Battle Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old battle quotes, battle sayings, and battle proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Where there is no peril in the fight, there is no glory in the triumph.     

Pierre Corneille

Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning.     

Erwin Rommel

In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.     

Ulysses S. Grant

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.     

Margaret Thatcher

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.     

Ernest Hemingway

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.     

Bertrand Russell

War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.     

Mao Zedong

It is good that war is so horrible, or we might grow to like it.     

Robert E. Lee

Battle not with monsters lest you become one.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.     

Thomas Carlyle

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.     

Arthur Wellesley

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.     

Martin Luther

Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.     

Donald Trump

A battle won is a battle which we will not acknowledge to be lost.     

Ferdinand Foch

The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.     

Ezra Pound

It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.     

Douglas Macarthur

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.     

Benjamin Franklin

War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.     

Ernest Hemingway

Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.     

Thucydides

War is what happens when language fails.     

Margaret Atwood

You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.     

Colin Powell

War is a defeat for humanity.     

Pope John Paul II

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.     

Niccolo Machiavelli

If we don't end war, war will end us.     

H. G. Wells

Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.     

Ernest Hemingway