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War Quotes – 40 Sayings About Weapons, Conflicts And The Military

War Quotes – 40 Sayings About Weapons, Conflicts, Wars And The Military

Are you looking for profound quotes about wars, weapons and conflicts? Then you've come to the right place! Wars are dark chapters in human history and still show us today what devastating consequences human conflict can have. But fortunately, in this darkness there are also words of warning and wisdom that inspire us to always strive for peace.

In this article, I would like to give you a collection of the best short sayings, aphorisms and quotes about war. Use them, for example, as a little reminder of how important it is to resolve conflicts peacefully. Let's go!

My please: Keep in mind that many of the quotes about wars have been translated into English from other languages. I cannot guarantee that it is the original quote in each case. Therefore, double check them before you share them. If you like and share any of the quotes in the internet, please link this elaborately created collection. Thank you for your support!

The 40 best quotes about wars, conflicts and weapons

Then let's go straight to the words that the so aptly describe the nature and consequences of wars. The following quotes come from different eras and cultures, but they all give us valuable insights into human behavior and the tragedies that wars, armed conflicts, military operations, skirmishes and battles entail.

War Quotes 1 - 10

  1. "It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace." (Aristotle)
  2. "Worse than war is the very fear of war." (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
  3. "As long as men torture and slay animals and eat their flesh, we shall have war. While we are ourselves the living graves of murdered animals, how can we expect any ideal conditions on the earth?" (George Bernard Shaw)
  4. "To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." (George Washington)
  5. "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." (Albert Einstein)
  6. "Lies can start wars, while truth can stop entire armies." (Otto von Bismarck)
  7. "Nothing's more quiet than a loaded gun." (Heinrich Heine)
  8. "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind." (Mahatma Gandhi)
  9. "The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." (Leo Tolstoy)
  10. "Only the dead have seen the end of the war." (George Santayana)

War Quotes 11 - 20

  1. "The next war in the Middle East will be fought over water, not politics." (Boutros Ghali)
  2. "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." (Sun Tzu)
  3. "Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war." (Herbert Hoover)
  4. "Peace makes wealth, wealth makes devilness, devilness brings war, war brings poverty, poverty makes humility, humility makes peace again." (Johann Geiler von Kaysersberg)
  5. "It is not the kings and generals that make history, but the masses of the people." (Nelson Mandela)
  6. "When the rich wage war it's the poor who die." (Jean-Paul Sartre)
  7. "War does not determine who is right - only who is left." (Bertrand Russell)
  8. "The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter." (Mark Twain)
  9. "No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country." (Alexis de Tocqueville)
  10. "People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election." (Otto von Bismarck)

Tip: I have also brought you a collection of the best Hunting Quotes compiled. If you like, feel free to have a look there, too!

War Quotes 21 - 30

  1. "The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy." (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  2. "There never was a good war or a bad peace." (Benjamin Franklin)
  3. "The great Carthage waged three wars. It was still powerful after the first, still habitable after the second. It was untraceable after the third." (Bertolt Brecht)
  4. "Silence is the ultimate weapon of power." (Charles de Gaulle)
  5. "Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." (Baruch Spinoza)
  6. "In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons." (Herodotus)
  7. "There is no sure foundation set on blood, No certain life achieved by others‘ death." (William Shakespeare)
  8. "You may forget where you buried the peace pipe. But you never forget where the battle-axe is." (Mark Twain)
  9. "What is happening in the rainforest today is a predation, is a war." (Jose Lutzenberger)
  10. "Imagine, it's war and no one is going." (Carl Sandburg)

Tip: Wars can also trigger great worries and fears about what might come in the future. And not only among the people who experience it first-hand. Like you in general Overcome fears about the futureI will explain in a separate blog article.

"Only the dead have seen the end of the war." (George Santayana)

War Quotes 31 - 40

  1. "War is simply the continuation of political intercourse with the addition of other means." (Carl von Clausewitz)
  2. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." (Nelson Mandela)
  3. "War does not determine who is right – only who is left." (Bertrand Russell)
  4. "If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children." (Mahatma Gandhi)
  5. "The war against hunger is truly mankind's war of liberation." (John F. Kennedy)
  6. "They have money for war but can't feed the poor." (Tupac Shakur)
  7. "Writers can't write as fast as governments make wars; because to write demands thinking." (Bertolt Brecht)
  8. "An unjust peace is better than a just war." (Tullius Cicero)
  9. "The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress." (Joseph Joubert)
  10. "In the long run, the sharpest weapon is a kind and gentle spirit." (Anne Frank)

Can you think of any other strong sayings against war that are missing from this list? Then always come up with your ideas in the comments!

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about wars

What kind of war does exist?

Depending on the situation, trigger and perspective, there are of course many different types of war. For example Wars of aggression, wars of conquest, wars of aggression, guerrilla wars, cabinet wars, air wars or Defense Wars.

What are the consequences of war?

The direct consequences of military wars are above all Destroyed infrastructures, the Death and the Violation countless people and Expulsion and Escape.

But wars also destroy the environmentpollute water, air and soil - and therefore people's lives. The long-term consequences include Economic collapse, trauma among survivors and political instability. It often takes decades for a country to recover from the effects of war.

In which war were there the most deaths?

The The Second World War, with an estimated 70 million dead as the deadliest conflict in human history. It began with the invasion of Poland by the German Reich in the fall of 1939.

Use quotes about wars as a personal source of inspiration!

War often leaves deep physical and psychological scars. These are conflicts that shape entire generations and whose effects are often felt far beyond the end of the fighting. In the end wars underline the inestimable importance of peace. For it is he who makes growth, progress and the emergence of cultures possible.

I hope I was able to inspire you with these quotes about war. Do you have any questions, suggestions or other sayings that should definitely be added to this collection? Then I look forward to your comments.

Stay pacifist,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS: In one of the quotes mentioned, it was said that the wars of the future will be fought over water. This is quite possible - because clean drinking water is essential for our lives and an increasingly scarce commodity. How you Save water and what exactly your Personal water footprint I will be happy to explain to you in the linked blog articles.

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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