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War, that mad game the world so loves to play.
      - Jonathan Swift, Ode to Sir Wm. Temple

Hobbes clearly proves that every creature
  Lives in a state of war by nature.
      - Jonathan Swift, Poetry--A Rhapsody

Not with dreams, but with blood and with iron
  Shall a nation be moulded to last.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne,
        A Word for the Country

We should provide in peace what we need in war.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Even war is better than a wretched peace.
  [Lat., Miseram pacem vel bello bene mutari.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (III, 44)

The proper qualities of a general are judgment and deliberation.
  [Lat., Ratio et consilium propriae ducis artes.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        Historioe (III, 20)

The gods are on the side of the stronger.
  [Lat., Deos fortioribus adesse.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        Historioe (IV, 17)

I see no end of this war system.
      - Robert Tannahill,
        in a letter to James King, referring to the inability of man to resolve serious conflicts without war

We can start at once. We made preparations on the way.
      - Commander Joseph K. Taussig,
        answering for the American Navy to the British Admiral's query, "When will you be ready?", erroneously attributed to Admiral Sims

A little more grape, Captain Bragg.
      - attributed to Gen. George W. Taylor,
        at Buena Vista

Half a league, half a league,
  Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
      Rode the six hundred.
        "Forward the Light Brigade!
          Charge for the guns!" he said,
            Into the valley of death
              Rode the six hundred.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Charge of the Light Brigade (st. 1)

Forward, the Light Brigade!
  Was there a man dismayed?
    Not tho' the soldier knew
      Some one had blunder'd.
        Theirs not to make reply,
          Theirs not to reason why,
            Theirs but to do and die.
              Into the valley of death
                Rode the six hundred.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Charge of the Light Brigade (st. 2)

Cannon to right of them,
  Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon in front of them
      Volly'd and thunder'd;
        Stormed at with shot and shell,
          Boldly they rode and well,
            Into the jaws of Death,
              Into the mouth of Hell
                Rode the six hundred.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Charge of the Light Brigade (st. 3)

The children born of thee are sword and fire,
  Red ruin, and the breaking up of law.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Idylls of the King--Guinevere (l. 423)

It becomes a wise man to try negotiation before arms.
  [Lat., Omnia prius experiri verbis quam armis sapientem decet.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Eunuchus
         (V, 1, 19)

But overlooking the divine exhortations, they act rather upon that Greek verse of worldly significance, "He who flees will fight again," and that perhaps to betake himself again to fight.
  [Lat., Sed omissis quidem divinis exhortationibus illum magis Graecum versiculum secularis sententiae sibi adhibent, "Qui fugiebat, rursus proeliabitur:" ut et rursus forsitan fugiat.]
      - Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullian,
        De Fuga in Persecutione (ch. 10)

Ten good soldiers, wisely led,
  Will beat a hundred without a head.
      - D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1),
        Paraphrase of Euripides

War is the corruption and disgrace of man.
      - James Thomson (1)

But what most showed the vanity of life
  Was to behold the nations all on fire.
      - James Thomson (1), Castle of Indolence
         (canto I, 55)

Now hear the trumpets' clangor from afar, and all the dreadful harmony of war.
      - Thomas Tickell

A thousand touching traits testify to the sacred power of the love which a righteous war awakes in noble nations.
      - Leo Heinrich von Treitschke,
        German History (vol. I, p. 482)

God will see to it that war always recurs as a drastic medicine for the human race.
      - Leo Heinrich von Treitschke, Politics
         (vol. 1, p. 76)

War is elevating, because the individual disappears before the great conception of the state. . . . What a perversion of morality to wish to abolish heroism among men!
      - Leo Heinrich von Treitschke, Politics
         (vol. I, p. 74)

In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack--the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of maneuvers.
      - Sun Tzu (Sunzi)

It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy's one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if twice as numerous, to divide our army into two.
      - Sun Tzu (Sunzi)


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