Worse than War


"But once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse thing than any that can ever happen in war."



"When Homer Bone of Washington asked the question which had concerned interventionists in the past—‘What is worse than war?’ Warren Austin of Vermont replied, "I say that a world enslaved to Hitler is worse than war, and worse than death." The galleries cheered."

William Manchester

The Glory and the Dream


"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who had nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety; is miserable creature who has no chance of being free. Unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

John Stuart Mill


"And when the war broke out, its real horrors, its real dangers, its menace of real death were a blessing compared with the inhuman reign of the lie, and they brought relief because they broke the spell of the dead letter."

Boris Pasternak

Doctor Zhivago



"We discovered that peace at any price is no peace at all….we discovered that life at any price has no value whatever; that life is nothing without the privileges, the prides, the rights, the joys which make it worth living, and also worth giving. And we also discovered that there is something more hideous more atrocious than war or than death; and that is to live in fear."

Eve Curie

(Address-American Booksellers Assoc. NYC, April.1940


"You know that there may be times worse than war. You well know that we regard war as an infamy of humanity. How, then, shall we name the times that could be worse than war? Perhaps one could call it the ‘putrefacation’ of humanity."

Helena Roerich (1938)


"War is Terrible, but more terrible is the nightmare of constantly expecting war."

W. Bruce Lincoln

Wars Dark Shadow


"Worse than war is the fear of war."



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