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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Famous Quotes on Warfare

As the United States finally extricates itself from a decade of war ... and yet some remain unsatisfied and wish us to send our young men and women into other conflicts without end (there's one problem with the all volunteer army ... politicians with no skin in the game by in large), it is my fervent hope that one day all humanity will turn to the accumulated wisdom of the centuries and decide, like Edwin Starr stated in the 1960s, "War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!" While honoring the sacrifices of brave men and women through time to defend their families and societies from others out to do them harm and evil, I would prefer to honor them all by allowing them to turn swords into plowshares and turn to the ways of peace. I hope some fine day we will all come to our senses and stop this bloody business of torturing and killing others ... for whatever reason we cook up at the moment. Without further ado, a few quotes.  

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
John F. Kennedy

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.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it.
Robert E. Lee

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
Ulysses S. Grant

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Thomas A. Edison [Sadly this hasn't happened yet Tom.]

War is a defeat for humanity.
Pope John Paul II

You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers

War is hell.
William Tecumseh Sherman

If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
Joan Baez

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

For a very opinionated piece on warfare's origins, see this post:

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