Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.
What is evil? - Whatever springs from weakness.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
The evils which sapped the nation's strength had all been wrought in the name of religion.
There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare
From the happy expression on their faces you might have supposed that they welcomed the war. I have met with men who loved stamps, and stones, and snakes, but I could not imagine any man loving war.
In war, as in life, it is often necessary, when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.
The earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind - it is only the difference in the victim.
To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.
Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.
Know your enemy and know yourself and you will always be victorious
Either war is obsolete, or men are.
There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.
Evil has no capital of its own. It is a parasite on goodness.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but theopportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.