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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 (1066 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 (345 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 (554 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 (522 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.

Edward Everett, in War and Peace and Wisdom and Ignorance

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 (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 (629 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Cicero, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (482 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

War is not nice.

Barbara Bush, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (492 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 (605 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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.

Hans A. Bethe, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1220 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Alliance: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others' pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Law and Politics and War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (973 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Cannon: An instrument used in the rectification of national boundaries.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (427 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Coward: one who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.

Ambrose Bierce, in Vice and Virtue and War and Peace

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1108 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Riot: A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (810 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To save your world you asked this man to die;
Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?

W. H. Auden, "Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier", in War and Peace

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