Only the dead have seen the end of war
Are you ready for war?
Are you be armed with an opinion? Are you prepared for the gruelling slog of café and dinner table debates and discussions?
If you feel like you are a casualty lost in a cloud of dove and hawk feathers then here are a few timely and salient quotes and film clips of war. All guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers and perhaps allow you to feather your own cap. Be prepared.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Plato, Greek philosopher
God created war so that Americans would learn geography.
Mark Twain, American writer
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister World War II
When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher/writer
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
Jimmy Carter, former USA president
Cinema: The first fight (part one) Space Odyssey 2001, Stanley Kubrick
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Jeannette Rankin, first woman in the United States Congress
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
Sun Tzu, Chinese General 6th centrury
No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of USA president
Cinema: The first fight (part two) Space Odyssey 2001, Stanley Kubrick
What I discovered was that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, former USA president
War is what happens when language fails.
Margaret Atwood, writer
Cinema: I love the smell of napalm Apocolypse Now, Francic Ford Coppola
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
Albert Einstein, physicist
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
George Orwell, British writer
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Voltaire, French writer, historian and philosopher
There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.
Albert Camus, French writer and philospher
Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world's problems?
Calvin and Hobbes carton strip, written by Bill Watterson
Cinema: This country’s going to war - Duck Soup - The Marx Brothers
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
Martin Luther King Jr., leader of African-American Civil Rights movement
If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or ‘our’ country, let it be understood, soberly and rationally between us, that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits which I have not shared and probably will not share; but not to gratify my instincts, or protect either myself or my country. For, the outside will say, in fact, as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world...
Virginia Woolf, English writer
How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?
Howard Zinn, American historian and playwright
Fighting for peace, is like f***ing for chastity
Stephen King, American novelist in his book Hearts in Atlantis
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
Ernest Hemingway, American writer
Cinema: This is the End, The Doors Apocolyspe Now
War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.
William Faulkner, American writer and Nobel Prize laureate
Men make war to get attention. All killing is an expression of self-hate.
Alice Walker, American author and activist
Cinema: Dance with the world The Dictator, Charlie Chaplin
The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.
Joseph Heller, American writer
For war there is always enough. It's peace that's expensive.
Joseph Heller, American writer
One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror
George W. Bush former USA president
Cinema: He will see the big board Dr Strangeglove, Stanley Kubrick
The work of educating the world to peace is the woman’s job, because men have a natural fear of being classed as cowards if they oppose war.
Jeanette Rankin, First woman to enter U.S. House of Representative in 1917.
War is to man what maternity is to a woman.
Benito Mussolini, Italian dictactor