„You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices to-day than any of you to secure peace.“

—  William Tecumseh Sherman, Context: You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace. But you cannot have peace and a division of our country. If the United States submits to a division now, it will not stop Context: You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace. But you cannot have peace and a division of our country. If the United States submits to a division now, it will not stop, but will go on until we reap the fate of Mexico, which is eternal war. The United States does and must assert its authority, wherever it once had power; for, if it relaxes one bit to pressure, it is gone, and I believe that such is the national feeling.
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—  Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
Context: Stop the War and Stop the Genocide, read the banners being waved in the demonstrations in Rome and here in Bari. For Peace. Against War. Who is not? But how can you stop those bent on genocide without making war? "Why Are We in Kosovo?", The New York Times (2 May 1999)

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„The cruelty of war makes for peace.“

—  Statius Roman poet of the 1st century AD (Silver Age of Latin literature) 40 - 96
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„I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war?“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
Context: Cannot swords be turned to plowshares? Can we and all nations not live in peace? In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war? Address to United Nations General Assembly http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1987/092187b.htm (21 September 1987)

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„I know you are brave and unselfish people, making sacrifices for a great principle but I cannot join you.“

—  Upton Sinclair American novelist, writer, journalist, political activist 1878 - 1968
Context: I know you are brave and unselfish people, making sacrifices for a great principle but I cannot join you. I believe in the present effort which the allies are making to suppress German militarism. I would approve of America going to their assistance. I would enlist to that end, if ever there be a situation where I believe I could do more with my hands than I could with my pen. Letter to the "Anti-Enlistment League" organized by Jessie Wallace Hughan (20 September 1915)

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„If the people raise a howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity-seeking. If they want peace, they and their relatives must stop the war.“

—  William T. Sherman American General, businessman, educator, and author. 1820 - 1891
Letter to Henry W. Halleck https://books.google.com/books?id=HzBCAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA367&dq=%22war+is+war+and+not+popularity+seeking%22++%221864%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mtOiVfTpC4uqogTytKPoBQ&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22war%20is%20war%20and%20not%20popularity%20seeking%22%20%20%221864%22&f=false (September 1864).

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„I want you to make love, not war — I know you've heard it before.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
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„As for me, I cease not to advocate peace. It may be on unjust terms, but even so it is more expedient than the justest of civil wars.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
Epistulae ad Atticum (Letters to Atticus) Book VII, Letter 14, section 3; as translated by E.O. Winstedt in the Loeb Classical Library http://archive.org/stream/letterstoatticus02ciceuoft#page/68/mode/2up

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„Atomic war is bad but you know what’s even worse? Having had enough atomic wars that you can rank them in terms of horribleness.“

—  James Nicoll Canadian fiction reviewer 1961
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„I understand why war is not popular, but I also know this: The belief that peace is desirable is rarely enough to achieve it. Peace requires responsibility. Peace entails sacrifice.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
Context: I understand why war is not popular, but I also know this: The belief that peace is desirable is rarely enough to achieve it. Peace requires responsibility. Peace entails sacrifice. That's why NATO continues to be indispensable. That's why we must strengthen U. N. and regional peacekeeping, and not leave the task to a few countries.

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„I went into the British Army believing that if you want peace you must prepare for war. I believe now that if you prepare thoroughly and efficiently for war, you get war.“

—  Frederick B. Maurice
Context: As a soldier who has spent a quarter of his life in the study of the science of arms, let me tell you I went into the British Army believing that if you want peace you must prepare for war. I believe now that if you prepare thoroughly and efficiently for war, you get war. Speaking in Carnegie Hall, New York City, on 4 April 1919.

„War breeds war. That is all it can do. War does nothing but devour valuable resources and destroy precious lives for the sole purpose of perpetuating itself. As Randolph Bourne wrote, “War is the health of the State.” War is a mechanism used by the ruling elites of the State to coerce and control the people, so it becomes essential that whenever one war is complete, another is instigated elsewhere so that the mechanism keeps running.
On the other hand, peace breeds prosperity. If War is indeed the “health of the State,” then Peace can be nothing less than the “health of the People.” Being at peace means valuable natural resources can be preserved and used at home where we need them most. Being at peace means young fathers and mothers can live and enjoy free trade, not only among themselves but with the world, instead of dying capriciously and unnecessarily, for political gain or to line the pockets of those who profit from their sacrifice.
History teaches us that the key elements to prosperity are freedom and peace. You don’t go to war with people you like, or with people you know, or with people with whom you are trading and doing business. Even after our fledgling republic was nearly torn asunder in civil war which literally pitted brother against brother and nearly destroyed the South, our reunited nation and all its people advanced and prospered after peace was restored.“

—  R. Lee Wrights American gubernatorial candidate 1958 - 2017
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—  Tony Blair former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1953
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„I ask you: Do you want total war? If necessary, do you want a war more total and radical than anything that we can even yet imagine?“

—  Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945
Ich frage euch: Wollt ihr den totalen Krieg? Wollt ihr ihn, wenn nötig, totaler und radikaler, als wir ihn uns heute überhaupt erst vorstellen können? Sportpalast speech, 18 February 1943