16 Feb 2004 - 20 Jan 2022
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Below is a listing of the quotes you see displayed on all Antiwar.com pages. We gladly welcome your suggestions for additions, which you can submit to us via our quote submission form.History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
About the quote: Israeli diplomat (1915-2002)Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.
~Abraham FlexnerAllow 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 LincolnForce is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.
~Abraham LincolnI destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
~Abraham LincolnAmerica will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
~Abraham LincolnMilitary glory--that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood--that serpent's eye, that charms to destroy...
~Abraham LincolnWe must recognize the chief characteristic of the modern era--a permanent state of what I call violent peace.
~Admiral James D. WatkinsMake the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
~Adolph HitlerIn war, truth is the first casualty.
~AeschylusAny excuse will serve a tyrant.
~AesopOne is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
~Agatha ChristieNo matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.
~A. J. P. TaylorNo war is inevitable until it breaks out.
~A. J. P. TaylorThe great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.
~A. J. P. TaylorWars based on principle are far more destructive...the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.
About the quote: from the book "The Way of Zen"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.
~Albert CamusThe 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 CamusWe 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 CamusWhen 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 CamusIt is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.
~Albert CamusIt is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
~Albert EinsteinNothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
~Albert EinsteinForce always attracts men of low morality.
~Albert EinsteinThe release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
~Albert EinsteinHow vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business.
~Albert EinsteinUnthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
~Albert EinsteinPeace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
~Albert EinsteinThe world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
~Albert EinsteinIt 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. NockWhat 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 HuxleyAnyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.
About the quote: This quote is often mis-attributed to Mikhail Gorbachev, who merely quoted the remark from Solzhenitsyn's Nobel prize Harvard address.A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
~Aleksandr SolzhenitsynViolence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.
~Aleksandr SolzhenitsynEven if we are spared destruction by war, our lives will have to change if we want to save life from self-destruction.
~Aleksandr SolzhenitsynThe demands of internal growth are incomparably more important to us...than the need for any external expansion of our power.
~Aleksandr SolzhenitsynThe next war ... may well bury Western civilization forever.
~Aleksandr SolzhenitsynWar paralyzes your courage and deadens the spirit of true manhood.
~Alexander BerkmanWar means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.
~Alexander BerkmanThose who stand for nothing fall for anything.
~Alexander HamiltonO peace! how many wars were waged in thy name.
~Alexander PopeAll 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 TocquevilleNo protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
~Alexis de TocquevilleIt is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.
~Alfred AdlerWar is organized murder and torture against our brothers.
~Alfred AdlerDistorted history boasts of bellicose glory . . . and seduces the souls of boys to seek mystical bliss in bloodshed and in battles.
~Alfred AdlerWar is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.
~Alfred Adler...Violence as a way of gaining power...is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security...
~Alfred AdlerOur modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy.
~Alfred AdlerTo all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman.
~Alfred AdlerAt least we're getting the kind of experience we need for the next war.
~Allen DullesThe slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations.
~Ambrose BierceSince the end of the World War II, the United States has fought three "small" wars...we lost all three of them and for the same reason--hubris.
About the quote: Andrew Greely is a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. You can read his articles at http://www.suntimes.com/index/greeley.htmlSearch for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.
~Anne Louise Germaine de StaelToday the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.
~Anne O'Hare McCormickA great war leaves a country with three armies: an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.
About the quote: (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)Brute force is not our salvation, especially as directed by State central planning and done with little regard for the innocents...
About the quote: Anthony Gregory is a writer and musician from Berkeley, CA. You can read his articles at www.lewrockwell.comThe real triumph of civilization is the extent to which coercion is banished from human relations.
About the quote: Anthony Gregory is a writer and musician from Berkeley, CA. You can read his articles at www.lewrockwell.comWar is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
~Antoine De Saint-ExuperyMake wars unprofitable and you make them impossible.
~A. Philip Randolph
About the quote: Randolph (1889-1979) was an African American civil rights leader. (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)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.
About the quote: Hoppe (1925-2000) was an American writer. (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
~Arthur SchopenhauerDo not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
~Ayn RandStatism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing.
~Ayn RandWhy should we hear about body bags, and deaths...I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?
About the quote: Mrs. Bush spoke these words on ABC's "Good Morning America," March 18, 2003.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 EhrenreichWhat the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise.
~Barbara JordanWar is the unfolding of miscalculations.
~Barbara TuchmanYou've got to forget about this civilian. Whenever you drop bombs, you're going to hit civilians.
~Barry GoldwaterThe world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies.
~Basil O'ConnorWar is never a solution; it is an aggravation.
~Benjamin DisraeliWhen will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?
~Benjamin FranklinI hope....that mankind will at length, as they call themselves responsible creatures, have the reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats...
~Benjamin FranklinAll wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.
~Benjamin FranklinThere never was a good war or a bad peace.
~Benjamin FranklinThose who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~Benjamin FranklinWars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.
~Benjamin FranklinA highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang.
About the quote: Speaking to Benjamin Vaughan, 14 March 1785.We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.
About the quote: from an 1888 address to CongressThe Atomic Age is here to stay--but are we?
~Bennett CerfLet us not deceive ourselves; we must elect world peace or world destruction.
~Bernard M. BaruchEither man will abolish war, or war will abolish man.
~Bertrand RussellWar does not determine who is right, only who is left.
~Bertrand RussellCan anything be more ridiculous than that a man has a right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has quarrel with mine, although I have none with him?
~Blaise PascalThe terrorist is the one with the small bomb.
~Brendan BehanPeace is constructed, not fought for.
~Brent DavisAfter each war there is a little less democracy left to save.
About the quote: Atkinson was an American journalist who lived from 1864-1984. (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)Blind faith in your leaders or in anything will get you killed.
About the quote: This was part of Springsteen's introduction to his 1985 version of Edwin Starr's song 'War.'In this war – as in others – I am less interested in honoring the dead than in preventing the dead.
~Butler ShafferCoercive practices that threaten our neighbor(s) also threaten us.
~Butler ShafferThe state has, in order to control us, introduced division into our thinking, so that we come to distrust others and look to the state for protection.
~Butler ShafferNo nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace, or ensure it of victory in time of war.
~Calvin CoolidgeWar is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.
~Carl P. G. von ClausewitzPolitics is the womb in which war develops.
~Carl P. G. von ClausewitzThe political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation from their purposes.
~Carl P. G. von ClausewitzA rational army would run away.
~Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu
About the quote: Commonly known just as 'Montesquieu,' Charles (1869-1755) was a social commentator and thinker of the French Enlightenment.The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
~Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu
About the quote: from "The Spirit of Laws" (1748)If a war be undertaken...before the resources of peace have been tried and proved vain to secure it, that war has no defense, it is a national crime.
~Charles Eliot NortonThe voice of protest...is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum...is bidding all men...obey in silence the tyrannous word of command.
~Charles Eliot NortonWar should be made a crime, and those who instigate it should be punished as criminals.
~Charles Evans HughesThe deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.
~Charles-Louis De Secondat
About the quote: From "The Spirit of Laws," 1748[War] is a positive, precise and specific evil, of gigantic proportions ...making within the sphere of its influence all true grandeur impossible.
About the quote: From his 1845 speech "The True Grandeur of Nations."Almost all war making states borrow extensively, raise taxes, and seize the means of combat- including men--from reluctant citizens...
~Charles TillyName me an emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball.
~Charles V of FranceThe politicians in this world... have at their command weapons of mass destruction far more complex than their own thinking processes.
~Charley ReeseWe...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 ReeseThe truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic. It has always been driven by economic or strategic interests.
~Charley ReeseWar, 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 BufeThe failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open for the next installment.
~Chris HedgesWar in the end is always about betrayal, betrayal of the young by the old, of soldiers by politicians, and of idealists by cynics.
~Chris HedgesIn war, we always deform ourselves, our essence.
~Chris HedgesAfter victory, you have more enemies.
~CiceroTrue patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
~Clarence DarrowHell hath no fury like a non-combatant.
