Quotations About / On: WAR

  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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  • 76.
    War is a blessing compared with national degradation.
    (Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, May 2, 1845, to James K. Polk, Jackson Papers, Library of Congress.)
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  • 77.
    In the long run all battles are lost, and so are all wars.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 625, Knopf (1949).)
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  • 78.
    To many men ... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.
    (George Steiner (b. 1929), French-born U.S. critic, novelist. Bronowski Memorial Lecture. "Has Truth a Future?" (1978).)
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  • 79.
    War hath no fury like a non-combatant.
    (C.E. (Charles Edward) Montague (1867-1928), British author, journalist. Disenchantment, ch. 16 (1922).)
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  • 80.
    The great wars of the present age are the effects of the study of history.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 158, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Daybreak, p. 108, trans. by R.J. Hollingdale, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (1982). Dawn, "Third Book," aphorism 180, "Wars," (1881).)
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