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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

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

—Jonathan Swift, 1697

As peace is of all goodness, so war is an emblem, a hieroglyphic, of all misery.

—John Donne, 1622

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

—Mao Zedong, 1938

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

—William Tecumseh Sherman, 1879

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1773

You furnish the pictures, and I’ll furnish the war. 

—William Randolph Hearst, 1898

I detest war. It spoils armies.

—Grand Duke Constantine of Russia, c. 1820

I have loved war too well.

—Louis XIV, 1715

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

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

—Leon Trotsky

Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.

—Carl Sandburg, 1936