There are many war quotes that have been said over the years. Some of these quotes are inspiring, while others are simply devastating. Here are a few war quotes that have stuck with me over the years.

“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” ― Sun Tzu

“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” ― Kristin Hannah

“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” ― Howard Zinn

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“If you win, you need not have to explain…If you lose, you should not be there to explain!” ― Adolf Hitler

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” ― Sun Tzu

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” ― Voltaire

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” ― Albert Einstein

“No two countries that both had McDonald’s had fought a war against each other since each got its McDonald’s.” ― Thomas L. Friedman

“This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.” ― Clint Eastwood

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ― Mark Twain

“There is only one way to win a war which has begun: To stop it immediately; that is the way!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

 “Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!”  Helen Keller

 “In war there is no prize for runner-up.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“But when will our leaders learn – war is not the answer.”  – Helen Thomas

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington

“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down.” – Malcolm X

“Listen up – there’s no war that will end all wars.” – Haruki Murakami

“War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means.” – Carl Von Clausewitz

“There never was a good war, or a bad peace.” – Benjamin Franklin

“It is easier to start a war than to end it.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Politics is war without blood, while war is politics with blood.” – Mao Tse-tung

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” – Kristin Hannah

 “War is what happens when language fails.” – Margaret Atwood

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

 “The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.” – William Westmoreland

 “A war is a horrible thing, but it’s also a unifier of countries.” – Clint Eastwood

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

“In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.” – Herodotus

 “It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” – Albert Einstein

“War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.” – Albert Pike

“The first and most imperative necessity in war is money, for money means everything else – men, guns, ammunition.” – Ida Tarbell

“When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

“War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.” – Thomas Mann

“If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are.” – Sun Tzu

 “To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

 “The strength of a warrior is not defined by the wars he wins; but the times he seeks for peace.”– Aniket S. Sharma

“If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.” – Sun Tzu

“The general who is skilled in defence hides in the most secret recesses of the earth; he who is skilled in attack flashes forth from the topmost heights of heaven.” – Sun Tzu

“All wars are made for the acquisition of assets.” — Plato

“A plausible war is preferable to a dishonourable peace.”—  Demosthenes

“Nobody is so stupid to choose war instead of peace. Because in peace the children bury their fathers but in war the fathers bury their children.” —  Herodotus

“War is a violent teacher.” —  Thucydides

“I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” —  George W. Bush

“Without the police, everyone would kill each other and there would be no more war.” —  Henri Janson

“I come from a stupid family. During the Civil War my great uncle fought for the West.” —  Rodney Dangerfield

“Law stands mute in the midst of arms.” — Cicero

“You can’t make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can’t make peace without Syria.” —  Henry Kissinger

“In the end, peace can be achieved only by hegemony or by balance of power.” —  Henry Kissinger

“A Harvard study has shown that in fifteen cases in history where a rising and an established power interacted, ten ended in war.”   Henry Kissinger

“War is therefore divine in itself, since it is a law of the world.” —  Joseph De Maestri

“The war has remained for me the most tender human experience that I have lived.” —  Henry de Montherlant

“All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.” —  John Steinbeck

“All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation… You have no respect for anything. You drink yourselves to death.” —  Gertrude Stein

“One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.” — George W. Bush

 “The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win.” Miyamoto Musashi.

“Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You can not withstand the storm.’ The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.” — Jake Remington

“We are waiting for the long-promised invasion. So are the fishes.” —  Winston Churchill,

“Peace … is a morbid condition, due to a surplus of civilians, which war seeks to remedy.” —  Cyril Connolly

“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. War settles nothing.” —  Dwight Eisenhower

“Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men.” – Sun Tzu

“In War: Resolution, In Defeat: Defiance, In Victory: Magnanimity, In Peace: Good Will.” — Winston Churchill

“War is the father and king of all: some he has made gods, and some men; some slaves and some free.” —  Heraclitus

“That strange feeling we had in the war. Have you found anything in your lives since to equal it in strength? A sort of splendid carelessness it was, holding us together.” —  Noel Coward

“Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defence against a homicidal maniac.” —  George Orwell

“If death strikes before I prove my blood, I promise, I will kill death.” – Captain Manoj Pandey

“If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” – Sun Tzu

“What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.” – Ernest Hemingway

“To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

 “War: a massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other.” – Paul Valery

“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.” —  Ulysses S. Grant

 “If they are going to have war, they ought to take the old men and leave the young to propagate the race.” – Jeannette Rankin

 “The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.” – Otto von Bismarck

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

“I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.” – Barack Obama

“Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you’re not a good soldier.” – Curtis LeMay

“Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.” – Sun Tzu

 “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” – Kristin Hannah

“History more often records the brilliant successes and spectacular defeats of contending forces than the effect of war on the common people.” – Mildred Cable

“Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men.” – Sun Tzu

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington

“War’s not black and white; it’s grey. If you don’t fight in the grey area, you’re going to lose.” – Marcus Luttrell

“The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.” – Sun Tzu

“I know Mr. [Jefferson] Davis thinks he can do a great many things other men would hesitate to attempt. For instance, he tried to do what God failed to do. He tried to make a soldier of Braxton Bragg.” — Joseph Johnston

“If it is a crime to love the South, its cause and its President, then I am a criminal. I would rather lie down in this prison and die than leave it owing allegiance to a government such as yours.” — Belle Boyd

“If I owned Texas and Hell, I’d rent out Texas and live in Hell.”  Phillip H. Sheridan

“The Army of Northern Virginia was never defeated. It merely wore itself out whipping the enemy.” — Jubal Early

“Let me say no danger and no hardship ever makes me wish to get back to that college life again.” — Joshua Chamberlain

“The past is dead; let it bury its dead, its hopes and its aspirations; before you lies the future–a future full of golden promise.”  Jefferson Davis

“A Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me.” — Robert E. Lee

“My plans are perfect, and when I start to carry them out, may God have mercy on Bobby Lee, for I shall have none.” — ‘Fighting’ Joe Hooker

“General Lee, this is no place for you. These men behind you are Georgians and Virginians. They have never failed you and will not fail you here. Will you boys? ” — John Brown Gordon

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln

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

“It is well that war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it.” — Robert E. Lee

“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.” — John F. Kennedy

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