Some Interesting Quotes on War

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Jeannette Rankin
US pacifist & politician (1880 – 1973)
One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
Agatha Christie, Autobiography (1977)
English mystery author (1890 – 1976)

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill
English economist & philosopher (1806 – 1873)

One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once ‘The Unnecessary War’.
Sir Winston Churchill, Second World War (1948)
British politician (1874 – 1965)

It is well that war is so terrible – otherwise we would grow too fond of it.
Robert E. Lee, Statement at the Battle of Fredericksburg (13th December 1862)
US-Confederate general (1807 – 1870)
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2 thoughts on “Some Interesting Quotes on War

  1. warmoviebuff says:

    I get irritated with quotes like Rankin and Chrisite. While I certainly do not favor war, it is ridiculous to say no war is justified or there are no winners in war. Rankin actually voted against declaring war on Japan after Pearl Harbor. While I can admire her sticking to her pacifist principles, she strikes me as borderline insane to want to overlook an attack that killed 2,400 Americans. There have been many wars that should not have been fought, but there is an occasional example where what the hell else are you going to do? WWII is an example. And while there are many wars where neither side gained, how can you say that about WWII? Do the Nazi’s still dominate Europe? Did they finish killing all the Jews? Come on, Christie – you come off as a naive idiot. The best quote is Lee’s. He knew because he was in the arena, unlike Rankin and Christie.

    • I do consider myself to be a pacifist but still think there is some justification in some wars. Maybe I wouldn’t go as far as calling a war The Good War but then from an American perspective, yes, the intervention was a good one.

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