"If we let people see that kind of thing, there would never again be any war."
Pentagon official explaining why the U.S. military censored graphic footage from the Gulf War
"When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader."
"They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason."
"Older men declare war. But it's the youth who must fight and die!"
"When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die."
"A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon."
"Join the Army! Travel to exotic, distant lands. Meet exciting, unusual people, and kill them."
"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets."
"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."
John F. Kennedy
"The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service."
"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: Mother, what was war?"
"Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace."
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."
"It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers."
"The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living."
Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both."
"We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk."
"Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"You are not going to get peace with millions of armed men. The chariot of peace cannot advance over a road littered with cannon."
David Lloyd George
"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind."
John F. Kennedy
"Either war is obsolete or men are."
R. Buckminster Fuller
"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."
Jeannette Rankin, first woman Member of Congress
"Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent."
"The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations."
"War does not determine who is right - only who is left."
"A great war leaves the country with three armies - an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves."