Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.
more John Stuart Mill quotes
Say not, when I have leisure I will study; you may not have leisure.
more The Mishnah quotes
Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace. It thus repudiates the doctrine of Pacifism -- born of a renunciation of the struggle and an act of cowardice in the face of sacrifice. War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have courage to meet it. All other trials are substitutes, which never really put men into the position where they have to make the great decision -- the alternative of life or death...
more Benito Mussolini quotes
There is no way to peace; peace is the way.
more A. J. Muste quotes
The Constitution supposes what the history of all governments demonstrates, that the executive is the branch of power most interested in war and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the legislature. [If a president is successful in bypassing the Congress] it is evident that the people are cheated out of the best ingredients in the government, the safeguards of peace which is the greatest of their blessings.
more Richard M. Nixon quotes
There never was a good war," said Franklin. There have indeed been many wars in which a good man must take part, and take part with grave gladness to die if need be, a willing sacrifice, thankful to give life for what is dearer than life, and happy that even by death in war he is serving the cause of peace. But if a war be undertaken for the most righteous end, before the resources of peace have been tried and proved vain to secure it, that war has no defense, it is a national crime.
more Charles Eliot Norton quotes
Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
more George Orwell quotes
Practical religion consists in doing good: and the only way of serving God is that of endeavoring to make His creation happy. All preaching that has not this for its object is nonsense and hypocrisy.
more Thomas Paine quotes
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
more Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit quotes
No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
more General George S. Patton, Jr. quotes
It is certain that the two World Wars in which I have participated would not have occurred had we been prepared. It is my belief that adequate preparation on our part would have prevented or materially shortened all our other wars beginning with that of 1812. Yet, after each of our wars, there has always been a great hue and cry to the effect that there will be no more wars, that disarmament is the sure road to health, happiness, and peace; and that by removing the fire department, we will remove fires. These ideas spring from wishful thinking and from the erroneous belief that wars result from logical processes. There is no logic in wars. They are produced by madmen. No man can say when future madmen will reappear. I do not say that there will be no more wars; I devoutly hope that there will not, but I do say that the chances of avoiding future wars will be greatly enhanced if we are ready.
more General George S. Patton, Jr. quotes
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
more General George S. Patton, Jr. quotes
For when they shall say, 'Peace and Safety', then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a women with child; and they shall not escape.
more St. Paul quotes
[Transcription of some of the signs in Washington during the peace march January 18, 2003]
more Peace March Signs quotes
Throughout the history of the United States, war has been the primary impetus behind the growth and development of the central state. It has been the lever by which presidents and other national officials have bolstered the power of the state in the face of tenacious popular resistance.
more Bruce D. Porter quotes
One of the fondest expressions around is that we can't be the world's policeman. But guess who gets called when somebody needs a cop.
more General Colin Powell quotes
It is futile to fight against, if one does not know what one is fighting for.
more Ayn Rand quotes
The surest way to prevent war is not to fear it.
more John Randolph quotes
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
more Jeannette Rankin quotes
War, what is it good for? With the same "socialist" elites backing both sides, it's good for business. It's good for creating chaos and destruction. It's good for launching new global organizations, in the aftermath; organizations that exert a level of control and reach that didn't exist before. It's good for launching organizations like the United Nations and the European Union and the World Trade Organization---dedicated to Globalism, which in turn is dedicated to planned civilization, in which the individual is demeaned and the group is All. Freedom is demeaned; and dominance by the few over the many is hailed as peace in our time.
more Jon Rappoport quotes
A liberal society stands on the proposition that we should all take seriously the idea that we might be wrong. This means we must place no one, including ourselves, beyond the reach of criticism (no final say); it means that we must allow people to err, even where the error offends and upsets, as it often will.
more Jonathan Rauch quotes
There are some who've forgotten why we have a military. It's not to promote war; it's to be prepared for peace.
more Ronald Reagan quotes
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
more Ronald Reagan quotes
Common sense told us that to preserve the peace, we'd have to become strong again after years of weakness and confusion. So, we rebuilt our defenses, and this New Year we toasted the new peacefulness around the globe. Not only have the superpowers actually begun to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons...but the regional conflicts that rack the globe are also beginning to cease.
more Ronald Reagan quotes
The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as well as its interpretation by every major commentator and court in the first half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful manner.
more Report of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary quotes
Diplomats are just as essential in starting a war as soldiers are in finishing it.
more Will Rogers quotes
You can have all the advanced war methods you want, but, after all, nobody has ever invented a war that you don't have to have somebody in the guise of soldiers to stop the bullets.
more Will Rogers quotes
We are the only nation in the world that waits till we get into a war before we start getting ready for it.
more Will Rogers quotes
No triumph of peace can equal the armed triumph of war.
more Theodore Roosevelt quotes
I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.
more Jean-Jacques Rousseau quotes
In March, 1982, Kennesaw, Georgia, passed a mandatory gun ownership ordinance which requires all heads of households to own a firearm—handgun, rifle or shotgun. In 1982, our crime against persons, which include murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault and residential burglary, decreased 74%. In 1983 these same crimes decreased [an additional] 46%. ... I would also like you to be aware that our population has increased in excess of 20% since 1982. We have had no accidents nor incidents involving our citizens with regards to firearms. ... It is a pleasure to see our senior citizens strolling the streets at night without fear of becoming a victim of violent crime.
more Robert L. Ruble quotes
It was not by accident or coincidence that the rights to freedom in speech and press were coupled in a single guaranty with the rights of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition for redress of grievances. All these, though not identical, are inseparable. They are cognate rights, and therefore are united in the first Article’s assurance.
more Judge Wiley B. Rutledge quotes
European merchants supply the best weaponry, contributing to their own defeat.
more Saladin quotes
Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.
more Sallust quotes
Some mistakes cannot be redeemed but by forgiveness.
more Eric Schaub quotes
He who does not enjoy solitude will not love freedom.
more Arthur Schopenhauer quotes
Death is a release from and an end of all pains: beyond it our sufferings cannot extend: it restores us to the peaceful rest in which we lay before we were born. If anyone pities the dead, he ought also to pity those who have not been born. Death is neither a good nor a bad thing, for that alone which is something can be a good or a bad thing: but that which is nothing, and reduces all things to nothing, does not hand us over to either fortune, because good and bad require some material to work upon. Fortune cannot take ahold of that which Nature has let go, nor can a man be unhappy if he is nothing.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
If any one is angry with you, meet his anger by returning benefits for it: a quarrel which is only taken up on one side falls to the ground: it takes two men to fight.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
No man can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
Virtue alone affords everlasting and peace-giving joy; even if some obstacle arise, it is but like an intervening cloud, which floats beneath the sun but never prevails against it.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
We are mad, not only individually, but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much-vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples? There are no limits to our greed, none to our cruelty. And as long as such crimes are committed by stealth and by individuals, they are less harmful and less portentous; but cruelties are practised in accordance with acts of senate and popular assembly, and the public is bidden to do that which is forbidden to the individual. Deeds that would be punished by loss of life when committed in secret, are praised by us because uniformed generals have carried them out. Man, naturally the gentlest class of being, is not ashamed to revel in the blood of others, to wage war, and to entrust the waging of war to his sons, when even dumb beasts and wild beasts keep the peace with one another. Against this overmastering and widespread madness philosophy has become a matter of greater effort, and has taken on strength in proportion to the strength which is gained by the opposition forces.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it.
more William Tecumseh Sherman quotes
I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.
more William Tecumseh Sherman quotes
Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.
more Adam Smith quotes
A nation committed to an open culture will defend human expression and conscience in all its wonderful variety, protecting freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and freedom of peaceful mass protest.
more Rodney A. Smola quotes
Democracy, with its promise of international peace, has been no better guarantee against war than the old dynastic rule of kings.
more Jan C. Smuts quotes
The last person to achieve unambiguous victory in an air war was Zeus.
more Tony Snow quotes
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
more Baruch Spinoza quotes
America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.
more Josef Stalin quotes
[After Communism succeeds] ...then, there will come a peace across the earth.
more Josef Stalin quotes
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