Quotes of the Week

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Vector illustration of speech bubblesThis week’s theme is war. There have been so many wars in my lifetime and yet what have they solved, really? As far as I can see, war never resolves anything. War just causes bitterness and hatred between people, feelings which fester for generations. War is best summed up by Bertrand Russell with his observation that, “War doesn’t decide who’s right, only who’s left.” War creates more problems than it solves. Often it creates a vacuum which is then filled by people with truly evil intent. Ultimately differences between people require compromise and a political solution. We have to learn to live together and meet others halfway. Yes there will be times when we have to be resolute and tough but fighting should be avoided whenever possible and it should always be possible. If I have learned one thing it is this; if politicians had to go to war and do the fighting, and take their own sons and daughters with them, there would be no wars. The problem we have today is that none of our politicians now have any first-hand experience of the reality of war. If they did, they would take a very different approach. ~Roy Sutton

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind. ~John F. Kennedy

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. ~George S. Patton

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell. ~William Tecumseh Sherman

What a cruel thing war is; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbours. ~Robert E. Lee

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. ~Jeannette Rankin

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