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War Quotes

38 of the best book quotes about war
  1. #1
    “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
  2. #2
    “She realized that the landscape of a woman’s soul could change as quickly as a world at war.”
  3. #3
    “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
  4. #4
    “War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    FreedomWar
  5. #5
    “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
  6. #6
    “If any honor existed in war, he concluded, it was in fighting to protect others from harm.”
  7. #7
    “The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.”
  8. #8
    “A broken heart hurts as badly in wartime as in peace.”
  9. #9
    “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
  10. #10
    “The wise warrior avoids the battle.”
  11. #11
    “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
  12. #12
    “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
  13. #13
    “Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.”
  14. #14
    “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
  15. #15
    “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
  16. #16
    “Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.”
  17. #17
    “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.”
  18. #18
    “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
  19. #19
    “So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.”
  20. #20
    “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
  21. #21
    “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.”
  22. #22
    “We are all fragile, Isabelle. It’s the thing we learn in war.”
  23. #23
    If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.
  24. #24
    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.
  25. #25
    “They were beaten to start with. They were beaten when they took them from their farms and put them in the army.”
  26. #26
    “One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.”
  27. #27
    “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  28. #28
    “If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will everywhere be weak.”
    author
    Sun Tzu
    book
    The Art of War
    concept
    War
  29. #29
    “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
  30. #30
    “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.”
  31. #31
    “There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.”
  32. #32
    “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
  33. #33
    ″‘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
  34. #34
    “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.”
  35. #35
    “Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.”
  36. #36
    “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.”
  37. #37
    “It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy.”
  38. #38
    “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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