125 War Quotes to Inspire and Motivate Your Journey

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The Most Famous War Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Women more than men can strip war of its glamour and its out-of-date heroisms and patriotisms, and see it as a demon of destruction and hideous wrong. — Lillian Wald

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war. — Otto von Bismarck

Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace. — Theodore Roosevelt

War means fighting, and fighting means killing. — Nathan Bedford Forrest

Most wars are not fought over shortages of resources such as food and water, but rather over conquest, revenge, and ideology. — Steven Pinker

Man is the only animal that deals in that atorcity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. — Mark Twain

War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over. — William Tecumseh Sherman

When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

War: a massacre of people who don't know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don't massacre each other. — Paul Valery

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Short War Quotes

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  • The truth is the greatest enemy of the State. — Unknown Author
  • Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. — Unknown Author
  • The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. — George S. Patton
  • European merchants supply the best weaponry, contributing to their own defeat. — Saladin
  • The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence. — Aldous Huxley
  • Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. — Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election. — Otto von Bismarck
  • The more you sweat in battle, the less you bleed in war. — George S. Patton
  • If you can't afford to take care of your #‎ veterans , then don't go to war. — Bernie Sanders
  • If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you. — Genghis Khan

Top 10 War Quotes

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The truth is the greatest enemy of the State. — Unknown Author

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

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. — George S. Patton

European merchants supply the best weaponry, contributing to their own defeat. — Saladin

The reason why China suffers bitterly from endless wars is because of the existence of feudal lords and kings. — Qin Shi Huang

I die innocent of all the crimes laid to my charge; I pardon those who have occasioned my death; and I pray to God that the blood you are going to shed may never be visited on France. — Louis XVI of France

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up. James Baldwin on LoveJames Baldwin

While I cannot take the time to name all the men in the State Department who have been named as members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring, I have here in my hand a list of 205. — Joseph McCarthy

Mr. Blair, I look upon secession as anarchy. If I owned the four millions of slaves in the South, I would sacrifice them all to the Union; but how can I draw my sword upon Virginia, my native State? — Robert E. Lee

The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded. — Baron de Montesquieu

War quote Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.

Make Love Not War Quotes

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It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love — John Lennon

The idea that you can make love and not war really is pretty neat. That thing in Korea, the thing in Israel - that's all over the world. There must be a new way of thinking. — F. Murray Abraham

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I want you to make love, not war, I know you've heard it before. — John Lennon

War quote Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

Make love, not war. Unless you’re Loki, in which case: do what you want. — Tom Hiddleston

Drop Pants, Not Bombs. Break Dance, Not Hearts. Draft Beer, Not People. Make LOVE, Not WAR. — Ashley Purdy

War creates peace like hate creates love. — David L. Wilson

War quote It's hard to sleep when your heart is at war with your mind.
It's hard to sleep when your heart is at war with your mind.

You may say i'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one — John Lennon

I think 'Make love, not war' might be the most profound statement that's ever been made. — Jorja Fox

It was a wonderful time to be young. The 1960s didn't end until about 1976. We all believed in Make Love, Not War. We were idealistic innocents, despite the drugs and sex. — Margot Kidder

Sometimes you are forced to defend your beliefs. Sometimes you are forced to look at relationships that aren't positive anymore. There are times when I have had to make peace with the fact that I am at war. And sometimes you have to fight those who do not want love to conquer all. — Tori Amos

War Paint Quotes

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A German officer visited Picasso in his Paris studio during the Second World War. There he saw Guernica and, shocked at the modernist «chaos» of the painting, asked Picasso: «Did you do this?» Picasso calmly replied: «No, you did this!» — Slavoj Žižek

Perhaps, when we remember wars, we should take off our clothes and paint ourselves blue and go on all fours all day long and grunt like pigs. That would surely be more appropriate than noble oratory and shows of flags and well-oiled guns. — Kurt Vonnegut

I have to study politics and war so that my sons can study mathematics, commerce and agriculture, so their sons can study poetry, painting and music. — John Quincy Adams

War quote Be selective in your battles, don't make every problem a war.
Be selective in your battles, don't make every problem a war.

