Battle Sayings and Quotes
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous
old battle quotes, battle sayings, and battle proverbs, collected over the years from a variety
Where there is no peril in the fight, there is no glory in the triumph.
Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning.
In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.
Ulysses S. Grant
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.
It is good that war is so horrible, or we might grow to like it.
Robert E. Lee
Battle not with monsters lest you become one.
War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.
Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.
A battle won is a battle which we will not acknowledge to be lost.
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.
All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.
Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.
War is what happens when language fails.
You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.
John Greenleaf Whittier
No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
War is a defeat for humanity.
Pope John Paul II
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
If we don't end war, war will end us.
H. G. Wells
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
No one ever goes into battle thinking God is on the other side.
Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
The hotter the battle the sweeter the victory.
A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.
No battle is worth fighting except the last one.
Anyone that goes to battle goes to battle knowing the mindset and tactics of their enemies.
War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves.
Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.
War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
We make war that we may live in peace.
No war is inevitable until it breaks out.
A. J. P. Taylor
Everyone prepares for battle in his own way.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
War is cruelty, and none can make it gentle.
War is fear cloaked in courage.
War is the science of destruction.
In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.
War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.
No battle was ever won according to plan, but no battle was ever won without one.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything.
Harry S. Truman
Only great and general battles can produce great results
Carl von Clausewitz
All battles are fought by scared men who'd rather be some place else.
The battle is lost or won in the secret places of the will before God, never first in the external world.
A battle sometimes decides everything and sometimes the most trifling thing decides the fate of a battle.
The hardest battle you're ever going to fight is the battle to be just you.
Battles are sometimes won by generals. Wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates.
F. E. Adcock
The legal battle against segregation is won, but the community battle goes on.
Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.
The purpose of battle is to attain the greatest heights within your own limits.
There are more battles won through prayer than by any other means.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours.
Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge.
George S. Patton
Battle scars from the war of good versus evil have a unique beauty all their own.
P. C. Cast
Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
No battle was ever won by wholly sane men.
Believe that you can whip the enemy, and you have won half the battle.
James Ewell Brown Stuart
The battle between good and evil is endlessly fascinating because we are participants every day.
Pick your battles, and accept yourself for who you are.
The manner in which one loses the battle can sometimes outshine the victory.
In a battle between force and an idea, the latter always prevails.
Ludwig Von Mises
Do battle with the challenges of your present, and you will unlock the prizes of your future.