World War I Quotes

World War I Quotes by Oliver North, Edward Abbey, Eisaku Sato, Erik Larson, Elizabeth Bowen, Darryl Pinckney and many others.

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And so, the youngsters you have today, even though there are far fewer of them – in World War II 16.5 million men and women in uniform, today roughly a million in uniform in spite of the fact that the country is almost twice as large a population as we had in World War II.
Oliver North
There never was a good war or a bad revolution.
Edward Abbey
Subsequently, the Japanese people experienced a variety of vicissitudes and were involved in international disputes, eventually, for the first time in their history, experiencing the horrors of modern warfare on their own soil during World War II.
Eisaku Sato
All through the years since World War II, the Japanese people have, I am convinced, made strenuous efforts to preserve and promote world peace, contributing to the progress and prosperity of mankind.
Eisaku Sato
It’s essentially taught in high school and college survey courses as an item on a timeline: ‘The Lusitania was sunk; the U.S. gets into World War I’.
Erik Larson
All my life I have said, “Whatever happens there will always be tables and chairs”–and what a mistake.
Elizabeth Bowen
What happened after World War I was disgraceful. Most veterans, like my great-uncle, were squashed back into place. Congress couldn’t pass an anti-lynching bill. The World War II generation, though, wasn’t going to take it.
Darryl Pinckney
We need to get insurance out of the way and let the consumer interact with their doctor the way they did basically before World War II.
Rand Paul
There are historic examples where a soft domination of certain states worked well. For instance the US, who dominated the Western alliance after World War II – with a giant army, an enormous population, and its globally superior economic power. This role is quite different for Germany today.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski
After the Second World War, I returned to California to study composition with Darius Milhaud, who wrote wonderful works like ‘Le Boeuf sur le Toit’ and ‘La Cretion du Monde.’ I especially enjoy his work for two pianos, ‘Scaramouche.’
Dave Brubeck
[On World War II:] The war, which destroyed so much of everything, was also constructive, in a way. It established clearly the cold, and finally unhypocritical fact that the most important thing on earth to men today is money.
Janet Flanner
I am quite confident that in the foreseeable future armed conflict will not take the form of huge land armies facing each other across extended battle lines, as they did in World War I and World War II or, for that matter, as they would have if NATO had faced the Warsaw Pact on the field of battle.
Norman Schwarzkopf
As a result of World War II, European artists migrated to America, enlarging the scene and diminishing Paris as the center. America was beginning its dominance of the art world with the emergence of the Abstract Expressionists.
Arne Glimcher
In World War II all these countries were completely against each other, complete opposite. Now we’re getting them all together, through the idea of music.
Jimi Hendrix
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained, well-equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely
Dwight D. Eisenhower
In the Second World War, I was a little girl. I was evacuated in my country.
Yoko Ono
Every snapshot collector has obsessions. Some only collect photos of cars. Others like World War II, or babies, or old-timey girls in old-timey swimsuits. I happen to collect the weird stuff: photos that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up a little. The uncanny.
Ransom Riggs
My wife was my greatest asset. I didn’t marry her until after World War II, but she has complemented me in every job I’ve ever had
William Westmoreland
My father was an immigrant who literally walked across Europe to get out of Russia. He fought in World War I. He was wounded in action.
My father was a great success even though he never had money. He was a very determined man, a great role model.
Arlen Specter
One … aspect of the case for World War II is that while it was still a shooting affair it taught us survivors a great deal about daily living which is valuable to us now that it is, ethically at least, a question of cold weapons and hot words.
M. F. K. Fisher
As a soldier, I survived World War I when most of my comrades did not.
Lester B. Pearson
Chlorine is a deadly poison gas employed on European battlefields in World War I. Sodium is a corrosive metal which burns upon contact with water. Together they make a placid and unpoisonous material, table salt. Why each of these substances has the properties it does is a subject called chemistry.
Carl Sagan
Science was blamed for all the horrors of World War I, just as it’s blamed today for nuclear weapons and quite rightly. I mean World War I was a horrible war and it was mostly the fault of science, so that was in a way a very bad time for science, but on the other hand we were winning all these Nobel Prizes.
Freeman Dyson
The American army between world wars after World War I had virtually disintegrated. It was a very small force, given largely to practicing cavalry charges on western outposts.
Rick Atkinson
World War II had been such a tremendous success story for this country that the political and military leadership began to assume that they would prevail simply because of who they were. We were like the British at the turn of the 19th century.
Neil Sheehan
That sense of what happened in Europe in World War II has shaped a lot of my views.
Paul Wolfowitz
We need only look to our Navajo Code Talkers during World War II to see the value that Native languages bring not only to their culture, but to the security of all Americans.
Rick Renzi
Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the world, it is right in the midst of the major energy reserves in the world. Its been a primary goal of US policy since World War II to control what the State Department called “a stupendous source of strategic power” and one of the greatest material prizes in history.
Noam Chomsky
The course of the United States in World War II, I said, was dishonest, dishonorable, and ignominious, and the Sunpapers, by supporting Roosevelt’s foreign policy, shared in this disgrace.
H. L. Mencken
For some stories, it’s easy. The moral of ‘The Three Bears,’ for instance, is “Never break into someone else’s house.’ The moral of ‘Snow White’ is ‘Never eat apples.’ The moral of World War I is ‘Never assassinate Archduke Ferdinand.
Daniel Handler
American diplomats worked closely with the League of Nations. The United States used its considerable influence to settle some of the outstanding issues left over from World War I, and Washington took the lead in negotiating naval limitations in the Pacific.
Margaret MacMillan
We haven’t had a world war in a long time. We do have mass movements of people out of Syria and North Africa. But, fundamentally, if you take Japan, you’re complaining that the economy isn’t booming, they’d like to have slightly higher inflation.
Michael Bloomberg
The fruits of victory are tumbling into our mouths too quickly.
I’m an immigrant to the U.S., and I’ve constantly been thinking about America both from the inside and from the outside. And I’ve come to believe that we’re living at a critical time when the American Dream is in jeopardy and this American Era which began after World War II might be winding down.
Dinesh D’Souza
My own family and thousands of other Japanese Americans were interned during World War II. It took our nation over 40 years to apologize
Michael M. Honda
More Medals of Honor were given for the indiscriminate slaughter of women and children than for any battle in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan.
Aaron Huey
One could reasonably argue that the Turkish pogrom against the Armenians during World War I qualifies as a crime against humanity, as does the United States’ ethnic cleansing of Native Americans.
Sebastian Junger
Ferguson argued that British involvement in World War I was unnecessary, far too costly in lives and money for any advantage gained, and a Pyrrhic victory that in many ways contributed to the end of the Empire.
David Harsanyi
Indeed I do not think we should be justified in using any but the more sombre tones and colours while our people, our Empire, and indeed the whole English-speaking world are passing through a dark and deadly valley.
Winston Churchill
Anyone contemplating world war is certifiably insane, no matter how calm they seem.
