Quotes for
the Journey:

War


  
The real and lasting victories are
those of peace, and not of war.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

   

War is a sin.  War is the highest degree of immorality.  War is inhuman insanity for it kills sacred human lives wholesale.  How can there still be any war on our miraculous planet?      -Robert Muller

   

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.  We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.  We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.       -Omar Bradley

   
I have seen war.  I have seen war on land and sea.  I have seen blood running from the wounded.  I have seen the dead in the mud.  I have seen cities destroyed.  I have seen children starving.  I have seen the agony of mothers and wives.  I hate war.        -Franklin Delano Roosevelt
   

I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die.        -Mary Roberts Rinehart

   
I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting.  I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.        -Douglas MacArthur
    
I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses, for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it.  I hate war, and never again will I sanction or support another.        -Harry Emerson Fosdick

  
The only antidote to the poison of war is the public's courage to disagree with their leader.       -Ramman Kenoun
   
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or 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. . . . Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.       -Theodore Roosevelt
    
The great error of nearly all studies of war. . . has been to consider war as an episode in foreign policies, when it is an act of interior politics.       -Simone Weil
   
War is a racket.  It always has been.  It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious.       -General Smedley Butler
    
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.
   
There are no warlike people, just warlike leaders.       -Ralph Bunche
   
Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory.  It can no longer serve to settle disputes.  It can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.  For a nuclear disaster, spread by winds and waters and fear, could well engulf the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the committed and the uncommitted alike.  Humankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to humankind.        -John F. Kennedy
    
The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.        -David Friedman
    
Can anything be stupider than that others have the right to kill me because they live on the other side of a river and their ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarreled with them?       -Blaise Pascal
    
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.  This is not a way of life at all in any true sense.  Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.        -Dwight D. Eisenhower
   
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
   
In olden times when there was a war, it was a human-to-human confrontation.  The victor in battle would directly see the blood and suffering of the defeated enemy.  Nowadays, it is much more terrifying because a person in an office can push a button and kill millions of people and never see the human tragedy that he or she has created.  The mechanization of war, the mechanization of human conflict, poses an increasing threat to peace.       -the Dalai Lama
    
The force of arms cannot do what peace does.  If you can gain your desired end with sugar, why use poison?         -from the Somadeva

    

  
There is no such thing as an inevitable war.  If war comes it will be from failure of human wisdom.        -Andrew B. Law
   
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.       -Jimmy Carter
   
Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter.  The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.         -Winston Churchill
   

When the Regiment Came Back

All the uniforms were blue, all the swords were bright and new,
   When the regiment went marching down the street,
All the men were hale and strong as they proudly moved along,
   Through the cheers that drowned the music of their feet.
Oh the music of the feet keeping time to drums that beat,
   Oh the splendour and the glitter of the sight,
As with swords and rifles new and in uniforms of blue
   The regiment went marching to the fight!

When the regiment came back all the guns and swords were black
   And the uniforms had faded out to gray,
And the faces of the men who marched through that street again
   Seemed like faces of the dead who lose their way.
For the dead who lose their way cannot look more wan and gray.
   Oh the sorrow and the pity of the sight,
Oh the weary lagging feet out of step with drums that beat,
   As the regiment comes marching from the fight.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  

    
In time of war the first casualty is truth.        -Boake Carter
  
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.         -George Bernard Shaw
   
Truth does not come from the barrel of a gun, or from the mouth of a politician.        -unattributed
   
There never was a good war or a bad peace.        -Benjamin Franklin
   

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The peace we seek, founded upon decent trust and cooperation among nations, can be fortified not by weapons of war but by wheat and cotton, by milk and wool, by meat and timber, and by rice.  These are words that translate into every language.     -Dwight D. Eisenhower
  
War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against one other.     -Thomas Carlyle
  
Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and the disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war.     -Thomas Merton
  

   

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