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O can't you see, brother -- Death's a congested road for fighters now, and hero a cheap label.

Author: C. D. Andrews (1913-1992)

Profession: British Poet, Scholar

The chief reason warfare is still with us is neither a secret death-wish of the human species, nor an irrepressible instinct of aggression, nor, finally and more plausibly, the serious economic and social dangers inherent in disarmament, but the simple fact that no substitute for this final arbiter in international affairs has yet appeared on the political scene.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

From the happy expression on their faces you might have supposed that they welcomed the war. I have met with men who loved stamps, and stones, and snakes, but I could not imagine any man loving war.

Author: Margot Asquith (1864-1945)

Profession: British Socialite

War both needs and generates certain virtues; not the highest, but what may be called the preliminary virtues, as valor, veracity, the spirit of obedience, the habit of discipline. Any of these, and of others like them, when possessed by a nation, and no matter how generated, will give them a military advantage, and make them more likely to stay in the race of nations.

Author: Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

Profession: British Economist, Critic

The cannon thunders... limbs fly in all directions... one can hear the groans of victims and the howling of those performing the sacrifice... it's Humanity in search of happiness.

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

It takes twenty years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only twenty seconds of war to destroy him.

Author: Baudouin I (1930-1993)

Profession: King of the Belgians

If we justify war, it is because all peoples always justify the traits of which they find themselves possessed, not because war will bear an objective examination of its merits.

Author: Ruth Benedict (1887-1948)

Profession: American Anthropologist

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.

Author: Tony Benn (1925)

Profession: British Labor Politician

The inevitableness, the idealism, and the blessing of war, as an indispensable and stimulating law of development, must be repeatedly emphasized.

Author: Friedrich Von Bernhardi (1849-1930)

Profession: German General

If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.

Author: Hans A. Bethe (1906)

Profession: German Physicist, 1967 Nobel Laureate in Physics

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.

Author: Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898)

Profession: Prussian Statesman, Prime Minister

Hell and damnation, life is such fun with a ragged greatcoat and a Jerry gun!

Author: Alexander Blok

Profession: Russian Poet

Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them must share in the guilt for the dead.

Author: General Omar Bradley

Profession:

War is like love, it always finds a way.

Author: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

Profession: German Dramatist, Poet

War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister