Quotations About War
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
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.
The Wisdom of the Heart, 1941
Certain blood was being shed for uncertain reasons.
The Things They Carried
We always prefer war on our own terms to peace on someone else's.
The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.
Sir George Porter
The Observer, 26 August 1973
We need a new law that owners of SUVs are automatically in the military reserve. Then they can go get their own goddamn oil.
The Guardian, 3 November 2007
Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.
Non-violence in Peace and War, 1948
You can't say civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
New York Times, 23 December 1929
It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passions, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
Journals, 13 September 1938
The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums.
Janus: A Summing Up