Vanna Bonta
In the Somme valley, the back of language broke. It could no longer carry its former meanings. World War I changed the life of words and images in art, radically and forever. It brought our culture into the age of mass-produced, industrialized death. This, at first, was indescribable.
Robert Hughes
I am encyclopaedic on World War II. My dad took me to D-Day beaches when I was a kid. I was there four years ago – every five years they have a remembrance on D-Day beaches and I would have liked to have been there and done my bit.
Eddie Izzard
We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
John Stuart Mill
If hardship brought out the worst in people, the human race wouldn’t have survived. Right after 9/11, for instance, the murder rate actually went down in New York City. In World War II during the Blitz, the civilians of London were bombed almost every night for six months, but psychiatric admissions declined.
Sebastian Junger
I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
George McGovern
As the Pentagon makes plans for the largest troop rotation since World War II, I will work with the Armed Services Committee to help make this proposal a reality.
Mike Rogers
More Irishmen died fighting for Britain in World War I than died fighting against her in all of Ireland’s bids for independence combined.
David Frum
England Their England by AG Macdonell which was written in the thirties and is about a young Scotsman who’s got shell shocked during the First World WarВ… I love it.
Ian Hislop
I did a production of ‘Journey’s End,’ an RC Sherriff play about World War I, at the Edinburgh Festival. I was 18 and it was the first time that people I knew and loved and respected came up to me after the show and said, ‘You know, you could really do this if you wanted to.’
Tom Hiddleston
It’s true, we tend to write about the same thing over and over again because this is our trauma. If I had been in World War II, I might have been writing about D-Day over and over again.
Anne Roiphe
As president, I will ramp up enforcement of trade rules by appointing a new chief trade prosecutor and tripling the number of enforcement officers. We will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment new good paying jobs since World War II.
Hillary Clinton
The enemy of our games was always Japan, and the courses were so thorough that after the start of World War II, nothing that happened in the Pacific was strange or unexpected.
Chester W. Nimitz
So if we announce we’re going to have a no-fly zone, and others have said this. Hillary Clinton is also for it. It is a recipe for disaster. It’s a recipe for World War III. We need to confront Russia from a position of strength, but we don’t need to confront Russia from a point of recklessness that would lead to war.
Rand Paul
The Security Council should be seen as the executive committee of the global security system set up after World War II. Its members, and especially the Permanent 5 (P5), have a special responsibility for international peace and security.
Kofi Annan
We have an Army that hasn’t been in this position since World War II, in terms of levels and in terms of readiness and in terms of everything else. We are not capable like we have to be.
Donald Trump
The whole kind of post-World War I settlement that formed the modern Middle East is in danger of collapsing, and we can – we, the United States, you know, the preeminent power in the world – we can say that we want to ignore that, but how long can we avert our gaze? And how long can we stay out?
Dexter Filkins
The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
I was born on a tiny cot in southwestern Massachusetts during World War II. A sickly child, I turned to photography to overcome my loneliness and isolation.
William Wegman
A country cannot simultaneously prepare and prevent war. I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.
Albert Einstein
The United Nations was founded in the aftermath of World War II, just as the world was beginning to learn the full horrors of history’s worst genocide, the Holocaust that consumed 6 million Jews and 3 million others in Europe.
Linda Chavez
When I was a kid, I was taken to something called Telenews in Cleveland by my best friend’s father. My own father was gone by the time I was 5, I think, but this man would take us to Telenews at the end of World War II, and we’d watch all these newsreels. I’d seen real stuff. That kind of stuck in my mind.
Wes Craven
World War II proved a hypothesis that Alexis de Tocqueville advanced a century before: the war-fighting potential of a democracy is at its greatest when war is most intense; at its weakest when war is most limited. This is a lesson with enduring relevance to our own times – and our own wars.
David Frum
Why should Americans care about the Nazi back story in World War II? If you don’t have the Nazi back story in World War II, World War II is simply not comprehensible.
Peter Bergen
In the first six to twelve months of a war with the United States and Great Britain I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success.
Isoroku Yamamoto
If someone is willing to reconsider the results of World War II, let us discuss this. But then we will have to discuss not only Kaliningrad, but also the eastern lands of Germany, the city of Lvov, a former part of Poland, and so on, and so forth. There are also Hungary and Romania on the list.
Vladimir Putin
The truth is that people – many people are concerned about this, but this is not the first time in America this has happened. There were a significant number of people who didn`t want Jewish refugees before World War II, or even during World War II.
Lawrence O’Donnell
We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
Winston Churchill
Dalai Lama was leading his country during the rigors of World War II, he was in Beijing for a year in 1954; he was up against Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai from the time that he was fifteen. So he’s no newcomer or naive when it comes to politics.
Pico Iyer
Since September 11, it seems to me that never in our lifetime, except possibly in the early stages of World War II, has it been clearer that we have as a source of strength, a source of direction, a source of inspiration – our story.
David McCullough
If liberals had been in charge of the Arizona memorial, it would probably have featured an exhaustive exhibit about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and little about the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Mona Charen
At every stage since World War II, people have assumed that what’s happening today will happen forever. Universally, that’s been wrong. I can’t say in which direction but I do think that what we expect today won’t be what we’ll get in 15 years.
Robert J. Samuelson
World War I broke out largely because of an arms race, and World War II because of the lack of an arms race.
Herman Kahn
We believe US threats of an approaching World War III and their use of Iran’s nuclear issue as an excuse is another form of American insanity.
Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Marine Le Pen seem to have no respect for the institutions that were created after World War II, and they see a potential alliance of populists around the world who would fight Islam and restore a certain semblance of traditional values.
David Brooks
I got a four year scholarship to Harvard, and while I was there they wanted to groom me for work in the Star Wars program designing weapons ignited by hydrogen bombs. I didn’t want to do that. I thought about how many scientists had died in World War II.
Michio Kaku
Surely there is not a capitalist or well-informed person in this world today who believes that [World War I] is being fought to make the world safe for democracy. It is being fought to make the world safe for capital.
Rose Pastor Stokes
In the Crusades, getting the Holy Land back was the goal, and any means could be used to achieve it. World War II was a crusade. The firebombing of Tokyo by Doolittle and the carpet bombing in Germany, especially by the British, showed that.
Stanley Hauerwas
Almost everything about American society is affected by World War II: our feelings about race; our feelings about gender and the empowerment of women, moving women into the workplace; our feelings about our role in the world. All of that comes in a very direct way out of World War II.
Rick Atkinson
Nobody’s interests are served by what’s happening in Syria today. It’s a catastrophe. It’s the worst human catastrophe since World War II. And, as I said just now, it represents a failure of the entire international community to come to grips with solving it.
John F. Kerry
We have the men–the skill–the wealth–and above all, the will…. We must be the great arsenal of democracy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Just as the world war is no white man’s war, but every man’s war, so is the struggle for woman suffrage no white woman’s struggle, but every woman’s struggle.
