Quotations About / On:
Of course in war all madnesses come out in a man, that is the fault of war not of a man or a nation.
(Frieda Lawrence (1879-1956), German wife of D.H. Lawrence. letter, c. Sept. 13, 1914. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981).
Frieda's brother was the celebrated pilot Manfred von Richthofenthe "Red Baron.")
It is a war against the pines, the only real Aroostook or Penobscot war.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Chesuncook" (1858) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 142, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
(Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. repr. In Gaudier-Brzeska: a Memoir (1916, rev. 1960). "Gaudier: A Postscript," Esquire (New York, Aug. 1934).)
Fiddle-dee-dee! War, war, war. This war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides, there isn't going to be any war.
(Sidney Howard (1891-1939), U.S. screenwriter. Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh), Gone With The Wind, to the Tarleton twins (Fred Crane, George Reeves) (1939).)
A nice war is a war where everybody who is heroic is a hero, and everybody more or less is a hero in a nice war. Now this war is not at all a nice war.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945).
Written in 1943 about World War II, which was then in progress.)
Morality is contraband in war.
(Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian political, spiritual leader. Non-Violence in Peace and War, vol. 1, ch. 268 (1942).)
Laws are silent in times of war.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. Pro Milone, ch. 4, sct. 11 (44-43 B.C.).)
America is addicted to wars of distraction.
(Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. Times (London, April 22, 1991).)
In time of war the laws are silent.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Pro Lilone, 11.)
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
(Tony Benn (b. 1925), British Labour politician. speech, Feb. 28, 1991, to House of Commons.
The day the Gulf War ended.)