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

~Abba Eban

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 Flexner


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

~Abraham Lincoln


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

~Abraham Lincoln


I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

~Abraham Lincoln


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

~Abraham Lincoln


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

~Abraham Lincoln


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

~Admiral James D. Watkins


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

~Adolph Hitler


In war, truth is the first casualty.

~Aeschylus


Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

~Aesop


One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.

~Agatha Christie


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

~A. J. P. Taylor


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

~A. J. P. Taylor


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

~A. J. P. Taylor


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

~Alan Watts

About the quote: from the book "The Way of Zen"

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

~Albert Camus


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

~Albert Camus


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

~Albert Camus


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

~Albert Camus


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

~Albert Camus


Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

~Albert Einstein


It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

~Albert Einstein


Force always attracts men of low morality.

~Albert Einstein


Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

~Albert Einstein


Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

~Albert Einstein


Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

~Albert Einstein


The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

~Albert Einstein


The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~Albert Einstein


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

~Albert J. Nock


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

~Aldous Huxley


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

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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

~Alexander Berkman


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

~Alexander Berkman


Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

~Alexander Hamilton


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

~Alexander Pope


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

~Alexis de Tocqueville


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

~Alexis de Tocqueville


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

~Alfred Adler


War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.

~Alfred Adler


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

~Alfred Adler


War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.

~Alfred Adler


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

~Alfred Adler


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

~Alfred Adler


War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.

~Alfred Adler


At least we're getting the kind of experience we need for the next war.

~Allen Dulles


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

~Ambrose Bierce


Since 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.

~Andrew Greely

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.html

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

~Anne Louise Germaine de Stael


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

~Anne O'Hare McCormick


A great war leaves a country with three armies: an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.

~Anonymous (German)

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...

~Anthony Gregory

About the quote: Anthony Gregory is a writer and musician from Berkeley, CA. You can read his articles at www.lewrockwell.com

The real triumph of civilization is the extent to which coercion is banished from human relations.

~Anthony Gregory

About the quote: Anthony Gregory is a writer and musician from Berkeley, CA. You can read his articles at www.lewrockwell.com

War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.

~Antoine De Saint-Exupery


Make 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.

~Arthur Hoppe

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 Schopenhauer


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

~Ayn Rand


Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing.

~Ayn Rand


Why 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?

~Barbara Bush

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 Ehrenreich


What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise.

~Barbara Jordan


War is the unfolding of miscalculations.

~Barbara Tuchman


You've got to forget about this civilian. Whenever you drop bombs, you're going to hit civilians.

~Barry Goldwater


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

~Basil O'Connor


War is never a solution; it is an aggravation.

~Benjamin Disraeli


There never was a good war or a bad peace.

~Benjamin Franklin


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

~Benjamin Franklin


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

~Benjamin Franklin


I 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 Franklin


There never was a good war or a bad peace.

~Benjamin Franklin


Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

~Benjamin Franklin


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

~Benjamin Franklin


We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.

~Benjamin Harrison

About the quote: from an 1888 address to Congress

The Atomic Age is here to stay--but are we?

~Bennett Cerf


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

~Bernard M. Baruch


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

~Bertrand Russell


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

~Bertrand Russell


Can 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 Pascal


The terrorist is the one with the small bomb.

~Brendan Behan


Peace is constructed, not fought for.

~Brent Davis


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

~Brooks Atkinson

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.

~Bruce Springsteen

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 Shaffer


Coercive practices that threaten our neighbor(s) also threaten us.

~Butler Shaffer


Coercive practices that threaten our neighbor(s) also threaten us.

~Butler Shaffer


No 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 Coolidge


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

~Carl P. G. von Clausewitz


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

~Carl P. G. von Clausewitz


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

~Carl P. G. von Clausewitz


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)

A 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 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 Norton


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 Norton


War should be made a crime, and those who instigate it should be punished as criminals.

~Charles Evans Hughes


The 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.

~Charles Sumner

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 Tilly


Name me an emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball.

~Charles V of France


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

~Charley Reese


The truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic. It has always been driven by economic or strategic interests.

~Charley Reese


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

~Charley Reese


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

~Chaz Bufe


The failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open for the next installment.

~Chris Hedges


The failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open for the next installment.

~Chris Hedges


The failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open for the next installment.

~Chris Hedges


After victory, you have more enemies.

~Cicero


True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.

~Clarence Darrow


Hell hath no fury like a non-combatant.

~C.L. Montague

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 Powell


The dangerous patriot...drifts into chauvinism and exhibits blind enthusiasm for military actions.

~Colonel James A. Donovan, Marine Corps


The dangerous patriot...drifts into chauvinism and exhibits blind enthusiasm for military actions.

~Colonel James A. Donovan, Marine Corps


Chauvinism is a proud and bellicose form of patriotism...which equates the national honor with military victory.

~Colonel James A. Donovan, Marine Corps


You cannot be on one hand dedicated to peace and on the other dedicated to violence. Those two things are irreconcilable.

~Condoleeza Rice

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.

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

~Congressman Ron Paul


Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.

~Congressman Ron Paul


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

~Craig Murray


Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised "for the good of its victims" may be the most oppressive.

~C. S. Lewis


Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did.

~C.S. Lewis

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.

~Daisaku Ikeda

About the quote: From his proposals for peace. Ikeda is President of Soka Gakkai International

All forms of violence, especially war, are totally unacceptable as means to settle disputes between and among nations, groups and persons.