Every painting is a war. You have to struggle every day, and to struggle every day with your inadequacies is a damn nuisance. — Neil Welliver

If you believe Jesus ever had a good word for war or torture or tax cuts for the rich, or raping the earth, or refusing water to dying migrants, then you might as well believe bunnies lay painted eggs. — Bill Maher

This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art. It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the civil wars following the French Revolution. — Edvard Munch

War quote Sweat more in practice, bleed less in war.
Sweat more in practice, bleed less in war.

I began painting well before I started doing comedy. In fact, when I came out of the war in 1946, I enrolled in art school in Dayton, Ohio. I painted for three years, and then show business took hold. — Jonathan Winters

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting. — Winston Churchill

What to paint was a problem for the war artist... the old heroics, the death and glory stuff, were gone forever... the impressionistic technique I had developed was now ineffective, for visual impressions were not enough. — A. Y. Jackson

No, painting is not interior decoration. It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy. — Pablo Picasso

War Room Quotes

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You could be worth 100 million dollars, and go into the war room, and go into a specific room, and the fact that you’re worth 100 million dollars will no longer matter. If you’re sending a girl flowers, and she’s going on a girls trip, then you will get shut down. — Andrew Tate

Im sick and tired of old men sitting around in air conditioned rooms here in Washington, dreaming up wars for young men to die in. — George McGovern

All wars are planned by old men in council rooms apart. — Grantland Rice

War quote The most dangerous person is the one who listens, thinks and observes.
The most dangerous person is the one who listens, thinks and observes.

Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam. — Marshall McLuhan

This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room. — Virginia Woolf

The meeting was like a war council with donuts. Then again, back at Camp Half-Blood they used to have their most serious discussions around the Ping-Pong table in the rec room with crackers and Cheez Whiz, so Percy felt right at home. — Rick Riordan

War quote Be selective in your battles, dont make every problem a war.
Be selective in your battles, dont make every problem a war.

Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. — Anthony Burgess

The rules of war and business are the same. Victory and success are the same. In one it's life and/or death in the other it is success or failure. There really is little room for compromise of "gray matter". — Richard Marcinko

The soldiers currently manning our sophisticated weaponry have room temperature IQ's. — G. Gordon Liddy

There is a peculiar burning odor in the room, like explosives. the kitchen fills with smoke and the hot, sweet, ashy smell of scorched cookies. The war has begun. — Alison Lurie

Conflict Quotes

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Any fool can know. The point is to understand. — Albert Einstein

Man's highest joy is in victory: to conquer one's enemies; to pursue them; to deprive them of their possessions; to make their beloved weep; to ride on their horses; and to embrace their wives and daughters. — Genghis Khan

Cooperation and conflict are two sides of the same coin; both arise out of man's relationship with his fellows. The larger the group, the greater the possibility of development through cooperation, and the greater the possibility of conflict. — Julius Nyerere

War quote Religious wars are basically people killing each other over who has the better i
Religious wars are basically people killing each other over who has the better imaginary friend.

Looking at the earth from afar you realize it is too small for conflict and just big enough for co-operation. — Yuri Gagarin

If those who do not possess knowledge avoid the scholarly discussions, disagreement will end. — Al-Ghazali

It is a fact that many of the wars and conflicts happening all over the world are aggravated or fought strictly for geopolitical fossil fuel energy interests, and many of the world's most dangerous regimes are funded by fossil fuel dollars. — Mark Ruffalo

War quote No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is
No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.

I would rather be the child of a mother who has all the inner conflicts of the human being than be mothered by someone for whom all is easy and smooth, who knows all the answers, and is a stranger to doubt. — Donald Woods Winnicott

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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. — Thomas Paine

As a historical legacy, the Kashmir conflict has been an outstanding issue for more than half a century. — Li Peng

Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. — Ronald Reagan

Combat Quotes

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Those who are skilled in combat do notbecome angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win. — Zhuge Liang

Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart. — Manfred von Richthofen

Anybody who doesn't have fear is an idiot. It's just that you must make the fear work for you. Hell when somebody shot at me, it made me madder than hell, and all I wanted to do was shoot back. — Robin Olds

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Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom. — Mary Edwards Walker

