Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) in the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Wednesday in the Julian calendar. It was the year that saw the beginning of what became known as World War I.
- Thoughts and pictures come to my mind, . . . thoughts from before the year 1914 when there was real peace, quiet and security on this earth—a time when we didn’t know fear. . . . Security and quiet have disappeared from the lives of men since 1914.
- Konrad Adenauer, Cleveland West Parker, January 20, 1966, p. 1. Quoted in the article How We Know We Live in the “Last Days”, in The Watchtower magazine, April 1, 1967.
- The succession of events since 1914 has swept away so many illusions that even a summary inspection of the heap of ideological ruins would demand the compilation of a veritable encyclopaedia. The summer of 1914 witnessed the collapse of all those hopes which had been built on a peaceful evolution of the capitalist world, and it also witnessed the breakdown of Socialist internationalism.
- Lucien Laurat, Marxism and Democracy, 1940, published by the Left Book Club, Victor Gollancz Ltd, London; translated by Edward Fitzgerald. Text online at the Marxists Internet Archive.
- Everything would get better and better. This was the world I was born in. . . . Suddenly, unexpectedly, one morning in 1914 the whole thing came to an end.
- Harold Macmillan, Stated in 1980 former British prime minister. Quoted in the article The Kingdom and “a Holy Place”, in the The Watchtower magazine, September 15, 1982.
- Since 1914 the world has had a new character: a character of international anarchy.
- H. R. Trevor-Roper, British historian said in 1954. Quoted in the article When Will God’s Will Be Done on Earth?, in the The Watchtower magazine, February 1, 1971.