~Dalai Lama


All forms of violence, especially war, are totally unacceptable as means to settle disputes between and among nations, groups and persons.

~Dalai Lama


When the largest industry in the world is no longer War, I will accept Darwin's theory of Evolution.

~Dale S. Mugford


Today the real test of America's power and wisdom is not our capacity to make war but our capacity to prevent it.

~Dale Turner

About the quote: from an article in The Seattle Times, 1/11/03.

Societies can be sunk by the weight of buried ugliness.

~Daniel Goleman


There is nothing politically right that is morally wrong.

~Daniel O'Connell


Tis nobler to lose honor to save the lives of men than it is to gain honor by taking them.

~David Borenstein


You cannot win a War on Terrorism. It’s like having a war on jealousy.

~David Cross

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 Friedman


The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny...

~David Hume


You are not going to get peace with millions of armed men. The chariot of peace cannot advance over a road littered with cannon.

~David Lloyd


War creates peace like hate creates love.

~David L. Wilson


Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.

~Davy Crockett


From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.

~Denis Diderot


The question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many.

~Dick Cheney

About the quote: Speaking to the Discovery Institute after the first Gulf War, on 8/14/1992, when he was Secretary of Defense.

There are a lot of people who lie and get away with it, and that's just a fact.

~Donald Rumsfeld


There are a lot of people who lie and get away with it, and that's just a fact.

~Donald Rumsfeld


It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.

~Dorothy Thompson


Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.

~Dorothy Thompson


Peace...is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle.

~Dorothy Thompson


Dress 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 Jerrold


The best defense is no offense.

~Dr. Ivan Eland


We must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means.

~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


"Rules of engagement" are a set of guidelines for murder.

~Dr. Teresa Whitehurst


Conflict cannot survive without your participation.

~Dr. Wayne Dyer


Nothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a battle won.

~Duke of Wellington


May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


Together we must learn how to compose difference, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


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

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


You can't have this kind of war. There just aren't enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the streets.

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


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

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


Together we must learn how to compose difference, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


Preventive 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 1953

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

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


Together we must learn how to compose difference, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


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

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


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

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.

~E. B. White


Wisdom is better than weapons of war.

~Ecclesiastes 9:18


Tyrants seldom want pretexts.

~Edmund Burke


I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.

~Edmund Burke


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

~Edward Abbey

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.

~Edward Abbey

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 Abbey


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

~Edward Abbey

About the quote: A naturalist and author, Abbey lived from 1927-1989.

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.

~Edward Everett


As 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 Gibbon


Violence 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. Murrow


All the gods are dead except the god of war.

~Eldridge Cleaver


It 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.

~Eleanor Roosevelt

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.

~Eleanor Roosevelt

About the quote: from "My Day," February 7, 1939

Rulers who want to unleash war know very well that they must procure or invent a first victim.

~Elias Canetti


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

~Ella Baker

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 Key


Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards.

~E. M. Forster


History is littered with wars which everybody knew would never happen.

~Enoch Powell


The 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.

~Ente Grillenhaft

About the quote: from "Treatise on Reason and Hysteria"

War is the blackest villainy of which human nature is capable.

~Erasmus


Dulce bellum inexpertis (War is delightful to the inexperienced).

~Erasmus, the 16th-century scholar


History is replete with examples of empires mounting impressive military campaigns on the cusp of their impending economic collapse.

~Eric Alterman

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 Remarque


The 1st panacea of a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the 2nd is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; a permanent ruin.

~Ernest Hemingway


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

~Ernest Hemingway


They 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.

~Ernest Hemingway

About the quote: from "Notes on the Next War," published in Esquire Magazine, 1935.

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

~Ernest Hemingway


For me war has become a flat, black depression without highlights, a revulsion of the mind and an exhaustion of the spirit.

~Ernie Pyle


No war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.

~Eugene Debs

About the quote: (1855-1926)

God hates violence. He has ordained that all men fairly possess their property, not seize it.

~Euripides


Wars should be over in three days or less...and the American people must be all for it from the outset.

~Evan Thomas


I 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 Hayek


We must get away from the idea that America is to be the leader of the world in everything.

~Francis John McConnell


We must get away from the idea that America is to be the leader of the world in everything.

~Francis John McConnell


The 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 Chodorov


The 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 Chodorov


The pertinent question: if Americans did not want these wars should they have been compelled to fight them?

~Frank Chodorov


It is not that power corrupts but that power is a magnet to the corruptible.

~Frank Herbert


All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.

~Frank Herbert


The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.

~Frank Kent


In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.

~Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.

~Franklin D. Roosevelt


The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.

~Frederick Douglass


If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army.

~Frederick the Great


Wars are the hobbies of half-informed children who have somehow come into possession of the levers of power.

~Fred Reed

About the quote: You can read Fred Reed's articles on LewRockwell.com: http://www.lewrockwell.com/reed/reed-arch.html

When goods don't cross borders, soldiers will.

~Fredric Bastiat


Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.

~Friedrich Hebbel, German poet and dramatist


Under conditions of peace the warlike man attacks himself.

~Friedrich Nietzsche


The 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 Nietzsche


If, 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 Medicus


With no notice to the American people...this country entered the war...Stranger than the fact was the passive acceptance of it.

~Garet Garrett


With no notice to the American people...this country entered the war...Stranger than the fact was the passive acceptance of it.

~Garet Garrett


Is it security you want? There is no security at the top of the world.

~Garet Garrett


Only the winners decide what were war crimes.

~Gary Wills


I want to scare the hell out of the rest of the world.

~General Colin Powell


In 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 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 MacArthur


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 MacArthur


Always 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 MacArthur


Always 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 MacArthur


As far as I am concerned, war itself is immoral.

~General Omar Bradley

About the quote: U.S. Five Star General.

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.

~General Omar N. Bradley


War: A wretched debasement of all the pretenses of civilization.

~General Omar N. Bradley


Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.

~General Omar N. Bradley


War 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 Butler


War 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 Butler


War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious.

~General Smedley Butler


War is just a racket...I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else.

~General Smedley Butler


My 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. Power


Any forces that would impose their will on other nations will certainly face defeat.

~General Vo Nguyen Giap (Vietnam)


It 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 Sherman


War is at best barbarism. Its glory is all moonshine...War is hell.

~General William Tecumseh Sherman


The military doesn't start wars. The politicians start wars.

~General William Westmoreland


War is fear cloaked in courage.

~General William Westmoreland


Vietnam was the first war ever fought without censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

~General William Westmoreland


Man 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 Shaw


Cruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse, and pretense of reluctance.

~George Bernard Shaw


I 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. Bush


There 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 McGovern


Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable

~George Orwell

About the quote: from his 'Politics and the English Language.'

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

~George Orwell

About the quote: This quote comes from "Homage to Catalonia," Orwell's 1936 eyewitness account of the Spanish Civil War.

The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.

~George Orwell

About the quote: This quote is spoken by the character of Emmanuel Goldstein in Orwell's novel, "1984."

The 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 Orwell


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

~George Orwell


The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.

~George Orwell

About the quote: from his book '1984,' published in 1949.

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

~George Orwell


The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.

~George Orwell

About the quote: from his book '1984,' published in 1949.

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

~George Orwell


During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

~George Orwell


Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable

~George Orwell

About the quote: from his 'Politics and the English Language.'

War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men.

~Georges Clemenceau


It is far easier to make war than peace.

~Georges Clemenceau


Hate 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 Sorel


The 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 Washington


The 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 Washington


It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world.

~George Washington


Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

~George Washington


Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.

~George Washington

About the quote: President Washington lived from 1732-1799. (From 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.

~George Washington

About the quote: President Washington lived from 1732-1799. (From 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)

The 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 Washington


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


Free 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 10/3/03

Our 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)

Evil 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).

Our 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)

I think war is a dangerous place.

~George W. Bush


Victory 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.

Free 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 10/3/03

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 2004

Free 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 10/3/03

Our 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)

These 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. Hegel


Dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify.

~Gerard K. O'Neill


Don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with...

~Gerard K. O'Neill


A great war leaves the country with three armies - an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.

~German proverb


"My country right or wrong" is like saying, "My mother drunk or sober."

~G. K. Chesterton


A 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. Chesterton


There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance.

~Goethe


There'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 Meir


Every move we make in fear of the next war in fact hastens it.

~Gregory Bateson


Are 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 Clark


Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.

~Groucho Marx


Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck.

~Guy de Maupassant


The chief qualification of a mass leader has become unending infallibility; he can never admit an error.

~Hannah Arendt


Although 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 Arendt


Although 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 Arendt


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 Barnes


I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses...

~Harry Emerson Fosdick


I hate war...for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it.

~Harry Emerson Fosdick


The tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.

~Harry Emerson Fosdick


The 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 Ellis


Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!

~Helen Keller


Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!

~Helen Keller


War brings out the most negative emotional human responses on both sides.

~Henk Middelraad


Emphasis on military prowess is an indication of philosophical poverty.

~Henk Middelraad


Two armies that fight each other is like one large army that commits suicide.

~Henri Barbusse

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 Ellis


What political leaders decide, intelligence services tend to seek to justify.

~Henry Kissinger

About the quote: from page 303 of his book, "Diplomacy"

What political leaders decide, intelligence services tend to seek to justify.

~Henry Kissinger

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. Hoover


It is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow...that are the aftermath of war.

~Herbert C. Hoover


A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.

~Herbert V. Prochnow


The 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 Goering


Every politician in the world is all for revolution, reason, and disarmament--but only in enemy countries, not in his own.

~Hermann Hesse

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.

~Herodotus


It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not pay with their own.

~H. G. Wells


It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not pay with their own.

~H. G. Wells


I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.

~H. L. Mencken


The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.

~H. L. Mencken


The 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. Mencken


Under 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. Mencken


The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.

~H.L. Mencken


When fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.

~H.L. Menken


Force without judgement falls on its own weight.

~Horace


During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.

~Howard Thurman


One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression.

~Howard Zinn


How can you make a war on terror if war itself is terrorism?

~Howard Zinn


How can you make a war on terror if war itself is terrorism?

~Howard Zinn


There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.

~Howard Zinn


It's more humane to cure your enemies than to kill them.

~Hugh Mann


Paramount 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 Justice


Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.

~Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice


Suspicion must always fall on those who attempt to silence their opponents.

~Ian Buckley


Even 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 Kant


It is not only the living who are killed in war.

~Isaac Asimov


Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

~Issac Asimov

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 Timerman


I 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 Baldwin


Freedom is whatever the president says it is, pending revision.

~James Bovard

About the quote: http://jimbovard.com/blog/2006/01/17/credo-from-attention-deficit-democracy/

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.

~James Bryce


Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity.

~James Bryce


We cloak ourselves in cold indifference to the unnecessary suffering of others--even when we cause it.

~James Carroll

About the quote: The Boston Globe, 9/21/04

We cloak ourselves in cold indifference to the unnecessary suffering of others--even when we cause it.

~James Carroll

About the quote: The Boston Globe, 9/21/04

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.

~James Madison


War...should only be declared by the authority of the people...instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.

~James Madison


It 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 Madison


All men having power ought to be mistrusted.

~James Madison


All men having power ought to be mistrusted.

~James Madison


The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.

~James Madison


Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps the most to be dreaded because it compromises and develops the germ of every other.

~James Madison

About the quote: from "Political Observations," 1795.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

~James Madison

About the quote: This quote is from the period he served as a US Congressman (he represented Virginia from 1789-1797).

War...should only be declared by the authority of the people...instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.

~James Madison


War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement

~James Madison

About the quote: from "Political Observations," April 20, 1795.

No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

~James Madison

About the quote: from "Political Observations," 1795

The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.

~James Madison


If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

~James Madison

About the quote: This quote is from the period he served as a US Congressman (he represented Virginia from 1789-1797).

The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.

~James Madison


The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.

~James Madison


In any war, the first casualty is common sense, and the second is free and open discussion.

~James Reston

About the quote: American Journalist (1909-1995), best known for his work with the NY Times.

The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself.

~James Wolcott

About the quote: in his article “From Fear to Eternity,” Vanity Fair, March 2005

The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself.

~James Wolcott

About the quote: in his article “From Fear to Eternity,” Vanity Fair, March 2005

It’s one thing to fight for what you believe in, another thing to fight for what others believe in.

~James Wolcott

About the quote: in his article “From Fear to Eternity” in Vanity Fair, March 2005

Every man thinks god is on his side.

~Jean Anouilh


We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.

~Jeane J. Kirkpatrick


You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

~Jeanette Rankin


After every ''victory'' you have more enemies.

~Jeanette Winterson


Man 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 Rousseau


Killing a man in defense of an idea is not defending an idea; it is killing a man.

~Jean -Luc Godard


Total 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 Sartre


It is always more valuable to report the truth.

~Jean-Paul Sartre


...Uncalled-for aggression arouses the hatred of the civilian population...

~Jean-Paul Sartre


Human failure of communication and failed diplomacy between Nations should not yield the ultimate sacrifice; a life.

~Jerome G. Fenster


I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security.

~Jim Garrison


We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.

~Jimmy Carter


There should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat.

~Jimmy Carter


A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.

~Johan Christoph Schiller


None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The coward threatens when he is safe.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

~John 8:32


There 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 Adams


Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak...

~John Adams


Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak...

~John Adams


The 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 Holmes


If 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 Bright


It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty.

~John C. Calhoun


War is eternity jammed into frantic minutes that will fill a lifetime with dreams and nightmares.

~John Cory


War is the cemetery of futures promised.

~John Cory


War is the tool of small-minded scoundrels who worship the death of others on the altar of their greed.

~John Cory


There is no morality in war. Morality is the privilege of those judging from the distance. War is only death and destruction...

~John Cory


There are no politics in war. Politics is the luxury of the safe-at-home. War is a lottery of survival.

~John Cory


Peace 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.)

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.

~John F. Kennedy


Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

~John F. Kennedy


A 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. Kennedy


Peace 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.)

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

~John F. Kennedy


Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

~John F. Kennedy


We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.

~John F. Kennedy


The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.

~John F. Kennedy


We are all familiar with the argument: Make war dreadful enough, and there will be no war. And we none of us believe it.

~John Galsworthy


Peace hath higher tests of manhood than battle ever knew.

~John Greenleaf Whittier


There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.

~John James Ingalls


War remains the decisive human failure.

~John Kenneth Galbraith


If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.

~John Lennon


All mankind...being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.

~John Locke


For what can war, but endless war, still breed?

~John Milton


The 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.

~Johnny Cash

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 218

America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.

~John Quincy Adams


The 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 Mill


Imperialism 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. Flynn


Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order.

~John V. Lindsay


The opposite of war is not peace, it's creation.

~Jonathan Larson


There is but one evil, war. All the other proclaimed evils such as hate, greed, descrimination, and jealousy are only sub-categories of it.

~Jose Barreiro


In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.

~Jose Narosky

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. Schumpeter


Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.

~Joseph Goebbels


I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private individuals.

~Joseph Heller


As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

~Josh Billings


We shall never be able to effect physical disarmament until we have succeeded in effecting moral disarmament.

~J. Ramsay MacDonald


We have all taken risks in the making of war. Isn't it time that we should take risks to secure peace?

~J. Ramsay MacDonald


Governments use national animosities, foreign wars and the glamour of empire-making, in order to...divert rising sentiment against domestic abuses.

~J. R. Hobson


Freedom is to understand, and to be unbounded by that freedom.

~Juan C. Mustelier


The 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. Brandeis


The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.

~Justice Louis D. Brandeis


It 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 Raimondo


Where is the justice of political power if it...marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?

~Kahlil Gibran


Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer?

~Kahlil Gibran


Vietnam 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 Hess


War: first, one hopes to win...in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.

~Karl Kraus

About the quote: Satirical writer and journalist. (1874–1936)

War is the continuation of politics by other means.

~Karl Von Clausewitz


I am not against all wars--just whichever is current.

~Ken Gillespie


War doesn't make boys men, it makes men dead.

~Ken Gillespie


It 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 Belgium


Peace has its victories no less than war, but it doesn't have as many monuments to unveil.

~Kin Hubbard


Wars frequently begin ten years before the first shot is fired.

~K. K. V. Casey


The war on terrorism is akin to the war on drugs…unwinable, unless you kill everyone…or address the root causes.

~K. W. Ibrahim


The 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 Tsu


Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.

~Lao Tzu


How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?

~Lao Tzu


Phony pretexts repeated often enough become real reasons. Things that...are not true become true in the public mind simply through endless repetition.

~Lenny Bloom


We must not only cease our present desire for the growth of the state, but we must desire its decrease, its weakening...

~Leo Tolstoy


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 Tolstoy


In 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 Tolstoy


You 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!

~Leo Tolstoy

About the quote: from the novel 'Anna Karenina'

What an immense mass of evil must result...from allowing men to assume the right of anticipating what may happen.

~Leo Tolstoy


People who talk of outlawing the atomic bomb are mistaken — what needs to be outlawed is war.

~Leslie Richard Groves


In war, the army is not merely a pure consumer, but a negative producer...

~Lewis Mumford

About the quote: from "Technics and Civilization"

War is both the product of an earlier corruption, and a producer of new corruptions.

~Lewis Mumford

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."

Misery, mutilation, destruction, terror, starvation and death characterize the process of war and form a principal part of the product.

~Lewis Mumford

About the quote: from "Technics and Civilization"

War vies with magic in its efforts to get something for nothing...

~Lewis Mumford


The greatest protection against war is a well educated populace.

~L.L. Castetter

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 Kodysz


War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation.

~Lois McMaster Bujold


Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice.

~Lord Acton


The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the party that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.

~Lord Acton


Where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control.

~Lord Acton


War’s a brain spattering windpipe splitting art.

~Lord Byron


Don'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 1/14/05

One does not create a human society on mounds of corpses.

~Louis Lecoin


Acts 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.

Wars of aggression are popular nowadays with those nations convinced that only victory and conquest could improve their material well-being.

~Ludwig von Mises


Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

~Ludwig von Mises


The 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 Mises


The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.

~Ludwig von Mises


Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business.

~Ludwig von Mises


The attainment of the economic aims of man presupposes peace.

~Ludwig von Mises


History 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 Mises


War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings.

~Ludwig von Mises


The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.

~Ludwig von Mises


War...is harmful, not only to the conquered but to the conqueror.

~Ludwig von Mises


Society 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 Mises


To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.

~Ludwig von Mises


War can really cause no economic boom, at least not directly, since an increase in wealth never does result from destruction of goods.

~Ludwig von Mises


The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.

~Ludwig von Mises


Sovereignty must not be used for inflicting harm on anyone, whether citizen or foreigner.

~Ludwig von Mises


Modern society, based as it is on the division of labor, can be preserved only under conditions of lasting peace.

~Ludwig von Mises


Men are fighting...because they are convinced that the extermination of adversaries is the only means of promoting their own well-being.

~Ludwig von Mises


If men do not now succeed in abolishing war, civilization and mankind are doomed.

~Ludwig von Mises


The root of the evil is not the construction of new, more dreadful weapons. It is the spirit of conquest.

~Ludwig von Mises


If 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 Mises


Only one thing can conquer war--that attitude of mind which can see nothing in war but destruction and annihilation...

~Ludwig von Mises


Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly.

~Ludwig von Mises


Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.

~Ludwig von Mises


To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.

~Ludwig von Mises


A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets.

~Ludwig von Mises


Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking.

~Ludwig von Mises


Wars are inevitable... as long as we believe that wars are inevitable. The moment we don't believe it anymore it is not inevitable.

~Lydia Sicher


As long as we can talk with people, as long as one can keep the guns quiet, one has a chance.

~Lydia Sicher


[War] might be avoidable were more emphasis placed on the training to social interest, less on the attainment of egotistical grandeur.

~Lydia Sicher


The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.

~Lyndon B. Johnson


Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered and conducted wars, war criminals?

~Mahatma Gandhi


What 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 Gandhi


I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

~Mahatma Gandhi


There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.

~Mahatma Gandhi

About the quote: This quote is also often credited to a peace activist A.J. Muste.

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

~Mahatma Gandhi


An eye for an eye makes us all blind.

~Mahatma Gandhi


Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.

~Mahatma Gandhi


Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.

~Mahatma Gandhi


The 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 Military


You'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 X


Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.

~Marcus Aurelius


The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.

~Marcus Aurelius


The sinews of war are infinite money.

~Marcus Tullius Cicero


The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall.

~Marcus Tullius Cicero


The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.

~Marcus Tullius Cicero


What 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 Cicero


The more laws, the less justice.

~Marcus Tullius Cicero


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~Margaret Mead


The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.

~Marie Beyle


It takes more courage to get out of a war than it does to get into one.

~Mark Couturier


Man is the only animal that is cruel. It kills just for the sake of it.

~Mark Twain


Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your governmant when it deserves it.

~Mark Twain


Why, the Government is merely...a temporary servant...Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.

~Mark Twain


Look at you in war...There has never been a just one, never an honorable one, on the part of the instigator of the war.

~Mark Twain

About the quote: from "The Mysterious Stranger," published 1910.

I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.

~Mark Twain

About the quote: From an interview, 9/15/1900

The 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 Twain


Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't.

~Mark Twain


Be loyal to your country always, and to the government only when it deserves it.

~Mark Twain


Is 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 Sade


Let not your zeal to share your principles entice you beyond your borders.

~Marquis de Sade


What is more immoral than war?

~Marquis de Sade


Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.

~Marquis de Sade


War is the greatest plague that can affect humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.

~Martin Luther


We all have to be concerned about terrorism, but you will never end terrorism by terrorizing others.

~Martin Luther King III


We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.


The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.


Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

~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.


Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.


Nothing good ever comes of violence.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.


I have condemned any organizer of war, regardless of his rank or nationality.

~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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Rinehart


One can...never create [freedom] by an invading force.

~Maximilien Robespierre


Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.

~Max Lucade


Politics 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 Gillespie


Follow not the person carrying flag nor sword, for they will invariably lead you to a cliff and a mighty fall.

~Michael Hall


The 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 Parenti


To kill a man is not to defend a doctrine, but to kill a man.

~Michael Servetus


One day the end of the world will come as a result of a 'justified' war.

~Mikhail Gofman, Antiwar.com reader


An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.

~Montesquieu


If 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 Rothbard


It 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 Rothbard


All government wars are unjust.

~Murray Rothbard


The State thrives on war – unless, of course, it is defeated and crushed – expands on it, glories in it.

~Murray Rothbard


In the eyes of empire builders men are not men but instruments.

~Napoleon Bonaparte


There are only two powers in the world: the sword and the mind. In the long run, the sword is always defeated by the mind.

~Napoleon Bonaparte

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)

War is the business of barbarians.

~Napoleon Bonaparte


War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.

~Napoleon Hill


If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

~Nelson Mandela


Let us become inspired by inherent beauty, and not impassioned by manufactured hate.

~Nima Shirali, Middle Eastern Reconciliation Forum


Let us form a new religion, that which would be called 'humanity', with 'peace' as its prophet.

~Nima Shirali, Middle Eastern Reconciliation Forum


There are many terrorist states in the world, but the United States is unusual in that it is officially committed to international terrorism.

~Noam Chomsky

About the quote: from his book "Necessary Illusions" (p. 270)

You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.

~Noam Chomsky


Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.

~Noam Chomsky


To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public.

~Noam Chomsky


It's very common for the victims to understand a system better than the people who are holding the stick.

~Noam Chomsky


Where 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 Cousins


The 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 Cousins


To 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 Tribunal


Some explanations of a crime are not explanations: they're part of the crime.

~Olavo de Cavarlho


It is finer to bring one noble human being into the world and rear it well...than to kill ten thousand.

~Olive Schreiner


Have you ever thought that war is a madhouse and that everyone in the war is a patient?

~Oriana Fallaci


A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

~Oscar Wilde


Preventive 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.

~Pat Buchanan

About the quote: From Buchanan's 5/9/06 article "Why Are We Baiting Putin?"

[War] comes from an immature style of thinking where creativity and overview is scarce.

~Patricia Sun

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.

~Patricia Sun

About the quote: Patricia Sun is an internationally renowned philosophical psychologist.

War is a failure of human intelligence.

~Patricia Sun

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. Buchanan


If 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 Shelley


Man 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 Shelley


If you love this land of the free, bring 'em home, bring 'em home, Bring 'em back from overseas.

~Pete Seeger

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 Caputo


When 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.

~Plato


One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

~Plato


This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.

~Plato


War is a defeat for humanity.

~Pope John Paul II

About the quote: from 1/1/2000

Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore...prove ultimately futile.

~Pope John Paul II

About the quote: from 1/1/2000

Will . . . the threat of common extermination continue?. . . Must children receive the arms race from us as a necessary inheritance?

~Pope John Paul II


Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.

~Pope John Paul II


Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war...

~Pope John Paul II


You lose nothing through peace. You can lose everything through war.

~Pope Pius XII


To wage war, you need first of all money; second, you need money, and third, you also need money.

~Prince Montecuccoli


One more such victory and we are undone.

~Pyrrhus of Epirus


During war, the laws are silent.

~Quintus Tullius Cicero


There are no warlike people--just warlike leaders.

~Ralph Bunche


The 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.)

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Violence is not power, but the absence of power.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


A man who kills on his own is a murderer. A man who kills at his government's request is a national hero.

~Ramman Kenoun


The only antidote to the poison of war is the public's courage to disagree with their leader.

~Ramman Kenoun


It is frightening how the actions of a single leader can have such drastic effects on the prestige of an entire nation.

~Ramman Kenoun


Think of war as a game of Russian roulette. It is a game of chance with your life as the grand prize.

~Ramman Kenoun


The soldier's main enemy is not the opposing soldier, but his own commander.

~Ramman Kenoun


Conflict is the criminals' paradise; it is the only time when killing is allowed, theft is tolerated, and rape is forgiven.

~Ramman Kenoun


It's truly ironic how self-proclaimed 'patriots' have a tendency to support those who seek to undermine their country.

~Ramman Kenoun


A tyrant has succeeded in his search for absolute power when his own people fear to question his actions.

~Ramman Kenoun


The occupation and robbery of a nation occurs under the illusion of freeing its citizens from brutal oppression.

~Ramman Kenoun


War is not a word, it's an acronym for "Wasting Another's Resources."

~Ramman Kenoun


Humanity is quite a unique species, since it is the only one with the means to wipe itself out.

~Ramman Kenoun


The tyrant always talks as if he's preserving the best interests of his people when he actually acts to undermine them.

~Ramman Kenoun


Power is usurped from the people, first by implementing fear, then it is maintained by slandering as 'unpatriotic' those who refuse submission.

~Ramman Kenoun


In war, there are no winners.

