I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.
No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.
What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.
Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.
Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
People do not make wars; governments do.
The next war... may well bury Western civilization forever.
We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
A people free to choose will always choose peace.
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing.
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. And now, as in no other age, we seek it because we have been warned, by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself.
Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.
'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
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.
The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.
If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly.
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