Monday, 09 November 2009

Albert Einstein: Quotes on War

Albert Einstein quotes on war.
In a couple of days it will be the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The end of World War 1, at this time and date during 1918.
Poppy Day, Remembrance Day.
The War to end all Wars was the current thinking at the time. History has proved this thinking wrong.
Wars have been a permanent part of history and an important part of the formation and development of Nations.
I tried to recall a reasonable period of time during the 20th century that was conflict free, with not much success.
The termination of one conflict was soon followed by another. A different place a different time, with different motives, but with the same results.
I suppose that as soon as one is threatened by force to loss of life, land and property, one defends oneself with equal and or greater force. That is the greater order of things.
Albert Einstein war an anti- war believer, and a bunch of his anti-war quotes that I collected from a number of sources are:

- I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.

- I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

- Force always attracts men of low morality.

- He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice

- Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

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

- The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

- You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

Nevertheless wars have always been around, are around, and will be around until such time as it progresses that one step too far, and civilization will no longer resemble what it is today.
Etymology, meaning and origin of the word 'war" , click here

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