You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

—Leon Trotsky

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

—Mao Zedong, 1938

War is the child of pride, and pride the daughter of riches.

—Jonathan Swift, 1697

I have loved war too well.

—Louis XIV, 1715

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1773

A dead enemy always smells good.

—Aulus Vitellius, 69

War to the castles; peace to the cottages.

—Nicolas Chamfort, 1790

Soldiers in peace are like chimneys in summer.

—William Cecil, Lord Burghley, c. 1555

I went [to war] because I couldn’t help it. I didn’t want the glory or the pay; I wanted the right thing done.

—Louisa May Alcott, 1863

The fear of war is worse than war itself.

—Seneca, c. 50

I detest war. It spoils armies.

—Grand Duke Constantine of Russia, c. 1820

I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. War is hell.

—William Tecumseh Sherman, 1879

War is sweet to those who don’t know it.

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1508