~Ramman Kenoun


Good leaders serve the interests of their people, while unfit leaders exploit their citizens to serve their own.

~Ramman Kenoun


All it takes is a single act of aggression to permanently wound a nation's reputation.

~Ramman Kenoun


Killing someone is the ultimate crime, while on the other hand, killing someone in uniform is fulfillment of duty.

~Ramman Kenoun


Patriotism lies not in blind obedience to authority, but in the desire to search for the truth.

~Ramman Kenoun


War may be only temporary, but its toll remains permanently.

~Ramman Kenoun


How 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 Kenoun


War is the Health of the State.

~Randolph Bourne


One keeps healthy in wartime...by a vigorous assertion of values in which war has no part.

~Randolph Bourne


War is the ultimate tool of politics.

~R. Buckminster Fuller


Either war is obsolete, or men are.

~R. Buckminster Fuller


War has become a spectator sport for Americans.

~Rear Admiral Gene R. LaRocque


I 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. LaRocque


They talk about conscription as a democratic institution. Yes; so is a cemetery.

~Rep. Meyer London


Why should you ask blood be spilled for a cause that is not in the interest of the American people?

~Rep. Wally Herger


We may extend our dominion over the whole continent...but be assured it will be at the price of our free institutions.

~Rep. William Waters Boyce


Patriotism 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 Coffin


Wars have ever been but another aristocratic mode of plundering and oppressing commerce.

~Richard Cobden


Washington...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 Maybury


When we fill our souls up with creativity, artistry and intelligence ...we have a better chance at avoiding the behavior that leads to destruction.

~Rick DellaRatta

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. Heinlein


I 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. Taft


What 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. Lee


The war...was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.

~Robert E. Lee


What 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. Lee


This 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. Kennedy


When 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.

~Robert Higgs

About the quote: Robert Higgs is a Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute.

Since 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 Higgs


It is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.

~Robert H. Jackson


The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.

~Robert Lynd


Never 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.

~Robert Michels

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. LaFollette


The maintenance of the right of criticism in the long run will do the country...more good than it will do the enemy.

~Robert Taft


There were no international terrorists in Iraq until we went in. It was we who gave the perfect conditions in which Al Qaeda could thrive.

~Robin Cook

About the quote: Cook is Britain's former foreign secretary. He resigned from the British Cabinet over the Iraq War.

The world should take notice when someone...with a fanatic mind and with powerful means, receives his marching orders from Heaven.

~Rodrigue Tremblay

About the quote: From Trembaly's "The New American Empire." Tremblay is a Professor of Economic Science at the University of Montreal.

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.

~Rodrigue Tremblay

About the quote: from the online article posted at http://www.thenewamericanempire.com/tremblay=1093

Wars of aggression are the most barbarous of all human endeavors and are, more often than not, the instruments of insane tyrants who hear voices.

~Rodrigue Tremblay

About the quote: Tremblay is a Canadian-born economist.

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.

~Ronald Reagan

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 Reagan


History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

~Ronald Reagan


Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.

~Ronald Reagan


People do not make wars; governments do.

~Ronald Reagan


Government'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 Reagan


We 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 Reagan


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

~Ronald Reagan


A people free to choose will always choose peace.

~Ronald Reagan


Terror is a tactic. We can not wage "war" against a tactic.

~Ron Paul


Do they think if we destroy our freedoms for the terrorists they will no longer have a reason to attack us?

~Ron Paul


The 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 Paul


If you sacrifice liberty for security, you will lose both.

~Ron Paul


Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.

~Rosa Luxemburg


Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.

~Russell Baker


The 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 author


No one has ever succeeded in keeping nations at war except by lies.

~Salvador de Madariaga


How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!

~Samuel Adams


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

~Samuel B. Pettengill


If you support any offensive war, consider yourself just as culpable of murder as the most insane serial killer.

~Sarah Bellum


Not only is war a form of legalized murder, but it is mass serial killing.

~Sarah Bellum


We say that we care about the war, but we don’t even really know what we’re fighting for.

~Scott Ritter


I'd like to think the best bunker buster is a diplomat.

~Scott Ritter


We are the ones responsible to determine whether the war that our marines, soldiers and airmen are fighting in is worth the cause...

~Scott Ritter


Iraq 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. Fulbright


War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.

~Senator John McCain


National defense is the usual pretext for the policy of fleecing the people.

~Senator John Taylor

About the quote: US Senator(SC), lived from 1753-1824

Every 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 Follette


Before 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 Follette


If 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 Follette


In 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 Follette


The first casualty when war comes is the truth.

~Sen. Hiram Johnson


The 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 Byrd


Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government.

~Sen. Robert Taft, (R) Ohio


We 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 Tankian


Democracy 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.

~Shirin Ebadi

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.

Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.

~Sigmund Freud


Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another...

~Sigmund Freud


A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual.

~Sigmund Freud


If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.

~Simone de Beauvoir


Modern war appears as a struggle led by all the State apparatuses and their general staffs against all men old enough to bear arms...

~Simone Weil


What a country calls its vital... interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war.

~Simone Weil


The 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 Weil


Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

~Sir Francis Bacon


I 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 Maurice


As 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 Ustinov


Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.

~Sir Peter Ustinov


War is a racket.

~Smedley Butler


All wars are fought for money.

~Socrates


If peace...only had the music and pagaentry of war, there'd be no wars.

~Sophie Kerr


It is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth.

~Sophocles


Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice.

