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No great dependence is to be placed on the eagerness of young soldiers for action...fighting is agreeable to those who are strangers to it.

Vegetius

Modern war and modern civilisation are utterly incompatible...one or the other must go.

Vera Brittain
Brittain was a British WWII-era anti-area-bombing activist. Quote from "Among the Dead Cities," by A.C. Grayling (Walker & Co., 2006).

Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.

Victor Hugo

It would be easier to subjugate the entire universe through force than the minds of a single village.

Voltaire

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

Voltaire

To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.

Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Voltaire

All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

Voltaire

A standing army is a standing menace to liberty.

Voltairine de Clayre

The time has come to stop beating our heads against stone walls under the illusion that we have been appointed policeman to the human race.

Walter Lippmann

War is the only game in which both sides lose.

Walter Scott

We have met the enemy and he is us.

Walt Kelly
Cartoonist, notably of "Pogo." lived 1913-1973.

Make it plain that you have no time for war, that you have more important things to do....let the diplomats and marshals of the earth shoot each other.

Wilhelm Reich
from 'Listen, Little Man'

Freedom is not nurtured by nations preparing for war.

William Appleman Williams

The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.

William Colby, former CIA director
as quoted by Dave McGowan in his book "Derailing Democracy"

War's a game, which, were their subjects wise, Kings would not play at.

William Cowper

The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated.

William Ellery Channing

So long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice...

William Faulkner
from his book "As I Lay Dying"

If you want war, nourish a doctrine. Doctrines are the most frightful tyrants to which men ever are subject...

William Graham Sumner

If [America] becomes militant, it will be because its people choose to become such; it will be because they think that war and warlikeness are desirable.

William Graham Sumner
from 1903

The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.

William O. Douglas
Supreme Court Justice Douglas lived 1898-1980.

Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.

William Penn

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

William Pitt

The greatest crime since World War II has been US foreign policy.

William Ramsey Clark
William Ramsey Clark was US Attorney General under Lyndon B. Johnson

The statesman who yields to war fever...is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

Winston Churchill
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