What Wise Men Say About war


War is cruelty. You cannot define it. –General Sherman.

A good man never makes a good soldier. The worst man always makes the best soldier. A soldier is nothing but a hired legalized murderer. –Napoleon .

The military profession is a damnable profession. –Wellington.

Oh! War, thou Son of Hell. –Shakespeare.

War is brain spattering, wind-pipe slitting art. –Bacon.

War is the devil’s gambling game. –Fox.

There never was a good war or a bad peace. –Franklin.

War never decided any question of Right or Wrong. –Jefferson.

War loves to seek its victims in the young. –Sophocles.

Napoleon was a great gambler whose game was Empire; whose stakes were thrones; whose table the earth; whose dice were human bones. –Byron.

War is a statesman’s game; the lawyer’s jest; the higher assassin’s trade. –Shelley.

My greatest regret is that I have been the author of three wars in which thousands of lives were lost. –Bismarck.

Peace is a virtue. War the crime of civilization. –Victor Hugo.

A greet war leaves a country with three armies. An army of cripples, an army of mourners and an army of thieves. –German Proverb.

Take not up the sword. He that taketh up the sword shall perish by the sword. –Jesus.

They shall beat their swords into plow-shares and their spears into pruning-hooks. Nation shall not rise against nation, nor shall men learn war any more. –Isaiah.