• Recalling past wars is the most dangerous thing the nation can do.Too much remembering has lain at the root almost every conflict in Europe's history.

    Danger, Reminiscence, War

  • All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, second time in memory.

    Memory, War

  • Every family is a war, but some are more civil than others.

    Conflict, Families, War

  • The urgency of conflict accelerates the pace of innovation.

    Innovation, Research, War

  • In bygone days we had local wars always at our doors as it were; if one wanted a life of boot and saddle and licence to kill and be killed, those who wish to see life had a decent opportunity for seeing death at the same time.

    Adventure, Soldiers, War

  • Every bullet finds a billet.

    Death, Guns, War

  • In war there are no wounded soldiers.

    casualties, War, wounds

  • Mostly it's fools who start a war. Only the brave and wise can end one.

    Bravery, Foolishness, War

  • The absence of physical exertion in the business of killing a novelty of today.

    Kill, War

  • Warriors are unfashionable people in democratic societies during periods of peace

    Peace, Popularity, Society, War

  • War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.

    Peace, Rulers, Study, War

  • You can't stop war being sexy any more than you can stop sex being sexy

    Sex, War

  • The art of public life consists to a great extent of knowing exactly where to stop and then going a bit further.

    Daring, Government, Politics, War

  • The golden rule of strategy enjoins a careful choosing of ground and opportunity before entering on hostilities

    Enterprise, Strategy, War

  • War is a good thing because it is honest, it admits the central fact of human nature. A nation too long at peace becomes a sort of gigantic old maid.


  • There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.


  • Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.


  • Anything in the papers Jeeves?
    Some slight friction in the Balkans, Sir.


  • As Lord Chesterfield said of the Generals of his day, ’I only hope that when the enemy reads the list of their names, they tremble as I do.’


  • I am in consultation with my editors on the subject. We think it is a very promising little war. A microcosm, you might say, of world drama.


  • Like German opera –too long and too loud.
    [on the war in Crete 1941]