I believe that there is a silver lining in everything, and once you begin to see it, you'll need sunglasses to combat the glare. — Sophia Amoruso

The duty of the fighter pilot is to patrol his area of the sky, and shoot down any enemy fighters in that area. Anything else is rubbish. — Manfred von Richthofen

War quote The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

The first time I ever saw a jet, I shot it down. — Chuck Yeager

Each and every Notary Public plays a crucial role in combating identity theft. They serve as our front line of defense and the public is safer because of the job they do. — Ken Salazar

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Success flourishes only in perseverance ceaseless, restless perseverance. — Manfred von Richthofen

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I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce. — Margaret Mead

People Writing About War

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Read quotes by Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Read quotes by Otto von Bismarck

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More War Quotes

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War quote by Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. — Voltaire

War quote by Sun Tzu

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. — Sun Tzu

War quote If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by trut
If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth.
War quote by William Wordsworth

Strongest minds are often those whom the noisy world hears least. — William Wordsworth

War quote by Sun Tzu

He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. — Sun Tzu

War quote by Simone de Beauvoir

All oppression creates a state of war. — Simone de Beauvoir

War quote by Al Capone

I've been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War. — Al Capone

War quote by Bertrand Russell

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

War quote by Sun Tzu

The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. — Sun Tzu

War quote by Erich von Manstein

A war is not lost until you consider it lost. — Erich von Manstein

War quote by Susan B. Anthony

Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry. — Susan B. Anthony

War quote by George S. Patton

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair. — George S. Patton

War quote by Carl von Clausewitz

To secure peace is to prepare for war. — Carl von Clausewitz

War quote by Tacitus

The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government. — Tacitus

War quote by George McGovern

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. — George McGovern

War quote by David Farragut

**** the torpedoes! Full speed ahead! — David Farragut

War quote by George Lucas

In my experience, there's no such thing as luck. — George Lucas

War quote by P. G. T. Beauregard

Now, gentlemen, let tomorrow be their Waterloo! — P. G. T. Beauregard

War quote by Sun Tzu

A leader leads by example not by force. — Sun Tzu

War quote by Seneca

Great men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. — Seneca

War quote by William Hazlitt

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves. — William Hazlitt

War quote by Marvin Gaye

War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate — Marvin Gaye

War quote by Barbara Tuchman

War is the unfolding of miscalculations. — Barbara Tuchman

War quote by Charles Lamb

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport. — Charles Lamb

War quote by John Green

Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war — John Green

War quote by Jessica Savitch

Shootouts are not gunfights of honor, they're gang wars and racial riots. — Jessica Savitch

War quote by George Pickett

I always thought the Yankees had something to do with it. — George Pickett

War quote by Wendell Phillips

What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind. — Wendell Phillips

War quote by Louis Pasteur

Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War... — Louis Pasteur

War quote by Toby Keith

You know, I'm pro-troops, but I'm not pro-war. — Toby Keith

War quote by Paul Stanley

You're at your best when you don't know what you're doing. — Paul Stanley

War quote by Norman Schwarzkopf

Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion. — Norman Schwarzkopf

War quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero

An unjust peace is better than a just war. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

War quote by Guy de Maupassant

Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched. — Guy de Maupassant

War quote by C. L. R. James

The rich are only defeated when running for their lives. — C. L. R. James

War quote by Tupac Shakur

Instead of war on poverty, they got a war on drugs so the police can bother me. — Tupac Shakur

War quote by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

War is progress, peace is stagnation. — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

War quote by Eric Nicol

Very little is known about the War of 1812 because the Americans lost it. — Eric Nicol

War quote by Louis D. Brandeis

The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people. — Louis D. Brandeis

War quote by Isoroku Yamamoto

A brilliant man would find a way not to fight a war. — Isoroku Yamamoto

War quote by Nostradamus

The third big war will begin when the big city is burning — Nostradamus

War quote by H. G. Wells

If we don't end war, war will end us. — H. G. Wells

War quote by Hanoi Hannah

American GIs don't fight this unjust immoral and illegal war of Johnson's. — Hanoi Hannah

War quote by Jill Shalvis

When you don't know what you're doing, fake it. — Jill Shalvis

In Conclusion

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