Rennan Barkana's Page of Quotes on War

Israeli Flag U.S. Flag

"The price of greatness is responsibility. If the people of the United States had continued in a mediocre station, struggling with the wilderness, absorbed in their own affairs, and a factor of no consequence in the movement of the world, they might have remained forgotten and undisturbed beyond their protecting oceans: but one cannot rise to be in many ways the leading community in the civilized world without being involved in its problems, without being convulsed by its agonies and inspired by its causes. If this has been proved in the past, as it has been, it will become indisputable in the future. The people of the United States cannot escape world responsibility."
--- Winston Churchill, Sep. 6'th, 1943, accepting an honorary degree from Harvard University

"It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war."
--- John F. Kennedy

"This Government, so long as present European conditions continue, sees no opportunity or occasion for any peace move to be initiated by the President of the United States. The people of the United States would not support any move for peace initiated by this Government that would consolidate or make possible a survival of a regime of force and of aggression."
--- FDR, Sept. 11, 1939, in reply to Amb. Joseph Kennedy's appeal for working out a "plan for world peace"

"It is easy for you and for me to shrug our shoulders and say that conflicts taking place thousands of miles from the continental United States, and, indeed thousands of miles from the whole American hemisphere, do not seriously affect the Americas - and that all the United States has to do is to ignore them and go about its own business. Passionately though we may desire detachment, we are forced to realize that every word that comes through the air, every ship that sails the sea, every battle that is fought, does affect the American future."
--- FDR, Sept. 3, 1939

"Never look for nor expect gratitude but rather get whatever comfort you can out of the belief that your effort is constructive in purpose."
--- Winston Churchill

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last."
--- Winston Churchill

"He who allows oppression, shares the crime."
--- Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin

"It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do."
--- Moliere

"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities . . . because it is the quality which guarantees all others. "
--- Winston Churchill

"Lead, follow, or get out of the way."
--- Thomas Paine

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. "
--- Winston Churchill

Back to quotes page