About the quote: Quote from "Among the Dead Cities," by A.C. Grayling (Walker & Co., 2006).War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support.
~Colin PowellThe dangerous patriot...drifts into chauvinism and exhibits blind enthusiasm for military actions.
~Colonel James A. Donovan, Marine CorpsChauvinism is a proud and bellicose form of patriotism...which equates the national honor with military victory.
~Colonel James A. Donovan, Marine CorpsThe dangerous patriot...is a defender of militarism and its ideals of war and glory.
~Colonel James A. Donovan, Marine CorpsYou cannot be on one hand dedicated to peace and on the other dedicated to violence. Those two things are irreconcilable.
About the quote: Comment trying to convince mideast policy makers Russia, the EU and the UN to stop aid to the new Hamas Palestinian government; 1/30/06.Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.
~Congressman Ron PaulWar is never economically beneficial except for those in position to profit from war expenditures.
~Congressman Ron PaulAs a rule of thumb, if the government wants you to know it, it probably isn't true.
~Craig MurrayOf all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised "for the good of its victims" may be the most oppressive.
~C. S. LewisDo not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did.
About the quote: Lewis (1898-1963) was an Irish author and scholar, most famous for his 'Chronicles of Narnia' series. (From 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)Peace will be realized only by forging bonds of trust between people at the deepest level, in the depths of their very lives.
About the quote: From his proposals for peace. Ikeda is President of Soka Gakkai InternationalI am a steadfast follower of the doctrine of non-violence which was first preached by Lord Buddha, whose divine wisdom is absolute...
~Dalai LamaAll forms of violence, especially war, are totally unacceptable as means to settle disputes between and among nations, groups and persons.
~Dalai LamaWhen the largest industry in the world is no longer War, I will accept Darwin's theory of Evolution.
~Dale S. MugfordToday the real test of America's power and wisdom is not our capacity to make war but our capacity to prevent it.
About the quote: from an article in The Seattle Times, 1/11/03.Societies can be sunk by the weight of buried ugliness.
~Daniel GolemanThere is nothing politically right that is morally wrong.
~Daniel O'ConnellTis nobler to lose honor to save the lives of men than it is to gain honor by taking them.
~David BorensteinYou cannot win a War on Terrorism. It’s like having a war on jealousy.
About the quote: Cross is a comedian, most well known for his roles on the television series "Arrested Development" and "Mr. Show." This quote is from his 2002 comedy album.The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
~David FriedmanThe heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny...
~David HumeYou are not going to get peace with millions of armed men. The chariot of peace cannot advance over a road littered with cannon.
~David LloydWar creates peace like hate creates love.
~David L. WilsonRemember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
~Davy CrockettFrom fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
~Denis DiderotThe question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many.
About the quote: Speaking to the Discovery Institute after the first Gulf War, on 8/14/1992, when he was Secretary of Defense.Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.
~Donald RumsfeldThere are a lot of people who lie and get away with it, and that's just a fact.
~Donald RumsfeldPeace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.
~Dorothy ThompsonIt is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.
~Dorothy ThompsonPeace...is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle.
~Dorothy ThompsonDress it as we may...huzza it, and sing swaggering songs about it, what is war, nine times out of ten, but murder in uniform?
~Douglas JerroldThe best defense is no offense.
~Dr. Ivan ElandWe must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means.
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."Rules of engagement" are a set of guidelines for murder.
~Dr. Teresa WhitehurstConflict cannot survive without your participation.
~Dr. Wayne DyerNothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a battle won.
~Duke of WellingtonYou can't have this kind of war. There just aren't enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the streets.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerThis world of ours...must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerI think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerI 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. EisenhowerMay we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerDisarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerWe seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerThere is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerTogether we must learn how to compose difference, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerHow far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?
~Dwight D. EisenhowerWar settles nothing.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerWe must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerWhen 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. EisenhowerPreventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
About the quote: from 1953We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
~Dwight D. EisenhowerThe time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.
~E. B. WhiteWisdom is better than weapons of war.
~Ecclesiastes 9:18I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
~Edmund BurkeTyrants seldom want pretexts.
~Edmund BurkeA Patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
~Edward AbbeyOur "neoconservatives" are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell.
About the quote: A naturalist and author, Abbey lived from 1927-1989.The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other--instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
About the quote: A naturalist and author, Abbey lived from 1927-1989.A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
~Edward AbbeyEducation is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
~Edward EverettAs long as mankind shall bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst for military glory will remain the vice of the most exalted characters.
~Edward GibbonViolence is an admission that one's ideas and goals cannot prevail on their own merits.
~Edward M. Kennedy
About the quote: Kennedy (b. 1932) is a U.S. Senator (D, MA). (from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
~Edward R. MurrowAll the gods are dead except the god of war.
~Eldridge CleaverIt isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
About the quote: Roosevelt (1884-1962) was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and an outspoken political activist in her own right. (From 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished.
About the quote: from "My Day," February 7, 1939Rulers who want to unleash war know very well that they must procure or invent a first victim.
~Elias CanettiMy theory is, strong people don't need strong leaders.
About the quote: Baker (1903-1986) was an African American civil rights worker. (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)The worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being.
~Ellen KeyMost quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards.
~E. M. ForsterHistory is littered with wars which everybody knew would never happen.
~Enoch PowellThe first casualty of war is not truth, but perspective. Once that's gone, truth, like compassion, reason, and all the other virtues, wanders around like a wounded orphan.
About the quote: from "Treatise on Reason and Hysteria"War is the blackest villainy of which human nature is capable.
~ErasmusDulce bellum inexpertis (War is delightful to the inexperienced).
~Erasmus, the 16th-century scholarHistory is replete with examples of empires mounting impressive military campaigns on the cusp of their impending economic collapse.
About the quote: Alterman is an American journalist, born in 1960. (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)A hospital alone shows what war is.
~Erich Maria RemarqueNo weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.
~Ernest HemingwayYou can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.
~Ernest HemingwayThe 1st panacea of a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the 2nd is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; a permanent ruin.
~Ernest HemingwayThey wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
About the quote: from "Notes on the Next War," published in Esquire Magazine, 1935.For me war has become a flat, black depression without highlights, a revulsion of the mind and an exhaustion of the spirit.
~Ernie PyleNo war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.
About the quote: (1855-1926)God hates violence. He has ordained that all men fairly possess their property, not seize it.
~EuripidesWars should be over in three days or less...and the American people must be all for it from the outset.
~Evan ThomasI dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?'
~Eve Merriam'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
~FA HayekWe must get away from the idea that America is to be the leader of the world in everything.
~Francis John McConnellWe need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us.
~Francis John McConnellThe pertinent question: if Americans did not want these wars should they have been compelled to fight them?
~Frank ChodorovAll wars come to an end, at least temporarily. But the authority acquired by the state hangs on; political power never abdicates.
~Frank ChodorovThe State acquires power... and because of its insatiable lust for power it is incapable of giving up any of it. The State never abdicates.
~Frank ChodorovAll governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.
~Frank HerbertIt is not that power corrupts but that power is a magnet to the corruptible.
~Frank HerbertThe evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.
~Frank KentIn politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
~Franklin Delano RooseveltRepetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
~Franklin D. RooseveltThe life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
~Frederick DouglassIf my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army.
~Frederick the GreatWars are the hobbies of half-informed children who have somehow come into possession of the levers of power.
About the quote: You can read Fred Reed's articles on LewRockwell.com: http://www.lewrockwell.com/reed/reed-arch.htmlWhen goods don't cross borders, soldiers will.
~Fredric BastiatGovernments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.
~Friedrich Hebbel, German poet and dramatistThe surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
~Friedrich NietzscheUnder conditions of peace the warlike man attacks himself.
~Friedrich NietzscheIf, finally, violence meets with violence, we have confirmation of the age old adage that war though it kills many men, makes many more men evil.
~Fritz MedicusThe winds that blow our billions away return burdened with themes of scorn and dispraise.
~Garet GarrettIs it security you want? There is no security at the top of the world.
~Garet GarrettWith no notice to the American people...this country entered the war...Stranger than the fact was the passive acceptance of it.
~Garet GarrettOnly the winners decide what were war crimes.
~Gary WillsI want to scare the hell out of the rest of the world.
~General Colin PowellAlways there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.
~General Douglas MacArthurOur government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency.
~General Douglas MacArthurIn war, as it is waged now, with the enormous losses on both sides, both sides will lose. It is a form of mutual suicide.
~General Douglas MacArthur
About the quote: MacArthur was an American army general who lived 1880-1964. (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)I believe that the entire effort of modern society should be concentrated on the endeavor to outlaw war as a method of the solution of problems between nations.
~General Douglas MacArthur
About the quote: MacArthur was an American army general who lived 1880-1964. (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificually induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear.
~General Douglas MacArthurIt is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.
~General Douglas MacArthurAs far as I am concerned, war itself is immoral.
~General Omar Bradley
About the quote: U.S. Five Star General.We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.
~General Omar N. BradleyOurs is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
~General Omar N. BradleyWar: A wretched debasement of all the pretenses of civilization.
~General Omar N. BradleyWar is just a racket...I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else.
~General Smedley ButlerThere are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
~General Smedley ButlerWar is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious.
~General Smedley ButlerWar is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
~General Smedley ButlerMy mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military.
~General Smedley Butler (USMC, Ret.)People who are anxious to bring on war don’t know what they are bargaining for; they don’t see all the horrors that must accompany such an event.
~General Stonewall Jackson
About the quote: 1824-1863. Confederate General of the US Civil War.It is painful enough to discover with what unconcern they speak of war and threaten it. I have seen enough of it to make me look upon it as the sum of all evils.
~General Stonewall Jackson
About the quote: 1824-1863. Confederate General of the US Civil War.Putting aside all the fancy words and academic doubletalk, the basic reason for having a military is to do two jobs --to kill people and to destroy.
~General Thomas S. PowerAny forces that would impose their will on other nations will certainly face defeat.
~General Vo Nguyen Giap (Vietnam)War is at best barbarism. Its glory is all moonshine...War is hell.
~General William Tecumseh ShermanIt is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.
~General William Tecumseh ShermanWar is fear cloaked in courage.
~General William WestmorelandVietnam was the first war ever fought without censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
~General William WestmorelandThe military doesn't start wars. The politicians start wars.
~General William WestmorelandCruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse, and pretense of reluctance.
~George Bernard ShawMan is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid...There is no harm in a well-fed lion. It has no ideals, no sect, no party...
~George Bernard ShawI can tell you this: If I’m ever in a position to call the shots, I’m not going to rush to send somebody else’s kids into a war.
~George H. W. BushThere can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth.
~George Jacob Holyoake
About the quote: Holyoke (1817-1906) was an English secularist.I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
~George McGovernWar against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
~George OrwellAll the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
About the quote: This quote comes from "Homage to Catalonia," Orwell's 1936 eyewitness account of the Spanish Civil War.During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
~George OrwellPolitical language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable
About the quote: from his 'Politics and the English Language.'The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
About the quote: This quote is spoken by the character of Emmanuel Goldstein in Orwell's novel, "1984."War is a way of shattering to pieces...materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and...too intelligent.
About the quote: This quote is spoken by the character of Emmanuel Goldstein in Orwell's novel, "1984."The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
About the quote: This quote is spoken by the character of Emmanuel Goldstein in Orwell's novel, "1984."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 OrwellThe nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
~George OrwellIt is far easier to make war than peace.
~Georges ClemenceauWar is too serious a matter to entrust to military men.
~Georges ClemenceauHate is able to provoke disorders, to ruin a social organization, to cast a country into a period of bloody revolutions; but it produces nothing.
~Georges SorelThe constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.
~George WashingtonIt is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
~George WashingtonObserve good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
About the quote: President Washington lived from 1732-1799. (From 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
~George WashingtonMy first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
~George WashingtonGovernment is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force...Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
~George WashingtonGuard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
~George WashingtonOur nation is somewhat sad, but we’re angry. There’s a certain level of blood lust, but we won’t let it drive our reaction. We’re steady, clear-eyed and patient, but pretty soon we’ll have to start displaying scalps.
~George W. BushVictory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is.
~George W. Bush
About the quote: The future president said this in regard to Kosovo in April 1999.I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.
~George W. Bush
About the quote: From a speech at the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in Wash. DC, 6/18/02.We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace.
~George W. Bush
About the quote: from a UN Speech in Sept 2004Evil men, obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience, must be taken very seriously--and we must stop them before their crimes can multiply.
~George W. Bush
About the quote: from the President's Veteran's Day Speech (11/11/05).If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.
~George W. BushI think war is a dangerous place.
~George W. BushFree nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction.
~George W. Bush
About the quote: from a speech on 10/3/03Our enemies are innovative and resourceful...They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
~George W. Bush
About the quote: From remarks by the president at the signing of The Defense Appropriations Act for 2005 (8/5/04)If we don’t stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, we’re going to have a serious problem coming down the road.
~George W. Bush...the role of the military is to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place.
~George W. BushThese people are trying to shake the will of the Iraqi citizens, and they want us to leave...I think the world would be better off if we did leave...
~George W. Bush (on Iraqi Insurgency)What experience and history teach is this—that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.
~Georg W. HegelDictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify.
~Gerard K. O'NeillDon't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with...
~Gerard K. O'NeillA great war leaves the country with three armies - an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.
~German proverbA man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over...is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.
~G. K. Chesterton"My country right or wrong" is like saying, "My mother drunk or sober."
~G. K. ChestertonThe only defensible war is a war of defense.
~G. K. ChestertonThere is nothing more frightening than active ignorance.
~GoetheThere's no difference between one's killing and making decisions that will send others to kill. It's exactly the same thing, or even worse.
~Golda MeirEvery move we make in fear of the next war in fact hastens it.
~Gregory BatesonAre bombs the only way of setting fire to the spirit of a people? Is the human will as inert as the past two world-wide wars would indicate?
~Gregory ClarkMilitary justice is to justice what military music is to music.
~Groucho MarxEvery government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck.
~Guy de MaupassantThe chief qualification of a mass leader has become unending infallibility; he can never admit an error.
~Hannah ArendtAlthough tyranny...may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it destroys first of all the national institutions of its own people.
~Hannah ArendtThe practice of violence, like all action, changes the world, but the most probable change is a more violent world.
About the quote: Arendt (1906-1975) was a German-Jewish political theorist and philosopher. (From 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)War is a bankruptcy of policy
~Hans Van Seeckt
About the quote: Van Seeckt was German military officer who lived from 1866-1936. (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)War is the most striking instance of the failure of intelligence to master the problem of human relationships.
~Harry Elmer BarnesI hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses...
~Harry Emerson FosdickI hate war...for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it.
~Harry Emerson FosdickThe tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.
~Harry Emerson FosdickThe responsibility of the great states is to serve, and not to dominate, the world.
~Harry S. Truman
About the quote: Truman (1884-1972) was president of the United States. (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)Mankind is becoming a single unit, and that for a unit to fight against itself is suicide.
~Havelock EllisBe not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!
~Helen KellerStrike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!
~Helen KellerEmphasis on military prowess is an indication of philosophical poverty.
~Henk MiddelraadWar brings out the most negative emotional human responses on both sides.
~Henk MiddelraadTwo armies that fight each other is like one large army that commits suicide.
About the quote: from his book "Under Fire: The Story of a Squad" (1916). Barbusse lived from 1873-1935.There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
~Henry Havelock EllisIt's not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true.
~Henry KissingerWhat political leaders decide, intelligence services tend to seek to justify.
About the quote: from page 303 of his book, "Diplomacy"It is for us to refuse loyalty when injustice holds sway.
~Henry T. Laurency
About the quote: from "The Philosopher's Stone"It is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow...that are the aftermath of war.
~Herbert C. HooverOld men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
~Herbert C. HooverA visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.
~Herbert V. ProchnowThe people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
~Herman GoeringEvery politician in the world is all for revolution, reason, and disarmament--but only in enemy countries, not in his own.
About the quote: Hesse (1877-1962) was a philosophical writer, best known for his work "Siddartha."In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons.
~HerodotusIt is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not pay with their own.
~H. G. WellsA time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be...surer of the noose than a private homicide.
~H. G. WellsI believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.
~H. L. MenckenThe urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.
~H. L. MenckenThe whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
~H. L. MenckenUnder democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.
~H.L. MenckenThe urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
~H.L. MenckenWhen fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
~H.L. MenkenForce without judgement falls on its own weight.
~HoraceDuring times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.
~Howard ThurmanOne certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression.
~Howard ZinnThere is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
~Howard ZinnHistorically, the most terrible things--war, genocide and slavery--have resulted from obedience, not disobedience.
~Howard ZinnHow can you make a war on terror if war itself is terrorism?
~Howard ZinnIt's more humane to cure your enemies than to kill them.
~Hugh MannParamount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people...
~Hugo Black, Supreme Court JusticeOnly a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.
~Hugo Black, Supreme Court JusticeSuspicion must always fall on those who attempt to silence their opponents.
~Ian BuckleyEven philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: ‘War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.'
~Immanuel KantIt is not only the living who are killed in war.
~Isaac AsimovViolence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
About the quote: The character Salvor Hardin speaks these words in Asimov's "Foundation."We believed ourselves indestructable... watching only the madmen outside our frontiers, and we remained defenseless against our own madmen.
~Jacobo TimermanI love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
~James BaldwinFreedom is whatever the president says it is, pending revision.
About the quote: http://jimbovard.com/blog/2006/01/17/credo-from-attention-deficit-democracy/Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity.
~James BrycePatriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
~James BryceWe cloak ourselves in cold indifference to the unnecessary suffering of others--even when we cause it.
About the quote: The Boston Globe, 9/21/04We carefully nurture a spirit of detachment toward the wars we pay for.
About the quote: The Boston Globe, 9/21/04If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
About the quote: This quote is from the period he served as a US Congressman (he represented Virginia from 1789-1797).If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
About the quote: This quote is from the period he served as a US Congressman (he represented Virginia from 1789-1797).A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
~James MadisonThe executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.
~James MadisonThe loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.
~James MadisonIt is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
~James MadisonThe power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.
~James MadisonThe constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it.
About the quote: as written in a letter to Thomas Jefferson. You can read more about this in Thomas E. Woods, Jr's article "Presidential War Powers" on www.LewRockwell.com.The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
~James MadisonOf all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps the most to be dreaded because it compromises and develops the germ of every other.
About the quote: from "Political Observations," 1795.No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
About the quote: from "Political Observations," 1795War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement
About the quote: from "Political Observations," April 20, 1795.All men having power ought to be mistrusted.
~James MadisonWar...should only be declared by the authority of the people...instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.
~James MadisonThe means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
~James MadisonIn any war, the first casualty is common sense, and the second is free and open discussion.
About the quote: American Journalist (1909-1995), best known for his work with the NY Times.It’s one thing to fight for what you believe in, another thing to fight for what others believe in.
About the quote: in his article “From Fear to Eternity” in Vanity Fair, March 2005Even the most piddling life is of momentous consequence to its owner.
About the quote: in his article “From Fear to Eternity” in Vanity Fair, March 2005The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself.
About the quote: in his article “From Fear to Eternity,” Vanity Fair, March 2005Every man thinks god is on his side.
~Jean AnouilhWe have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.
~Jeane J. KirkpatrickYou can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
~Jeanette RankinAfter every ''victory'' you have more enemies.
~Jeanette WintersonMan was/is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One who believes himself the master of others is nonetheless a greater slave than they.
~Jean Jaques RousseauKilling a man in defense of an idea is not defending an idea; it is killing a man.
~Jean -Luc Godard...Uncalled-for aggression arouses the hatred of the civilian population...
~Jean-Paul SartreTotal war is no longer war waged by all members of one national community against all those of another. It is total...because it may well involve the whole world.
~Jean-Paul SartreIt is always more valuable to report the truth.
~Jean-Paul SartreHuman failure of communication and failed diplomacy between Nations should not yield the ultimate sacrifice; a life.
~Jerome G. FensterI'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security.
~Jim GarrisonWe will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
~Jimmy CarterThere should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat.
~Jimmy CarterA merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.
~Johan Christoph SchillerNone are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
~Johann Wolfgang von GoetheThe coward threatens when he is safe.
~Johann Wolfgang von GoetheAnd ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
~John 8:32Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak...
~John AdamsGreat is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
~John AdamsThere is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
~John AdamsThe real fabric of American society is not all those flags you see on people's cars...it's in the Bill of Rights and in our constitutional form of government.
~John Adams (composer)
About the quote: This quote is not from founding father John Adams, but from the Pulitzer Prize-winning modern composer and conductor of the same name (2001).Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.
~John Andrew HolmesIf this phrase of the 'balance of power' is to be always an argument for war, the pretext for war will never be wanting, and peace can never be secure.
~John BrightIt is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty.
~John C. CalhounWar is eternity jammed into frantic minutes that will fill a lifetime with dreams and nightmares.
~John CoryWar is the cemetery of futures promised.
~John CoryThere are no politics in war. Politics is the luxury of the safe-at-home. War is a lottery of survival.
~John CoryWar is the tool of small-minded scoundrels who worship the death of others on the altar of their greed.
~John CoryThere is no morality in war. Morality is the privilege of those judging from the distance. War is only death and destruction...
~John CoryMankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
~John F. KennedyThe basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
~John F. KennedyWar will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
~John F. KennedyPeace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
~John F. Kennedy
About the quote: President Kennedy lived 1917-1963. (From 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
~John F. KennedyA nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
~John F. KennedyWe are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.
~John F. KennedyThe great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie: deliberate, continued, and dishonest; but the myth: persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
~John F. KennedyUnconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes...can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.
~John F. KennedyWe are all familiar with the argument: Make war dreadful enough, and there will be no war. And we none of us believe it.
~John GalsworthyPeace hath higher tests of manhood than battle ever knew.
~John Greenleaf WhittierThere is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.
~John James IngallsWar remains the decisive human failure.
~John Kenneth GalbraithIf everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
~John LennonAll mankind...being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
~John LockeFor what can war, but endless war, still breed?
~John MiltonThe hardest thing for me in Vietnam wasn't seeing the wounded and dead. It was watching the big transport jets come in, bringing loads of fresh new boys for the war.
About the quote: Speaking about his experience when he and June Carter went to Vietnam to entertain the troups in 1969. from 'Cash: The Autobiography,' Harper Collins, page 218America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.
~John Quincy AdamsThe only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
~John Stuart MillImperialism is an institution under which one nation asserts the right to seize the land or at least to control the government or resources of another people.
~John T. FlynnThose who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order.
~John V. LindsayThe opposite of war is not peace, it's creation.
~Jonathan LarsonThere is but one evil, war. All the other proclaimed evils such as hate, greed, descrimination, and jealousy are only sub-categories of it.
~Jose BarreiroIn war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
About the quote: Narosky is an Argentinian writer and musician. (From 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)Our poverty will be brought home to us to its full extent only after the war.
~Joseph A. SchumpeterThink of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.
~Joseph GoebbelsI'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private individuals.
~Joseph HellerAs scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
~Josh BillingsWe have all taken risks in the making of war. Isn't it time that we should take risks to secure peace?
~J. Ramsay MacDonaldWe shall never be able to effect physical disarmament until we have succeeded in effecting moral disarmament.
~J. Ramsay MacDonaldGovernments use national animosities, foreign wars and the glamour of empire-making, in order to...divert rising sentiment against domestic abuses.
~J. R. HobsonFreedom is to understand, and to be unbounded by that freedom.
~Juan C. MustelierThe sword of murder is not the balance of justice.
