Antiwar literary and philosophical selections


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

George Santayana on war and militarism

George Santayana: If dreadful outer world became troublesome, it would be necessary to make war on it and teach it a lesson

George Santayana: Such blind battles ought not to be our battles


George Santayana
From The Last Puritan: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel (1935)


“I know, in the old days, a brilliant boy like that would have gone into the army, and there are wars everywhere in which to be killed. Mothers had that trial to endure; and I suppose it’s no worse now with motors and aeroplanes and submarines, and whatever else those scientific busybodies may find to invent. We blame those dangerous innovations and those fatal wars, both equally needless, equally murderous…”


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