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

—Carl Sandburg, 1936

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1773

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

—Winston Churchill, 1939

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

—John Donne, 1622

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

—William Tecumseh Sherman, 1879

War to the castles; peace to the cottages.

—Nicolas Chamfort, 1790

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

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1508

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

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

—William Randolph Hearst, 1898

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

Soldiers in peace are like chimneys in summer.

—William Cecil, Lord Burghley, c. 1555

I have loved war too well.

—Louis XIV, 1715