Classic War Quote

Famous Classic War Quotes

A MQ-1 Predator over COB Speicher at sunset, Tikrit, Iraq.
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Somehow, there is a lot of war in the air nowadays. Don't you think so? Here is a collection of some thoughts on war by authors and poets of previous centuries. Hear what famous people like: Alexander Pope, John Keats, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Browning, and the like had to say about war.

Alexander Pope
And for our country 't is a bliss to die.

Benjamin Franklin
There never was a good war or a bad peace.

Alexander Pope
Impatient straight to flesh his virgin sword.

John Keats
The days of peace and slumberous calm are fled.

Walt Whitman
Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy. Strike with vengeful stroke!

Benjamin Franklin
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.

Robert Browning
He who did well in war just earns the right, To begin doing well in peace.

Walt Whitman
Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost;

Alexander Pope
Our business in the field of fight, Is not to question, but to prove our might.

Benjamin Franklin
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Rudyard Kipling
It's Tommy this an' Tommy that an' "Chuck'im out, the brute," But it's "Savior of'is country," when the guns begin to shoot.

Alexander Pope
Chiefs who no more in bloody fights engage, But wise through time, and narrative with age, In summer-days like grasshoppers rejoice - A bloodless race, that send a feeble voice.

Francis Bacon
Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them, "Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone."