Nations have recently been led to borrow

Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education.  Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization.  We must make our choice; we cannot have both.  ~Abraham Flexner

I recoil with horror at the ferociousness

I recoil with horror at the ferociousness of man.  Will nations never devise a more rational umpire of differences than force?  Are there no means of coercing injustice more gratifying to our nature than a waste of the blood of thousands and of the labor of millions of our fellow creatures?  ~Thomas JeffersonCOE

War is an ugly thing but not

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.  The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.  ~John Stewart Mill

The era of true peace on earth

The era of true peace on earth will not come as long as a tremendous percentage of your taxes goes to educate men in the trades of slaughter.  ~Reginald Wright KauffmanCOE

Where is the indignation about fact that

Where is the indignation about the fact that the United States and Soviet Union have accumulated thirty thousand pounds of destructive force for every human being in the world?  ~Norman Cousins

We saw the lightning and that was

We saw the lightning and that was the guns and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.  ~Harriet Tubmanon the Civil War during which she was a spy for the Union; In “Divided Houses,” Ch. 7 by Lyde Cullen Sizer, 1992

They wrote in the old days that

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, Notes on the Next War; Esquire, September 1935; BMC

If we let people see that kind

If we let people see that kind of thing, there would never again be any war.  ~Pentagon official explaining why the U.S. military censored graphic footage from the Gulf War

You are not going to get peace

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 GeorgeCOE

The release of atomic energy has not

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, "Atomic War or Peace," Atlantic Monthly, November 1945SS

Have not i myself known five hundred

Have not I myself known five hundred living soldiers sabred into crows’ meat for a piece of glazed cotton, which they call their flag; which had you sold it at any market-cross, would not have brought above three groschen?  ~Thomas Carlyle, "Sartor Resartus"contributed by Dave Martucci, vexman.net

Theres a graveyard in northern france where

There’s a graveyard in northern France where all the dead boys from D-Day are buried.  The white crosses reach from one horizon to the other.  I remember looking it over and thinking it was a forest of graves.  But the rows were like this, dizzying, diagonal, perfectly straight, so after all it wasn’t a forest but an orchard of graves.  Nothing to do with nature, unless you count human nature.  ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

What is absurd and monstrous about war

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 HuxleyCUL

The problem in defense is how far

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.  ~Dwight D. EisenhowerGCLE

The stench of the trail ego in

The stench of the trail of Ego in our History.  It is ego – ego, the fountain cry, origin, sole source of war.  ~George Meredith, Beauchamp’s CareerSH

Every gun that is made every warship

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.  This is not a way of life at all in any true sense.  Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech, American Society of Newspaper Editors, 16 April 1953LCD

We kill because we are afraid of

We kill because we are afraid of our own shadow, afraid that if we used a little common sense we’d have to admit that our glorious principles were wrong.  ~Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart, 1941LCD

What a cruel thing is war to

What a cruel thing is war:  to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; 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, letter to his wife, 1864

The draft is white people sending black

The draft is white people sending black people to fight yellow people to protect the country they stole from red people.  ~Gerome Gragni and James Rado, 1967

If its natural to kill why do

If it’s natural to kill, why do men have to go into training to learn how?  ~Joan Baez, "What Would You Do If….?"

The direct use of force is such

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

War should belong to the tragic past

War should belong to the tragic past, to history:  it should find no place on humanity’s agenda for the future.  ~Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla)GCLE

Men like war they do not hold

Men like war: they do not hold much sway over birth, so they make up for it with death.  Unlike women, men menstruate by shedding other people’s blood.  ~Lucy EllmanWRM

All wars are follies very expensive and

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.  In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace.  When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?  ~Benjamin FranklinCOE

O lord our god help us tear

O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it.  ~Mark Twain, "The War Prayer"

Sometimes i think it should be a

Sometimes I think it should be a rule of war that you have to see somebody up close and get to know him before you can shoot him.  ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

The object of war is not to

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

Battles in these ages are transacted by

Battles, in these ages, are transacted by mechanism; with the slightest possible development of human individuality or spontaneity; men now even die, and kill one another, in an artificial manner.  ~Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, vol 1, book VII, chapter 4BMC

In flanders fields the poppies grow between

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
~John McCraeCD

A great war leaves the country with

A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.  ~German ProverbCOE

Frankly id like to see the government

Frankly, I’d like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private individuals.  ~Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 1955LCD

It seems like such a terrible shame

It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians have to get hurt in wars, otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy way to rid the human race of unneeded trash.  ~Fred WoodworthMHC

The bomb that fell on hiroshima america

The bomb that fell on Hiroshima fell on America too.  It fell on no city, no munition plants, no docks.  It erased no church, vaporized no public buildings, reduced no man to his atomic elements.  But it fell, it fell.  ~Hermann Hagedorn, "The Bomb That Fell on America"LCD

A day will come when a cannon

A day will come when a cannon will be exhibited in museums, just as instruments of torture are now, and the people will be astonished that such a thing could have been.  ~Victor HugoCOE

We have failed to grasp the fact

We have failed to grasp the fact that mankind is becoming a single unit, and that for a unit to fight against itself is suicide.  ~Havelock EllisCUL

What a country calls its vital interests

What a country calls its vital… interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war.  Petroleum is a more likely cause of international conflict than wheat.  ~Simone Weil, Ecrits historiques et politiques, 1960LCD

Join the army see world meet interesting

Join the Army, see the world, meet interesting people – and kill them. ~Pacifist Badge, 1978LCD; Join the Army! Travel to exotic, distant lands. Meet exciting, unusual people, and kill them. ~Bumper Sticker

If people want to make war they

If people want to make war they should make a color war, and paint each others’ cities up in the night in pinks and greens. ~Yoko Ono

War the dark time of valour loss

War.  The dark time of valour, loss and hope where a man is controlled by his gun; where a gun is controlled by his hatred.  Completely uncontrollable.  ~Daniel Hasep09mail

John daltons records carefully preserved for a

[John] Dalton’s records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.  It is not only the living who are killed in war.  ~Isaac Asimov