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Comment#  ·   Fair (810 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To save your world you asked this man to die;
Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?

W. H. Auden, "Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier", in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (158 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision. Each tends to ascribe to the other side a consistency, foresight and coherence that its own experience belies. Of course, even two blind men can do enormous damage to each other, not to speak of the room.

Henry Kissinger, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (270 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Draft beer, not people.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (892 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998  · 

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harms way.

John Paul Jones, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (344 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

John F. Kennedy, (inaugural speech, 1961), in Law and Politics and War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (1022 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

It was involuntary. They sank my boat.

John F. Kennedy, (comment when asked about his heroism), in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (318 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

John F. Kennedy, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (823 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.

Joseph Heller, Catch-22, in War and Peace

Catch-22 (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Conquering Russia should be done steppe by steppe.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (304 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.

Bill Vaughan, in Law and Politics and War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (825 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

The pen may be stronger than the sword... but I'd rather have a sword in a dark alley.

Andrew Warnick, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (1236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

What a strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

Unknown, (W.O.P.R. computer in War Games), in Success and Failure and War and Peace

War Games (VHS (NTSC))

Comment#  ·   Fair (246 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A nuclear war can ruin your whole day.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (675 ratings)  ·  submitted (updated 1:10)

Always remember your weapons system was made by the lowest bidder

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (230 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

Charles de Gaulle, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (3018 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It was a Roman who said it was sweet to die for one's country. The Greeks never said it was sweet to die for anything. They had no vital lies.

Edith Hamilton, The Greek Way, in Life and Death and War and Peace

The Greek Way (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (337 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

Isaac Asimov, Foundation (Salvor Hardin), in War and Peace and Wisdom and Ignorance

Foundation (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (396 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

When the rich make war it's the poor that die.

Jean-Paul Sartre, in War and Peace and Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (210 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Remember, to them it is us who are the enemy.

N. F. Simpson, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (968 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999  · 

All warfare is based on deception.

Sun Tzu, The Art Of War, in War and Peace

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