30 Most Thought-Provoking War Quotes

While the majority of the world experiences peace, there are still some places where wars continue to erupt. These military conflicts have created millions of refugees, consumed trillions of dollars and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

War Quotes

In the face of such conflicts, here are some of the best war quotes to help you find some solace.

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. – George Orwell

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War is a severe doctor; but it sometimes heals grievances. – Edward Counsel

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. – G.K. Chesterton

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Only the dead have seen the end of war. – Plato

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War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means. – Carl Von Clausewitz

War is what happens when language fails. – Margaret Atwood

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Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. – Sun Tzu

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One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression. Patriotism becomes the order of the day, and those who question the war are seen as traitors, to be silenced and imprisoned. – Howard Zinn

Listen up – there’s no war that will end all wars. – Haruki Murakami

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Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. – Ernest Hemingway

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War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it. – Benito Mussolini

Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down. – Malcolm X

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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. – Jimmy Carter

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When the rich wage war, it is the poor who die. – Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading. – Thomas Hardy

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A mind at peace does not engender wars. – Sophocles

War demands sacrifice of the people. It gives only suffering in return. – Frederic Clemson Howe

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Wars do not end wars any more than an extraordinarily large conflagration does away with the fire hazard. – Henry Ford

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The nation having the strongest war footing can easily find an excuse for going to war. – Lewis F. Korns

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders. – Winston Churchill

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The power of making war often prevents it. – Thomas Jefferson

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War can only be abolished through war … in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun. – Mao Zedong

War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always. – Sophocles

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The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars. – William Westmoreland

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A war undertaken without sufficient monies has but a wisp of force. Coins are the very sinews of battles. – Francois Rabelais

War hath no fury like a non-combatant. – C. E. Montague

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Short of changing human nature … the only way to achieve a practical, livable peace in a world of competing nations is to take the profit out of war. – Richard Nixon

A righteous war is a legacy from heaven–oftentimes the handmaid of a nation’s liberty. – Edward Counsel

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Peace is the short interval when nations toil to pay the costs of past and future wars. – Herbert V. Prochnow

See Also: Peace Quotes – Peaceful Quotation

War settles nothing. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Armies are not bad things in themselves; it’s war that’s evil. – Juan Gomez-Jurado

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