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BATTLE
[ Also see War ]

Troops of heroes undistinguished die.
      - Joseph Addison

That awful pause, dividing life from death
  Struck for an instant on the hearts of men,
    Thousands of whom were drawing their last breath!
      A moment all will be life again.
 * * * * * one moment more,
The death-cry drowning in the battle's roar.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Then after length of time, the labouring swains,
  Who turn the turfs of those unhappy plains,
    Shall rusty piles from the plough'd furrows take,
      And over empty helmets pass the rake;
        Amazed at antique titles on the stones,
          And mighty relics of gigantic bones.
      - John Dryden

Hark! the death-denouncing trumpet sounds
  The fatal charge, and shouts proclaim the onset;
    Destruction rushes dreadful to the field,
      And bathes itself in blood; havoc let loose
        Now undistinguish'd rages all around,
          While ruin, seated on her dreary throne,
            Sees the plain strewed with subjects truly hers,
              Breathless and cold.
      - William Havard

A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth.
      - Henrik Ibsen

No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy.
      - Henry Kissinger

When Greeks joined Greeks, then was the tug of war,
  The labored battle sweat, and conquest bled
    . . . . .
      Philip fought men, but Alexander women.
      - Nathaniel Lee,
        The Rival Queens; or, Alexander the Great
         (act IV, sc. 2)

This day hath made
  Much work for tears in many a English mother,
    Whose sons lie scatter'd on the bleeding ground;
      Many a widow's husband grovelling lies,
        Coldly embracing the discolor'd earth.
      - William Shakespeare

As well the soldier dieth who standeth still as he that gives the bravest onset.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

It was a goodly sight to see the embattled pomp, as with the step of stateliness the barbed steeds came on, to see the pennons rolling their long waves before the gale, and banners, broad and bright, tossing their blazonry.
      - Robert Southey

Therewith they gan, both furious and fell,
  To thunder blowes, and fiercely to assaile
    Each other, bent his enemy to quell,
      That with their force they perst both plate and maile,
        And made wide furrows in their fleshes fraile,
          That it would pity any living eie,
            Large floods of blood adowne their sides did raile,
              But floods of blood could not them satisfie:
                Both hongred after death; both chose to win or die.
      - Edmund Spenser

The next dreadful thing to a battle lost is a battle won.
      - Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley

The fame of a battlefield grows with its years; Napoleon storming the Bridge of Lodi, and Wellington surveying the towers of Salamanca, affect us with fainter emotions than Brutus reading in his tent at Philippi, or Richard bearing down with the English chivalry upon the white armies of Saladin.
      - Robert Aris Willmott


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