War—The Ultimate Quotation Collection
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162 Page Quotation Collection on War
This 162 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on War. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of War, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.
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(14-Year-Old Polish Girl About to be Hanged, Ravensbruck Concentration Camp.)
--Quoted in Howard Blum, Wanted!, 1976
I see little hope for a peaceful world until men are excluded from the realm of
foreign policy altogether and all decisions concerning international relations
are reserved for women, preferably married ones.
--W. H. Auden
At a makeshift morgue, ...guards handed me paper tissues to block some of the smell. Many of the bodies...were mutilated...but one very little girl, I remember, still wore a tidy blue dress, white socks, shiny black shoes, and tiny gold bangles on her wrist. On a slab nearby, a young mother continued to clutch her baby as she had done at the moment they died. [From an Iranian airliner downed by missile fire]
There’s this mistaken notion that wars end, but they don’t end. What about the women that married the veterans and had to sit through silent dinner after silent dinner? Somewhere in this country there’s a 95-year-old woman who will wake up at night and say, ‘Where’s my baby?’ The answer is, her baby has been dead for 45 years. But the war’s not over for that Gold Star mother. It’ll never be over, and you can’t expect it to be over.
With guns you can kill terrorists. With education, you can kill terrorism.
I noticed an old doll baby with only one leg lying by the side of a Federal soldier
just as it dropped from his pocket when he fell writhing in the agony of death. It was obviously a memento of some little loved one at home which he had brought
so far with him and had worn close to his heart on this day of danger and death.
It was strange to see that emblem of childhood, that token of a father’s love lying there amidst the dead and dying…I dismounted, picked it up and stuffed it back into the poor fellow’s cold bosom that it might rest with him in the bloody grave which was to be forever unknown to those who loved and mourned him in his
--Confederate Soldier Charles Minor Blackford
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Two in particular I can see in my mind’s eye to this day. Young kids—very young—with shrapnel wounds. One of the two was silent; the other guy spoke for them both. I asked them to wait while I finished preparing their beds, but they just collapsed together on one unmade bed, too exhausted to keep standing. ‘Take care of my buddy, take care of my buddy,’ said the one who could still talk. I turned to the soldier who hadn’t said a word and noticed he had a chest tube in place with no seal to prevent his lung from collapsing. It was a nightmare scenario, because we didn’t have the right equipment or respirators to help him, and he was already going in and out of consciousness. Another nurse came over, and our faces must have given us away. ‘Is he going to make it?’ the talking soldier asked. I still remember his tired eyes. Now, when he thought he’d gotten his buddy to safety, he suddenly realized how serious things were. ‘Definitely!’ the other nurse and I replied, but in truth we were praying to God that he would make it, and I think his buddy knew that.
That’s when I saw true bravery. Tenderly, the soldier held his buddy’s hand and whispered to him that they had made it, that we would take care of him and that everything would be OK. It was that night that I realized I would never return to being a civilian nurse again, that this was where I wanted to be.
War is one of the constants of history, and has not diminished with civilization and democracy. In the last 3,421 years of recorded history, only 268 have seen no war.
--William and Ariel Durant
The only defensible war is a war of defense.
--Gilbert K. Chesterton
They were learning the reality of war, these youngsters, getting face to face with
the sickening realization that men get killed uselessly because their generals are stupid, so that desperate encounters where the last drop of courage has been given serve the country not at all and make a patriot look a fool.
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