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.


If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.     

Ulysses S. Grant

Look at an infantryman's eyes and you can tell how much war he has seen.     

William Alexander Henry

War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.     

William McKinley

War is too serious a matter to leave to soldiers.     

William Tecumseh Sherman

Was is the remedy that our enemy has chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.     

William Tecumseh Sherman

War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.     

Geroge Washington

War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason.     

James Madison

War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose tolls and pleasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruit.     

James Madison

War is the business of the barbarians.     

Napolean Bonaparte

War is cruelty. There's no use trying to reform it, the crueler it is the sooner it will be over.     

William Tecumseh Sherman

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.     

Desiderius Erasmus

War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.     

Desiderius Erasmus

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.     

Jeannette Rankin

In war there is no second prize for the runner-up.     

Momar Bradley

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

Bertrand Russell

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.     

George Orwell

Modern war is the most highly developed of all sciences. We have perfected our weapons but failed to perfect the men who use them.     

Billy Graham

We must be honest and open about both sides of war. The more aware we are of war's costs, not just in death and dollars, but also in shattered minds, souls, and families, the less likely we will be to waste our most precious asset and our best weapon: our young.     

Karl Marlantes