Carrie Chapman Catt
For my mother, having a family was the most important thing in her life. In the Second World War, it was a challenge – surviving physically and mentally and finding somebody who you loved and who was willing to be with you.
Etgar Keret
As long as colonialism was allowed to reign and fester in Africa, it was going to be a source of tension, if not war, as was evidenced by World War I itself, which, among other things, featured Germany on one side of the barricades and Britain, which had come earlier to the table of colonial plunder, on the other.
Gerald Horne
I hope the World War II generation doesn’t lose that quality that made them so appealing: their modesty, and the way they are always looking forward and seldom back.
Tom Brokaw
It was not the violence of our enemies [in World War I] that would undo us, I thought, but our own spiritual weakness, the shallowness of our convictions.
Learned Hand
Greatest generation came through some stuff that we can’t even imagine – the Depression, World War I – and all they wanted after that was a breather and a calm and a quiet life, and they get us.
P. J. O’Rourke
Ever since World War I, superior force is no longer measured in terms of men or horses, but in the means to wreak destruction.
Saul David
I started with the book ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and then immersed myself in the history of Atlantic City, World War I, the temperance movement, Prohibition, pop culture. I even read the news and magazines of the period just to soak in it. That was before I even started thinking of the story.
Terence Winter
Just take Germany and the suffering of Jews during and after the Second World War. It would be legal to ridicule and to laugh at this suffering, but since it was such a trauma on the European conscience, no one is going to do it. It is an open scar, an open wound, an open reality.
Tariq Ramadan
Nine g’s is good, if the pilot can stand it. We couldn’t stand it. Not in the airplanes of World War II.
Adolf Galland
Post World War II America draws a great deal of interest, but the students also seem to know quite a bit about American exceptionalism and its historical roots.
Mohammad Marandi
I had old bunk beds that my dad got from Seabrook Farms. They were first used by German prisoners during World War II, who were sent to work the farms during the war. The metal beds with their thin mattresses could easily be used as a jungle gym and I loved them.
David Mixner
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The world must know what happened, and never forget.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
I was born in 1923 into a middle class Jewish family in Vienna, a few years after the end of World War I, which was disastrous from the Austrian point of view.
Walter Kohn
[After World War II:] By now we are used to the rubble, which they clear up religiously and indefatigably. What a determination to get on top again! One could admire it, if one would not be afraid that somewhere lurks another Hitler. But you can’t seem to find a single Nazi in Germany! Nobody was one! It was all a dream!
Lotte Lenya
The financial interdependence of the world’s banks is like the interlocking alliances that predated World War I.
Dick Morris
My father, who had lost a brother, fighting on the Austrian side in World War I, was a committed pacifist.
Walter Kohn
My schooling was disrupted by the shortage of labor during World War I. It meant foregoing high school. Then, late in 1921, I entered upon a short course in agriculture at South Dakota State College. I managed to enter college in 1924, and I was permitted to complete my college work in three years.
Theodore Schultz
For a whole historic period after World War II, US capitalism was the strongest in the world and could afford to concede rising living standards.
Kshama Sawant
My father and all my uncles on both sides served in the military in World War II and Korea.
Darrell Issa
I made a French film called “Merry Christmas” which is a very European film. It’s a World War I piece.
Diane Kruger
The casualties in the Civil War amount to more than all other wars – all other American wars combined. More people died in that war than World War II, World War I, Vietnam, etc. And that was a war for white supremacy. It was a war to erect a state in which the basis of it was the enslavement of black people.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Germany was beaten after World War I, but it didn’t take long for it to rise again as a much more malignant threat. The end of World War II was not to be a compromise; it was to come about from the total annihilation of the enemies’ ability and will to make war.
Monica Crowley
If, then, this civilization is to be saved, if it is not to be submerged by centuries of barbarism, but to secure the treasures ofits inheritance on new and more stable foundations, there is indeed need for those now living fully to realize how far the decay has already progressed.
Johan Huizinga
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Winston Churchill
In 1945, just at the end of World War II, the American poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote a remarkable book called The Life of Poetry. In it she says that on any particular day in the world, if poetry ceased to exist, it would immediately be reinvented on that same day.
Adrienne Rich
The Victorians, they were like the Germans in World War II. They could not stop recording details about their lives and their age.
Dan Simmons
Almost everybody wore a curious limpidity of expression, like newborn babies or souls just after death. Dazed but curiously dignified…. after a criseof hysterical revulsion and tiredness, I passed beyondand became entered by a rather sublime feeling.
Elizabeth Bowen
In my view, Germany could and should have made reparations for its aggression in World War I – but was the risk of renewed war worth forcing it to do so?
Margaret MacMillan
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Jeannette Rankin
I don’t think journalists in World War II were objective about the Nazis, and I don’t think they should have been.
Sebastian Junger
Look at World War II, at Hitler’s cruelty. The more cruelty, the more enthusiasm for revolution.
Mao Zedong
Two factors explain our success. One, MIT’s renaissance after World War II as a federally supported research resource. Two, the mathematical revolution in macro- and micro-economic theory and statistics. This was overdue and inevitable, MIT was the logical place for it to flourish.
Paul Samuelson
My father fought in World War I and single-handedly destroyed the Germans’ line of communication. He ate their pigeon.
Frank Carson
What we need to do is follow the axiom of World War II which was ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’ and the media has really got to follow that.
David Hackworth
Television, introduced at the close of World War II, has become a form of electronic heroin, and it isn’t even your trip. They don’t even let you go on your own trip, you get a trip designed by Madison Avenue.
Terence McKenna
Before World War II, I was living a very cloistered existence, as most cartoonists do. The work I was pouring out did not come from any real, personal life experience; this was all the residue of the accumulation of Rafael Sabatini, O. Henry, all the short-story writers that I’d been reading.
Will Eisner
We were the daughters of the post-World War II American dream, the daughters of those idealized fifties sitcom families in which father knew best and mother knew her place and a kind of disappointment, and tense, unspoken sexuality rattled around like ice cubes in their nightly cocktails.
Anne Taylor Fleming
And of course there is so much of World War II that is documented that we never have seen
Oliver North
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
Ernest Hemingway
My favorite period is World War II, and I’m in the middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era.
Ken Follett
President Bush paid homage Wednesday to World War II veterans of Normandy at the D-Day Memorial. Later that night, his twin daughters paid a special tribute to World War II veterans of the Pacific. They each downed two kamikazes.
Argus Hamilton
I was hoping to build a country and add to its literature. That’s why I served in World War II, and that’s why I wrote books.
Kurt Vonnegut
One began to hear it said that World War I was the chemists’ war, World War II was the physicists’ war, World War III (may it never come) will be the mathematicians’ war.
Philip J. Davis
My father Ted fought in North Africa, Italy, and Germany during World War II. My grandfather survived the horrors of the trenches in World War I. I truly believe that one of the E.U.’s greatest achievements is that it has kept its members out of conflict in Europe.
