Sunday, 28 September 2014

52 Quotes on War and Peace


Quotes on war and peace for every week of the year. I chose the 52 I could most identify with from the hundreds on Anti-War.com.

  1. Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived. Abraham Lincoln
  2. In war, truth is the first casualty. Aeschylus
  3. 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
  4. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. Albert Einstein
  5. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war. Albert Einstein
  6. Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein
  7. War is never a solution; it is an aggravation. Benjamin Disraeli
  8. When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?Benjamin Franklin
  9. There never was a good war or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin
  10. War does not determine who is right, only who is left. Bertrand Russell
  11. All forms of violence, especially war, are totally unacceptable as means to settle disputes between and among nations, groups and persons. Dalai Lama
  12. We must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  13. All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished. Eleanor Roosevelt
  14. It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it. Eleanor Roosevelt
  15. No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one. Ernest Hemingway
  16. Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac. George Orwell
  17. War is a way of shattering to pieces...materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and...too intelligent. George Orwell
  18. War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it. George Orwell
  19. Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable. George Orwell
  20. Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. George Washington
  21. Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck. Guy de Maupassant
  22. Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction! Helen Keller
  23. Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: ‘War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.' Immanuel Kant
  24. Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. Issac Asimov
  25. 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
  26. Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. John F. Kennedy
  27. The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie: deliberate, continued, and dishonest; but the myth: persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. John F. Kennedy
  28. For what can war, but endless war, still breed? John Milton
  29. Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary. Mahatma Gandhi
  30. What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? Mahatma Gandhi
  31. An eye for an eye makes us all blind. Mahatma Gandhi
  32. Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. Mahatma Gandhi
  33. There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. Mahatma Gandhi
  34. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. Mahatma Gandhi
  35. We all have to be concerned about terrorism, but you will never end terrorism by terrorizing others. Martin Luther King III
  36. The chain reaction of evil--wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  37. Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. Martin Luther King, J
  38. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  39. Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  40. Nothing good ever comes of violence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  41. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela
  42. Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it. Noam Chomsky
  43. Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder. Percy Bysshe Shelley
  44. Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men. Pope John Paul II
  45. Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war...Pope John Paul II
  46. Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  47. Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock. Sigmund Freud
  48. If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat. Simone de Beauvoir
  49. All wars are fought for money. Socrates
  50. Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice. Spinoza
  51. War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses. Thomas Jefferson
  52. Peace demands the most heroic labour and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. Thomas Merton

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