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

—Leon Trotsky

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

—William Randolph Hearst, 1898

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1773

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

—Carl Sandburg, 1936

A dead enemy always smells good.

—Aulus Vitellius, 69

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

—Erasmus, 1508

I detest war. It spoils armies.

—Grand Duke Constantine of Russia, c. 1820

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

—John Donne, 1622

War to the castles; peace to the cottages.

—Nicolas Chamfort, 1790

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

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

—Jonathan Swift, 1697

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

—William Tecumseh Sherman, 1879

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

—Mao Zedong, 1938