War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
Force always attracts men of low morality.
In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.
No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
War is a way of shattering to pieces... materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and... too intelligent.
The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over... is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.
It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
That we are to stand by the President right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
Either war is obsolete, or men are.
We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together, and if we are to live together we have to talk.
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.
Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly.
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