~Julia Ward Howe
About the quote: Julia Howe was the "founder" of Mother's Day.To declare that the end justifies the means, to declare that the government may commit crimes, would bring terrible retribution.
~Justice Louis D. BrandeisThe greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
~Justice Louis D. BrandeisIt is not the function of government to keep the citizen from error, it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
~Justice Robert Jackson
About the quote: Jackson (1892-1954) was a US Supreme Court Justice 1941-1954.We have to show the American People that war is not patriotic.
~Justin RaimondoWhere is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer?
~Kahlil GibranWhere is the justice of political power if it...marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?
~Kahlil GibranVietnam should remind conservatives that whenever you put your faith in big government for any reason, sooner or later you wind up an apologist for mass murder.
~Karl HessWar: first, one hopes to win...in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
About the quote: Satirical writer and journalist. (1874–1936)War is the continuation of politics by other means.
~Karl Von ClausewitzWar doesn't make boys men, it makes men dead.
~Ken GillespieI am not against all wars--just whichever is current.
~Ken GillespieIt takes twenty years or more of peace to make a man; it only takes twenty seconds of war to destroy him.
~King Baudouin I of BelgiumPeace has its victories no less than war, but it doesn't have as many monuments to unveil.
~Kin HubbardWars frequently begin ten years before the first shot is fired.
~K. K. V. CaseyThe war on terrorism is akin to the war on drugs…unwinable, unless you kill everyone…or address the root causes.
~K. W. IbrahimThe reality right now is that the most dangerous opinion in the world is the opinion of a U.S. serviceman.
~Lance Cpl. Devin Kelly (USMC)Only fools seek power, and the greatest fools seek it through force.
~Lao TsuHow could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
~Lao TzuViolence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
~Lao TzuPhony pretexts repeated often enough become real reasons. Things that...are not true become true in the public mind simply through endless repetition.
~Lenny BloomYou consider war to be inevitable? Very good. Let everyone who advocates war be enrolled in a special regiment of advance-guards, for the front of every storm, of every attack, to lead them all!
About the quote: from the novel 'Anna Karenina'The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
~Leo TolstoyIn all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.
~Leo TolstoyWe must not only cease our present desire for the growth of the state, but we must desire its decrease, its weakening...
~Leo TolstoyWhat an immense mass of evil must result...from allowing men to assume the right of anticipating what may happen.
~Leo TolstoyPeople who talk of outlawing the atomic bomb are mistaken — what needs to be outlawed is war.
~Leslie Richard GrovesWar is both the product of an earlier corruption, and a producer of new corruptions.
About the quote: From "The Conduct of Life" (1951, republished 1970), page 13, Chapter 1, "The Challenge to Renewal," Section 3, "Diagnosis of Our Times."In war, the army is not merely a pure consumer, but a negative producer...
About the quote: from "Technics and Civilization"Misery, mutilation, destruction, terror, starvation and death characterize the process of war and form a principal part of the product.
About the quote: from "Technics and Civilization"War vies with magic in its efforts to get something for nothing...
~Lewis MumfordThe greatest protection against war is a well educated populace.
About the quote: Castetter was a WWI veteran; this quote is from the 1930s (from p. 178 of the book "A Page A Day," ed. by Kenneth Adams, published by Authorhouse.com).How does one prevail in war? Both sides have already lost.
~Logan KodyszWar is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation.
~Lois McMaster BujoldWhere you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control.
~Lord ActonThe one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the party that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
~Lord ActonEverything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice.
~Lord ActonWar’s a brain spattering windpipe splitting art.
~Lord ByronDon't talk to me about atrocities; all war is an atrocity.
~Lord Kitchener (Horatio Herbert)Whether or not patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, national security can be the last refuge of the tyrant.
~Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe
About the quote: from 1/14/05One does not create a human society on mounds of corpses.
~Louis LecoinActs of terror have never brought down liberal democracies. Acts of parliament have closed a few.
~Lt. General William E. Odom, US Army (Ret.),It's quite fun to fight 'em, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you, I like brawling.
~Lt. Gen. James Mattis, USMC
About the quote: Comments from 2/1/05 conference in San Diego, California. Lt. Mattis commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business.
~Ludwig von MisesThe worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.
~Ludwig von MisesThe attainment of the economic aims of man presupposes peace.
~Ludwig von MisesHistory has witnessed the failure of many endeavors to impose peace by war, cooperation by coercion, unanimity by slaughtering dissidents…. A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets.
~Ludwig von MisesWar prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings.
~Ludwig von MisesThose who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.
~Ludwig von MisesWar...is harmful, not only to the conquered but to the conqueror.
~Ludwig von MisesThe philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.
~Ludwig von MisesWar can really cause no economic boom, at least not directly, since an increase in wealth never does result from destruction of goods.
~Ludwig von MisesThe state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.
~Ludwig von MisesSociety has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking.
~Ludwig von MisesThe essence of so-called war prosperity; it enriches some by what it takes from others. It is not rising wealth but a shifting of wealth and income.
~Ludwig von MisesSociety has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking. Peace and not war is the father of all things.
~Ludwig von MisesA lasting order cannot be established by bayonets.
~Ludwig von MisesTo defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.
~Ludwig von MisesWhoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.
~Ludwig von MisesWhoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly.
~Ludwig von MisesOnly one thing can conquer war--that attitude of mind which can see nothing in war but destruction and annihilation...
~Ludwig von MisesWars of aggression are popular nowadays with those nations convinced that only victory and conquest could improve their material well-being.
~Ludwig von MisesIf some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace.
~Ludwig von MisesTo defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.
~Ludwig von MisesThe root of the evil is not the construction of new, more dreadful weapons. It is the spirit of conquest.
~Ludwig von MisesIf men do not now succeed in abolishing war, civilization and mankind are doomed.
~Ludwig von MisesMen are fighting...because they are convinced that the extermination of adversaries is the only means of promoting their own well-being.
~Ludwig von MisesModern society, based as it is on the division of labor, can be preserved only under conditions of lasting peace.
~Ludwig von MisesSovereignty must not be used for inflicting harm on anyone, whether citizen or foreigner.
~Ludwig von Mises[War] might be avoidable were more emphasis placed on the training to social interest, less on the attainment of egotistical grandeur.
~Lydia SicherAs long as we can talk with people, as long as one can keep the guns quiet, one has a chance.
~Lydia SicherWars are inevitable... as long as we believe that wars are inevitable. The moment we don't believe it anymore it is not inevitable.
~Lydia SicherThe guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.
~Lyndon B. JohnsonAn eye for an eye makes us all blind.
~Mahatma GandhiVictory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
~Mahatma GandhiWhat difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?
~Mahatma GandhiTruth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
~Mahatma GandhiThere is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
About the quote: This quote is also often credited to a peace activist A.J. Muste.I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
~Mahatma GandhiLiberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.
~Mahatma GandhiWas not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered and conducted wars, war criminals?
~Mahatma GandhiThe de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault.
~Major Ralph Peters, US MilitaryYou're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or who says it.
~Malcolm XLook back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.
~Marcus AureliusThe opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.
~Marcus AureliusThe more laws, the less justice.
~Marcus Tullius CiceroThe mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.
~Marcus Tullius CiceroWhat is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage.
~Marcus Tullius CiceroThe arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall.
~Marcus Tullius CiceroThe sinews of war are infinite money.
~Marcus Tullius CiceroNever doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~Margaret MeadThe shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
~Marie BeyleIt takes more courage to get out of a war than it does to get into one.
~Mark CouturierLook at you in war...There has never been a just one, never an honorable one, on the part of the instigator of the war.
About the quote: from "The Mysterious Stranger," published 1910.Be loyal to your country always, and to the government only when it deserves it.
~Mark TwainMan is the only animal that is cruel. It kills just for the sake of it.
~Mark TwainPatriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your governmant when it deserves it.
~Mark TwainI am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.
About the quote: From an interview, 9/15/1900Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't.
~Mark TwainWhy, the Government is merely...a temporary servant...Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.
