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Waging War Quotes


"Government is waging war against the people." - L Neil Smith

"Waging war we understand, but not waging peace, or at any rate less consciously so." - Fredrik Bajer

"I'm ready to stop waging war and start washing feet." - Rachel Held Evans

"Setting out rules for waging war (the Geneva Convention)." - Paulo Coelho

"Waging war is not a primary physical need." - Susan Griffin

"Ennui and lethargy are waging a war inside me." - Aaron Allston

"I'm ready to stop waging war and start washing feet." - Rachel Held Evans

"Waging an unnecessary war is a grave mistake." - Scott Mcclellan

"Waging war is much more popular than negotiating, because there you need to compromise." - Juan Manuel Santos

"...the object of waging a war is always to be in a better position in which to wage another war." - George Orwell

"They've not been able to control any Iraqi city. We're waging war against this snake and we will be victorious." - Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

"Every person you meet is waging his or her own war against a callous universe that is plotting against them." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"If you're waging war against parts of yourself you dislike, don't be surprised when they fight back." - Alan Robert Neal

"Behind a smoke screen of high-profile female appointees and soothing slogans, George W. Bush is waging war on women." - Molly Ivins

"During my lifetime, America has been constantly waging war against much of humanity: impoverished people mostly, in stricken places." - John Pilger

"The most dangerous fundamentalists aren't just waging war in Iraq; they're attacking evolution, blocking medical research and ignoring the environment." - Jill Greenberg

"We've got to show that blacks and whites are treated equally in the army. Otherwise, what's the point of waging war on Hitler?" - Josephine Baker

"Even in waging war, cherish the spirit of peace-maker; that, by conquering those whom you attack, you may lead them back to the advantages of peace." - Saint Augustine

"My great objection to this government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants." - Patrick Henry

"We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now." - Cindy Sheehan

"Lastly, waging war against good people is bad for the soul. This may not seem important to you now, but it's the most important thing I've said." - Joshua

"The Sangh Parivar, against which I had been waging a war, misled the people. My opponents used the Election Commission and the bureaucracy to win a political battle." - Lalu Prasad Yadav

"And Louis Freeh was a completely dysfunctional FBI Director, who was actually waging his own private war against the Clinton Administration." - Sidney Blumenthal

"I admire President Chavez for his strength to resist the United States. Instead, Bush is waging a war of terrorism against the world." - Cindy Sheehan

"Number one, that it is smart to communicate and negotiate with your enemy instead of just waging war with bombs and weapons of mass destruction." - Theodore C Sorensen

"Why is war such an easy option? Why does peace remain such an elusive goal? We know statesmen skilled at waging war, but where are those dedicated enough to humanity to find a way to avoid war" - Elie Wiesel

"Because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total - but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial." - Daniel Berrigan

"The right wing in this country is waging a war against women, and let me be very clear, it is not a war that we are going to allow them to win." - Bernie Sanders

"The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians, but it was Christians in World War II who bombed innocent civilians in Dresden and dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets." - Feisal Abdul Rauf

"But it then very soon became clear that the response of a war against terrorism, initially conceived of in a metaphorical sense, began to be taken increasingly seriously and came to entail waging a real war." - Ulrich Beck

"We can no longer apply the classic criteria to clearly determine whether and when we should use military force. We are waging war in Afghanistan, for example, but it's an asymmetrical war where the enemies are criminals instead of soldiers." - Otto Schily

"Nor did Americans believe that Republicans had been waging war on minorities, women, or gays - especially given that Republicans have held the House only since 2011 and have been out of power in the Senate and presidency since 2009." - Victor Davis Hanson

"A "just war" is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience." - Alexander Cockburn

"By waging the drug war and "getting tough" almost exclusively in the 'hood, we've managed to create a vast new racial undercaste in an astonishingly short period of time." - Michelle Alexander

"I was advocating for world peace, but I was waging a violent war against my own body. I was speaking about poverty and starvation, but I was eating more than my fair share. I was a hypocrite." - Bryant H Mcgill

"Waging war on his enemies had been Sokolov's habit and his profession for a long time, but being chivalrous to everyone else was simply a basic tenet of having your shit together as a human and as a man." - Neal Stephenson

"A just war is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience." - Alexander Cockburn

"Human beings have been waging war and destroying the environment for long time. Just because it has been going on for a long time and become an unquestioned habit, does that mean it should be allowed to continue." - Sharon Gannon

