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In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
Herodotus

All war is deception. 
Sun Tzu

If we don’t end wars, war will end us.
H. G. Wells

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
John Adams

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Voltaire

War is like love it always finds a way.
Bertolt Brecht

There has never been a good war, or a bad peace.
Benjamin Franklin

Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud.  I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth.  I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace.  
Charles Summer

He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
Albert Einstein

Another such victory, and we are undone.
Pyrrhus

They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
Ernest Hemingway

Never, never, never believe any way will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
Winston Churchill

When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die.
Jean-Paul Sartre

An unjust peace is better than a just war.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

As peace is of all goodness, so war is an emblem, a hieroglyphic, of all misery.
John Donne

Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence.
George Orwell

Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
Euripides

A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
Winston Churchill

The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience.  Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.  We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living. 
Omar Bradley

Love is a kind of warfare.
Ovid

Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world’s problems?
Calvin & Hobbes

Only the dead have seen the end of war.
George Santayana

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
Ulysses S. Grant

First thing I killed was no kind of thing at all. It was an enemy soldier. Which is a hell of a lot easier to say, than the first thing I ever killed was a man.
Steve Mason

John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.
Isaac Asimov

The military mind is indeed a menace. Old-fashioned futurity that sees only men fighting and dying in smoke and fire; hears nothing more civilized than a cannonade; scents nothing but the stink of battle-wounds and blood.
Sean O'Casey

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