The Military Quotation Book

More Than 1,100 of the Best Quotations About War, Leadership, Courage, and Victory

James Charlton

Thomas Dunne Books

WARS AND WHY THEY START
 

There never is a convenient place to fight a war when the other man starts it.
ADMIRAL ARLEIGH A. BURKE
Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!
JOHN PARKER
Although war is evil, it is occasionally the lesser of two evils.
MCGEORGE BUNDY
It is far easier to make war than to make peace.
GEORGES CLEMENCEAU
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man … it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.
SIGMUND FREUD
War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
H. L. MENCKEN
War is a biological necessity.
FRIEDRICH A. J. VON BERNHARDI, German cavalry general
War is life multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of.
SEBASTIAN JUNGER, War
War is to man what maternity is to a woman. From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint, I do not believe in perpetual peace.
BENITO MUSSOLINI
Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting.
JONATHAN SWIFT
Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards.
E. M. FORSTER

 
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