Quotations About / On: WAR

  • 31.
    This is not Johnson's war. This is America's war. If I drop dead tomorrow, this war will still be with you.
    (Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Lyndon Johnson's War, preface, p. vi, W.W. Norton (1989). On Vietnam.)
  • 32.
    This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.
    (William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. repr. In Painting and Guns, in a slightly different form (1992). "The War Universe," first published in Grand Street, no. 37 (New York, 1992). Taped conversation.)
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  • 33.
    Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.
    (Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 13 (1651).)
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  • 34.
    We best avoid wars by taking even physical action to stop small ones.
    (Anthony, Sir Eden (1897-1977), British Conservative politician, prime minister. speech, Nov. 1, 1956, to the House of Commons. On the Anglo-French intervention in the Israeli-Egyptian conflict.)
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  • 35.
    War is too important a matter to be left to the military.
    (Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), French statesman. Quoted in Soixante Années d'Histoire Française, "Clemenceau," G. Suarez (1886). Also attributed to Aristide Briand and Talleyrand.)
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  • 36.
    It is easier to make war than to make peace.
    (Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), French statesman. Speech, July 20, 1919, Verdun, France. Discours de Paix (1938).)
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  • 37.
    War is a contagion.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Oct. 5, 1937, Chicago. Quoted in The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, "War," ed. Maxwell Meyersohn (1950).)
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  • 38.
    It is far easier to make war than to make peace.
    (Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), French statesman. Speech, July 14, 1919, Verdun, France.)
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  • 39.
    The wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy.
    (Omar Bradley (1893-1981), U.S. general. Speech, May 15, 1951, to Senate Committees on Armed Services and Foreign Relations. The Military Situation in the Far East, Senate Hearings (1951). As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Bradley was giving testimony before a Senate inquiry into General MacArthur's proposal to carry the Korean conflict into China; Bradley opposed the scheme, arguing that "Red China is not the powerful nation seeking to dominate the world.")
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  • 40.
    Making peace, I have found, is much harder than making war.
    (Gerry Adams (b. 1948), Irish president, Sinn Fein (Irish political party). "Gerry Adams Talks About His Efforts for Peace," on Charlie Rose WNET television show (February 2, 1994).)
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