"I always tell the Kurds who defend independence: Let's say we declared the independent Kurdish state and Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey imposed sanctions on us, without waging a war. How would we survive under those circumstances?" - Jalal Talabani

"Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not... with regard to abortion and euthanasia." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"WikiLeaks is exposing our government officials for the frauds that they are. They also show us how governments work together to lie to their citizens when they are waging war." - Jesse Ventura

"Overseas, America's fighting men and women have been waging war against those who would attack America and plunge the world into a period of darkness, and their success can easily be seen." - Mark Kennedy

"There is nothing new about these Republican attacks on our family planning decisions. In fact, from the moment they came into power, Republicans in the House of Representatives have been waging a war on women's health." - Patty Murray

"Peace is the only battle worth waging." - Albert Camus

"I shall give a propagandist reason for starting the war, no matter whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked afterwards whether he told the truth or not. When starting and waging war it is not right that matters, but victory." - Adolf Hitler

"I will not wage war against women and children! I have instructed my air force to limit their attacks to military objectives. However, if the enemy should conclude from this that he might get away with waging war in a different manner he will receive an answer that he'll be knocked out of his wits!" - Adolf Hitler

"This nation has always struggled with how it was going to deal with poor people and people of color. Every few years you will see some great change in the way that they approach this. We've had the war on poverty that never really got into waging a real war on poverty" - Maxine Waters

"Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all....There are hundreds of other [Koranic] psalms and Hadiths [sayings of Mohammed] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim!" - Ruhollah Khomeini

"I love how Mother Theresa said she wouldn't attend an anti-war rally but if there was a peace rally to call her. So I realized it's not about waging a war against everybody's disease and diagnosis but rather about helping them live." - Bernie Siegel

"How can we escape from the trap that the terrorists have set us? Only by recognizing that the war on terrorism cannot be won by waging war. We must, of course, protect our security; but we must also correct the grievances on which terrorism feeds. Crime requires police work, not military action." - George Soros

"We know something of the cost of that war. We were in it from December seventh, '41, till August of '45. Ever since that time, we have been waging peace. It has had its ups and downs just as the war did." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"This nation has always struggled with how it was going to deal with poor people and people of color. Every few years you will see some great change in the way that they approach this. We've had the war on poverty that never really got into waging a real war on poverty." - Maxine Waters

"I sing, not to hear the echo repeat, a shade fainter, my song! I think of light and not of glory! Singing is my fashion of waging war and bearing witness. And if my song is the proudest of songs, it is that I sing clearly to make the day rise clear!" - Edmond Rostand

"We in astrophysics we think of the universe all the time. So to us, Earth is just another planet. From a distance, it's a speck. And I'm convinced that if everyone had a cosmic perspective you wouldn't have legions of armies waging war on other people because someone would say, "Stop, look at the universe."" - Neil Degrasse Tyson

"Don't worry about this world; it is not broken. And don't worry about others. You worry more about them than they do. There are people waging war; there are people on the battlefield who are more alive than they've ever been before. Don't try to protect people from life; just let them have their experience while you focus upon your own experience." - Esther Hicks

"Fundamentalists believe that we don't believe in anything. In their view of the world, they are in possession of absolute certainties, while we are descending into decadence. We will be able to triumph over terrorism not by waging war on it, but through a conscious, fearless way of life." - Salman Rushdie

"So much for the crusade against drugs . . . all America is actually doing is consolidating its position as the biggest dealer in addictive and lethal substances on the planet, waging war on all rivals, whether they take the form of the Thai domestic tobacco industry or the Colombian cocaine cartels." - Alexander Cockburn

"To replace the old paradigm of war with a new paradigm of waging peace, we must be pioneers who can push the boundaries of human understanding. We must be doctors who can cure the virus of violence. We must be soldiers of peace who can do more than preach to the choir. And we must be artists who will make the world our masterpiece." - Paul K. Chappell

"The only non-Somali faction to fight the Americans was the Arab mojahedin brothers who were in Afghanistan. So the war we are waging with America is not the first, and we pray to God to give us victory over them as previously." - Osama Bin Laden

"In the last couple of years before Chairman Mao's death he said that the "Cultural Revolution" had been wrong on two counts: one was "overthrowing all", and the other was waging a "full-scale civil war". These two counts alone show that the "Cultural Revolution" cannot be called correct. Chairman Mao's mistake was a political mistake, and not a small one." - Deng Xiaoping

"The bigger picture is that over the last 30 years, we have spent $1 trillion waging a drug war that has failed in any meaningful way to reduce drug addiction or abuse, and yet has siphoned an enormous amount of resources away from other public services, especially education." - Michelle Alexander