Richard Branson
Last week John McCain said the fundamentals of our economy are strong. This week, he said it’s the worst crisis since World War II. So he suspended his campaign, unless you count doing interviews, airing attack ads, sending out surrogates on TV to attack Obama.
Bill Maher
If France is to be judged, judge her not by the effects of her defeat but by her readiness to sacrifice herself.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
It doesn’t take a military genius to see we’ll all be crispy critters after World War III.
Al Yankovic
The big news is the midterm elections. Last night Republicans picked up a dozen seats in the House to give them their biggest majority since World War II. Or as they put it, ‘Time to party like it’s 1939!’
Jimmy Fallon
European nations began World War I with a glamorous vision of war, only to be psychologically shattered by the realities of the trenches. The experience changed the way people referred to the glamour of battle; they treated it no longer as a positive quality but as a dangerous illusion.
Virginia Postrel
Take the Iraq War,it’s the second worst crime after the Second World War. It’s the first time in history, in the history of imperialism, there were huge demonstrations, before the war was officially launched.
Noam Chomsky
Canada entered World War I as a colony and came out a nation.
Bruce Hutchison
Whatever may be the reason, whether it was that Hitler thought he might get away with what he had got without fighting for it, orwhether it was that after all the preparations were not sufficiently complete–however, one thing is certain: he missed the bus.
Neville Chamberlain
Defend Paris to the last, destroy all bridges over the Seine and devastate the city.
Adolf Hitler
I’ve said it before: War brings out the patriotic bullies. In World War I, they went around kicking dachshunds on the grounds that dachshunds were ‘German dogs.’ They did not, however, go around kicking German shepherds.
Molly Ivins
You only have to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down.
Adolf Hitler
Every honor is appropriate for the courageous Americans who made the supreme sacrifice for our Nation at Pearl Harbor and in the many battles that followed in World War II. Their sacrifice was for a cause, not for conquest; for a world that would be safe for future generations. Their devotion must never be forgotten.
Ronald Reagan
The World War II generation believed the United States could do anything – anything… And Vietnam was a shattering experience for everyone.
Richard Holbrooke
In our world, in our pre-World War III condition, meditation is considered a cult activity and people who practice self-discovery are actually persecuted and ridiculed.
Frederick Lenz
World War II is the greatest drama in human history, the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil. I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it, and readers will continue to love them, for many more years.
Ken Follett
Leonid Breznev was an old man and despite his own military experience in World War II, he on the other hand was not very close to the military.
Helmut Schmidt
The Anarchists set off World War I with a gunshot in Sarajevo – but they faded away. It wasn’t that the police drove them out of business. The ideology had nowhere to go except into permanent negativity.
Pete Hamill
There was a time when liberalism was identified with anti-Communism. But the Vietnam War led liberals into the arms of the Left, which had been morally confused about Communism since its inception and had become essentially pacifist following the carnage of World War I.
Dennis Prager
After World War I, while France and other Allies were building military defenses modeled on trench warfare, German commanders were shaping a nimble fighting force.
Charles Duhigg
The threat of a world war is no more.
Mikhail Gorbachev
I read “Women Heroes of World War I” and was absolutely astonished. When we imagine women serving in the First World War, mostly we think of Red Cross nurses, but here I was reading about women serving as front-line soldiers, women serving as war journalists . . . and women who worked undercover as spies.
Kate Quinn
More than 55,000 men from Bomber Command lost their lives, of whom 38,000 were British. That’s one in 10 of all the British servicemen lost in the Second World War. It beggars belief that there has not been some recognition for what they gave until now.
Carol Vorderman
I was going to public school in the post-World War II, the grey doldrum years. But I was in this extraordinary environment of Manhattan, of Greenwich Village, of bohemian parents.
Anne Waldman
My plan is based on growing the economy, giving middle-class families many more opportunities. I want us to have the biggest jobs program since World War II, jobs in infrastructure and advanced manufacturing.
Hillary Clinton
My great uncle Pvt. Tommy Rooney, USMC, was killed on Guam during the Pacific Campaign in World War II. I was named after him, so I always thought about him and wearing the uniform. The JAG Corps gave me that opportunity after law school.
Tom Rooney
World War III is a guerrilla information war with no division between military and civilian participation.
Marshall McLuhan
The Japanese couldn’t have been all bad during World War II. Look at all the movies Hollywood was able to make on account of them. The Indians weren’t the only bad guys. Thanks to the Japanese and Geronimo, John Wayne became a millionaire.
Pat Morita
I’m a bit embarrassed about how little I know about the First World War. I didn’t even know that tanks were used in it.
Guy Martin
There is no doubt that the course and character of the feared ‘European war’… will become the first world war in the full sense of the word.
Ernst Haeckel
Reversing global warming will take a World War II level of mobilization. It is the work of tens of millions, not hundreds of thousands.
Van Jones
Germany collapsed as a result of having engaged in a struggle for empire with the concepts of provincial politics.
Albert Camus
The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace. Everything it does which helps prevent World War III is good. Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
When antibiotics became industrially produced following World War II, our quality of life and our longevity improved enormously. No one thought bacteria were going to become resistant.
Bonnie Bassler
The guys who won World War II and that whole generation have disappeared, and now we have a bunch of teenage twits.
Clint Eastwood
The German air offensives against British cities in World Wars I and II not only failed to coerce the United Kingdom to surrender, but Germany also lost both wars.
John Mearsheimer
World War I was not inevitable, as many historians say. It could have been avoided, and it was a diplomatically botched negotiation.
Richard Holbrooke
Saudi Arabia has said that if the US-led coalition against Daesh is prepared to engage in ground operations, we will be prepared to participate with special forces. The Russians say their objective is to defeat Daesh, too. If the deployment of ground troops helps in the fight against Daesh, why is that World War III?
Adel al-Jubeir
The assertion that it is the intention of the German Reich to coerce the Austrian State is absurd!
Adolf Hitler
We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy.
Joe Baca
In Britain and Europe, no event is less forgotten than World War I, or ‘The Great War,’ as it was called until 1939.
Michael Korda
December 7, 1941. A date which will live in infamy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
As [John] Tolkien himself said, the story [Lord of the Ring ] is not allegorical. He said so when people tried to make analogies to World War II and the fight against Hitler and his fascist coalition.
Viggo Mortensen
I don’t feel I was “born American,” but my homeland was denied to me after the end of World War II and I craved something I could identify with.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
After World War II society had to settle back for a moment before it picked up the 20th century.
Stella Blum
By interviewing at least one veteran, you can preserve memories that otherwise might be lost. My uncle was a downed fighter pilot and P.O.W. in World War II, and I am looking forward to recording his story for inclusion in the project.
Spencer Bachus
The reality of Canadian history is that we’ve been willing to do the important things the world demanded of us: fighting in World War II, in Korea, in the Balkans, where we were involved in offensive military operations, and in Afghanistan, where we have made disproportionate contributions.
