A war between Europeans is a civil 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.
Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.
Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.
When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.
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.
A conqueror is always a lover of peace.
Evil has no capital of its own. It is a parasite on goodness.
An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
You can not lead a battle if you think you look silly on a horse.
If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.
Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?
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 avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.
Unless a nation's life faces peril, war is murder.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
From the happy expression on their faces you might have supposed that they welcomed the war. I have met with men who loved stamps, and stones, and snakes, but I could not imagine any man loving war.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.