"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it."
~ Robert E. Lee
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
~ John Stuart Mill
"You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way."
"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."
~ Sir Winston Churchill
"The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts."
~ Omar Bradley, Speech to
"Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the War Room"
Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers), Dr. Strangelove, (1964)
"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."
~ President Jimmy Carter
"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, Autobiography (1977)