~Mark TwainThe statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is being attacked, and every man will be glad of these conscience-soothing falsities
~Mark TwainSocial order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.
~Marquis de SadeLet not your zeal to share your principles entice you beyond your borders.
~Marquis de SadeWhat is more immoral than war?
~Marquis de SadeIs it not a strange blindness on our part to teach publicly the techniques of warfare and to reward with medals those who prove to be the most adroit killers?
~Marquis de SadeWar is the greatest plague that can affect humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.
~Martin LutherWe all have to be concerned about terrorism, but you will never end terrorism by terrorizing others.
~Martin Luther King IIIWe must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.I have condemned any organizer of war, regardless of his rank or nationality.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle...your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.We have guided missiles and misguided men.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.Nothing good ever comes of violence.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.The chain reaction of evil--wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die.
~Mary Roberts RinehartOne can...never create [freedom] by an invading force.
~Maximilien RobespierreConflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.
~Max LucadePolitics and crime are the same thing.
~Michael Corleone (from "The Godfather: Part III")
About the quote: This line is spoken by Al Pacino's character in the Francis Ford Coppola film "The Godfather: Part III," script by Coppola and Mario Puzo.Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power.
~Michael GillespieFollow not the person carrying flag nor sword, for they will invariably lead you to a cliff and a mighty fall.
~Michael HallThe enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments.
~Michael ParentiTo kill a man is not to defend a doctrine, but to kill a man.
~Michael ServetusOne day the end of the world will come as a result of a 'justified' war.
~Mikhail Gofman, Antiwar.com readerAn empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
~MontesquieuIf you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
~Moshe Dayan...The very nature of interstate war puts innocent civilians into great jeopardy, especially with modern technology.
~Murray RothbardIt is in war that the State really comes into its own: swelling in power, in number, in pride, in absolute dominion over the economy and the society.
~Murray RothbardThe State thrives on war – unless, of course, it is defeated and crushed – expands on it, glories in it.
~Murray RothbardAll government wars are unjust.
~Murray RothbardWar is the business of barbarians.
~Napoleon BonaparteThere are only two powers in the world: the sword and the mind. In the long run, the sword is always defeated by the mind.
About the quote: Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French Emperor. (quote from 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' edited Eric Groves, Sr., pub. Quirk Books, 2008)In the eyes of empire builders men are not men but instruments.
~Napoleon BonaparteWar grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
~Napoleon HillIf you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
~Nelson MandelaLet us become inspired by inherent beauty, and not impassioned by manufactured hate.
~Nima Shirali, Middle Eastern Reconciliation ForumLet us form a new religion, that which would be called 'humanity', with 'peace' as its prophet.
~Nima Shirali, Middle Eastern Reconciliation ForumYou never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.
~Noam ChomskyEverybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.
~Noam ChomskyThere are many terrorist states in the world, but the United States is unusual in that it is officially committed to international terrorism.
About the quote: from his book "Necessary Illusions" (p. 270)To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public.
~Noam ChomskyIt's very common for the victims to understand a system better than the people who are holding the stick.
~Noam ChomskyWhere is the indignation about the fact that the US and USSR have thirty thousand pounds of destructive force for every human being in the world?
~Norman CousinsThe only security for the American people today, or for any people, is to be found through the control of force rather than the use of force.
~Norman CousinsTo initiate a war of aggression...is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.
~Nuremburg War TribunalSome explanations of a crime are not explanations: they're part of the crime.
~Olavo de CavarlhoIt is finer to bring one noble human being into the world and rear it well...than to kill ten thousand.
~Olive SchreinerHave you ever thought that war is a madhouse and that everyone in the war is a patient?
~Oriana FallaciA thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
~Oscar WildePreventive war is like committing suicide out of fear of death.
~Otto von Bismarck
About the quote: Bismarck (1815-1898) was the first Chancellor of the Germany Empire from 1871-1890.If we don't stop behaving like the British Empire, we will end up like the British Empire.
About the quote: From Buchanan's 5/9/06 article "Why Are We Baiting Putin?"War is a failure of human intelligence.
About the quote: Patricia Sun is an internationally renowned philosophical psychologist.[War] comes from an immature style of thinking where creativity and overview is scarce.
About the quote: Patricia Sun is an internationally renowned philosphical psychologist.War comes from our being immature, fearful, and injured, and not being able to concieve of other ways of solving problems.
About the quote: Patricia Sun is an internationally renowned philosophical psychologist.No one has deputized America to play Wyatt Earp to the world.
~Patrick J. BuchananIf we let people see that kind of thing, there would never again be any war.
~Pentagon Official (unnamed )
About the quote: This quote was from a Pentagon Official explaining why the U.S. military censored graphic footage from the Gulf War.War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.
~Percy Bysshe ShelleyMan has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
~Percy Bysshe ShelleyIf you love this land of the free, bring 'em home, bring 'em home, Bring 'em back from overseas.
About the quote: Lyrics from Seeger's song 'Bring Em Home.'I guess every generation is doomed to fight its war...suffer the loss of the same old illusions, and learn the same old lessons on its own.
~Phillip CaputoWhen the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
~PlatoThis and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
~PlatoOne of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
~PlatoViolence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.
~Pope John Paul IIHumanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war...
~Pope John Paul IIWar is a defeat for humanity.
~Pope John Paul II
About the quote: from 1/1/2000Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore...prove ultimately futile.
~Pope John Paul II
About the quote: from 1/1/2000Will . . . the threat of common extermination continue?. . . Must children receive the arms race from us as a necessary inheritance?
~Pope John Paul IIYou lose nothing through peace. You can lose everything through war.
~Pope Pius XIITo wage war, you need first of all money; second, you need money, and third, you also need money.
~Prince MontecuccoliOne more such victory and we are undone.
~Pyrrhus of EpirusDuring war, the laws are silent.
~Quintus Tullius CiceroThere are no warlike people--just warlike leaders.
~Ralph BunchePeace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
~Ralph Waldo EmersonThe real and lasting victories are those of peace and not of war.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
About the quote: Emerson (1803-1882) was an American transcendentalist essayist and poet. (From 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)Violence is not power, but the absence of power.
~Ralph Waldo EmersonConflict is the criminals' paradise; it is the only time when killing is allowed, theft is tolerated, and rape is forgiven.
~Ramman KenounKilling someone is the ultimate crime, while on the other hand, killing someone in uniform is fulfillment of duty.
~Ramman KenounThe tyrant always talks as if he's preserving the best interests of his people when he actually acts to undermine them.
~Ramman KenounA man who kills on his own is a murderer. A man who kills at his government's request is a national hero.
~Ramman KenounAll it takes is a single act of aggression to permanently wound a nation's reputation.
~Ramman KenounHumanity is quite a unique species, since it is the only one with the means to wipe itself out.
~Ramman KenounIn war, there are no winners.
~Ramman KenounWar is not a word, it's an acronym for "Wasting Another's Resources."
~Ramman KenounHow is it possible for people to consider themselves supporters of the troops when they approve of an event that throws those troops into...peril?
~Ramman KenounWar may be only temporary, but its toll remains permanently.
~Ramman KenounIt's truly ironic how self-proclaimed 'patriots' have a tendency to support those who seek to undermine their country.
~Ramman KenounThe only antidote to the poison of war is the public's courage to disagree with their leader.
~Ramman KenounIt is frightening how the actions of a single leader can have such drastic effects on the prestige of an entire nation.
~Ramman KenounPower is usurped from the people, first by implementing fear, then it is maintained by slandering as 'unpatriotic' those who refuse submission.
~Ramman KenounPatriotism lies not in blind obedience to authority, but in the desire to search for the truth.
~Ramman KenounThe soldier's main enemy is not the opposing soldier, but his own commander.
~Ramman KenounA tyrant has succeeded in his search for absolute power when his own people fear to question his actions.
~Ramman KenounThink of war as a game of Russian roulette. It is a game of chance with your life as the grand prize.
~Ramman KenounGood leaders serve the interests of their people, while unfit leaders exploit their citizens to serve their own.
