6 Quotes about War (article and video)

We have collected six notable quotes about war from historical statesmen, soldiers and authors (amongst them Bismarck, Roosevelt and Clemenceau) and present them in an article and a video.

War … is an act of violence to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.

Carl von Clausewitz – “On War” (1832)


No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder – “On Strategy” (1871)


Preventive war is like committing suicide for fear of death.

Otto von Bismarck – Speech to the Reichstag (9 February 1876)


War is too important a matter to be left to the military.

Georges Clemenceau (1919)


I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. […] I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.

Franklin D. Roosevelt – Chautauqua, New York (August 1936)


The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

George Orwell – Polemic (May 1946), “Second Thoughts on James Burnham”


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  • “Death of Kings” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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