Provocative Quotes on War

“Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” – Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials

“War is as outmoded as cannibalism, chattel slavery, blood-feuds, and dueling, an insult to God and humanity…a daily crucifixion of Christ.” – Muriel Lester

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

“How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.” – Nietzsche

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.” – Ernest Hemingway

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?” – Gandhi

“War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.” – Thomas Mann

Quotes on Peace

“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
– Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)

“I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.” – Cicero.

“The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.” – Desiderius Erasmus

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Theresa (1910-1997)

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

“And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” – Isaiah 2:4

“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” – Moshe Dayan (1915-1981

“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” – Abraham Lincoln

“This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” – Peace Pilgrim.

“The God of peace is never glorified by human violence.” – Thomas Merton

“Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“As peacemakers we must resist resolutely all the powers of war and destruction and proclaim that peace is the divine gift offered to all who affirm life.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” – Albert Camus (1913-1960)