„A nice war is a war where everybody who is heroic is a hero, and everybody more or less is a hero in a nice war. Now this war is not at all a nice war.“
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
Wars I Have Seen (1945), Statement about World War II (written in 1943), p. 77
„I don't get that -- people going to war over religion. I don't know, I could see going to war over justice or democracy or even revenge. But if you're going to war over religion, now you're just killing people in an argument over who has the better imaginary friend.“
— Richard Jeni American comedian 1957 - 2007
Comedy Central Presents (2002), CC Presents: Richard Jeni, aired 5 May 2002 http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/6kmgg7/comedy-central-presents-brought-up-catholic.
„If I were president, I would try to be one who says, you know what, I'm a Reagan Conservative. I'm someone who believes in peace through strength, and I would try to lead the country in that way knowing that our goal is peace, and that war is the last resort, not the first resort. And, that when we go to war, we go to war in a constitutional way, which means that we have to vote on it, that war is initiated by congress, not by the president, that we go to war electively (ph). That when we go to war, we don't fight with one arm tied behind our back, we fight all out to win, but then we come home.“
— Rand Paul American politician, ophthalmologist, and United States Senator from Kentucky 1963
2010s, 2015-09-16 CNN REAGAN LIBRARY DEBATE: Later Debate Full Transcript CNN http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2015/09/16/cnn-reagan-library-debate-later-debate-full-transcript/
„Well, if there's no 'war' that begins, but you say 'war begins', no one's going to buy your newspaper the next day because they'll be on to the fact that you don't know what you're talking about.“
— Sam Donaldson American journalist 1934
2000s, As quoted in "Respek" http://www.listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=m1_FAsefZ6o (18 July 2004), Da Ali G Show.
„We are missing stories of women who are literally keeping life going in the midst of wars. Do you know -- do you know that people fall in love in war and go to school and go to factories and hospitals and get divorced and go dancing and go playing and live life going? And the ones who are keeping that life are women.“
— Zainab Salbi Iraqi American author, women's rights activist 1969
Speech at TEDGlobal 2010
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
2000s, 2001, Remarks on the south lawn of the White House (September 16, 2001) http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010916-2.html
— Ben Hecht American screenwriter 1894 - 1964
Screenplays, Miracle in the Rain (1956)
„The Romans never allowed a trouble spot to remain simply to avoid going to war over it, because they knew that wars don't just go away, they are only postponed to someone else's advantage.“
— Niccolo Machiavelli Italian politician, Writer and Author 1469 - 1527
The Prince (1513), Context: The Romans never allowed a trouble spot to remain simply to avoid going to war over it, because they knew that wars don't just go away, they are only postponed to someone else's advantage. Therefore, they made war with Philip and Antiochus in Greece, in order not to have to fight them in Italy... They never went by that saying which you constantly hear from the wiseacres of our day, that time heals all things. They trusted rather their own character and prudence — knowing perfectly well that time contains the seeds of all things, good as well as bad. Ch. 3 (as translated by RM Adams). Variants [these can seem to generalize the circumstances in ways that the translation above does not.]: The Romans, foreseeing troubles, dealt with them at once, and, even to avoid a war, would not let them come to a head, for they knew that war is not to be avoided, but is only put off to the advantage of others. There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
„The Germans may take Paris, but that will not prevent me from going on with the war. We will fight on the Loire, we will fight on the Garronne, we will fight even in the Pyrenees. And if at last we are driven off the Pyrenees, we will continue the war at sea.“
— Georges Clemenceau French politician 1841 - 1929
Prime Minister, As quoted in Clemenceau and the Third Republic (1946) by John Hampden Jackson.
„Republicans sure don't care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you're telling us today? Is that how you're going to fund the war? You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if he can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President's amusement.“
— Pete Stark American politician 1931
Statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the SCHIP bill, October 18, 2007. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsGaNR9dVPM
„Young men go to war. Sometimes because they are have to, sometimes because they want to. Always, they feel they are supposed to. This comes from the sad, layered stories of life, which over the centuries have seen courage confused with picking up arms, and cowardice confused with laying them down.“
— Mitch Albom American author 1958
The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003)
— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
1980s, First term of office (1981–1985), Declaring what he would tell Yuri Andropov, head of the Soviet Union, were he in the room; in an interview http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1983/120683c.htm for People magazine (12 June 1983)
— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
1900s, The Moral Equivalent of War (1906), Context: The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party. The military feelings are too deeply grounded to abdicate their place among our ideals until better substitutes are offered than the glory and shame that come to nations as well as to individuals from the ups and downs of politics and the vicissitudes of trade.
— Sam Houston nineteenth-century American statesman, politician, and soldier, namesake of Houston, Texas 1793 - 1863
1860s, As quoted in "Revering Sam Houston, anti-Confederate patriot" http://grandoldpartisan.typepad.com/blog/2016/03/sam-houston.html (18 March 2016), by Michael Zak, Grand Old Partisan