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AmericanEdit

Benjamin FranklinEdit

'Tis a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

Men will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

You may delay, but time will not

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

There us no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

To be thrown upon one's own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

I have been apt to think that there has never been, nor ever will be, any such thing as a good war, or a bad peace

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move

      - Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning.

- Benjamin Franklin, U.S. statesman, author, and scientist

Thomas JeffersonEdit

This is the fourth?

- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President, his last words

Beer is proof that God wants us to be happy!

- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance

- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another

- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself

- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

The greatest [calamity] which could befall [us would be] submission to a government of unlimited powers

- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots

- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses

- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

If ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our liberties and gave us independence

- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

James MadisonEdit

You give me credit to which I have no claim in calling me 'the writer of the Constitution of the United States'. This was not, like the fabled Goddess of Wisdom, the offspring of a single brain. It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands

- James Madison, 4th U.S. President

It was by the sober sense of our citizens that we were safely and steadily conducted from monarchy to republicanism, and it is by the same agency we can be kept from falling back

- James Madison, 4th U.S. President

A popular Government without popular information nor the means of aquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy ot perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives

- James Madison, 4th U.S. President

George WashingtonEdit

Over - grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particulary hostile to republican liberty

- George Washington, 1st U.S. President

Every post is honourable in which a man can serve his country

- George Washington, 1st U.S. President

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable, procures success to the weak, and esteem to all

- George Washington, 1st U.S. President

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerouse servant and a fearful master

- George Washington, 1st U.S. President

War - an act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will

- George Washington, 1st U.S. President

To place any dependence upon militia, is, assuredly, resting upon a broken staff

- George Washington, 1st U.S. President

The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure

- George Washington, 1st U.S. President

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished

- George Washington, 1st U.S. President

John AdamsEdit

We're in a war, dammit! We're going to have to offend somebody!

- John Adams, 2nd U.S. President

If tyranny ever came to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy

- John Adams, 2nd U.S. President

Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war

- John Adams, 2nd U.S. President

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy

- John Adams, 2nd U.S. President

Alexander HamiltonEdit

When the sword is drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation

- Alexander Hamilton, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, economist, and political theorist

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint

- Alexander Hamilton, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, economist, and political theorist

Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others

- Alexander Hamilton, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, economist, and political theorist

OtherEdit

Is this dying? Is this all? Is this what I feared when I prayed against a hard death? Oh, I can bear this! I can bear this!

- Cotton Mather, American puritan minister, his last words

It is well that war is horrible. Lest we should grow too fond of it

- Robert E. Lee, U.S. general

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

- Patrick Henry, American governor and radical

Stand by me, my brave grenadiers!

- Charles Lee, U.S. general, his last words

In war, indeed, there can be no substitute for victory

- Douglas MacArthur, U.S. general

I have only one regret, that I have only one life to give for my country

- Nathan Hale, U.S. spy, his last words prior to his execution for treason by the British, 1776

I have not yet begun to fight!

- John Paul Jones, U.S. naval captain

BritishEdit

Arthur WellesleyEdit

I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life

- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister, upon entering the House of Commons

Nothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a battle won

- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister

I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but by God, they frighten me

- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister

We have always been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France

- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister

Up, Guards, and at 'em

- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister

Hard pounding, gentlemen. Let's see who pounds the longest.

- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister

I used to say of him that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men

- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister, speaking of Napoleon

The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat

- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister

The only thing I am afraid of is fear

- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister
The whole art of war consists of guessing at what is on the other side of the hill.
- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister

Thomas HardyEdit

War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading

- Thomas Hardy, British novelist

William ShakespeareEdit

Cry HAVOC! And let slip the dogs of war!

- William Shakespeare, English playwright

Let me have war, say I; it exceeds peace as far as day does night; it's spiritedly, audible, and full of vent

- William Shakespeare, English playwright

William WordsworthEdit

The good die first, and they whose hearts are dry as summer burn to the socket

- William Wordsworth, British poet

Not without hope we suffer and we mourn

- William Wordsworth, British poet

Strongest minds are often those whom the noisy world hears least

- William Wordsworth, British poet

John MiltonEdit

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license

- John Milton, English poet

Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe

- John Milton, English poet

Dr. Samuel JohnsonEdit

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome

- Dr. Samuel Johnson, English essayist, biographer, and poet

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel

- Dr. Samuel Johnson, English essayist, biographer, and poet

To a people warlike and indigent, an incursion into a rich country is never hurtful

- Dr. Samuel Johnson, English essayist, biographer, and poet

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in jail, with a chance of drowning… A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company

- Dr. Samuel Johnson, English essayist, biographer, and poet

Thomas PaineEdit

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it

- Thomas Paine, British radical, pamphleteer, and intellectual

Lead, follow, or get out of the way

- Thomas Paine, British radical, pamphleteer, and intellectual

From such beginnings of governments, what could be expected, but a continual system of war and extortion

- Thomas Paine, British radical, pamphleteer, and intellectual

Character is much easier kept than recovered

- Thomas Paine, British radical, pamphleteer, and intellectual

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one

- Thomas Paine, British radical, pamphleteer, and intellectual

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph

- Thomas Paine, British radical, pamphleteer, and intellectual

The cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf

- Thomas Paine, British radical, pamphleteer, and intellectual

Edward GibbonEdit

We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win

- Edward Gibbon, English historian and MP

As long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of the most exalted characters

- Edward Gibbon, English historian and MP

Joseph AddisonEdit

From hence, let fierce contending nations know, what dire effects from civil discord flow

- Joseph Addison, English poet and essayist

My voice is still for war

- Joseph Addison, English poet and essayist

Edmund BurkeEdit

When bad men combine, the good must associate else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle

- Edmund Burke, British author, philospher, and political theorist

Liberty, too, must be limited in order to be possessed

- Edmund Burke, British author, philospher, and political theorist

All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing

- Edmund Burke, British author, philospher, and political theorist

You can never play the future by the past

- Edmund Burke, British author, philospher, and political theorist

Wars are just to those to whom they are necessary

- Edmund Burke, British author, philospher, and political theorist

I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people

- Edmund Burke, British author, philospher, and political theorist

Lord Horatio NelsonEdit

You must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your King, and you must treat every Frenchman as if he were the Devil himself

- Lord Horatio Nelson, British admiral

England expects that every man will do his duty

- Lord Horatio Nelson, British admiral, 21st October 1805, Battle of Trafalgar

No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy        - Lord Horatio Nelson, British admiral

Laurels grow in the bay of Biscay, I hope a bed of them may be found in the Mediterranean.

- Lord Horatio Nelson, British admiral

William CowperEdit

Admirals extolled for standing still, or doing nothing with a deal of skill

- William Cowper, British poet, "Table Talk", 1782

War's a game, which, were their subjects wise, kings would not play at

- William Cowper, British poet

Scottish and IrishEdit

Hail to the chief in triumph advances

- Sir Walter Scott, Scottish poet and novelist

There are so few who can grow old with a good grace

- Sir Richard Steel, Irish writer and publisher

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience

- James Boswell, Scottish diarist and author of "The Life of Samuel Johnson"

There's only one truth about war: people die

- Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright and MP

OtherEdit

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

- George Orwell, British author and journalist

By push of bayonets, no firing until you see the whites in their eyes!

- Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw, British colonel

Duty and dereliction guide thee back to solitude

- Percy Bysshe, British poet

The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out

- Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay, British poet, historian, and MP

Mad is he? Let him bite other generals!

- King George II, King of Britain, on General Wolfe

For here I leave my second leg. And the Forty-Second Foot.

- Thomas Hood, British poet and humourist, "Faithless Nelly Gray", 1826

I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.

- John Keats, British poet

There is one certain means by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin; I will die in the last ditch.

- William III, King of England

What, do they run already? Then I die happy.

- James Wolfe, English general, his last words following news of the fall of Quebec

Never do today what you can put off 'til tomorrow.

- William Pulteney, Earl of Bath, English MP

Oh, my country! How I leave my country!

- William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister, his last words

Those entrusted with arms should be persons of some substance and stake in the country.

- William Windham, British MP

I would rather wear out than rust out.

- George Whitefield, British Methodist preacher

We English are good at forgiving our enemies; it releases us from the obligation of liking our friends.

- P.D. James, British author

No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.

- Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I would never lay down my arms - never - never - never!

- William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister

Where laws end, tyranny begins.

- William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister

For God's Sake be sure you do not risk the cannon.

- John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, British general

The British Army should be a projectile to be fired by the British Navy.

- Sir Edward Grey, British MP, speaking to the House of Commons

Gentlemen of France, perhaps you would care to fire first?

- Lord Hay, British general, Battle of Fontenoy, 1745

Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.

- William Congreve, English dramatist

The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility.

- John (Jackie) Arbuthnot Fisher, British admiral

For a soldier I listed, to grow great in fame. And be shot at for six-pence a day.

- Charles Dibdin, British dramatist and musician, "Charity"

Oh dear…

   - David Garrack, British actor and theatre manager, his last words

Both regiments or none!

-Samuel Adams, US Statesman, writer, political theorist

GermanEdit

Carl Von ClausewitzEdit

War is nothing but a duel on a larger scale

- Carl Von Clausewitz, Prussian general and military theorist

No one starts a war - or rather, no one in his senses ought to do so - without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war, and how he intends to conduct it

- Carl Von Clausewitz, Prussian general and military theorist

Close combat, man to man, is plainly to be regarded as the real basis of combat

- Carl Von Clausewitz, Prussian general and military theorist

The greatest enemy of a good plan, is the dream of a perfect plan

- Carl Von Clausewitz, Prussian general and military theorist

Frederick II, the GreatEdit

If soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army

- Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia

Without supplies, no army is brave

- Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia

It is your attitude, and the suspicion that you are maturing the boldest designs against him, that imposes on your enemy

- Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia

Everything which the enemy least expects will succeed the best

- Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia

Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be an ugly brawl

- Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia

Rascals, do you want to live forever?

- Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia

Do not forget the dogs of war, your big guns, which are the most - to - be respected arguments of the rights of kings

- Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia

We are made for action, and activity is the sovereign remedy for all physical ills

- Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia

The most certain way of ensuring victory is to march briskly and in good order against the enemy, always endeavoring to gain ground

- Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia

Immanuel KantEdit

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life

- Immanuel Kant, Prussian philosopher and geographer

Prudence approaches, conscience accuses

- Immanuel Kant, Prussian philosopher and geographer

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so

- Immanuel Kant, Prussian philosopher and geographer

So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world

- Immanuel Kant, Prussian philosopher and geographer

Frederick William IEdit

No, not quite naked. I shall have my uniform on

- Frederick William I, King of Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg, his last words

The most beautiful girl or woman in the world would be a matter of indifference to me, but tall soldiers - they are my weakness

- Frederick William I, King of Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg

Johann Wolfgang Von GoetheEdit

You must either conquer and rule or serve and lose, suffer or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer

- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, German writer and polymath

Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one

- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, German writer and polymath

OtherEdit

Let all brave Prussians follow me!

- Count Von Sedgewick, Prussian general, his last words prior to being killed by a cannonball

Against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain

- Friedrich Von Schiller, German poet and philosopher

War always finds a way

- Bertolt Breht, German poet and playwright

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you

- Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher

A historian is a prophet in reverse

- Friedrich Von Schlegel, German poet

FrenchEdit

Napoleon BonaparteEdit

In war, three - quarters turns on personal character and relations; the balance of manpower and materials counts only for the remaining quarter

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

Remember, gentlemen, what a Roman emperor said: "The corpse of an enemy always smells sweet."

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

Charges of cavalry are equally useful at the beginning, the middle and the end of a battle. They should be made always, if possible, on the flanks of the infantry, especially when the latter is engaged in front

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

Read over and over again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus, Turenne, Eugene, and Frederic... This is the only way to become a great general and master of the secrets of the art of war

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

Imagination rules the world

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

It is exceptional and difficult to find all the qualities of a great general.

       - Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

Ability is nothing without opportunity

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

In war the simplest maneuvers are the best

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

In revolution there are two sorts of men, those who cause them and those who profit by them.

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

An army marches on its stomach

- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and general

VoltaireEdit

God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best

- Voltaire, French author, wit, and philosopher

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities

- Voltaire, French author, wit, and philosopher

No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking

- Voltaire, French author, wit, and philosopher

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it

- Voltaire, French author, wit, and philosopher

Where some states possess an army, the Prussian army possesses a state

- Voltaire, French author, wit, and philosopher

OtherEdit

"Is it a revolt?" A Duke of France: "No, Sir, it's a revolution."

- Louis XVI, King of France, upon hearing of the revolution

I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.

- King Charles V, King of Spain

I see that you have made three spelling mistakes.

- Thomas de Mahay, Marquis de Favras, French aristocrat, his last words upon reading his death sentence before being guillotined

Every nation has the government that it deserves.

- Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard lawyer and diplomat

I am about to - or I am going to - die; either expression is correct.

- Dominique Bouhours, French Jesuit grammarian, his last words

An army must inevitably consist of the scum of the people and all those for which society has no use.

