— Thomas Hobbes English philosopher, born 1588 1588 - 1679
„The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them.“
— Arthur Travers Harris Royal Air Force air marshal 1892 - 1984
Context: The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind. Statement of 1942, at the start of the bombing campaign against Germany, as quoted in "Sir Arthur Harris & The Lancaster Bomber" at The British Postal Museum and Archive http://postalheritage.org.uk/page/ww2stamps-bomberharris
„I can only say that I have always believed in doing everything possible in war to mystify and mislead one’s opponent….“
— Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell senior officer of the British Army 1883 - 1950
Introduction by Wavell to… Clarke D. (1948). Seven Assignments. Jonathan Cape. p. 7.
„Everyone can see how communism rots the soul of a nation. How it makes it abject in peace and proves it abominable in war.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Part of a speech played on the documentary Timewatch - Russia: A Century of Suspicion.
„Whenever you have a possibility of going in two ways, either for peace or for war, for peaceful methods of for military methods, in the present age there is a strong prejudice for the peaceful ones. War seldom ever leads to good results.“
— George F. Kennan American advisor, diplomat, political scientist and historian 1904 - 2005
As quoted in "George Kennan Speaks Out About Iraq" at History News Network (26 September 2002)
„So there is a sort of national wink, everyone goes forward, and the individual, in his turn, takes up lying as a patriotic duty. In the low standard of morality which prevails in war-time, such a practice appears almost innocent.“
— Arthur Ponsonby British Liberal and later Labour politician and pacifist 1871 - 1946
Context: War being established as a recognized institution to be resorted to when Governments quarrel, the people are more or less prepared. They quite willingly delude themselves in order to justify their own actions. They are anxious to find an excuse for displaying their patriotism, or they are disposed to seize the opportunity for the excitement and new life of adventure which war opens out to them. So there is a sort of national wink, everyone goes forward, and the individual, in his turn, takes up lying as a patriotic duty. In the low standard of morality which prevails in war-time, such a practice appears almost innocent.
„One of the great American tragedies is to have participated in a just war. It's been possible for politicians and movie-makers to encourage us we're always good guys. The Second World War absolutely had to be fought. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. But we never talk about the people we kill. This is never spoken of.“
— Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007
Interviewed by Roger Friedman, "God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut" http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,70164,00.html, FoxNews.com (11 November 2002) <!-- - retrieved 21 April 2007 -->
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
"In Another Country" in Men Without Women (1927).