~Ramman KenounThe occupation and robbery of a nation occurs under the illusion of freeing its citizens from brutal oppression.
~Ramman KenounWar is the Health of the State.
~Randolph BourneOne keeps healthy in wartime...by a vigorous assertion of values in which war has no part.
~Randolph BourneEither war is obsolete, or men are.
~R. Buckminster FullerWar is the ultimate tool of politics.
~R. Buckminster FullerWar has become a spectator sport for Americans.
~Rear Admiral Gene R. LaRocqueI hate it when they say, ‘He gave his life for his country.’ They don’t die for the honor and glory of their country. We kill them.
~Rear Admiral Gene R. LaRocqueThey talk about conscription as a democratic institution. Yes; so is a cemetery.
~Rep. Meyer LondonWhy should you ask blood be spilled for a cause that is not in the interest of the American people?
~Rep. Wally HergerWe may extend our dominion over the whole continent...but be assured it will be at the price of our free institutions.
~Rep. William Waters BoycePatriotism at the expense of another nation is as wicked as racism at the expense of another race...Let us resolve to be patriots always, nationalists never.
~Rev. William Sloane CoffinWars have ever been but another aristocratic mode of plundering and oppressing commerce.
~Richard CobdenWashington...has become an alien city-state that rules America, and much of the rest of the world, in the way that Rome ruled the Roman Empire.
~Richard MayburyWhen we fill our souls up with creativity, artistry and intelligence ...we have a better chance at avoiding the behavior that leads to destruction.
About the quote: Rick DellaRatta is founder of the group Jazz for Peace.It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so...
~Robert A. HeinleinI do not believe any policy which has behind it the threat of military force is justified as part of the basic foreign policy of the United States except to defend the liberty of our own people.
~Robert A. TaftThe war...was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.
~Robert E. LeeWhat a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness god has given us in this world...
~Robert E. LeeWhat a cruel thing is war...to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.
~Robert E. LeeThis much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.
~Robert F. KennedySince the end of the nineteenth century, if not earlier, presidents have misled the public about their motives and their intentions in going to war.
~Robert HiggsWhen American presidents prepare for foreign wars, they lie.
~Robert Higgs...History shows that ... (people) can be deflected from their natural tendencies by artful propaganda, bogus crises, or other political trickery.
About the quote: Robert Higgs is a Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute.It is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
~Robert H. JacksonThe belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
~Robert LyndNever is the power of the state greater, and never are the forces of political parties of opposition less effective, than at the outbreak of war.
About the quote: From "Political Parties: A Sociological Study of the Oligarchical Tendencies of Modern Democracy", Collier Books, 1962, p. 357. Michels wrote this for the 1915 edition after the outbreak of WW I. The book propounds the "iron law of oligarchy" showing why even the German Social Democratic Party tended to betray its socialist and democratic principles.If there is no sufficient reason for war, the war party will make war on one pretext, then invent another.
~Robert M. LaFolletteThe maintenance of the right of criticism in the long run will do the country...more good than it will do the enemy.
~Robert TaftThere were no international terrorists in Iraq until we went in. It was we who gave the perfect conditions in which Al Qaeda could thrive.
About the quote: Cook is Britain's former foreign secretary. He resigned from the British Cabinet over the Iraq War.The world should be worried about those who go around the planet with a can of gasoline in one hand and a box of matches in the other, pretending to sell fire insurance.
About the quote: from the online article posted at http://www.thenewamericanempire.com/tremblay=1093Wars of aggression are the most barbarous of all human endeavors and are, more often than not, the instruments of insane tyrants who hear voices.
About the quote: Tremblay is a Canadian-born economist.The world should take notice when someone...with a fanatic mind and with powerful means, receives his marching orders from Heaven.
About the quote: From Trembaly's "The New American Empire." Tremblay is a Professor of Economic Science at the University of Montreal.I learned nothing from war. War is not an activity for human beings; war is for criminals—rape, robbery and murder.
~Roman Podabedov (Russian anti-tank gunner)The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor.
About the quote: From a speech on nuclear weapons, March 23, 1983.Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will.
~Ronald ReaganPeace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
~Ronald ReaganA people free to choose will always choose peace.
~Ronald ReaganGovernment's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
~Ronald Reagan...no mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.
~Ronald ReaganProtecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
~Ronald ReaganPeople do not make wars; governments do.
~Ronald ReaganHistory teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
~Ronald ReaganWe must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
~Ronald ReaganDo they think if we destroy our freedoms for the terrorists they will no longer have a reason to attack us?
~Ron PaulTerror is a tactic. We can not wage "war" against a tactic.
~Ron PaulThe moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people.
~Ron PaulIf you sacrifice liberty for security, you will lose both.
~Ron PaulThose who do not move, do not notice their chains.
~Rosa LuxemburgUsually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
~Russell BakerThe fact that certain planets are uninhabited may very well derive from the fact that their nuclear scientist are more advanced than ours.
~Salon Gahlin, Swedish authorNo one has ever succeeded in keeping nations at war except by lies.
~Salvador de MadariagaHow strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
~Samuel AdamsWar--after all, what is it that the people get? Why--widows, taxes, wooden legs and debt.
~Samuel B. PettengillNot only is war a form of legalized murder, but it is mass serial killing.
~Sarah BellumIf you support any offensive war, consider yourself just as culpable of murder as the most insane serial killer.
~Sarah BellumWe say that we care about the war, but we don’t even really know what we’re fighting for.
~Scott RitterI'd like to think the best bunker buster is a diplomat.
~Scott RitterWe are the ones responsible to determine whether the war that our marines, soldiers and airmen are fighting in is worth the cause...
~Scott RitterIraq was a war of choice, not necessity.
~Senator Barbara Boxer
About the quote: From a speech delivered Wed. July 6, 2005.Tis not, 'my country right or wrong'; tis, 'my country, that which is right to be kept right, that which is wrong to be set right'
~Senator Carl Schurz (MO)
About the quote: from his senate remarks 2/29/72. published in 'The Policy of Imperialism, Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, vol. 6, pp. 119–20 (1913).The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements.
~Senator James W. FulbrightWar is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.
~Senator John McCainNational defense is the usual pretext for the policy of fleecing the people.
~Senator John Taylor
About the quote: US Senator(SC), lived from 1753-1824Before the war is ended, the war party assumes the divine right to denounce and silence all opposition to war as unpatriotic and cowardly.
~Senator Robert M. La FolletteEvery nation has its war party. It is not the party of democracy. It is the party of autocracy. It seeks to dominate absolutely.
~Senator Robert M. La FolletteIn times of peace, the war party insists on making preparation for war. As soon as prepared for, it insists on making war.
~Senator Robert M. La FolletteIf there is no sufficient reason for war, the war party will make war on one pretext, then invent another...after the war is on.
~Senator Robert M. La FolletteThe first casualty when war comes is the truth.
~Sen. Hiram JohnsonThe price of empire is America’s soul, and that price is too high.
~Sen. J. William Fulbright (Ark.)This war is not necessary. We are truly sleepwalking through history.
~Sen. Robert ByrdCriticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government.
~Sen. Robert Taft, (R) OhioWe first fought...in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change.
~Serj TankianDemocracy is not an incident that happens overnight, nor a gift that America can give to the world. It is a culture which needs peace to evolve.
About the quote: Ebadi is Nobel Peace Laureate of Iran. This quote is excerpted from the 5/5/06 Washington Post's "Diplomatic Dispatches," by Nora Boustany.Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another...
~Sigmund FreudCivilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.
~Sigmund FreudA belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual.
~Sigmund FreudIf you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
~Simone de BeauvoirThe great error of nearly all studies of war... has been to consider war as an episode in foreign policies, when it is an act of interior politics...
~Simone WeilModern war appears as a struggle led by all the State apparatuses and their general staffs against all men old enough to bear arms...
~Simone WeilWhat a country calls its vital... interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war.