"We have now spent 1 trillion dollars waging the drug war since it began. A trillion. Those funds could have been used for education, jobs and drug treatment in the communities that needed it most. We could have used those funds for our collective well being, instead those dollars paved the way for the destruction of countless lives, families, and dreams." - Michelle Alexander

"Journalists go to press briefings at the Ministry of Defense in London or the Pentagon in Washington, and no critical questions are posed at all. It's just a news-gathering operation, and the fact that the news is being given by governments who are waging war doesn't seem to worry many journalists too much." - Tariq Ali

"Government is the thing. Law is the thing. Not brotherhood, not international cooperation, not security councils that can stop war only by waging it... Where does security lie, anyway - security against the thief, a bad man, the murderer? In brotherly love? Not at all. It lies in government." - E B White

"Amin is the shame of the whole world. The fact that he managed to rule so long and commit so many crimes was only possible thanks to the hypocrisy of the East and the West who were waging the Cold War for world domination." - Ryszard Kapuscinski

"So we can do a better job of homeland security. I can do a better job of waging a smarter, more effective war on terror and guarantee that we will go after the terrorists. I will hunt them down, and we'll kill them, we'll capture them. We'll do whatever is necessary to be safe." - John F Kerry

"Some people are surprised that the Republicans are waging a war on women, or that they voted against equal pay for women. I'm not surprised at all. In some ways, it may be a good thing. They're defending the patriarchy, which is a wounded beast! And wounded beasts are always dangerous." - Jane Fonda

"As even a democracy like the United States has shown, waging war can benefit a leader in several ways: it can rally citizens around the flag, it can distract them from bleak economic times, and it can enrich a country's elites." - Samantha Power

"In an interview with a journalist, you look petty taking the pot shot but in a slick ad you can really do damage - including unfair damage - from afar. It is not that much different than waging a war by a drone than by hand-to-hand combat." - Greta Van Susteren

"War tears, rends. War rips open, eviscerates. War scorches. War dismembers. War ruins." - Susan Sontag

"It has never happened in history that a nation that has won a war has been held accountable for atrocities committed in preparing for and waging that war. We intend to make this one different. What took place was the use of technological material to destroy a defenseless country. From 125,000 to 300,000 people were killed... We recognize our role in history is to bring the transgressors to justice." - Ramsey Clark

"While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"For in this modern world, the instruments of warfare are not solely for waging war. Far more importantly, they are the means for controlling peace. Naval officers must therefore understand not only how to fight a war, but how to use the tremendous power which they operate to sustain a world of liberty and justice, without unleashing the powerful instruments of destruction and chaos that they have at their command." - Arleigh Burke

"I have seen war ... I hate war." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"Every war is a war against children." - Eglantyne Jebb

"War can't end terrorism. War is terrorism." - Philip Berrigan

"War is cinema, and cinema is war" - Paul Virilio

"The War That Will End War." - H G Wells

"Jaw-jaw is better than war-war." - Harold Macmillan

"War? War is an organized bore." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

""World War III, was the Cold War"." - R. James Woolsey, Jr.

"I have seen war.... I hate war." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"I'm in a war, a cultural war." - Howard Stern

"I hate war. Absolutely, I hate war." - Norman Schwarzkopf

"All war is deception." - Sun Tzu

"war makes strangers bedfellows ..." - Kathleen Winsor

"War does not answer war, war does not finish war. The only ending is peace." - Philippa Gregory

"... a war always ends." - Herman Wouk

"War is death's feast." - George Herbert

"War without Hate" - Erwin Rommel

"This war, like the next war, is a war to end war." - David Lloyd George

"War is a contagion." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"I'm against all war." - Sean Combs

"I like war." - Chris Kyle

"Ancestral voices prophesying war." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"War justifies everything." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"War is 90% information." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Nothing can justify war." - Isaac Rosenberg

"War settles nothing." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"War makes strange bedfellows." - Helen Thomas

"War is not civilized." - Talib Kweli

"War dehumanizes everyone." - Amanda Lindhout

"The rocks have a history; gray and weatherworn, they are veterans of many battles; they have most of them marched in the ranks of vast stone brigades during the ice age; they have been torn from the hills, recruited from the mountaintops, and marshaled on the plains and in the valleys; and now the elemental war is over, there they lie waging a gentle but incessant warfare with time and slowly, oh, so slowly, yielding to its attacks!" - John Burroughs

