Who said “War makes monsters of all men” or similar?

Can't find it, know I've read it somewhere. Any help you can provide is much appreciated - and if it is answered I do pick best answer!

May also be "war makes beasts of men" or something like that.

Surely someone knows this! I know it was someone well known but cannot for the life of me think who...

I did check thinkexist and brainyquotes for the quote and didn't find it. If you can at least point me in the direction of some other comprehensive quote sites, maybe I can find it...

Thanks for any help!

That's not true actually...I just can't remember who it is! I plan to correct that erroneous wiki page if I can just remember who said it...

But thanks for your lonely contribution!

3 Answers

  • The words 'War makes monsters out of men' were conceived by Ben in the Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking Book One by Patrick Ness, and have since been echoed by Todd, Viola and Mayor Prentiss of the Chaos Walking trilogy.

    Meanwhile, Addison Sheldon remarked during the memorial dedication of Henson Wiseman, who died in 1912: “War makes beast out of men, and the little children suffer.”

    In the sketch entitled Peace and War Compared, Lord Kames (or Kaimes), a Scottish philosopher of the 18th century, remarked "Perpetual war is bad because it converts men into beasts of prey. Perpetual peace is worse, because it converts them into beasts of burden."

  • In George RR Martin's book A Feast for Crows, part of the "A Song of Ice and Fire"/Game of Thrones series, Thoros of Myr tells lady Brienne:

    "Justice. I remember justice. It had a pleasant taste. Justice was what we were about when Beric led us, or so we told ourselves. We were king's men, knights, and heroes... but some knights are dark and full of terrors, my lady. War makes monsters of us all."

    Perhaps that last part is what you were thinking of.

  • This book seems to include that quote - never heard of it from this source but the type don t lie.


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