20 Instructive ‘War is’ Quotes

Last updated on Jun 19th, 2024

20 Instructive ‘War is’ Quotes

Throughout history, many wise thinkers have offered insightful perspectives on war, trying to explain its impact and consequences.

This article is a collection of the best educational quotes that offer different lessons and thoughts on what ‘war is.’

War is no strife to the dark house and the detested wife. - William Shakespeare (All's Well That Ends Well Quotes)
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War is no strife to the dark house and the detested wife.William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well (1623)

War is what happens when language fails. - Margaret Atwood (The Robber Bride Book Quotes)
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War is what happens when language fails.Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride (1993), Page 69

War is just politics by other means. - Oswald Cobblepot (Gotham Quotes)
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War is just politics by other means.Oswald Cobblepot, Gotham, S1.Ep4: Arkham

War is the only thing we really understand. - Takeshi Kovacs (Altered Carbon Netflix Series Quotes)
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War is the only thing we really understand.Takeshi Kovacs, Altered Carbon, S1.Ep2: Fallen Angel

War is like love, it always finds a way. - Bertolt Brecht (Mother Courage and Her Children Quotes)
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War is like love: it’ll always find a way.
Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children (1939), Scene 6

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace. - Thomas Mann Quotes
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War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.Thomas Mann, As quoted in This I Believe (1954), by Edward R. Murrow, p. 16

War is the wrong place for good men. - Amos Burton (The Expanse Quotes)
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War is the wrong place for good men.Amos Burton, The Expanse, S6.Ep5: Why We Fight

Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime. - Victor Hugo Quotes
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Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.Victor Hugo, Oration on Voltaire: Delivered at Paris, May 30, 1878 - the One Hundredth Anniversary of His Death (1883), Page 11

War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted, a problem to be met with ambush and stratagem, enveloped or scattered. - T. S. Eliot (London Calling Quotes)
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War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted, a problem to be met with ambush and stratagem, enveloped or scattered.
T. S. Eliot, A Note on War Poetry (1942); in Collected poems 1909-1962 (ed. Faber & Faber, 1963), Page 229

There's always been war. But people quickly get accustomed to peace. So they think it's normal. No, war is what's normal. - Albert Camus (The First Man Quotes)
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There’s always been war. But people quickly get accustomed to peace. So they think it’s normal. No, war is what’s normal.Albert Camus, The First Man (1994)

All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal. - John Steinbeck (Once There Was A War Quotes)
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All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.John Steinbeck, Once There Was A War (1958), An Introduction, Page xx

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Money loves profit. And war is always profitable. - Mr. Wednesday (American Gods Quotes)
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Money loves profit. And war is always profitable.Mr. Wednesday, American Gods, S2.Ep4: The Greatest Story Ever Told

Listen up - there's no war that will end all wars. War breeds war. Lapping up the blood shed by violence, feeding on wounded flesh. War is a perfect, self-contained being. You need to know that. - Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore Quotes)
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Listen up – there’s no war that will end all wars. War breeds war. Lapping up the blood shed by violence, feeding on wounded flesh. War is a perfect, self-contained being. You need to know that.Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore (2002)

War is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought. - Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Quotes)
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War is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought.Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

War's not living. If insanity was a thing you could touch, that's what war is. A letter is a window out of that hell for a minute. But it's a double-edged sword. Missing home and dreaming has killed more soldiers. You want to eat a bullet in battle, you start wishing for a letter. - Spencer Dutton (1923 Yellowstone Series Quotes)
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War’s not living. If insanity was a thing you could touch, that’s what war is. A letter is a window out of that hell for a minute. But it’s a double-edged sword. Missing home and dreaming has killed more soldiers. You want to eat a bullet in battle, you start wishing for a letter.Spencer Dutton, (to Alexandra), 1923, S1.Ep4: War and the Turquoise Tide

As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable. - Albert Einstein (Atomic War or Peace Quotes)
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As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.Albert Einstein, Atomic War or Peace (1945)

War is simple. That's the easy part. Coming home, that's what's hard. - James Reece (The Terminal List Quotes)
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War is simple. That’s the easy part. Coming home, that’s what’s hard.James Reece, (to Layun), The Terminal List, S1.Ep6: Transience

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. - Oscar Wilde (Intentions Quotes)
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As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.Oscar Wilde, Intentions (1891)

War isn't about whether you think you can win, its about being willing to die for something you believe is worth dying for. - Eric Northman (True Blood Series Quotes)
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War isn’t about whether you think you can win, its about being willing to die for something you believe is worth dying for.Eric Northman, True Blood, S4.Ep8: Spellbound

WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH - George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty-Four - 1984 Quotes)
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WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTHGeorge Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), (Harcourt, Brace & World, ed. 1949), Page 5