Quotations About / On:
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.)
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.)
Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.
(Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 13 (1651).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
War hath no fury like a non-combatant.
(C.E. (Charles Edward) Montague (1867-1928), British author, journalist. Disenchantment, ch. 16 (1922).)
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).)
Whoever lights the torch of war in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos.
(Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German dictator. Speech, May 21, 1935, Reichstag, Berlin.)
The lamp of war is kindled here, not to be extinguished but by torrents of blood.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, November 11, 1784, to James Madison. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 7, p. 506, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).)