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War Quotes

51 of the best book quotes about war
  1. #1
    Death and the strong force of fate are waiting. There will come a dawn or sunset or high noon when a man will take my life in battle too -- flinging a spear perhaps or whipping a deadly arrow off his bow.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Achilles
    concepts
    WarDeath
  2. #2
    “She realized that the landscape of a woman’s soul could change as quickly as a world at war.”
  3. #3
    “War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    FreedomWar
  4. #4
    “Decades ago our ancestors realized that it is not political ideology, religious belief, race, or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world. Rather, they determined that it was the fault of human personality—of humankind’s inclination toward evil, in whatever form that is. They divided into factions that sought to eradicate those qualities they believed responsible for the world’s disarray.”
  5. #5
    “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
  6. #6
    “The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    War
  7. #7
    “A broken heart hurts as badly in wartime as in peace.”
  8. #8
    “If any honor existed in war, he concluded, it was in fighting to protect others from harm.”
  9. #9
    “Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  10. #10
    “Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
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  1. #11
    “The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.”
  2. #12
    If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.
  3. #13
    We are not among those who sing the praises of war; we tell the truth about it when the need arises. War has tragic splendors which we have not sought to conceal, but it also has its especial squalors, among which is the prompt stripping of the bodies of the dead. The day following a battle always dawns on naked corpses.
  4. #14
    “They were beaten to start with. They were beaten when they took them from their farms and put them in the army.”
  5. #15
    “One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.”
  6. #16
    “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  7. #17
    “If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will everywhere be weak.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  8. #18
    “If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive; and, unless submissive, then will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be unless.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  9. #19
    “The wise warrior avoids the battle.”
  10. #20
    “Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
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  1. #21
    “Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  2. #22
    “Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.”
  3. #23
    “Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.”
  4. #24
    “The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  5. #25
    “When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  6. #26
    “Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.”
  7. #27
    “There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.”
  8. #28
    “War is a bazaar where lives are traded like any other commodity: chocolate or bullets or parachute silk.”
  9. #29
    The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Yossarian
    concept
    War
  10. #30
    The wounds received in battle bestow honor, they do not take it away.
  1. #31
    So the whole war is because we can’t talk to each other.
  2. #32
    You, why are you so afraid of war and slaughter? Even if all the rest of us drop and die around you, grappling for the ships, you’d run no risk of death: you lack the heart to last it out in combat—coward!
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Hektor
    concepts
    WarCowardice
  3. #33
    “War is not won by victory.”
  4. #34
    “It could not be worse,′ Passini said respectfully. “There is nothing worse than war.”
    “Defeat is worse.”
    “I do not believe it,” Passini said still respectfully. “What is defeat? You go home.”
  5. #35
    “I said, ‘I have heard people talk about war as if it was a very fine thing.’
    ‘Ah!’ said [Captain], ‘I should think they never saw it. No doubt it is very fine when there is no enemy, when it is just exercise and parade, and sham-fight. Yes, it is very fine then; but when thousands of good brave men and horses are killed, or crippled for life, it has a very different look.’
    ‘Do you know what they fought about?’ said I.
    ‘No,’ he said, ‘that is more than a horse can understand, but the enemy must have been awfully wicked people, if it was right to go all that way over the sea on purpose to kill them.”
  6. #36
    “Never think that war, no matter how necessary nor how justified, is not a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead.”
  7. #37
    “How many wars have been put to rest in a prince’s bed? Few. A bride can bring a little peace, make spears silent for a time, but not long.”
  8. #38
    “We are all fragile, Isabelle. It’s the thing we learn in war.”
  9. #39
    “Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  10. #40
    “So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.”
  1. #41
    “Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  2. #42
    “Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.”
  3. #43
    “There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.”
  4. #44
    “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
  5. #45
    ″‘It will not be long now,’ thought Bilbo, ‘before the goblins win the Gate, and we are all slaughtered or driven down and captured. Really it is enough to make one weep, after all one has gone through. I would rather old Smaug had been left with all the wretched treasure, than that these vile creatures should get it, and poor old Bombur, and Balin and Fili and Kili and all the rest come to a bad end; and Bard too, and the Lake-men and the merry elves. Misery me! I have heard songs of many battles, and I have always understood that defeat may be glorious. It seems very uncomfortable, not to say distressing. I wish I was well out of it.‘”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    character
    Bilbo
    concepts
    WarSuccess
  6. #46
    “Cry ‘havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war.”
  7. #47
    “Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.”
  8. #48
    “Bravery without forethought, causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull. Such an opponent, must not be encountered with brute force, but may be lured into an ambush and slain.”
  9. #49
    “It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy.”
  10. #50
    “War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
  11. #51
    “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”
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