"War is hell," said William Tecumseh Sherman, before he burned Atlanta to the ground. Indeed, sometimes great anti-war aphorisms come from unlikely sources at unlikely times. The world could use a little peaceful wisdom right now, so I've collected a number of my favorite anti-war quotations here and invite you to submit your favorite anti-war quotes or anti-war posters (my favorite is "Make love, not war".) I'll publish the best of your submissions in the coming weeks.
"I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded... 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
"When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think."
-- Pat Schroeder
"Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die."
-- Herbert Hoover
"I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war."
-- Abbie Hoffman
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."
-- Albert Einstein
"Let us pray that our country will stop this war."
-- U.S. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio)
"After each war there is a little less democracy to save."
-- Brooks Atkinson
"The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure."
-- Lyndon B Johnson
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy."
-- Mahatma Gandhi
"Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important."
-- TS Eliot
"We thought because we had power we had wisdom."
-- Stephen Benet
"The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service."
-- Albert Einstein
"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?"
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind."
-- John F. Kennedy
"Today the real test of power is not the capacity to make war but the capacity to prevent it."
-- Anne O'Hare McCormick
"When the rich make war it's the poor that die."
-- Jean-Paul Sartre
"Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army."
-- Edward Everett
"All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Never has there been a good war or a bad peace."
-- Benjamin Franklin
"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."
-- George McGovern
"Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent."
-- Issac Asimov
"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies."
-- Moshe Dayan
"War, that mad game the world loves to play."
-- Jonathan Swift