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10 War Quotes that Make You Think

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

War Quotes

"Only the dead have seen the end of war." Plato

Here are 10 war quotes, some new and no so new that have stuck with me over the years. I hope you find them as inspirational as I have. Not in the sense of making war romantic as many politics do when they are talking up a war, but as thought provoker as we know, war is a fact of life and it is better to be prepared and keep your guard up so as to avoid war when possible, but ready to win if and when it comes.

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

Douglas MacArthur

"We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it."

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.” William C. Westmoreland

“Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.”

George S. Patton

“It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don't regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn't save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I'm not naive, and I don't romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.”

Chris Kyle

“There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.”

Sun Tzu

“To be a good soldier, you must love the army. To be a good commander, you must be willing to order the death of the thing you love.”

R. E. Lee

“The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.”

Sun Tzu

“The problems we face now - poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad - will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them in the first place.”

Donald Trump

“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

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