Quotations About / On: WAR

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Let him who desires peace prepare for war.
    (Vegetius (c. 4th century), Roman military strategist. De Rei Militari, prologue, bk. 3.)
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  • 58.
    Let us not be deceived—we are today in the midst of a cold war.
    (Bernard Baruch (1870-1965), U.S. financier. Speech, April 16, 1947, South Carolina Legislature, Columbia. Quoted in New York Times (April 17, 1947). A year later Baruch told the Senate War Investigating Committee, "We are in the midst of a cold war which is getting warmer." Baruch claimed the expression had been suggested to him by his speechwriter (and former editor of the New York World), Herbert Bayard Swope.)
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  • 59.
    Surviving is the only glory in war, if you know what I mean.
    (Samuel Fuller, U.S. screenwriter. Zab (Robert Carradine), The Big Red One, closing words (1980).)
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  • 60.
    Don't mention the war.
    (John Cleese (b. 1939), British comic actor, author, and Connie Booth. Basil, in Fawlty Towers (TV series), broadcast 1975, published in The Complete Fawlty Towers (1988). On the pending arrival of German guests at Basil's hotel.)
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