~Spinoza


War technology is science in the service of obscene anatomical vandalism.

~Stan Goff


Mankind deserves sacrifice - but not of mankind.

~Stanislaw Jerzy Lec


War would end if the dead could return.

~Stanley Baldwin


When [men] go to war, what they want is to impose on their enemies the victor's will and call it peace.

~St. Augustine

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 Benét


There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.

~Sun Tzu


The supreme excellence is to subde the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.

~Sun Tzu


All warfare is based on deception.

~Sun Tzu


The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.

~Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis


The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more and tolerated by all.

~Tacitus


To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.

~Tacitus

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.

~Tacitus


When people have friends and customers in other lands, they tend to take a dim view of their government dropping bombs on them.

~Terry Liberty Parker


The 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 Edition

It is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.

~Theodore Roosevelt


Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official...

~Theodore Roosevelt


That 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 Roosevelt


...to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.

~Theodore Roosevelt


Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

~Theodore Roosevelt


To announce that there must be no criticism of the president...is morally treasonable to the American public.

~Theodore Roosevelt


Working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment.

~Thich Nhat Hahn


In 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 monk

War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.

~Thomas Carlyle


Our children are not born to hate, they are raised to hate.

~Thomas della Peruta


Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.

~Thomas Hobbes


Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

~Thomas Jefferson


Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

~Thomas Jefferson


If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.

~Thomas Jefferson

About the quote: in a letter to William Short, 28 July 1791.

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

~Thomas Jefferson


Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.

~Thomas Jefferson


War...is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.

~Thomas Jefferson


A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.

~Thomas Jefferson


The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.

~Thomas Jefferson


Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.

~Thomas Jefferson


To preserve our independence...We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.

~Thomas Jefferson


When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

~Thomas Jefferson


The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.

~Thomas Jefferson


I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.

~Thomas Jefferson


We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.

~Thomas Jefferson


This 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.

~Thomas Jefferson

About the quote: in a letter to John Adams, 1796.

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves.

~Thomas Jefferson

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.493

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

~Thomas Jefferson


Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.

~Thomas Jefferson


They are nations of eternal war. All their energies are expended in the destruction of the labor, property, and lives of their people.

~Thomas Jefferson

About the quote: From a letter to president Monroe, 1823.

The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to.

~Thomas Jefferson


I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

~Thomas Jefferson


Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.

~Thomas Jefferson


The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.

~Thomas Jefferson


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

~Thomas Jefferson


The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

~Thomas Jefferson


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

~Thomas Mann


Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war.

~Thomas Merton

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 Paine


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 Paine


It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.

~Thomas Paine


An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

~Thomas Paine


War is the gambling table of governments, and citizens the dupes of the game.

~Thomas Paine


Peace, which costs nothing, is attended with with infinitely more advantage than any victory with all its expence.

~Thomas Paine

About the quote: (From his 'The Rights of Man')

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.

~Thomas Pynchon


Most 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 Sowell


I am not blaming those who are resolved to rule, only those who show an even greater readiness to submit.

~Thucydides


Love of power, operating through greed and through personal ambition, was the cause of all these evils.

~Thucydides


It is useless to attack men who could not be controlled even if conquered, while failure would leave us in an even worse position...

~Thucydides

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.

This president failed so miserably in diplomacy that we are now forced to war.

~Tom Daschle


Democracies become dictatorships if governments do not listen to the voice of the people.

~Tom Van Meurs


All war represents a failure of diplomacy.

~Tony Benn


That meddling in other people's affairs...formerly conducted by the most discreet intrigue is now openly advocated under the name of intervention.

~T.S. Eliot


Justice itself tends to be corrupted by political passion.

~T.S. Eliot


Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.

~Ulysses S. Grant


In 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 General


If 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 Epaminondou


No great dependence is to be placed on the eagerness of young soldiers for action...fighting is agreeable to those who are strangers to it.

~Vegetius


Modern war and modern civilisation are utterly incompatible...one or the other must go.

~Vera Brittain

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 Hugo


Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

~Voltaire


It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

~Voltaire


It would be easier to subjugate the entire universe through force than the minds of a single village.

~Voltaire


To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.

~Voltaire


All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

~Voltaire


A standing army is a standing menace to liberty.

~Voltairine de Clayre


The 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 Lippmann


War is the only game in which both sides lose.

~Walter Scott


We have met the enemy and he is us.

~Walt Kelly

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.

~Wilhelm Reich

About the quote: from 'Listen, Little Man'

Freedom is not nurtured by nations preparing for war.

~William Appleman Williams


The 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 Cowper


The 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 Channing


So long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice...

~William Faulkner

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 1903

If you want war, nourish a doctrine. Doctrines are the most frightful tyrants to which men ever are subject...

~William Graham Sumner


The 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 Penn


Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

~William Pitt


A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it.

~William Ralph Inge


The 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. Johnson

O, it is excellent To have a giant’s strength! But it is tyrannous To use it like a giant.

~William Shakespeare

About the quote: from "Measure for Measure," Act II, Scn. ii

When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.

~Winston Churchill


War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.

~Winston Churchill


The statesman who yields to war fever...is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

~Winston Churchill


Never 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 Churchill


Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.

~W. L. George


To fight, you must be brutal and ruthless, and the spirit of ruthless brutality will enter into the very fibre of national life...

~Woodrow Wilson


Politicians' Logic: Something must be done, this is something, therefore we must do it.

~Yes, Prime Minister (UK TV Show)

About the quote: http://www.yes-minister.com/polterms.htm

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