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52 Quotations about War and Peace

52 QUOTATIONS ABOUT WAR & PEACE
From Liberty Fund's Online Library of Liberty
(March 2004 - January 2013)

[Compiled: March 20, 2013]

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James Mill likens the expence and economic stagnation brought about by war to a “pestilential wind” which ravages the country (1808)
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[Date published: 29 August, 2011]

In 1808 when the war against Napoleon was in full swing the Scottish economist James Mill (1773-1836) denounced the economic impact that higher taxes and restrictions on foreign trade were having on the British people. He compared the ravages of war to a “pestilential wind” which shrivels up the national wealth and causes great poverty and hardship among ordinary working people:

To what baneful quarter, then, are we to look for the cause of the stagnation and misery which appear so general in human affairs? War! is the answer. There is no other cause. This is the pestilential wind which blasts the prosperity of nations. This is the devouring fiend which eats up the precious treasure of national economy, the foundation of national improvement, and of national happiness. Though the consumption even of a wasteful government cannot keep pace with the accumulation of individuals, the consumption of war can easily outstrip it. The savings of individuals, and more than the savings of individuals, are swallowed up by it. Not only is the progression of the country stopped, and all the miseries of the stationary condition are experienced, but inroads are almost always made upon that part of the annual produce which had been previously devoted to reproduction. The condition of the country therefore goes backwards; and in general it is only after the country is so exhausted that the expence of the war can hardly by any means be found, that it is ever put an end to.

Introduction

Ever since the OLL went live to the public in March 2004 the issue of War & Peace has been of great concern to us. In fact, the first 5 quotes of the week dealt with war, peace, and patriotism. Since then we have posted 52 quotations specifically on War & Peace and devoted a Special Topic this past Christmas to a set of 12 quotations for "The Twelve Days of Christmas" on the passage from the Gospel of Luke [chapter 2 verse 14] "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

We list this collection of quotations about War & Peace below (in reverse chronological order) with links to the full quote so you can see what some of our authors have to say on the matter. We plan to compile these quotations into one file and make them available for download in PDF, ePub, and Kindle formats.

For further reading see the complete collection of 407 "Quotations about Liberty and Power".

 

Special Topic : "The Twelve Days of Christmas" on the Theme of "Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards Men"

We selected 12 quotations from the collection of texts in the Online Library of Liberty which deal with the theme of "peace on earth and goodwill towards men" for the holiday season of 2012. A new quotation was posted on each of the 12 days beginning with Christmas day. We started with the source of the original quotation from the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke chapter 2 verse 14, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men," and then followed it with a new quotation each day. The quote for Christmas day itself comes from a letter by Jan Huss (1372-1415) which was to be read out on Christmas Day to his supporters in Prague in 1412. Thereafter the quotes are in chronological order.

Dear friends, although I am now separated from you, because perchance I am unworthy to preach much to you, nevertheless the love which I bear towards you urges me to write at least some brief words to my loved ones.
Lo! dear friends, to-day, as it were, an angel is saying to the shepherds: I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all people. And suddenly a multitude of angels breaks into praise, saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of goodwill!

The full quote can be found here.

The quotations for the 12 Days of Christmas:

  • The original statement from Luke 2: 14
  • The First Day (25 December): Jan Huss’ Christmas letters and his call for peace on earth (1412)
  • The Second Day (26 December): Petrarch on the mercenary wars in Italy and the need for peace on earth (1344)
  • The Third Day (27 December): Erasmus stands against war and for peace on earth (16th century)
  • The Fourth Day (28 December): Dante Alighieri on human perfectibility and peace on earth (1559)
  • The Fifth Day (29 December): Samuel Cooper on the Articles of Confederation and peace on earth (1780)
  • The Sixth Day (30 December): Vicesimus Knox on the Christian religion and peace on earth (1793)
  • The Seventh Day (31 December): Madison on "the most noble of all ambitions" which a government can have, of promoting peace on earth (1816)
  • The Eighth Day (1 January): Jefferson on the inevitability of revolution in England only after which there will be peace on earth (1817)
  • The Ninth Day (2 January): Condy Raguet on the anti-Christian character of protection and the need for peace on earth (1832)
  • The Tenth Day (3 January): Richard Cobden on public opinion and peace on earth (c. 1865)
  • The Eleventh Day (4 January): Mises on the gold standard and peace on earth (1934)
  • The Twelfth Day (5 January): Frank Chodorov on free trade as the harbinger of goodwill among men and peace on earth (1940)

 

52 Quotations about War & Peace

List in reverse chronological order of date of posting on the OLL:

  1. (3 January, 2013) - The 10th Day of Christmas: Richard Cobden on public opinion and peace on earth (c. 1865)
  2. (1 January, 2013) - The 8th Day of Christmas: Jefferson on the inevitability of revolution in England only after which there will be peace on earth (1817)
  3. (31 December, 2012) - The 7th Day of Christmas: Madison on “the most noble of all ambitions” which a government can have, of promoting peace on earth (1816)
  4. (28 December, 2012) - The 4th Day of Christmas: Dante Alighieri on human perfectibility and peace on earth (1559)
  5. (27 December, 2012) - The 3rd Day of Christmas: Erasmus stands against war and for peace on earth (16th century)
  6. (26 December, 2012) - The 2nd Day of Christmas: Petrarch on the mercenary wars in Italy and the need for peace on earth (1344)
  7. (25 December, 2012) - The 1st Day of Christmas: Jan Huss? Christmas letters and his call for peace on earth (1412)
  8. (24 December, 2012) - The evangelist Luke “on earth peace, good will toward men” (1st century)
  9. (26 November, 2012) - Molinari on the elites who benefited from the State of War(1899)
  10. (5 November, 2012) - John Bright calls British foreign policy “a gigantic system of outdoor relief (welfare) for the aristocracy” (1858)
  11. (10 September, 2012) - James Madison on the necessity of separating the power of “the sword from the purse” (1793)
  12. (3 September, 2012) - Sumner?s vision of the American Republic was a parsimonious government which had little to do (1898)
  13. (13 August, 2012) - Sumner?s vision of the American Republic as a confederation of free and peaceful industrial commonwealths (1898)
  14. (2 April, 2012) - Cobden argues that the British Empire will inevitably suffer retribution for its violence and injustice (1853)
  15. (26 March, 2012) - John Bright on war as all the horrors, atrocities, crimes, and sufferings of which human nature on this globe is capable (1853)
  16. (25 December, 2011) -