Quotes about war

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Khaled Hosseini photo

„War doesn't negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book The Kite Runner

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Source: The Kite Runner (2003)

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„You know it's funny, when it rains it pours
they got money for wars, but can't feed the poor.“

—  Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996

"Keep Ya Head Up"
1990s, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... (February 16, 1993)
Variant: They got money for wars, but can't feed the poor.

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Adolf Hitler photo

„When diplomacy ends, War begins.“

—  Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945

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„they possess most gold and silver, by which war, like everything else, flourishes.“

—  Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

Book VI, 6.34; "they have abundance of gold and silver, and these make war, like other things, go smoothly" ( trans. http://www.classicpersuasion.org/pw/thucydides/jthucbk6rv2.htm Benjamin Jowett)
History of the Peloponnesian War, Book VI

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„Changing from the defensive to the offensive, is one of the most delicate operations in war.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821

Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)

Napoleon I of France photo

„Religious wars are basically people killing each other over who has the better imaginary friend.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821

There is no known basis to attribute this saying to Napoleon. It is found (unattributed) in a Usenet post from July 1999 https://groups.google.com/forum/message/raw?msg=soc.penpals/QIUrpkacWyE/FbCj7pij5WwJ.

Yoshijirō Umezu photo

„The certain way to victory…lies in making everything on Imperial soil contribute to the war effort…combining the total material and spiritual strength of the nation…“

—  Yoshijirō Umezu Japanese general 1882 - 1949

Quoted in "Suicide Squads: Axis and Allied Special Attack Weapons of World War II" - Page 267 - by Richard O'Neill - History - 1981.

Don DeLillo photo

„War is the ultimate realization of modern technology.“

—  Don DeLillo, book End Zone

Source: End Zone (1972), Ch. 16

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Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein photo

„The United States has broken the second rule of war. That is: don't go fighting with your land army on the mainland in Asia. Rule One is, don't march on Moscow. I developed those two rules myself.“

—  Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein British Army officer, Commander of Allied forces at the Battle of El Alamein 1887 - 1976

Interview, 2 July, 1968; quoted in New York Times, 3 July, 1968, p. 6.

„I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world because they'd never expect it.“

—  Jack Handey American comedian 1949

Deep Thoughts: Inspiration for the Uninspired (1992), Berkley Books, ISBN 0-425-13365-6

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