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38 War Quotes

War sayings often capture the profound and complex nature of human conflict. They remind us of the sacrifices made, the resilience displayed, and the consequences faced. As Sun Tzu wisely said, “In war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak,” emphasizing the importance of strategy and intelligence over brute force. Winston Churchill’s words, “In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity,” teach us about the strength of character during trying times. War sayings serve as a testament to our collective history, urging us to learn from the past and strive for a more peaceful future.

War Quotes

War Quotes



“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

-George Orwell



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

-Napoleon Bonaparte



“Let him who desires peace prepare for war.”

-Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus



“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.”




“If we don’t end war, war will end us.”

-H. G. Wells



“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”

-Albert Einstein



“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”

-Bertrand Russell



“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”

-John Adams



“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”

-Leo Tolstoy



“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down.”

-Malcolm X



“It is far easier to make war than peace.”

-Georges Clemenceau



“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

-Sun Tzu



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

-Niccolo Machiavelli



“When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.”

-Winston Churchill



“Let us not be deceived we are today in the midst of a cold war.”

-Bernard Baruch



“No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt



“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

-Leo Tolstoy



“There was never a good war, or a bad peace.”

-Benjamin Franklin



“We make war that we may live in peace.”




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

-George Orwell



“In times of war, the law falls silent.”

-Marcus Tullius Cicero



“War is what happens when language fails.”

-Margaret Atwood



“It’s impossible to know what happens in the fog of war.”

-Hillary Clinton



“The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.”

-Malala Yousafzai



“Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.”




“War is the continuation of politics by other means.”

-Carl von Clausewitz



“Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world’s problems?”

-Bill Watterson



“An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.”

-Charles de Montesquieu



“In time of war, truth is always replaced by propaganda.”

-Charles Lindbergh



“How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?”

-Howard Zinn



“In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.”

-Julius Caesar



“An unjust peace is better than a just war.”

-Marcus Tullius Cicero



“Those who want peace should prepare for war and be strong.”

-Avigdor Lieberman



“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

-Sun Tzu



“War is hell.”

-William Tecumseh Sherman



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

-Ernest Hemingway



“War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.”

-Thomas Mann



“The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche