Famous Quotes About The First World War

10. Winston Churchill

“The War was decided in the first twenty days of fighting, and all that happened afterwards consisted in battles which, however for midable and devastating, were but desperate and vain appeals against the decision of Fate.”

9. Otto Von Bismarck

“One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888).”

8. Ferdinand Foch

“My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat, situation excellent. I attack.”

7. Roosevelt

“From the end of the World War twenty-one years ago, this country, like many others, went through a phase of having large groups of people carried away by some emotion–some alluring, attractive, even speciously inspiring, public presentation of a nostrum, a cure-all.”

6. George Orwell

“The young officers who had come back, hardened by their terrible experience and disgusted by the attitude of the younger generation to whom this experience meant just nothing, used to lecture us for our softness.

5. Antonio Tabucchi

“I vividly remember the stories my grandfather told me about the carnage of the First World War, which people tend to forget was one of the worst massacres in human history.”

4. Pat Barker

“Culturally, the First World War is the war that stands in for other wars.”

3. Vladimir Lenin

“If it were necessary to give the briefest possible definition of imperialism, we should have to say that imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism… They are fighting a war for the purpose of retaining the colonies they have grabbed and robbed.”

2. Kaiser Wilhelm II

““You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees.” -August 1914

1. Edmund Taylor

“The First World War killed fewer victims than the Second World War, destroyed fewer buildings, and uprooted millions instead of tens of millions – but in many ways it left even deeper scars both on the mind and on the map of Europe. The old world never recovered from the shock.”

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