Top 40 Anti-War Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Anti-War Quotes from famous people such as Jared Polis, Mark Kurlansky, Yoko Ono, Marianne Faithfull, Viggo Mortensen, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

My parents were active in the anti-war movement in the

My parents were active in the anti-war movement in the 1960s, so I grew up with a tradition of civic activism around our dinner table and going to different marches for different causes.
Jared Polis
Europeans are far more anti-war than Americans. They’ve had more wars, and they really just don’t believe in it any more. But Americans do.
Mark Kurlansky
In the ’60s we fought for peace, when the Vietnam war was on. We were against the cops and against the politicians, and there was a lot of waving banners and all that. And I think in a way, just as they were enjoying that machoism of war, we were enjoying the machismo of being anti-war, you know?
Yoko Ono
I come from a very left wing Socialist family, anti-war and anti-empire.
Marianne Faithfull
Travel is one of the best anti-war weapons that there are. I’ve been to Iran, and if you’re there you see little kids, cops, old people, cemeteries. Once you see that, you can’t say, ‘Oh, Iran, let’s bomb them.’
Viggo Mortensen
As governor of California in 1970, Reagan endeared himself to millions of conservatives nationwide when he publicly rebuked the anti-war movement that was exploding on college campuses.
Jackson Katz
I was involved in the anti-war movement.
Bill Ayers
I wish that I had bridged the feminist movement and the anti-war movement better than I did.
Bernadine Dohrn
In 1962, the smallest things were upsetting to authority. It wasn’t the Civil Rights Movement. It wasn’t the Anti-war Movement. It was something else, but it was a harbinger of what was to come.
Peter Riegert
‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ is just sort of there isn’t it? Every single trope of the First World War, and anti-war writing in general, is in there.
Tony Bradman
The Obama campaign decimated the newly regenerated anti-war movement in 2008. And he definitely isn’t anti-war.
Boots Riley
‘The Red’ is the first book in a trilogy that gained a big following as a self-published e-book, and is now out in paper from Saga. It introduces us to reluctant hero Shelley, a former anti-war activist who chooses to join the military rather than serve jail time after being arrested at a protest.
Annalee Newitz
I hate to be the one to defend George Bush, but you have to be able to disconnect the professional George Bush from the personal George Bush. I know all the anti-war folks think he is a monster, but he is still a very personable, nice person.
Alexandra C. Pelosi
I’m not anti-war. I served in a war, and I served proudly. But just or not, necessary or not, war is the industrial-scale slaughter of other humans.
Phil Klay
When people say ‘Lysistrata’ has always been seen as an anti-war play, what’s interesting is to not make it an anti-war play, because I actually think there are important times to go to war in this world. That’s just the reality. But what’s interesting is the not caring.
Douglas Carter Beane
Former soldiers will almost always gravitate to the anti-war party. This happens for obvious reasons. The men who have been in battle tend not to romanticize it and tend not to take it flippantly.
Rod Lurie
One of the most cherished photographs in my life is a picture of me with John Lennon – who I met back in 1971 at an anti-war rally.
John F. Kerry
My personal opinion is that if someone writes honestly about war, it will inherently be anti-war.
Kevin Powers
‘Rage’ is the word that most often attaches itself to the Tea Party movement, and it’s true that, from the outside looking in, their public demonstrations appear to be more enraged than any political events in America since the race riots and anti-war protests of the 1960s.
Jonathan Raban
Make no mistake: the anti-war voices long for us to lose any war they cannot prevent.
Ralph Peters
Because I’m anti-war, I’ve been called pro-Taliban.
Imran Khan
The utterly fallacious idea at the heart of the pro-war argument is that it is the duty of the anti-war argument to provide an alternative to war. The onus is on them to explain just cause.
Zadie Smith
When I say my family suffered for my anti-war protesting, one of the many fallouts was having to send my two sons to America because I couldn’t keep control of them when the divorce happened… there are consequences for your actions.
Chris Eubank Sr.
Mum has always been a huge anti-war activist. She would go off to protest and get arrested. I have her passion, but it is not for politics. I am much more interested in psychology. It’s more my job and my natural inclination.
Joan Cusack
I came at age in the ’60s, and initially my hopes and dreams were invested in politics and the movements of the time – the anti-war movement, the civil rights movement. I worked on Bobby Kennedy’s campaign for president as a teenager in California and the night he was killed.
David Talbot
Here’s the thing. Just because you’re pro-troops doesn’t mean you’re pro-war. And just because you’re anti-war doesn’t mean you’re anti-troops. Just because you don’t support the war people think you are anti-troops and you are a bad guy.
Toby Keith
I was the first candidate to come out against this war, spoke at every anti-war march.
Al Sharpton
At the same time the folk boom was happening, the civil rights movement was happening, the anti-war movement was happening, the ban the bomb movement was happening, the environmental movement was happening. There was suddenly a generation ready to change the course of history.
Arlo Guthrie
E. Klimov’s ‘Come and See,’ about partisans fighting the Germans in Byelorussia, is the greatest anti-war film ever made.
J. G. Ballard
The new right-wing movement is a wide group of people committed to free speech, anti-war, trade. It’s sympathetic to whistleblowers.
Mike Cernovich
When I went to college, I majored in anti-war demonstrations, you know? I mean, really!
Tom Noddy
Every good war film, if you want to use that phrase - I

Every good war film, if you want to use that phrase – I don’t think it’s a good phrase, but if you want to use that phrase – every good film, a first-rate film about war, is an anti-war movie.
Michael Cimino
It’s bad enough being conned into singing an anti-war message by John Lennon when you think you’re just wishing everyone a merry Christmas.
Ian Watson
They were terrified that we were going to become an anti-war kind of platform.
Phil Donahue
I never aligned myself specifically with the anti-war movement.
Katharine Gun
When I got lucky enough to be successful as an actor, and I got involved in the anti-war stuff and gay rights movement, there was always this thing eating at me about the death penalty, because that was, to me, the bottom line. That was the anti-life – by definition – position, and I didn’t understand why we did it.
Mike Farrell
I think ‘American Sniper’ is anti-war. It demonstrates the agony of the decision-making that goes on.
Michael Cimino
All left-wing activists, whether it be WTO, anti-WTO, or anti-war, are idealistic as framed by the Democratic Media Complex.
Andrew Breitbart
On October 15, 1965, an estimated 70,000 people took part in large-scale anti-war demonstrations.
Noam Chomsky
When the Taliban took over in 1996, the news of their crimes hit the Toronto papers. As a feminist and as an anti-war activist, I heard about what was happening to women, and I wanted to do something to support those folks.
Deborah Ellis