— 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
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
Contexto: 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.
— Leo Tolstoy, livro Guerra e Paz
Fonte: War and Peace
— Philip K. Dick, livro Time Out of Joint
Fonte: Time Out of Joint
„I'm tired of America always doing everybody else's fighting. I'm tired of America always paying for everybody else's war.
What is the one thing that brings Republicans and Democrats together? War! They love it. The more the better.“
— Rand Paul American politician, ophthalmologist, and United States Senator from Kentucky 1963
4 February 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-hCP5Tp4Nw, excerpt from 5 February 2019 article on Reason https://reason.com/blog/2019/02/05/rand-paul-criticizes-bipartisan-support, there is a full transcript https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1319881/strengthening-americas-security-in-the-middle-east-act-of#.XKGWiJhKjIU from VoteSmart's list of his public statements https://votesmart.org/candidate/public-statements/117285/rand-paul
„Nobody welcomes a war - not if they're smart. But war finds everyone sooner or later. It's inevitable.“
— Rick Riordan, livro The Son of Neptune
Fonte: The Son of Neptune
„Waging war on his enemies had been Sokolov’s habit and his profession for a long time, but being chivalrous to everyone else was simply a basic tenet of having your shit together as a human and as a man.“
— Neal Stephenson, livro Reamde
Reamde (2011), Part I: Nine Dragons
„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, livro The Second World War
Part of a speech played on the documentary Timewatch - Russia: A Century of Suspicion.
The Second World War (1939–1945)
— Steven Erikson, livro Dust of Dreams
Fonte: Dust of Dreams
„War! Huh? What is it good for? Well, for start? It sorts out who is the strongest out of the two countries. Also, you get to see some amazing explosions. But, there is some people out there who not only don't enjoy the war, but they try to spoil the fun for everyone else. And those chickens is called the 'U. N.“
— Sacha Baron Cohen English stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and voice actor 1971
Me went to New York to meet these player-haters.
As quoted in "War" http://www.listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=aV3ncKB8a4s (28 February 2003), Da Ali G Show http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508528/?ref_=ttep_ep2.
„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
Falsehood in Wartime (1928), Introduction
Contexto: 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)
„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)
„War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that the enemy too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.“
— Karl Kraus Czech playwright and publicist 1874 - 1936
Die Fackel no. 46 (9 October 1917)
„Every thinking person fears nuclear war and every technological nation plans for it. Everyone knows it's madness, and every country has an excuse.“
— Carl Sagan, livro Cosmos
17 min 40 sec
Fonte: Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1990 Update), Who Speaks for Earth? [Episode 13]
„If none of us believe in war
Then can you tell me what the weapon's for?
Listen to me everyone
If the button is pushed there'll be nowhere to run“
— Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter 1948
Killer of Giants, written by Robert John Daisley, Ozzy Osbourne, John Osbourne, Jake Williams, Robert Daisley
Song lyrics, The Ultimate Sin (1986)