Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
War is the only game in which both sides lose.
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered and conducted wars, war criminals?
There's many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory but it is all hell.
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.
There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
For what can war, but endless war, still breed?
Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly.
To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
War is a way of shattering to pieces... materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and... too intelligent.
There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more of less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.
War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.
Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.
War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support.
Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
A people free to choose will always choose peace.
People do not make wars; governments do.
There are a lot of people who lie and get away with it, and that's just a fact.
Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.
Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.
Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.
The next war... may well bury Western civilization forever.
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