17 thought-provoking quotes about war and why it’s truly mad

Quotes About WarDoes war ever solve anything? That’s a debatable point, to say the least.

There have been so many wars in my lifetime and yet what have they solved, really? It seems to me that war never actually resolves anything at all.

War causes bitterness and hatred between people and these feelings can fester for generations.

For me, war is best summed up by Bertrand Russell’s famous observation, “War doesn’t decide who’s right, only who’s left.

As far as I can see, 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. None have experienced the horrors of battle. If they had, they would take a very different approach, of that I am sure.

However let me say this; whether war can be justified or otherwise, we must always respect the warriors.

For the warriors do what they do in good faith and at great personal risk to themselves. They act without question and with the intent of protecting us. They do the bidding of politicians. So if anyone is to blame, it’s always the politicians. Let us never forget.

Here are 17 quotes about war to underline today’s message.

Quotes about war (1-10):

  1. War is a defeat for humanity. ~Pope John Paul II
  2. If we don’t end war, war will end us. ~H. G. Wells
  3. When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die. ~Jean-Paul Sartre
  4. War doesn’t decide who’s right, only who’s left. ~Bertrand Russell
  5. You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. ~Jeannette Rankin
  6. In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons. ~Herodotus
  7. The military doesn’t start wars. Politicians start wars. ~William Westmoreland
  8. The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. ~Norman Schwarzkopf
  9. Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. ~Mao Zedong
  10. Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die. ~Herbert Hoover

Quotes about war (11-17):

  1. Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind. ~John F. Kennedy
  2. Being prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. ~George Washington
  3. What a cruel thing war is; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbours. ~Robert E. Lee
  4. The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. ~George S. Patton
  5. I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. ~Albert Einstein
  6. 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
  7. 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

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