"I always compare young missioners to the kids who naively signed up to go to Iraq to fight terrorism. They are just the foot soldiers in the spiritual war that Mike Bickle and Lou Engle are waging against what they consider sin. They will say it is biblical truth, but the Bible says many things, and you don't see anyone saying that slavery is okay or that we should not eat shellfish. Why the fascination with sex?" - Roger Ross Williams

"Born in the same land, we ought to live as brothers, doing to each other all the good we can, and not listening to wicked men, who may endeavor to make us enemies. By living in peace, we can help and prosper one another; by waging war, we can kill and destroy many on both sides; but those who survive will not be the happier for that." - Thomas Jefferson

"Humans used to desire love, money, food, shelter, safety, peace and freedom more than anything else. The last 30 years have changed us. Now people want to have a good job, and they want their children to have a good job. This changes everything for world leaders. Everything they do - from waging war to building societies - will need to be carried out within the new context of the need for a good job." - Jim Clifton

"Not only did waging war against Hitler fail to save the Jews, it may be that the war itself brought on the Final Solution of genocide. This is not to remove the responsibility from Hitler and the Nazis, but there is much evidence that Germany's anti-Semitic actions, cruel as they were, would not have turned to mass murder were it not for the psychic distortions of war, acting on already distorted minds. Hitler's early aim was forced emigration, not extermination, but the frenzy of it created an atmosphere in which the policy turned to genocide." - Howard Zinn

"The Islamists started this war. They explained to us as clearly as General Giap and Ho Chi Minh explained to us why they were fighting us, and we have ignored it. Mrs. Clinton has ignored it, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Barack Obama. The idea that they're attacking us because of our culture is insane. We are now waging a war against them culturally. We're trying to impose democracy, women's rights, parliamentary systems on a people who don't want it. They're going to fight that." - Michael Scheuer

"Thanks to God, those waging a jihad can walk today with their heads raised." - Osama Bin Laden

"This country cannot afford the deceptive luxury of waging defensive warfare." - James Forrestal

"Either man will abolish war, or war will abolish man." - Bertrand Russell

"War on nations changes maps. War on poverty maps change." - Muhammad Ali

"War will bring the revolution; revolution will stop the war," - Jhumpa Lahiri

"A wrong war brings wrong; so does a right war." - Ignazio Silone

"War is just to those to whom war is necessary." - Livy

"The cold war is over, but cold war thinking survives." - Joseph Rotblat

"Soccer, metaphor for war, at times turns into real war." - Eduardo Galeano

"War is progressive because all instruments of war are progressive." - Ulysses S Grant

"The cause of war is preparation for war." - W E B Du Bois

"Genocide is not war! It is more dangerous than war!" - Raphael Lemkin

"A war put off is not a war avoided." - Charlton Heston

"We must conquer war or war will conquer us." - Ely Culbertson

"My subject is war, and the pity of war." - Wilfred Owen

"The Cold War was a war, and we won it." - Donald Rumsfeld

"Every war is different. Every war is the same." - Anthony Swofford

"War is life war is the origin of all things." - Adolf Hitler

"Vote for war allowed war only after all else failed." - Joe Biden

"We must end war before war ends us." - H G Wells

"Success in war depends upon the golden rule of war." - George S Patton

"The most horrible sort of war is civil war." - George Friedman

"Libya, more than anyone else's war, was Hillary Clinton's war." - Julian Assange

"Worse than war is the very fear of war." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"We must conquer war, or war will conquer us." - Ely Gulbertson

"War on nations change maps. War on poverty maps change." - Muhammad Ali

"To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war." - Winston Churchill

"The war on drugs is a war against the communities." - Holly Near

"The only war is the war against the imagination." - Diane di Prima

"Preventing a war is tantamount to winning a war." - Raul Castro

"No one hates war like a soldier hates war." - Tommy Franks

"Having seen war, you obviously learned to hate war." - Mark Hatfield

"The principal cause of war is war itself." - C Wright Mills

"For what can war, but endless war, still breed?" - John Milton

"Nothing is more important than to war on war." - Pope Leo XIII

"The Cold War is over but Cold War thinking survives." - Joseph Rotblat

"The war on terror is the war in Afghanistan." - Nancy Pelosi

"If we don't end war, war will end us." - H G Wells

"The only defensible war is a war of defense." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"A war between Europeans is a civil war." - Victor Hugo

"Laws are inoperative in war" - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"War is science of destruction." - John Stevens Cabot Abbott



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