Chris Alexander
“Red Dawn” was a movie made in 1984 I think about World War III. If you have not seen it and plan on watching it, you want to close your eye and cover your ears but not really. You can figure it out.
Rachel Maddow
No one is immune from the larger events of his or her time – the Depression, World War II, civil rights, Vietnam, the spring of 1989 in China. These events intrude upon our lives and radically affect our directions.
Paul Tsongas
When General Allenby conquered Jerusalem during World War I, he was hailed in the American press as Richard the Lion-Hearted, who had at last won the Crusades and driven the pagans out of the Holy Land.
Noam Chomsky
Sometimes I wish eastern Congo could suffer an earthquake or a tsunami, so that it might finally get the attention it needs. The barbaric civil war being waged here is the most lethal conflict since World War II and has claimed at least 30 times as many lives as the Haiti earthquake.
Nicholas D. Kristof
[Franklin Delano] Roosevelt was the central world figure in the two great disasters of this century – the Great Depression and World War II. By contrast, JFK came in relatively peaceful, agreeable times.
John Kenneth Galbraith
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
John F. Kennedy
The explosion of the Web and digital media from 1995 to 2000 shook companies more profoundly in a shorter time than anything since the end of World War II.
Kevin Maney
Most US presidents since World War II have led military actions without a declaration of war by Congress, though most, if not all, have properly consulted and sought support from Congress. That is the wise thing to do.
Donald Rumsfeld
First, separate ground, sea and air warfare is gone forever. This lesson we learned in World War II. I lived that lesson in Europe. Others lived it in the Pacific. Millions of American veterans learned it well.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
I feel like I came from a generation where… We didn’t have Vietnam. We didn’t have World War II. Nothing cultural was thrust upon us to make men out of us, so you’re kind of free to not grow up that way if you don’t want to.
Greg Mottola
World War I was the deadliest conflict the world had ever known. Veterans Day originated from the American people recognizing that a heavy debt of gratitude was due to the veterans of that brutal conflict.
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Since the end of the World War II, the United States has fought three “small” wars…we lost all three of them and for the same reason-hubris.
Andrew Greeley
There are a number of World War II historians I admire: Cornelius Ryan, Mark Stoler, Antony Beevor, to name a few. As for generals, there are those I admire as combat leaders and others I admire because they’re great fun to write about.
Rick Atkinson
Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it.
George S. Patton
My brother and sister are both older than I am and were born before my father went off to World War I.
Douglass North
I mean science was blamed for all the horrors of World War I, just as it’s blamed today for nuclear weapons and quite rightly.
Freeman Dyson
As a privileged survivor of the First World War, I hope I may be allowed to interject here a deeply felt tribute to those who were not fortunate enough to succeed, but who shared the signal honor of trying to the last to salvage peace.
Rene Cassin
I only take vitamin B complex. Before World War II, I used to take ionized yeast, because in the pre-war era we never heard about vitamins.
John Gokongwei
When I was a child in the Navy during World War II, I was perennially grateful to the armed services libraries for having on hand a good supply of those pocket books, which were so common in that period. I must have read a couple hundred of them, and they did a lot to save my sanity.
James A. Michener
I think the reaction to a World War II situation would be the same today as it was in 1942. Initially, people would question, but once patriotism got stirred up, the whole thing would gather momentum and we’d all pull together.
Parker Stevenson
The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.
Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon
History counts its skeletons in round numbers.
A thousand and one remains a thousand,
as though the one had never existed:
an imaginary embryo, an empty cradle,

emptiness running down steps toward the garden,
nobody’s place in line.
Wislawa Szymborska
All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.
Benjamin Franklin
I consider Ronald Reagan one of the greatest U.S. presidents since the World War II because of his staunch resistance to Communism and his efforts to defend human rights.
Yelena Bonner
This nation should be less worried about putting the Vietnam syndrome behind us than restarting the World War II victory syndrome that resulted in the Vietnam syndrome in the first place.
Karl Marlantes
What the end of the carnage of World War II meant to those who remember it, can never be forgotten, but to all those who don’t, its meaning can never be fully understood!
Calvin Coolidge
The notion of a neutral, mainstream national media gained dominance only in World War II and in its aftermath, when what turned out to be a temporary moderate consensus came to govern the country.
Howard Fineman
We want to get the hell over there. The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit.
George S. Patton
Also, any older song, especially any World War II songs remind me of Mama. She goes around the house either whistling or singing all the time. It drives my sister Alice crazy when we’re playing games and Mama does that while it’s Alice’s turn!
Reba McEntire
I had read a lot of books on World War II, but I didn’t know that downed airmen had hiked over the frozen peaks of the Pyrenees Mountains in shoes that didn’t fit, in clothes that weren’t warm enough, with German and Spanish patrols searching for them.
Megan Chance
We really have to work hard to remind people even though this is far away, that’s it’s probably the most generous thing governments have ever come together to do. Since World War II, this new institution is the only one that’s emerged and is saving all these lives.
Bill Gates
Having the United Kingdom in the European Union gives us much greater confidence about the strength of the transatlantic union and is part of the cornerstone of institutions built after World War II that has made the world safer and more prosperous.
Barack Obama
I can predict with absolute certainty that within another generation there will be another world war if the nations of the world do not concert the method by which to prevent it.
Woodrow Wilson
I play an 89-year-old man whose wife has Alzheimer’s in a movie called ‘Still.’ I play a World War II veteran, I acted with my son and it’s called ‘Memorial Day.’
James Cromwell
The result of this anti-classical revolution you had just before World War I was that today, almost all the economic growth in the last decade has gone to the One Percent. It’s gone to Wall Street, to real estate.
Michael Hudson
Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II
William Blum
No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
George S. Patton
We experienced similar fears in the 1880s, at the end of World War I and II. And we ran out in the 1970s.
Daniel Yergin
It was 1943. The U.S. had already entered World War II, so I decided to join the army.
Lloyd Alexander
The international order established at the end of World War II could certainly have been worse. However, this order did contain certain factors which bore within them the seeds of instability.
Eisaku Sato
If we were building our navy, rather than reducing our navy to pre-World War I levels, China would not be thinking about increasing its navy to take over the South China Sea.
Rudy Giuliani
I am imprinted with the whole sense of European history, especially German history, going back to World War I, which really destroyed all the old values and culture. My grandparents had been reasonably well-off but they became quite poor, living in an attic apartment.
Lisel Mueller
German people get very uptight if you mention World War II. Germans today feel that what’s past is past, new generations don’t really remember it.
Donna Summer
The Philippines was with the U.S. in the Second World War, in the Korean War, in the Vietnam War, and now in the war against terrorism.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Two hundred years ago the first liberal economist, Adam Smith, warned businessmen that they could absorb only a certain amount of rigidity. In the easy days after World War II… wage rises could be financed out of inflationary price increases.
John Chamberlain
The kind of group mentality that we had lived under since the Second World War is starting to erupt, and the craving for individualism is now much stronger. It’s not as taboo anymore, as it was when I was younger.
Nicolas Winding Refn
After World War I the resentment of the working class against all that it had to suffer was directed more against Morgan, Wall Street and private capital than the government.
C. L. R. James
Regional interest rate differentials persisted until around the time of World War I and helped shape the attitudes of Americans living in western areas toward the nation’s financial system.
Jerome Powell
During World War II, the Nazis put their victims into gas chambers and then incinerated them in ovens. While the Nazis took their victims to the incinerators, those who possess and threaten to use nuclear weapons plan to take these weapons – these portable incinerators – to the victims.
David Krieger
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
Winston Churchill
We learned the value of research in World War II.
Amar Bose
It was right after Woodrow Wilson’s first serious post-World War I repression, which deported thousands of people, effectively destroyed unions and independent press, and so on. Right after that, the anti-immigration law was passed that remained in place until the 1960s.
Noam Chomsky
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein
The descendants of Holy Roman Empire monarchies became feeble-minded in the twentieth century, and after World War I had been done in by the democracies; some were kept on to entertain the tourists, like the one they have in England.
Ishmael Reed
I read everything that Tolkien wrote, and also read biographies of him. I was fascinated by his experiences in World War I, which includes the loss of life of some of his very, very close friends. I think he writes about that a lot in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’
Richard C. Armitage
World War II was a must win.
Marv Levy
You go back and look at things like Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, a lot of people dying in state-sponsored arm conflict
Juan Williams
You have to decide in advance whether you’re ready go to war. If you guys are ready to send a million troops into Ukraine and fight World War III, you’re going to do it without my support because I think that’s a really foolish notion.
Rand Paul
There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
Havelock Ellis
The first modern propaganda agency was the British Ministry of Information a century ago, which secretly defined its task as “to direct the thought of most of the world” – primarily progressive American intellectuals, who had to be mobilized to come to the aid of Britain during World War I.
Noam Chomsky
Britain kept its position as the dominant world power well into the 20th century despite steady decline. By the end of World War II, dominance had shifted decisively into the hands of the upstart across the sea, the United States, by far the most powerful and wealthy society in world history.
Noam Chomsky
Until the Second World War, it was unthinkable for a married woman of the working or middle class to disgrace her husband by working after marriage, because her employment indicated that he was a poor provider
Sandra Scarr
We lived through a relatively golden age between the end of World War II and Sept. 11, 2001.
Amos Oz
Aeroplanes interested me, and at the outbreak of the Second World War, I joined the RAF as a volunteer reservist. I took the opportunity of studying the books which the RAF made available for radio mechanics and looked forward to an interesting course in radio.
Godfrey Hounsfield
Singapore could only be taken after a siege by an army of at least 50,000 men. It is not considered possible that the Japanese would embark on such a mad enterprise.
Winston Churchill
When I appeared before the draft board examiner during World War II, he asked me if I thought I could kill. “I don’t know about strangers,” I replied, “but friends, certainly.”
Oscar Levant
All of us who grew up before World War II are immigrants in time, immigrants from an earlier world, living in an age essentially different from anything we knew before.
Margaret Mead
I joined the army on my seventeenth birthday, full of the romance of war after having read a lot of World War I British poetry and having seen a lot of post-World War II films. I thought the romantic presentations of war influenced my joining and my presentation of war to my younger siblings.
Walter Dean Myers
For the average person, all problems date to World War II; for the more informed, to World War I; for the genuine historian, to the French Revolution.
Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
There were two writer’s unions in those days[ during World War II ] , the studio-friendly guild called the Screen Playwrights, and the more activist Writer’s Guild. The studios were fairly upset that their group wasn’t effective, and they sought to punish the other union by labeling them as Communists.
Jay Roach
My father had wanted to be a commercial artist. He got as far as being a photographer in the army in World War II, but he was always a Sunday painter. At a certain point, he gave me his oil paints and I messed around with them, having no idea what I was doing.
David Salle
I can only see death and more death, till we are black and swollen with death.
D. H. Lawrence
When I see what is happening all over the world today – the violence – the stupid, arrogant, grotesque violence that is dominating humankind. I cannot not remember that there were other times, of course [the Second World War]. I never compare.
Elie Wiesel
The thing about World War II is that everyone knows about the concentration camps in Europe – in Nazi Germany and Poland and Auschwitz and the other camps – but, no one really talks about the camps that were here in the United States.
Lea Salonga
Americans, particularly after World War II, tended to romanticize war because in World War II our cause was the cause of humanity, and our soldiers brought home glory and victory, and thank God that they did. But it led us to romanticize it to some extent.
Neil Sheehan
We got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel. So I’ve told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.
George W. Bush
I have the manual, and the sad thing is that many of the techniques are exactly the same ones with a few enhancements by the US since World War II. So the role of our European allies and others has just really disappointed me greatly.
Ray McGovern
I wonder how many people would have thought at the end of World War II that the capitalist system would be one that was meeting the challenges and making things better for people as we approach the 21st century.
Sanford I. Weill
Donald Trump very clearly said America first. That is a traditional right wing, but also very isolationist. That takes us back to the era of the 1920s, when there were immigration restrictions, and also to the isolationism before World War II.
Sam Tanenhaus
[I]f you look at United States history since World War II, you find that of the 10 presidents who preceded Barack Obama, seven left office with a debt ratio lower than when they came in. Who were the three exceptions? Ronald Reagan and the two George Bushes.
Paul Krugman
America is always fighting. We’re the one that wants to go to World War III with Russia over Ukraine. So we’re the ones always fighting. We’re the ones putting up a lot of the money for NATO disproportionately – a lot.
Donald Trump
Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour,
And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping,
With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power,
To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping.
Rupert Brooke
By the 1880s, baseball was entrenched in the Cape’s sandy soil. Semipro teams, commonplace before World War I, were organized into the first Cape Cod League in 1923 – Orleans joined the four original teams five years later. By 1940, the league had foundered on financial shoals and disbanded.
Jane Leavy
I had been a guerrilla leader in World War II. And I used to say that the way to fight the guerrilla was with guerrillas. And I disbelieved that you could by bombing, ah, have any effect on the supplies coming down through the Ho Chi Minh trails.
Roger Hilsman
Anyone who experienced World War I close-hand was grossed out by it forever. It just was so awful.
Amity Shlaes
From 1965 to 1973, more munitions fell on Cambodia than on all of World War II Japan, including the two nuclear bombs of August 1945.
Sophal Ear
At the end of the century, humans will look back at our impact on the planet and World War II will be a footnote compared to us presiding over the largest loss of biodiversity since a meteor hit the planet sixty-five million years ago.
Louie Psihoyos
My grandfather was a general in the Nationalist Chinese Air Force during World War II, and I grew up hearing the pilot stories and seeing pictures of him in uniform.
Eric Liu
I have no patience with anyone born after World War II. You have to explain everything to these people.
Selma Diamond
Declarations of war have never been a constitutional requirement for military action abroad. The United States has used force abroad more than 130 times, but has only declared war five times – the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II.
John Yoo
The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain.
Peggy Noonan
Our generation, like the one before us, must choose. Without the threat of the Cold War, without the pain of economic ruin, without the fresh memory of World War II’s slaughter, it is tempting to pursue our private agendas — to simply sit back and let history unfold. We must resist the temptation.
William J. Clinton
I remember hearing the song when I was 12 or 14 in – it must have been in Chicago, ’cause we didn’t have a radio on the farm, and it was during the second World War. I had three brothers in that war who went overseas.
Abbey Lincoln
“World War III, was the Cold War, and the U.S. won it”.
Norman Podhoretz
John Wayne was just a very conservative guy, who had not served in World War II, and he was defensive about that – he almost overcompensated his anti-Communism because of that reason.
Jay Roach
History demonstrates that previous military drawdowns invited aggression by our enemies. After World War I, America drew down forces until the U.S. Army had fewer than 100,000 men in uniform. That weakness invited Nazi aggression in Europe and the imperial Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.
Frank Gaffney
I’ve played a super soldier, a doctor, a World War II fighter pilot, a professional footballer, and a meth-dealing junkie. All those things allow you to educate yourself about different worlds that you have to get familiar with.
Robert Kazinsky
I did not believe in the war. I thought it was wrong to go into any war. And I got to the war, and saw the Germans, and I changed my mind. I decided we were right going into World War II.
Andy Rooney
History knows no greater display of courage than that shown by the people of the Soviet Union.
Henry L. Stimson
Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.
Carl Sandburg
According to the international organization for migration, more than 1 million migrants have arrived in Europe this year, the most since World War II. Half of them were Syrian.
Lawrence O’Donnell
The enemy must be annihilated before he reaches our main battlefield. We must stop him in the water, destroying all his equipment while it is still afloat!
Erwin Rommel
The modern Middle East was largely created by the British. It was they who carried the Allied war effort in the region during World War I and who, at its close, principally fashioned its peace. It was a peace presaged by the nickname given the region by covetous British leaders in wartime: ‘The Great Loot.’
Scott Anderson
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
Albert Einstein
My parents came to this country after World War II, Jews from Czechoslovakia who had survived Auschwitz and Dachau. They settled with my sister in rural Ohio in the 1950s, where my dad became the town doctor and I was born.
Julie Salamon
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In terms of any sacrifices at the time [of World War II], I was somewhat protected living on a small farm where there was food, different perhaps from living in a city environment. I know such things as gas rationing did exist, but it wasn’t anything that interfered with my daily activity.
Paul Smith
No one ever mentioned it, but thousands of men welcomed World War II as a way to escape their humdrum lives rather than a chance to fight for God and country.
Art Buchwald
German people are essentially pacifists. Many still remember the experience of World War II. And they may not have seen Saddam Hussein as evil a person as a lot of other people have.
George W. Bush
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan… We will gain the inevitable triumph so help us God.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
We’ve been in the nation-building business since World War I, and especially since WWII. The goal is not a Jeffersonian Democracy in Afghanistan, but a representative government that respects human rights, protects its own people, and is a friend of the West. These are very realistic – and necessary – goals.
Oliver North
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
Jimi Hendrix
On the eve of World War I, an estimated two million Armenians lived in the Ottoman Empire. Well over a million were deported and hundreds of thousands were simply killed.
Eliot Engel
Did it [cocaine] for about eight years. Not a terribly long time to be an addict I guess, but it is longer than World War II.
Stephen King
Raising taxes is the last thing we should do amid the weakest economic recovery since World War II. Unfortunately, even if we avoid the full ‘Taxmageddon’ scenario, President Obama’s health care law also contains a new surtax on investment that will take effect in 2013.
John Cornyn
I’ll come back as soon as I can with as much as I can. In the meantime, you’ve got to hold!
Douglas MacArthur
I realized how for all of us who came of age in the late sixties and early seventies the war was a defining experience. You went o r you didn’t, but the fact of it and the decisions it forced us to make marked us for the rest of our lives, just as the depression and World War II had marked my parents.
Linda Grant
It could be said that all armed conflicts are a ludicrous and shameful waste of lives, but World War I has a special place in the history of futility – a war without clear purpose, a war whose resolution would ultimately make the world a far worse place.
Scott Spencer
You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle.
James Cagney
I get offered a lot of science fiction work and there is a new project in the pipeline called Master Race, set in World War II, but thats a little way off yet.
Jeremy Bulloch
I actually love history. I’ve devoured book after book of stories from World War I and World War II. They’re really two sections of world history that really interest me. I knew very extensively a lot about World War I.
Celine Buckens
Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow, slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?
Tom Hanks
I’m not a World War II buff. I know a little bit about it, I was taught the other side of the story in school, so it was unfamiliar to me, the idea of a German resistance, and yet it was considerable.
Bill Nighy
The advent of electronically synthesized sound after World War II has unquestionably had enormous influence on music in general.
George Crumb
It cost about 75 cents to kill a man in Ceasar’s time. The price rose to about $3,000 per man during the Napoleonic wars; to $5,000 in the American Civil War; and then to $21,000 per man in World War I. Estimates for the future wars indicate that it may cost the warring countries not less than $50,000 for each man killed.
Homer Bone
This is not a must-win; World War II was a must-win (Referring to the Super Bowl)
Marv Levy
I realize it is normal to argue. I almost missed World War II watching my parents fight.
Phyllis Diller
[During a pre-war interview with Hitler when he screamed at her, ‘The Jews! The Jews! What are you doing about the Jews in America?’:] Why nothing. We think we’re just as good as they are.
Anne O’Hare McCormick
I had two family members involved in World War I: two great-uncles. One of them is on a memorial in France. And the other was a trench runner who survived the war. The average life span of a trench runner was 36 hours, but he survived the whole war.
Ben Barnes
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
In the years after World War I, blacks began to migrate to the North and its imagined freedoms in great numbers – ‘Russian’ came to mean a black who had rushed from the South.
Darryl Pinckney
War’s tragedy is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
when the German propaganda tries to be winsome it is like a clown with homicidal mania – ludicrous and terrifying both at once.
Sylvia Townsend Warner
My graduate study was interrupted, like that of many others, by World War II.
Kenneth Arrow
In fact, the big steps forward for advertising, especially after World War I were when government just began employing the tools of advertising for its own purposes to get people to join the army and other things.
Tim Wu
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’
Winston Churchill
The attitude of the American public toward the external projection of American power has been much more ambivalent. The public supported America’s engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
What saved the economy, and the New Deal, was the enormous public works project known as World War II, which finally provided a fiscal stimulus adequate to the economy’s needs.
Paul Krugman
When the Defense Department was established after World War II, a law said that any defense secretary with military experience must have been out of the military at least seven years. General [James] Mattis doesn’t meet that.
