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Alva Myrdal Quotes

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War and preparations for war have acquired a kind of legitimacy.
- Alva Myrdal

More must be done in concrete terms in order to promote
the cause of disarmament.
- Alva Myrdal

My personal philosophy of life is one of ethics.
- Alva Myrdal

Nobel was a genuine friend of peace.
He even went so far as to believe that he had invented a tool of destruction,
dynamite, which would make war so senseless that it would become impossible.
He was wrong.
- Alva Myrdal

 

The economic and political roots of the conflicts are
too strong for us to pretend to create a lasting state
of harmonious understanding between men.
- Alva Myrdal

Many countries persecute their own citizens and intern
them in prisons or concentration camps.
Oppression is becoming more and more a part of the systems.
- Alva Myrdal

Where do these arms come from, these Saturday night
specials that constitute the instrument of threats in bank robberies,
or the hand grenades used by terrorists? How can their
sales and their import be permitted?
- Alva Myrdal

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The longing for peace is rooted in the hearts of all men.
But the striving, which at present has become so insistent,
cannot lay claim to such an ambition as leading the way to eternal peace,
or solving all disputes among nations.
- Alva Myrdal

The misconception that a victory can be worth its price,
has in the nuclear age become a total illusion.
- Alva Myrdal

If only the authorities could be made to realize that
the forces leading them on in the armament race are just insane.
- Alva Myrdal

There is a cultural factor promoting violence which
nowadays undoubtedly is highly effective is the mass media.
And particularly everything that enters our minds through pictorial media.
- Alva Myrdal

A great amount has been talked and written about what
constitutes a sufficient balance and what really is
meant by the concepts of "balance" and "deterrence".
- Alva Myrdal

We can hope that men will understand that the interest of all are the same,
that hope lies in cooperation.
We can then perhaps keep PEACE.
- Alva Myrdal

The age in which we live can only be characterized as one of barbarism.
Our civilization is in the process not only of being militarized,
but also being brutalized.
- Alva Myrdal

It is frightening that in recent years such an increase
has occurred in acts of terrorism,
which have even reached peaceful countries such as ours.
And as a "remedy", more and more security forces are
established to protect the lives of individual men and women.
- Alva Myrdal

First and foremost arms are tools in the service of rival nations,
pointing at the possibility of a future war.
- Alva Myrdal

It does not just happen.
It is disclosed by science that practically one-half
of trained intellectual resources are being mobilized for murderous purposes.
- Alva Myrdal

I personally believe that those who are leaders with
political power over the world will be forced some day,
sooner or later, to give way to common sense and the will of the people.
- Alva Myrdal

All mankind is now learning that these nuclear weapons
can only serve to destroy,
never become beneficial.
- Alva Myrdal

It is of the greatest importance that people and governments
in many more countries than ours should realize that
it is more dangerous to have access to nuclear arms
than not to possess them.
- Alva Myrdal

The inventions and the great discoveries have opened
up whole continents to reciprocal communication and interchange,
provided we are willing.
- Alva Myrdal

War is murder.
And the military preparations now being made for a
potential major confrontation are aimed at collective murder.
In a nuclear age the victims would be numbered by the millions.
This naked truth must be faced.
- Alva Myrdal

The world generally speaking is now drifting on a more
and more devastating course towards the absurd target of extermination -
or rather,
to be more exact - of the northern hemisphere's towns,
fields, and the people who have developed our civilization.
- Alva Myrdal

I have always regarded global development as a struggle
between the forces of good and evil.
Not to be simplified as a struggle between Jesus and Satan,
since I do not consider that the process is restricted
to our own sphere of culture.
- Alva Myrdal

I agree with the many who consider freezing all sorts
of weapons systems a first step in a realistic disarmament policy.
- Alva Myrdal

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

The problems of victory are more agreeable
than those of defeat,
but they are no less difficult.
- Winston Churchill

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
- Jimmy Carter

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war
is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully.
- Charles Evans Hughes

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations.
They have the best implements of war.
- Herbert V. Prochnow

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
- George Santayana

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

Never think that war, no matter how necessary,
nor how justified, is not a crime.
- Ernest Hemingway

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
- Barbara Tuchman

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

All war is deception.
- Sun Tzu

I do not believe that the men who served in uniform
in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve.
It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
- William Westmoreland

A bad peace is better than a good war.
- Yiddish Proverb

When the war of the giants is over,
the wars of the pygmies will begin.
- Winston Churchill

John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century,
were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov

War does not determine who is right -
only who is left.
- Bertrand Russell

War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
- George Herbert

The object of war is not to die for your country but
to make the other bastard die for his.
- George S. Patton

War is the symptom, not the disease.
- L. M. Heroux

War is not an adventure.
It is a disease.
It is like typhus.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
- Thomas Mann

In peace, sons bury their fathers.
In war, fathers bury their sons.
- Herodotus

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed
to the advantage of others.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

It has too often been too easy for rulers and governments to incite man to war.
- Lester B. Pearson

When people speak to you about a preventive war,
you tell them to go fight it.
After my experience, I have come to hate war.
War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
We know more about war that we know about peace,
more about killing that we know about living.
- Omar N. Bradley

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

It is well that war is so terrible.
We should grow too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee

When you are winning a war
almost everything that happens
can be claimed to be right and wise.
- Winston Churchill

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
- Carl Sandburg

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict
wants something more than it wants peace.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

We have been travelling through a cloud.
The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
- Black Kettle

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Hiram Johnson

War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
- Albert Pike


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