- Conte de Saint - Germain, French courtier and alchemist

In an age that is utterly corrupt, the best policy is to do as others do.

- Marquis de Sade, French aristocrat and novelist

Mistrust first impulses, they are nearly always good.

- Charles - Maurice de Talleyrand, French diplomat

Ultima Ratio Regum. (The final argument of kings.)

- Inscription on French cannons, by order of Louis XIV

First feelings are always the most natural.

- Louis XIV, King of France, "The Sun King"

Sir, I had little hopes on Monday last but to have supped in your cabin: but it pleased God to order it otherwise. I am thankful for it. As for those cowardly captains who deserted you, hang them up, for by God they deserve it. Yours, Du Casse.

     - Admiral Jean du Casse, to Vice - Admiral John Benbow following the Action of August 2nd, 1702

I have seen what I never thought to be possible, a single line of infantry break throguh three lines of cavalry, ranking in order of battle, and tumble them to ruin!

     - Marquis Louis de Contades, French General, August 1, 1759, Battle of Minden

RussianEdit

Prince Aleksandr V. SuvorovEdit

If we had not driven them into hell, hell would have swallowed us.

- Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov, Count of Rymnik, Russian general

One minute can decide the outcome of the battle, one hour - the outcome of the campaign, and one day - the fate of the country.

- Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov, Count of Rymnik, Russian general

When the enemy is driven back, we have failed, and when he is cut off, encircled and dispersed, we have succeeded.

- Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov, Count of Rymnik, Russian general

Win with ability, not with numbers.

- Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov, Count of Rymnik, Russian general

The Church will pray to God for the dead. The survivor has honour and glory.

- Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov, Count of Rymnik, Russian general

Accustom yourself to tire - less activity.

- Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov, Count of Rymnik, Russian general

OtherEdit

When a man is able to take abuse with a smile, he is worthy to become a leader.

- Reb Nachman of Bratslav, Nachman from Uman, Ukrainian Jewish teacher and spiritual leader

The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.

- Arthur Koestler, Hungarian Jewish author and polymath

RomanEdit

CiceroEdit

Silent enim leges inter arma. (Laws are silent in times of war.)

- Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher

Cedant arma togae, concedant laurea laudi. (Let war yield to peace, laurels to paeans.)

- Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher

JewishEdit

Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum. (Let him who desires peace, prepare for war.)

- Vegetius, Roman writer

SwedishEdit

Charles XIIEdit

Don't be afraid!

- Charles XII, King of Sweden, his last words before being killed in battle

I have resolved never to start an unjust war, but never to end a legitimate one except by defeating my enemies.

- Charles XII, King of Sweden

AsianEdit

Sun TzuEdit

The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any hosilities...It is best to win without fighting.

- Sun Tzu, Chinese general and author of The Art of War

Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.

- Sun Tzu, Chinese general and author of The Art of War

All war is deception.

- Sun Tzu, Chinese general and author of The Art of War

To capture the enemy's entire army is better than to destroy it; to take intact a regiment, a company, or a squad is better than to destroy them. For to win one hundred victories in on one battle is not the supreme of excellence. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence.

- Sun Tzu, Chinese general and author of The Art of War

Duty is heavier than iron, yet death is lighter than a feather.

- Japanese proverb

IndianEdit

AurangzebEdit

Strange, that I came into the world with nothing, and now I am going away with this stupendous caravan of sin! Wherever I look, I see only God... I have sinned terribly, and I do not know what punishment awaits me.

- Aurangzeb, the last Mughal Emperor, on his deathbed

GreekEdit

AristotleEdit

We make war that we may live in peace.

- Aristotle, Greek philosopher

OtherEdit

War is always fought for old men by young boys.

- Anonymous

The great uncertainty of all data in war is because all action, to a certain extent, planned in a mere twilight - like the effect of a fog - gives things exaggerated dimensions and unnatural appearance.

- Carl von Clausewitz

Think what thousands fell in vain, Wasted with disease and anguish, Not in glorious battle slain.

   - The ballad of "Admiral Hosier's Ghost", 1726, based on a real event where 4000 of 4760 men died of disease in a single expedition

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

   - William Blake, English engraver, illustrator, poet

How wonderful is Death, Death, and his brother Sleep!

   - Extract from "Queen Mab" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Where a goat can go, a man can go. And where a man can go, he can drag a gun.

     - William Phillips, British Artillery General

Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.

 - Francis Jeffery, Scottish literary critic and jurist 

A great captain can only be formed by long experience and intense study.

-Charles, Archduke of Austria

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