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Modern War Quotes

Modern War Quotes by Ezra Pound, Vera Brittain, Winston Churchill, Frank Whittle, Douglas MacArthur, John J. Pershing and many others.

The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
Ezra Pound
Modern war and modern civilisation are utterly incompatible…one or the other must go.
Vera Brittain
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Winston Churchill
A nation’s ability to fight a modern war is as good as its technological ability.
Frank Whittle
I have every confidence in the ultimate success of our joint cause; but success in modern war requires something more than courage and a willingness to die: it requires careful preparation.
Douglas MacArthur
The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!
John J. Pershing
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
Bertrand Russell
Resort to science has rendered modern war so destructive of life and property that it presents a new problem to mankind, such, that unless our civilization shall find some means of making an end to war, war will make an end to our civilization.
John Hessin Clarke
If you want to go anywhere in modern war, in the air, on the sea, on the land, you must have command of the air.
William Halsey
The Great War differed from all ancient wars in the immense power of the combatants and their fearful agencies of destruction, and from all modern wars in the utter ruthlessness with which it was fought.
Winston Churchill
Only a modern army will be able to fight a modern war.
Howard W. Koch
A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
Aldous Huxley
No big modern war has been won without preponderant sea power; and, conversely, very few rebellions of maritime provinces have succeeded without acquiring sea power.
Samuel Eliot Morison
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
Ernest Hemingway
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
Herbert Hoover
Our modern wars make many unhappy while they last and none happy when they are over.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Modern wars are seldom fought without hatred between nations; this serves more or less as a substitute for hatred between individuals.
Carl von Clausewitz
In war, truth is the first casualty.
Even modern wars are fought like revenge tales from some petty grievance.
Jay Roach
Their notion of training was to march the men up and down in parades and reviews: these were nice to look at and gave them the impression of military discipline and precision, but as a preparation for a modern war they had no value whatsoever.
Orlando Figes
Modern war appears as a struggle led by all the State apparatuses and their general staffs against all men old enough to bear arms.
Simone Weil
Aviation is a dynamic profession. The rate of obsolescence of equipment is high and new aircraft have to be placed in inventory periodically in order to stay abreast of the requirements of modern war.
Keith B. McCutcheon
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
George Washington