Great men speak out on war: A quiz


Memorial Day, which commemorates those who perished in armed conflict, is a good time to reflect  on  war.  What follows are ten quotations about war. How many authors can you identify?
Source: “Dictionary of Quotations” by Bergen Evans.


1. “It is well that war is so terrible—we would grow too fond of it.”

2. “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”

3.”The laws are silent in times of war.”

4. “War is nothing more than the continuation of politics by other means.”

5. “Force and fraud are in war  the two cardinal virtues.”

6. “Yes, quaint and curious war is! / You shoot a fellow down /You’d treat if met where any bar is /Or help to  half-a-crown.”

7. “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.”

8. “There never was a good war or a bad peace.”

9. “We are mad, not only individually but nationally.. We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?”

10.”An unjust peace is better than a just war.”



1.Robert E. Lee

2. William T. Sherman

3. Cicero

4. Karl von Clausewitz

5. Thomas Hobbes

6. Thomas Hardy

7. Shakespeare

8. Ben Franklin

9. Seneca

10. Cicero

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  • #3: Interesting that Cicero predated 50 U.S.C. and 50 U.S.C. Appendix, and had a lawless town named after him.

    Of course, I am awaiting a quote singing the praises of ISIS.

    The name Bergen Evans also sounded familiar, but that's the $64,000 question.

  • In reply to jack:

    Bergen Evans was an English professor at Northwestern in the 1950s. He moderated a popular TV game show called "Down You
    Go" locally produced. He was generally recognized as an authority on the English language, and on the subject wrote a book entitled "Comfortable Words" which I still cherish for its wit and sophistication, qualities Evans had in abundance.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I guess you missed my hint. I'm not old enough to remember him for that, but maybe on What's My Line? imdb reference

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