The 80 best phrases about the War
Jul 15, 2021
If we analyze the history of humanity we realize that war has always been present throughout the world. Almost all countries, at some point, have experienced a conflict, causing serious damage to both their physical spaces and the health of their inhabitants. Wars have their origins in multiple causes, being power, political and territorial ideologies, the main sources that unleash the confrontations.
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Great reflections on wars
Here we bring you a compilation with the most important phrases and lessons about the war and the teachings that it has left in its wake.
1. Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything from victory. (Anonymous)
Wars are meaningless if you are not sure that there is something to be gained.
2. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. (Sun Tzu)
A true war is one that can be avoided by subduing the enemy with intelligence.
3. Being prepared for war is one of the most effective means of keeping the peace. (George Washington)
By promoting peace, various conflicts can be avoided.
4. War is an invention of the human mind; and the human mind can also invent peace. (Winston Churchill)
Man has originated wars, but he is also capable of promoting peace.
5. Courage is needed to achieve peace, much more than to wage war. (Pope Francisco)
The men who bet on peace have more value than those who bet on war.
6. There was never a good war or a bad peace. (Benjamin Franklin)
In history we will not find a compassionate war or a peace that has not worked.
7. For most men, war is the end of loneliness. For me it is the infinite loneliness. (Albert Camus)
Going to war contributes to feeling the presence of loneliness.
8. There is no flag long enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. (Howard Zinn)
In every war there are many deaths that have nothing to do with it.
9. The war would end if the dead could return. (James Baldwin)
If dead people came back, then wars would be meaningless.
10. The tragedy of war is that it uses the best of man to use it in the worst of human works: to destroy. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Wars make man learn to destroy.
11. No regime sustains itself for long by exercising violence. (Seneca)
Violence is the worst tool to maintain power.
12. Sweet is war for those who have not lived it. (Pindar)
People who don't go to war can find it exciting and enjoyable.
13. War is a massacre between people who do not know each other for the benefit of people who do know each other but who do not massacre. (Paul Valéry)
In every war there are always innocent people who suffer its effects.
14. You can't win a war, just like you can't win an earthquake. (Jeannette Rankin)
Wars are never won as they leave behind a host of consequences.
15. The stupidest way to end the best in a society is war. (Abel Pérez Rojas)
Under no circumstances is there any benefit to be derived from a war.
16. War makes the victor stupid and the vanquished resentful. (Frederick Nietzsche)
None of the parties that are part of a conflict are victorious.
17. What you sweat in peace you will not bleed in war. (Anonymous)
Better to focus all your energy on achieving peace than dying in a war.
18. War is a serious game in which one compromises his reputation, his troops, and his homeland. (Napoleon Bonaparte)
For this character, war was a sacred commitment.
19. War is an act of violence that tries to force the enemy to submit to our will. (Carl von Clausewitz)
Nothing justifies submitting a person to achieve our goals.
20. War is a disease like typhus. (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
For many people, war is contagious.
21. A relative peace is better than a war won. (Marie Theresa from Austria)
It never hurts to bet on peace.
22. The art of winning is learned in defeats. (Simon Bolivar)
To be a winner, you have to know how to lose.
23. Appear weak when you are strong and strong when you are weak. (Sun Tzu)
There are appearances that can deceive us.
24. Peace cannot be maintained by force. It can only be achieved through understanding. (Albert Einstein)
To guarantee peace, many obstacles must be fought.
25. Two are needed to make peace; but only one is enough to wage war. (Arthur Neville Chamberlain)
It takes only one person to start a war.
26. War is the cowardly way out of the problems of peace. (Thomas Mann)
War is an easy way out that leaves many regrets with it.
27. Justice is defended with reason and not with weapons. Nothing is lost with peace and everything can be lost with war. (John XXIII)
Don't fight with weapons. Use reason.
28. The peace obtained at the point of the sword is nothing but truce. (Pierre Joseph Proudhon)
When an enforced peace is reached, it does not last long.
29. Never think that a war, no matter how necessary or justified it may seem, is no longer a crime. (Ernest Hemingway)
Approving a war will never be a good decision.
30. In war, everyone loses. (Abel Pérez Rojas)
There is no winner in a war.
31. The first casualty of war is the truth. (Hiram Warren Johnson)
Wars are based on lies and accusations.
32. War is the occupation more typical of beasts than of men. (Juan Luis Vives)
Conflicts are typical of barbarian people.
33. Battles are won with iron and strength, but wars are won with the head. (Cornelius Scipio)
To be a good leader in a war, one must possess high intelligence.
34. War is an evil that dishonors mankind. (Fénelon)
War conflicts only bring misfortunes to society.
35. War is the fruit of the weakness and folly of the peoples. (Romain Rolland)
Conflicts can be solved without the need to go to war.
36. Men fight to acquire a piece of land to be prematurely buried. (Santiago Ramón Y Cajal)
Many people want to go to the battlefield no matter that they may be buried there.
37. One believes that one dies for the country and dies for the industrialists. (Anatole France)
Sometimes the fights are not merely patriotic.
38. The wonderful thing about war is that each assassin chief has his flags blessed and solemnly invokes God before setting out to exterminate his neighbor. (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)
Many wars have been waged profanely in the name of God.
39. Race differences are one of the reasons why it is to be feared that wars always exist; because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to dominance. (Benjamin Disraeli)
The issue of racism is one of the causes that originate some conflicts.
40. War is nothing but a mass murderer, and murder is not progress. (Alphonse de Lamartine)
No country that bets on war can prosper.
41. As long as there are men of the first and second category, I will continue screaming war. (Bob Marley)
There will always be people who believe that war is the solution.
42. Politics is more dangerous than war, because in war you only die once. (Winston Churchill)
Bad politics can accompany the beginning of conflicts.
43. Every war ends where peace should begin. (Augusto Barthelemy)
Before the idea of starting a war, one must study peace.
44. Love is the closest thing to war, and a war in which it is indifferent to win or to be defeated, because you always win. (Jacinto Benavente)
Will love be a war?
45. War is the suffrage of the barbarian countries. (Carlos Martinez)
Those who bet on wars are those who lack intelligence.
46. In the fight, the hours of boredom and anguish pass quickly, unnoticed. (Maximum Gorky)
Time spent waging war is dead time.
47. The pretext for all wars: achieve peace. (Jacinto Benavente)
Peace can become an excuse to foment war.
48. Ambition is the ordinary cause of all wars. Tyranny is the cause of all revolutions. (Alejandro Vinet)
Petty ambitions are part of the causes of wars.
49. The international war between the American peoples can only be the effect of a criminal folly, not excused for any reason, nor for the slightest pretext. (Eduardo Santos)
Starting a war is, in itself, an act of madness.
50. War is the greatest plague that afflicts humanity; destroy religion, destroy nations, destroy families. It is the worst of evils. (Martin Luther)
There is nothing more destructive than war conflicts.
51. Only those who are fit to live are not afraid of dying. (Douglas MacArthur)
A phrase that motivated many soldiers.
52. If there are to be conflicts, it may be while I live, that my son may live in peace. (Thomas Paine)
We must work so that future generations do not experience war.
53. No man is fool enough to want war and not peace; for in peace children lead their parents to the grave, in war it is parents who lead their children to the grave. (Herodotus of Halicarnassus)
Families break up thanks to war conflicts.
54. Being a warrior is learning to be genuine in every moment of your life. (Chögyam Trungpa)
If you want to go to war, then you must be prepared to fight all the time.
55. All wars are holy. I challenge you to find a belligerent who does not believe he has heaven on his side. (Jean Anouilh)
In every war, each counterpart claims to have God on their side.
56. In modern warfare you die like a dog and for no reason. (Ernest Hemingway)
There is no honor in war.
57. Whoever wants peace should prepare for war. (Flavius Vegetius Renatus)
Seeking peace is taking the first step to postpone war.
58. When guns speak, laws are silent. (Cicero)
Laws are useless during wars.
59. How absurd it is to declare war to legitimize yourself before the people. (Abel Pérez Rojas)
No people deserve to witness a war.
60. The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war. (Erasmus of Rotterdam)
Peace will always be the goal to pursue in solving a problem.
61. The most difficult war is fighting against yourself. (Baron De Logau)
There is no war that gives a greater problem than internal struggle.
62. War is without a doubt, after the cloister, the greatest school of humility. (Pierre Benoit)
After participating in a war, those involved become more humble.
63. After great war, great peace; after weak peace, great war. (Ramón Llull)
War can always be created.
64. A warrior does not give up what he loves, but finds love in what he does. (Dan Millman)
A true warrior always finds the way to do the right thing.
65. Today the enemy would have won, if he had had a commander who was a winner. (Julius Caesar)
To win, you have to believe that we have already won.
66. Heroism doesn't always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and big hearts change the course of history. (Mary Roach)
Victory happens step by step.
67. It is much easier to make war than peace. (George Clemenceau)
Making peace requires many efforts, as we must commit ourselves to respect others.
68. In peacetime lions, but in war they are deer. (Fifth Septimius Florent)
Those who yearn to participate in battles are soon filled with fear at the horrors that lie there.
69. I consider war odious, but those who sing it without waging it are even more so. (Romain Rolland)
Nobody knows hell if they have not been in a war.
70. In war, as in love, to finish it is necessary to see each other closely. (Napoleon Bonaparte)
Face-to-face confrontations are inevitable within a war.
71. In bitterness you will want sweetness, and in war, peace. (Saint Catherine of Siena)
You have to be inside the war to know the importance of peace.
72. However, it cannot be said that civilization does not progress, since in each war one is killed in a new way. (William Rogers)
Progress does not occur if wars are present.
73. A man without character is a nurse without milk. A soldier without weapons, a traveler without funds. (Auguste Petit)
Man must have character to lead a war.
74. War is the cowardly way out of the problems of peace. (Thomas Mann)
Easy exits have negative consequences.
75. If war is to be waged, only be done with the aim of obtaining peace. (Cicero)
If conflict cannot be avoided, then let it be to achieve peace.
76. The army is a nation within a nation. A vice of our time. (Alfred De Vigny)
The military of a country has a lot of power.
77. Sweet and beautiful is dying for the country. (Horacio)
For many people, dying defending the people is an honor.
78. Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price. (Sun Tzu)
If you go to war, bear the consequences.
79. I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep. I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. (Alexander the Great)
An unscrupulous person is by far the most dangerous.
80. He who loves civil war is a man without family ties, homeless and lawless. (Homer)
The person who seeks to wage war has no feelings for his loved ones.