I detest war. It spoils armies.

—Grand Duke Constantine of Russia, c. 1820

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

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1508

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

—William Tecumseh Sherman, 1879

I have loved war too well.

—Louis XIV, 1715

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

War to the castles; peace to the cottages.

—Nicolas Chamfort, 1790

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

—Jonathan Swift, 1697

Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.

—Winston Churchill, 1939

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

The fear of war is worse than war itself.

—Seneca, c. 50

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