My favorite quotes
From Blackhawk Down
"When I go home, people ask me. "Hey hoot, why do you do it man? Why? You some kind of war junky?" I won't say a god damned word. Why? They won't understand. They won't understand why we do it. They won't understand, it's about the men next to you, and that's it....that's all it is."
"In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons."
-Heroditus, greek historian c. 484-425 B.C.
"Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates."
-F.E. Adcock, British classical scholar
"It is well that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it."
- General Robert E. Lee
War is an art and as such is not susceptible of explanation by fixed formula"
- General George Patton Jr
"He who stays on the defensive does not make war, he endures it"
- Field Marshal Colmar Baron von der Goltz, 1883
"It is war that shapes peace, and armament that shapes war."
- Thomas Fuller
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it. "
- Desiderius Erasmus,
Dutch humanist, ca. 14661536
"I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace is an interlude during war."
- Georges Clemenceau
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."
-General Dwight D. Eisenhower
"War is the continuation of policy(politics) by other means."
- Karl von Clausewitz
"To have good soldiers, a nation must always be at war."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
"Peace is motivated by war and war is motivated by peace."
"Printer's ink has been running a race against gunpowder these many, many years. Ink is handicapped, in a way, because you can blow up a man with gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book keeps exploding for centuries"