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I don't underrate the value of military knowledge, but if men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?" See quote detail

I have never advocated war, except as a means of peace.

I have never understood disliking for war. It panders to instincts already catered for within the scope of any respectable domestic establishment.

I have not yet begun to fight!

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

I now know that wars do not end wars.

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?

If nations could overcome the mutual fear and distrust whose somber shadow is now thrown over the world, and could meet with confidence and good will to settle their possible differences, they would easily be able to establish a lasting peace.

If the intellectual has any function in society, it is to preserve a cool and unbiased judgment in the face of all solicitations to passion. . . . During the war, the ordinary virtues, such as thrift, industry, and public spirit, were used to swell the magnitude of the disaster by producing a greater energy in the work of mutual extermination.

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.

If war has its chivalry and its pageantry, it has also its hideousness and its demoniac woe. Bullets respect not beauty. They tear out the eye, and shatter the jaw, and rend the cheek.

If we don't end war, war will end us.

In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.

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

In time of war the devil makes more room in hell.

In war the will is directed at an animate object that reacts.

It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance. But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest our hearts - for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments, for the rights and liberties of small nations, for a universal dominion of right by such a concert of free peoples as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world itself at last free.


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