Home  »  Respectfully Quoted  »  Herbert George Wells (1866–1946)

Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1952
AUTHOR: Herbert George Wells (1866–1946)
QUOTATION: The War That Will End War.
ATTRIBUTION: H. G. WELLS, book title, 1914.

While the phrase “The war to end war” is often associated with Woodrow Wilson, its authorship was claimed by Wells in an article in Liberty, December 29, 1934, p. 4. Bertrand Russell also credited Wells in Portraits from Memory, p. 83 (1956). A cynical version attributed to David Lloyd George is: “This war, like the next war, is a war to end war.” See William Safire, Safire’s Political Dictionary, p. 777 (1978), for contemporary uses of the phrase.