War

Alan Moore Page

“Most of the people who get sent to die in wars are young men who've got a lot of energy and would probably rather, in a better world, be putting that energy into copulation rather than going over there and blowing some other young man's guts out.”

- Alan Moore

Source/Notes: The Craft - interview with Daniel Whiston, Engine Comics (January 2005)
Ferdinand Marcos Page

“I was reminded as I was reviewing my life, that I have been in too many conflicts, too many wars, political battles, military battles, civil strifes in government. And always one lesson stands out and that is, those whom you fight most passionately often turn out to be your best friends.”

- Ferdinand Marcos

Source/Notes: Extemporaneous speech at the Sixth Centennial Celebration of Islam in the Philippines (10 June 1980)
Bhagat Singh Page

“By Revolution, we mean the ultimate establishment of an order of society which may not be threatened by such breakdown, and in which the sovereignty of the proletariat should be recognized and a world federation should redeem humanity from the bondage of capitalism and misery of imperial wars.”

- Bhagat Singh

Source/Notes: As quoted in Bhagat Singh and His Ideology (1981) by Shiri Ram Bakshi
Jiddu Krishnamurti Page

“Hitler and Mussolini were only the primary spokesmen for the attitude of domination and craving for power that are in the heart of almost everyone. Until the source is cleared, there will always be confusion and hate, wars and class antagonisms.”

- Jiddu Krishnamurti

Robin Williams Page

“If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.”

- Robin Williams

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Georgy Zhukov Page

“It is a fact that under equal conditions, large-scale battles and whole wars are won by troops which have a strong will for victory, clear goals before them, high moral standards, and devotion to the banner under which they go into battle.”

- Georgy Zhukov

Source/Notes: Quoted in The Military Quotation Book - Page 15 - by James Charlton - 2002
George McGovern Page

“I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”

- George McGovern

Kenneth Waltz Page

“According to the first image of international relations, the locus of the important causes of war is found in the nature and behavior of man. Wars result from selfishness, from misdirected aggressive impulses, from stupidity.”

- Kenneth Waltz

Source/Notes: Chapter II, The First Image, p. 16 - Man, the State, and War (1954)
Niccolo Machiavelli Page

“Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.”

- Niccolo Machiavelli

Source/Notes: Book III, Chapter 2 - The History of Florence (1521 - 1525)
Douglas Adams Page

“Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.”

- Douglas Adams

Source/Notes: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Fit the Third (1978)

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Isaac Bashevis Singer Page

“Strange as these words may sound I often play with the idea that when all the social theories collapse and wars and revolutions leave humanity in utter gloom, the poet — whom Plato banned from his Republic — may rise up to save us all.”

- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Source/Notes: Nobel lecture (1978)
Robert Green Ingersoll Page

“These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.”

- Robert Green Ingersoll

Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source/Notes: I have a dream: the quotations of Martin Luther King, Jr (1968 edition)
Jean-Paul Sartre Page

“When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.”

- Jean-Paul Sartre

Miriam Makeba Page

“The tragedy of civil wars in countries like Angola and Mozambique is that they left many civilians maimed. Poverty is the reason HIV/AIDS spread so rapidly in the African townships and slums. Poverty is the real killer.”

- Miriam Makeba

Source/Notes: As quoted in Nkrumah, Gamal (1–7 November 2001) - Al-Ahram Weekly interview (2001)

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Emma Goldman Page

“All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight and therefore induce the young manhood of the whole world to do the fighting for them.”

- Emma Goldman

Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.