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Comment#  ·   Fair (1221 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Alliance: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others' pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Law and Politics and War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (973 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Cannon: An instrument used in the rectification of national boundaries.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (427 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Coward: one who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.

Ambrose Bierce, in Vice and Virtue and War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (1115 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Riot: A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (232 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I always say that, next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.

The Duke of Wellington, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (550 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I don't know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Albert Einstein, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (810 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To save your world you asked this man to die;
Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?

W. H. Auden, "Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier", in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (610 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.

Hans A. Bethe, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (1236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

What a strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

Unknown, (W.O.P.R. computer in War Games), in Success and Failure and War and Peace

War Games (VHS (NTSC))

Comment#  ·   Fair (246 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A nuclear war can ruin your whole day.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (675 ratings)  ·  submitted (updated 9:10)

Always remember your weapons system was made by the lowest bidder

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Conquering Russia should be done steppe by steppe.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (270 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Draft beer, not people.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (304 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.

Bill Vaughan, in Law and Politics and War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (825 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

The pen may be stronger than the sword... but I'd rather have a sword in a dark alley.

Andrew Warnick, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (344 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

Winston Churchill, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (339 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war.

Winston Churchill, (on Korean War negotiations), in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (354 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.

Winston Churchill, (on formal declarations of war), in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (632 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I prefer the most unjust peace to the most righteous war.

Cicero, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (210 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Remember, to them it is us who are the enemy.

N. F. Simpson, in War and Peace

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