges Clemenceau

War is no longer made by simply analysed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule.
-Ernest Hemingway

War is not nice.
-Barbara Bush

War is not the answer. Victory is.
-Ramesh Ponnuru

War is nothing more than the continuation of politics by other means.
-Karl von Clausewitz

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
-Thomas Mann

War is simple, direct, and ruthless. It takes a simple, direct, and ruthless man to wage it.
-George S. Patton, Jr.

War is the science of destruction.
-John Abbott

War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society.
-Lewis Mumford

War is the trade of Kings.
-John Dryden

War is the unfolding of miscalculation.
-Barbara Tuchman

War is to be ranked among the most dreadful calamities which fall on a guilty world; and, what deserves consideration, it tends to multiply and perpetuate itself without end.
-William Ellery Channing

War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.
-George Herbert

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
-Jimmy Carter

War seldom enters but where wealth allures.
-John Dryden

War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.
-William McKinley

War will exist as long as there's a food chain.
-P.J. O'Rourke

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

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
-H.L. Mencken

War would end if the dead could return.
-Stanley Baldwin

War's a profanity because, let's face it, you've got two opposing sides trying to settle their differences by killing as many of each other as they can.
-H. Norman Schwartzkopf, Jr.

War, famine, poverty and oppression of the workers will continue while woman makes life cheap. They will cease only when she limits her reproductivity and human life is no longer a thing to be wasted.
-Margaret Sanger

War, in its fairest form, implies a perpetual violation of humanity and justice.
-Edward Gibbon

War- after all, what is it that the people get? Why- widows, taxes, wooden legs and debt.
-Samuel B. Pettengill

War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that the enemy too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
-Karl Kraus

Wars are Spinach. Life in general is the tough part. In war all you have to do is not worry and know how to read a map and co-ordinates.
-Ernest Hemingway

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