War Sayings and Quotes

War isn’t pretty. It’s filled with turmoil, death and sadness. It’s no surprise that those who have experienced these horrors up close are slow to endorse the use of armed conflict as a solution to a nation’s problems. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes about war.


Men enjoy to make war? Then if they make war, they are defective.     

Nigel Kneale

To survive a war, you gotta become war.     

David Morrell

We who have seen war will never stop seeing it, in the silence of the night we will always hear the screams. So this is our story... For we were soldiers once and young.     

Harold G. Moore

War is no good. In war one side wins; in peace, both sides win.     

Delmer Daves

Wars not make one great.     

Mike Stoklasa

It's the only metaphor we have in our public discourse for solving a problem; it's called declaring a war. We got a war on poverty, the war on crime, war on litter, the war on cancer, the war on drugs.      

George Carlin

You don't want the war, we don't want the war, the Vietnamese don't want the war, so why does it go on?     

Stephen J. Rivele

A wise king never seeks out war. But he must always be ready for it.     

Ashley Miller

They shared a correspondence during the war. They was pen pals. This is just one of the letters.     

Quentin Tarantino

War don't ennoble men. It turns them into dogs... poisons the soul.     

James Jones

In these times, in any possible war, the overwhelming majority of citizens are going to be killed. Does this still suggest to you that war is a resolution of conflicts?     

Eugene Burdick

War brings out the worst in people.     

Thomas Keneally

War is war. War is the last refuge of the capitalist. War is stupid. It is all very bad for business.     

Orson Welles

Your preparations for war are unnecessary. You're simply reacting out of fear.     

Alfred Gough

I don't understand. Why do wars happen? What are so many people dying for? When will we understand? We can't solve issues through war but through peace, and by understanding...     

Javed Akhtar

People tell us that war is bad. I ask them, 'Who knows this more than a soldier?'     

Javed Akhtar

What do mean 'Great War', there aren't any great wars, they're all frightful.     

Rik Mayall

I'm still at war. My mother was already dead, as it happens. All through the war, I wrote letters home to a dead woman.     

Frank Cottrell Boyce

But even in war, there are rules. You don't kill civilians indiscriminately.     

Gene Roddenberry

War is vitality! War is the hygiene of the world!     

Menno Meyjes

A peace so unjust it will surely lead to another war.     

Menno Meyjes

In war, there is nothing more honorable than victory     

Rick Berman

A brilliant man would find a way not to fight a war.     

Randall Wallace

If war is so great, how come there isn't a Nobel war prize?     

Digby Wolfe

The war you have just seen is true. Only lives have been lost to protect the innocent.     

Digby Wolfe

War is not only horrible. It's a complete waste of time.     

Roger Nimier

The war will never end, as long as there are those who make a profit from it.     

Michael Green

The fact of the matter is that war changes men's natures.      

Jonathan Hardy

Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war.     

Thucydides

Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have advocated it, except as a means of peace.     

Ulysses S. Grant