Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind - it is only the difference in the victim.
Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
If we don't end war, war will end us.
To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but theopportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
There was never a bad peace or a good war.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
Everything in war is very simple. But the simplest thing is difficult.
As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.
There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare
Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?
Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent