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ARTHUR WELLESLEY, DUKE OF WELLINGTON
British military and political leader
(1769 - 1852)

A host in himself.
      - said of Lord John Russell [Hospitality]

An untoward event. (Threatening to disturb the balance of power.)
      - [Power]

F.M. The Duke of Wellington presents his compliments to Mr. ------ and declines to interfere in circumstances over which he has no control.
      - [Circumstance]

I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
      - attributed to,
        upon seeing the first Reformed Parliament
        [Hatters]

The battle of Waterloo was won the playing fields of Eton.
      - attributed to,
        see Prof. W. Selwyn "Waterloo, a Lay of Jubilee" (second edition)
        [War]

There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory--except a great defeat.
      - attributed to,
        ascribed to D'Argensonby as reported by Grimm, see Emerson "Quotation and Originality"
        [Victory]

Up Guards and at 'em!
      - attributed to,
        during the Battle of Waterloo, but denied by him
        [War]

Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
      - Despatch [War]

There is no mistake; there has been no mistake; and there shall be no mistake.
      - Letter to Mr. Huskisson [Mistake]

It is very true that I have said that I considered Napoleon's presence in the field equal to forty thousand men in the balance. This is a very loose way of talking; but the idea is a very different one from that of his presence at a battle being equal to a reinforcement of forty thousand men.
      - Memorandum [Influence : Napoleon]

The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill.
      - Saying [War]


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