Steve Inskeep
Dunkirk has fallen… with it has ended the greatest battle of world history. Soldiers! My confidence in you knew no bounds. You have not disappointed me.
Adolf Hitler
I can only tell you this and I used to speak about it all the time, we have a Navy that hasn’t been in this position since World War I.
Donald Trump
After World War II the Republicans – the Wall Street crowd – were very worried about a depression coming back. They hated Franklin Roosevelt in that crowd, my father among them. And there was a great fear in ’46 that we’d fall back into the pits. And they always wanted to break up the Roosevelt legislation.
Oliver Stone
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
I was trying to do like a spaghetti western but using World War II iconography.
Quentin Tarantino
The only way to win World War III is to prevent it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
What is needed now is a transformation of the major systems of production more profound than even the sweeping post-World War II changes in production technology.
Barry Commoner
There’s no telling what might have happened to our defense budget if Saddam Hussein hadn’t invaded Kuwait that August and set everyone gearing up for World War II. Can we count on Saddam Hussein to come along every year and resolve our defense-policy debates? Given the history of the Middle East, it’s possible.
P. J. O’Rourke
It took us 50 months in Germany, post World War II to go from the end of the war to a national election.
Frank Carlucci
Largely, as a result of the policies and priorities of the Reagan administration, more people are becoming poor and staying poor in this country than at any time since World War II.
Bryant Gumbel
The governments of the Western nations, whether monarchical or republican, had passed into the invisible hands of a plutocracy, international in power and grasp. It was, I venture to suggest, this semi-occult power which….pushed the mass of the American people into the cauldron of World War I.
J. F. C. Fuller
The effect of AIDS was like a war in a minute country. Like, in World War I, a whole generation of Englishmen died all at once. And with AIDS, a whole generation of gay men died practically all at once, within a couple of years.
Fran Lebowitz
Without good grammar, the United States would have lost World War II.
Dave Barry
For thousands of years, most marriages were in Stage I–survival-focused. After World War II, marriages increasingly flirted with Stage II–a self-fulfillment focus… Love’s definition is in a transition.
Warren Farrell
Throughout history, from Abyssinians and Greeks onward, artists, sculptors, and architects have worked together. I find this post – World War II thing, this segmentation of the arts, so lame. It’s the laming of the arts.
Peter Marino
There was a belief after World War I that painting could be an act of civil revolt. I want this exhibition, ‘New Museum,’ to be an act of civil disobedience. It’s not so much about the New Museum on the Bowery, but the idea of challenging museums as projections of cultural authority. It’s painting as insurgency.
Richard Phillips
I started with the book Boardwalk Empire and then immersed myself in the history of Atlantic City, World War I, the temperance movement, Prohibition, pop culture. I even read the news and magazines of the period just to soak in it. That was before I even started thinking of the story.
Terence Winter
World War III would become a great possibility, but such a scenario is quite possible under any new US administration… To answer your question: business as usual.
Andre Vltchek
Honestly, I really didn’t want to take on World War II France, but when I came across the story of a nineteen-year-old Belgian woman who created an escape route out of Nazi-Occupied France, I was hooked.
Megan Chance
I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II.
Audrey Hepburn
When I was a youngster growing up in South Dakota, we never referred to the national debt, it was always referred to as the war debt because it stemmed from World War I.
George McGovern
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
Winston Churchill
John Glenn’s father, known as Herschel, was mostly deaf from injuries in World War I. To help out at home, young Glenn sold rhubarb all over town from the family garden.
Bill Dedman
When I went back to visit my native Berlin after World War II, I noticed that the only thing I really remembered from my childhood Berlin days is the shoe store.
Lukas Foss
The United States has used force abroad more than 130 times, but has only declared war five times – the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II.
John Yoo
Speaking as somebody who is half English and half Hungarian, World War I still seems to me a familiar and seismic event, as if it had only just ended.
Michael Korda
Yes, peace can and must be won, to save the world from the terrible destruction of World War III.
Paul Robeson
After World War II, the major estates really did collapse.
Hugh Bonneville
If you look at the history of technology over a couple hundred years, it’s all about time compression and making the globe smaller. It’s had positive effects, all the ones that we know. So we’re much less likely to have the kind of terrible misunderstandings that led to World War I, for example.
Eric Schmidt
One hundred years after the entry of American forces into World War I, the transatlantic bond between the United States and Europe is as strong as ever and maybe, in many ways, even stronger.
Donald Trump
My parents, like others of “The Greatest Generation” who lived through the Great Depression and World War II, wanted to provide the best possible life for their children. My mother and father both attended college but dropped out to earn a living during the Depression, working the rest of their lives at blue-collar work.
Dan Millman
By the 1950s The Novel had become a nationwide tournament. There was a magical assumption that the end of World War II in 1945 was the dawn of a new golden age of the American Novel, like the Hemingway-Dos Passos-Fitzgerald era after World War I.
Tom Wolfe
“World War III, was the Cold War”.
R. James Woolsey, Jr.
The D-Day moniker wasn’t invented for the Allied invasion. The same name had been attached to the date of every planned offensive of World War II. It was first coined during World War I, at the U.S. attack at the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, in France in 1918.
Douglas Brinkley
War on terror’ is a misnomer. It would be like calling America’s involvement in World War II a ‘war on kamikazism.’ Terrorism, like kamikazism, is a tactic.
Dinesh D’Souza
We can have a World War, I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t have a World Party.
Vanna Bonta
There is also the issue of personal privacy when it comes the executive power. Throughout our nation’s history, whether it was habeas corpus during the Civil War, Alien and Sedition Acts in World War I, or Japanese internment camps in World War II, presidents have gone too far.
Dick Durbin
Unless we establish some form of world government, it will not be possible for us to avert a World War III in the future.
Winston Churchill
Is Russia worried that defeating Daesh will open the door for defeating Bashar Assad? That would be a different story. But I don’t think World War III is going to happen in Syria.
Adel al-Jubeir
Remember, we know the end of the story of World War II and the Cold War. But day by day, living in fear of the Nazis and then in fear of the Soviets, the outcome was by no means certain.
Christopher Bond
World War II synchronizes things for a lot of people. There’s a kind of wakeup call.
Anne Waldman
We experienced similiar fears in the 1880s, at the end of World War I and II. And we ran out in the 1970s.
Daniel Yergin
Long before there was discrimination against blacks, there was discrimination against white southerners. When large numbers of these country people moved north during World War II, they were aggressively excluded from neighborhoods, jobs, and homes – not because of their skin color, but their accents.
Ann Coulter
The times are so peculiar now, so mediaeval so unreasonable that for the first time in a hundred years truth is really stranger than fiction. Any truth.
Gertrude Stein
One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888).
Otto von Bismarck
The third world war is not going to happen! I predict it! It is not going to happen, because of you, because of my people around the earth! They are the only hope. Only millions of buddhas are capable of creating the atmosphere for peace, for love, for compassion, for celebration.