— Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996
„Given the results of the government's War on Poverty and the War on Drugs, we can assume that a War on Abortion will lead within five years to men having abortions.“
„I think that I have now said enough about the war, which is past now for over twenty-five years. I bow in reverence before the memory of the men who lost their lives in this war on both sides, and I think that we all hope that we never shall have such a war again.“
— Karl Dönitz President of Germany; admiral in command of German submarine forces during World War II 1891 - 1980
The World at War: the Landmark Oral History from the Classic TV Series (2007) by Richard Holmes, Page 634.
„More people die every year as a result of the war against drugs than die from what we call, generically, overdosing.“
— William F. Buckley Jr. American conservative author and commentator 1925 - 2008
Context: More people die every year as a result of the war against drugs than die from what we call, generically, overdosing. These fatalities include, perhaps most prominently, drug merchants who compete for commercial territory, but include also people who are robbed and killed by those desperate for money to buy the drug to which they have become addicted. This is perhaps the moment to note that the pharmaceutical cost of cocaine and heroin is approximately 2 per cent of the street price of those drugs. Since a cocaine addict can spend as much as $1,000 per week to sustain his habit, he would need to come up with that $1,000. The approximate fencing cost of stolen goods is 80 per cent, so that to come up with $1,000 can require stealing $5,000 worth of jewels, cars, whatever. We can see that at free-market rates, $20 per week would provide the addict with the cocaine which, in this wartime drug situation, requires of him $1,000.
— Bill Hicks American comedian 1961 - 1994
„But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? … By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.“
— Matka Tereza Roman Catholic saint of Albanian origin 1910 - 1997
National Prayer Breakfast speech, Washington, D.C. (3 February 1994) http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/abortion/ab0039.html.
— Vasily Blyukher Soviet military commander 1889 - 1938
Blyukher at the XVII Congress of the CPSU(b), 8 February 1934 http://www.hrono.ru/vkpb_17/25_5.html
— L. Neil Smith American writer 1946
Context: The War on Drugs is over. Drugs won. It's time to stop wasting money, destroying lives, grinding up the Bill of Rights, and giving greater and greater power to the jackbooted thugs, in an unnecessary and futile attempt to enforce one group's ideas about what chemicals and vegetables some other group ought to manufacture, cultivate, distribute, purchase, possess, and consume. Repeal the drug laws, and prices will drop a thousandfold, driving most participants out of the business. "The Brontosaurus in the Broom Closet".
— Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016
„I fear that, eventually, we are all going to become collateral damage in the war on drugs, or terrorism, or whatever war is in vogue at the moment.“
— James C. Nelson Montana Supreme Court Justice 1944
Concurring opinion in Montana v. Pelvit (No. 03-572)
„The fact thatis the word we use for almost everything—on terrorism, drugs, even poverty—has certainly helped to desensitize us to its invocation; if we wage wars on everything, how bad can they be?“
— Glenn Greenwald, A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency
„The War on Drugs has continued for some 20 years, and we see little prospect of peace, despite the fact that it has totally failed and given the US an imprisonment rate almost equal to Russia.“
— Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953
Context: The War on Drugs has continued for some 20 years, and we see little prospect of peace, despite the fact that it has totally failed and given the US an imprisonment rate almost equal to Russia. I fear that the War on Copying could go on for decades as well. To end it, we will need to rethink the copyright system, based on the Constitution's view that it is meant to benefit the public, not the copyright owners. Today, one of the benefits the public wants is the use of computers to share copies.
„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)
„The problem that confronts some of you younger ones – you’ve got to find an alternative to war. War is something men have hated but yet cherished. Out of wars have come profit of various sorts, power, glory. Sometimes out of them has become a defense of freedom. But you will not get that out of the kind of war we fight now with the weapons that our great scientists have given us. We have got to find a substitute for war, and the substitute isn’t surrender.“
— Norman Thomas American Presbyterian minister and socialist 1884 - 1968
Debate with Barry Goldwater, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, Arizona, November 1961
„War is very uncertain in its results, and often when affairs look most desperate they suddenly assume a more hopeful state.“
— George Meade Union Army general 1815 - 1872
Letter to his wife Margaretta (11 June 1863); published in The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade (1913)
— William Mulock Canadian politician, judge, academic administrator 1843 - 1944
Opening the Canadian National Exhibition, The Globe, 29 August 1906, page 1.