Quotes with wars
Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I wish I were too. I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all--it is very tiresome.
Northanger Abbey, ch. 14
History real solemn history I cannot be interested in. Can you Yes I am fond of history. I wish I were too. I read it a little as a duty but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings with wars or pestilences in every page the men all so good for nothing and hardly any women at all--it is very tiresome.
You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.
There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.
Today they're fighting wars to make peace. Well, that's about the worst way you can go about it.
Oral history interview with Rube Goldberg by Emily Nathan, for Radio Smithsonian, 1970.
The wars of the future will be fought by computer technicians and by lawyers and high-altitude specialists, and that may mean war will be increasingly abstract, hard to think about and hard to control.
Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore... prove ultimately futile.
The most just war is one which is founded upon undoubted rights, and which, in addition, promises to the state advantages commensurate with the sacrifices required and the hazards incurred. Unfortunately, in our times there are so many doubtful and contested rights that most wars, though apparently based upon bequests, or wills, or marriages, are in reality but wars of expediency.
Art of War. Originally published in 1862.
There are two kinds of wars of expediency: first, where a powerful state undertakes to acquire natural boundaries for commercial and political reasons; secondly, to lessen the power of a dangerous rival or to prevent his aggrandizement. These last are wars of intervention; for a state will rarely singly attack a dangerous rival: it will endeavor to form a coalition for that purpose.
Art of War. Originally published in 1862.
In war there is no substitute for victory. There are some who for varying reasons would appease Red China. They are blind to history's clear lesson, for history teaches with unmistakable emphasis that appeasement but begets new and bloodier wars.
It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don’t want victories anymore.
As quoted in LIFE magazine (October 3, 1969)
I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results. The savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue just the same until the force of circumstances renders them impossible.
As quoted in Time magazine article "World: Saints and Statesmen" published on November 6, 1978.
I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
In 2002 speech against Iraq War.
The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.
Shown at the end of an episode of Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict.
When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.
Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal.
You know it's funny, when it rains it pours. They got money for wars, but can't feed the poor.
Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires.