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Comment#  ·   Fair (158 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision. Each tends to ascribe to the other side a consistency, foresight and coherence that its own experience belies. Of course, even two blind men can do enormous damage to each other, not to speak of the room.

Henry Kissinger, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (232 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I always say that, next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.

The Duke of Wellington, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (550 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I don't know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Albert Einstein, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (1070 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Mankind must give up war in the Atomic Era. What is at stake is the life or death of humanity.

Albert Einstein, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (264 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (233 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

For the first time we have a weapon that nobody has used for thirty years. This gives me great hope for the human race.

Harlan Ellison, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (346 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (558 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (344 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

John F. Kennedy, (inaugural speech, 1961), in Law and Politics and War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (1022 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

It was involuntary. They sank my boat.

John F. Kennedy, (comment when asked about his heroism), in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (318 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

John F. Kennedy, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (494 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You can get more of what you want with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word.

Al Capone, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (344 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

Winston Churchill, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (339 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war.

Winston Churchill, (on Korean War negotiations), in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (354 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.

Winston Churchill, (on formal declarations of war), in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (632 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I prefer the most unjust peace to the most righteous war.

Cicero, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (483 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

War is not nice.

Barbara Bush, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (892 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998  · 

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harms way.

John Paul Jones, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (223 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.

Victor Hugo, in Success and Failure and War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (102 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

Aldous Huxley, in Science and Religion and War and Peace

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