WW1 Sayings and Quotes

First World War famous Sayings and Quotes

A collection of inspirational, wise and humorous old WW1 quotes, WW1 sayings and WW1 proverbs were collected over the years from different sources.

Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. These are the beginnings of sorrows.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

 

Wars of pen and ink often lead to wars of cannon and bayonets.

Edward Counsel

 

The old men were still running the country. The politicians who had caused millions of deaths were now celebrating, as if they had done something wonderful.     

Ken Follett

 

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.     

Robert Wilson Lynd

 

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.     

John F. Kennedy

 

War is a brutal and fierce means of pacification; it means the suppression of resistance by the destruction or enslavement of the conquered.     

Henri-Frederic Amiel

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History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.     

Ronald Reagan

 

Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning.

David M. Shoup

 

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.

Ernest Hemingway

 

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.

Winston Churchill

 

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.

John Stuart Mill

 

War demands sacrifice of the people. It gives only suffering in return.

Frederic Clemson Howe

 

Those who ignore history’s lessons in the ultimate folly of war are forced to do more than relive them, they may be forced to die by them.

Dan Simmons

 

War is an admission of failure.

K. J. Parker

 

There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.     

Havelock Ellis

 

Weakness and ambivalence lead to war.     

George H. W. Bush

 

Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.

Thomas Hobbes

 

This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.     

William S. Burroughs

 

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.     

Benjamin Franklin

 

All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.

John Steinbeck

 

There has been no war without atrocity. War is atrocity, pure and simple: only greed, nationalism and faith help us pretend otherwise.     

Michael Marshall

 

Wars do not end wars any more than an extraordinarily large conflagration does away with the fire hazard.     

Henry Ford

 

There never was a good war, or a bad peace.

Benjamin Franklin

 

The tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

 

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

G. K. Chesterton

 

The act of war is the last option of a democracy.     

Joseph C. Wilson

 

War is behavior with roots in the single cell of the primeval seas. Eat whatever you touch or it will eat you.

Frank Herbert

 

War is what happens when language fails.

Margaret Atwood

 

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.

Jeane Kirkpatrick

 

The great rich nation had made triumphant war, suffered enough for poignancy but not enough for bitterness – hence the carnival, the feasting, the triumph.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

Thomas Hardy

 

War being the greatest of evils, all its accessories necessarily partake of the same character.     

Herman Melville

 

When the rich wage war it is the poor who die.

Jean-Paul Sartre

 

To get through a war, a man needs something bigger than himself to fight for.     

Rick Remender