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On War

June 22, 2007

Thomas Jefferson:He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual.

Dwight D. Eisenhower:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. [1953]

Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.

General Douglas MacArthur:

I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.

Gertrude Stein:

A nice war is a war where everybody who is heroic is a hero, and everybody more or less is a hero in a nice war. Now this war is not at all a nice war. [1943]

Hermann Goering:

Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. quote verified at

Omar N. Bradley:

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.

R. Buckminster Fuller:

Either war is obsolete or men are.

Theodore Roosevelt:

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. (1918)

  1. June 22, 2007 9:47 pm

    It is a good thing to remain hopeful of. 🙂

  2. June 22, 2007 8:55 am

    Thanks Knight, Yes, there are 2 sides to every coin. I have to admit my bias toward a less violent future. It is very hard to remain idealistic in todays world. But, I try.

  3. June 22, 2007 3:33 am

    “Americans never quit.”
    -Douglas MacArthur

    “No man is enitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
    -Douglas MacArthur

    “If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.”
    -Theodore Roosevelt

    “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”
    -Winston Churchill

    “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
    -Winston Churchill

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