Quotable #77: War and Peace


Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.

(“To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire: they make a desolation and they call it peace.”)

— Tacitus, Agricola, AD 98, translation by William Peterson

“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.” — Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, 1867

“War does not determine who is right — only who is left.” — Montreal Star, quoted in Reader’s Digest, February 1932 (Note: Often misattributed to Bertrand Russell.)

“When we declare war for peace, we may win the war and lose the battle.” — Debasish Mridha

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7 thoughts on “Quotable #77: War and Peace

  1. Those are all excellent quotes. I’ve always wondered why humanity has such great drives to create and destroy. We could make it so much further if we could purge the latter. Not to be confused with purging the ladder because that would also limit us.

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