The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.
He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
If the cause and end of war be justifiable, all the means that appear necessary to the end are justifiable also.
War is never a solution - war is an aggravation.
The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants and for peace like retarded pygmies.
There is a great streak of violence in every human being. If it is not channeled and understood, it will break out in war or in madness.
When war is declared, truth is the first casualty.
War is, after all, the universal perversion. We are all tainted: if we cannot experience our perversion at first hand we spend our time reading war stories, the pornography of war; or seeing war films, the blue films of war; or titillating our senses with the imagination of great deeds, the masturbation of war.
No kingdom can go to war with empty pockets.
Wise men wage war only for the sake of peace.
Worse than war is the fear of war.
Every war is its own excuse. That's why they're all surrounded with ideals. That's why they're all crusades.
No international Eighteenth Amendment will get rid of war or the instruments of war until civilization finds a way for accomplishing what war has done in the past. Simply to prohibit war is not going to get rid of it. Wars must be anticipated and the causes got rid of by a readiness to accept peaceful means of settlement.
There is no excuse for poverty in a society which can spend $80 billion a year on its war machine.
Throughout history there has never been an evitable war. The greatest danger of war always lies in the widespread acceptance of its inevitability.
The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill, or, in other words, in learning what we do not know from what we do.
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
Peace, if it ever exists, will not be based on the fear of war but on the love of peace.
The object of war is peace.
After a war life catches desperately at passing hints of normalcy like vines entwining a hollow twig.