Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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).)