War and peace

Quotations: War and peace

What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.
— Attributed to Thomas Edison, American inventor (1847-1931)

What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise.
— Barbara Jordan, American congresswoman and professor (1936-1996)

If we are forced, at every hour, to watch or listen to horrible events, this constant stream of ghastly impressions will deprive even the most delicate among us of all respect for humanity.
— Cicero (Marcus Tullius), Roman orator, philosopher and statesman (106-43 B.C.)

Courage is the price life exacts for peace.
— Amelia Earhart, American aviator (1897-1937)

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
— William Shakespeare, English dramatist (1564-1616)

And each man stand with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (1806-1861)

If we are to reach real peace in this world . . . we shall have to begin with the children.
— Mohandas Gandhi, Indian nonviolent civil rights leader (1869-1948)

Morality begins at the point of a gun.
— Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and national leader (1893-1976)

Principles have no real force except when one is well fed.
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American journalist, author and humorist (1835-1910)

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
— Theodore Roosevelt, American adventurer and 26th president (1858-1919)

I take it that what all men are really after is some form of, perhaps only some formula of, peace.
— Joseph Conrad (Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski), Polish/English novelist (1857-1924)

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
— A.J. Muste, minister and peace activist (1885-1967)

If you want to work for world peace, go home and love your families.
— Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu), nun and founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity (1910-1997), Nobel Prize for Peace acceptance speech, 1979

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
— Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968), from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in time of great moral crisis.
— Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (1265-1321), from the Divine Comedy

Such is the moral construction of the world that no national crime passes unpunished in the long run… Were present oppressors to reflect on the same truth, they would spare to their own countries the penalties on their present wrongs which will be inflicted on them in future times. The seeds of hatred and revenge which they [sow] with a large hand will not fail to produce their fruits in time. Like their brother robbers on the highway, they suppose the escape of the moment a final escape and deem infamy and future risk countervailed by present gain.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and U.S. president (1743-1826), letter to Francois de Marbois, 1817

Any man will usually get from other men just what he is expecting of them. If he is looking for friendship he will likely receive it. If his attitude is that of indifference, it will beget indifference. And if a man is looking for a fight, he will in all likelihood be accommodated in that.
— John Richelsen

An election is a moral horror, as bad as battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned.
— George Bernard Shaw, Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit (1856-1950)

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
— Thomas Hudson Jones, American sculptor (1892-1969)

One is defeated only when one accepts defeat.
— Marshal Foch, French general and war hero (1851-1929)

Whatever else may be shaken, there are some facts established beyond warring: virtue is better than vice, truth is better than falsehood, kindness than brutality.
— Quintin Hogg, English merchant and philanthropist (1845-1903)

World War II was a must win.
— World War II was a must win.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
— –Siddhārtha Gautama, Buddha, Indian prince and founder of Buddhism (c. 563 BCE to 483 BCE)

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?
— Ernest J. Gaines, author