~Simone WeilNothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
~Sir Francis BaconI went into the Army believing that if you want peace you must prepare for war. I now believe that if you prepare thoroughly for war you will get it.
~Sir John Frederick MauriceTerrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.
~Sir Peter UstinovAs for being a General, well, at the age of four with paper hats and wooden swords, we're all Generals. Only some of us never grow out of it.
~Sir Peter UstinovWar is a racket.
~Smedley ButlerAll wars are fought for money.
~SocratesIf peace...only had the music and pagaentry of war, there'd be no wars.
~Sophie KerrIt is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth.
~SophoclesPeace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice.
~SpinozaWar technology is science in the service of obscene anatomical vandalism.
~Stan GoffMankind deserves sacrifice - but not of mankind.
~Stanislaw Jerzy LecWar would end if the dead could return.
~Stanley BaldwinWhen [men] go to war, what they want is to impose on their enemies the victor's will and call it peace.
About the quote: From "The City of God"One reason the United States finds itself at the edge of a foreign policy disaster is its underinformed citizenry, a key weakness in democracy.
~Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke
About the quote: from "America Alone"We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
~Stephen Vincent BenétThere is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.
~Sun TzuAll warfare is based on deception.
~Sun TzuThe supreme excellence is to subde the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.
~Sun TzuThe greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.
~Supreme Court Justice Louis D. BrandeisThe worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more and tolerated by all.
~TacitusTo plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.
About the quote: This quote is attributed to Calgacus in the Roman historian Tacitus' "Agricola."The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
~TacitusWhen people have friends and customers in other lands, they tend to take a dim view of their government dropping bombs on them.
~Terry Liberty ParkerThe Department of Defense is the behemoth...With an annual budget larger than the gross domestic product of Russia, it is an empire.
~The 9/11 Commission Report
About the quote: Norton First EditionIt is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.
~Theodore RooseveltBehind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
~Theodore RooseveltTo announce that there must be no criticism of the president...is morally treasonable to the American public.
~Theodore Roosevelt...to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.
~Theodore RooseveltThat we are to stand by the president, right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
~Theodore RooseveltPatriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official...
~Theodore RooseveltWorking for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment.
~Thich Nhat HahnIn order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
About the quote: Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monkWar is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.
~Thomas CarlyleOur children are not born to hate, they are raised to hate.
~Thomas della PerutaForce and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
~Thomas HobbesThe spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
~Thomas JeffersonThe most successful war seldom pays for its losses.
~Thomas JeffersonI abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
~Thomas JeffersonWe did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.
~Thomas JeffersonThey are nations of eternal war. All their energies are expended in the destruction of the labor, property, and lives of their people.
About the quote: From a letter to president Monroe, 1823.Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
~Thomas JeffersonPeace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
~Thomas JeffersonA coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
~Thomas JeffersonConquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
~Thomas JeffersonI tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
~Thomas JeffersonTo preserve our independence...We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.
~Thomas JeffersonPeace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
~Thomas JeffersonGovernments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
~Thomas JeffersonWar...is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.
~Thomas JeffersonIf there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
About the quote: in a letter to William Short, 28 July 1791.The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
~Thomas JeffersonWar is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
~Thomas JeffersonThe force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to.
~Thomas JeffersonI know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves.
About the quote: Originally in a letter to William C. Jarvis, 1820. Can be found in volume of "Writings" (New York, NY: Library of America) p.493This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force.
About the quote: in a letter to John Adams, 1796.Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
~Thomas JeffersonThe spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
~Thomas JeffersonIf a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
~Thomas JeffersonI hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
~Thomas JeffersonWhen the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
~Thomas JeffersonWar is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
~Thomas MannPeace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war.
About the quote: (1915-1968)That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations is as shocking as it is true...
~Thomas PaineIt is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
~Thomas PainePeace, which costs nothing, is attended with with infinitely more advantage than any victory with all its expence.
About the quote: (From his 'The Rights of Man')He that is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
~Thomas PaineWar is the gambling table of governments, and citizens the dupes of the game.
~Thomas PaineAn army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
~Thomas PaineIf they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
~Thomas PynchonMost wars are started by well-fed people with time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances.
~Thomas SowellIt is useless to attack men who could not be controlled even if conquered, while failure would leave us in an even worse position...
About the quote: Thucydides was a Athenian historian, born in the 5th century, BC. Here, he is quoting the Athenian general Nikias on the proposed invasion of Sicily during the Peloponnesian War.Love of power, operating through greed and through personal ambition, was the cause of all these evils.
~ThucydidesI am not blaming those who are resolved to rule, only those who show an even greater readiness to submit.
~ThucydidesThis president failed so miserably in diplomacy that we are now forced to war.
~Tom DaschleDemocracies become dictatorships if governments do not listen to the voice of the people.
~Tom Van MeursAll war represents a failure of diplomacy.
~Tony BennJustice itself tends to be corrupted by political passion.
~T.S. EliotThat meddling in other people's affairs...formerly conducted by the most discreet intrigue is now openly advocated under the name of intervention.
~T.S. EliotNations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.
~Ulysses S. GrantIn modern war there is no such thing as victor and vanquished...There is only a loser, and the loser is mankind.
~U Thant , Burmese UN Secretary GeneralIf you kill one person you are a murderer. If you kill ten people you are a monster. If you kill ten thousand you are a national hero.
~Vassilis EpaminondouNo great dependence is to be placed on the eagerness of young soldiers for action...fighting is agreeable to those who are strangers to it.
~VegetiusModern war and modern civilisation are utterly incompatible...one or the other must go.
About the quote: Brittain was a British WWII-era anti-area-bombing activist. Quote from "Among the Dead Cities," by A.C. Grayling (Walker & Co., 2006).Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
~Victor HugoIt is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
~VoltaireIt would be easier to subjugate the entire universe through force than the minds of a single village.
~VoltaireThose who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
~VoltaireTo the wicked, everything serves as pretext.
~VoltaireAll murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
~VoltaireA standing army is a standing menace to liberty.
~Voltairine de ClayreThe time has come to stop beating our heads against stone walls under the illusion that we have been appointed policeman to the human race.
~Walter LippmannWar is the only game in which both sides lose.
~Walter ScottWe have met the enemy and he is us.
About the quote: Cartoonist, notably of "Pogo." lived 1913-1973.Make it plain that you have no time for war, that you have more important things to do....let the diplomats and marshals of the earth shoot each other.
About the quote: from 'Listen, Little Man'Freedom is not nurtured by nations preparing for war.
~William Appleman WilliamsThe Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.
~William Colby, former CIA director
About the quote: as quoted by Dave McGowan in his book "Derailing Democracy"War's a game, which, were their subjects wise, Kings would not play at.
~William CowperThe cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated.
~William Ellery ChanningSo long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice...
About the quote: from his book "As I Lay Dying"If [America] becomes militant, it will be because its people choose to become such; it will be because they think that war and warlikeness are desirable.
~William Graham Sumner
About the quote: from 1903If you want war, nourish a doctrine. Doctrines are the most frightful tyrants to which men ever are subject...
~William Graham SumnerThe right to revolt has sources deep in our history.
~William O. Douglas
About the quote: Supreme Court Justice Douglas lived 1898-1980.Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.
~William PennNecessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
~William PittA man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it.
~William Ralph IngeThe greatest crime since World War II has been US foreign policy.
~William Ramsey Clark
About the quote: William Ramsey Clark was US Attorney General under Lyndon B. JohnsonO, it is excellent To have a giant’s strength! But it is tyrannous To use it like a giant.
About the quote: from "Measure for Measure," Act II, Scn. iiThe statesman who yields to war fever...is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
~Winston ChurchillWar is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
~Winston ChurchillWhen you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.
~Winston ChurchillNever believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter.
~Winston ChurchillWars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.
~W. L. GeorgeTo fight, you must be brutal and ruthless, and the spirit of ruthless brutality will enter into the very fibre of national life...
~Woodrow WilsonPoliticians' Logic: Something must be done, this is something, therefore we must do it.
~Yes, Prime Minister (UK TV Show)
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