War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
When men take up arms to set other men free, there is something sacred and holy in the warfare.
Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.
Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?
As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.
I don't like war. I particularly don't like the celebration of war, which I think the administration is a little bit guilty of.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Know yourself and you will win all battles.
Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.
Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived.
It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of warthat can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
War is over ... If you want it.
To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
A conqueror is always a lover of peace.
There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
The central defect of evil is not sin but the refusal to acknowledge sin.