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WAR
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Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
      - Sun Tzu (Sunzi)

To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy.
      - Sun Tzu (Sunzi), The Art of War

This is the soldier brave enough to tell
  The glory-dazzled world that "war is hell."
      - Henry Jackson van Dyke (2),
        On the Gaudens' Statue of Gen. Sherman

Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor?
  [Lat., Dolus an virtus quis in hoste requirat?]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        II, 390

Arms, and the man I sing, who, forced by fate,
  And haughty Juno's unrelenting hate,
    Expelled and exiled, left the Trojan shore.
      [Lat., Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris
        Italiam, fato profugus, Laviniaque venit
          Litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
            Vi superum saevae memorem Iunonis ob iram.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid, (Dryden's translation)

The only safety for the conquered is to expect no safety.
  [Lat., Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (II, 354)

Small in number, but their valor tried in war, and glowing.
  [Lat., Exigui numero, sed bello vivida virtus.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (V, 754)

The love of arms and the mad wickedness of war are raging.
  [Lat., Saevit amor ferri et scelerata insania belli.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (VII, 461)

Brave men ne'er warred with the dead and vanquished.
  [Lat., Nullum cum victis certamen et aethere cassis.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (XI, 104)

It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.
  [Lat., On dit que Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Letter to M. le Riche

Ingenious to their ruin, every age improves the art and instruments of rage.
      - Edmund Waller

On to Richmond.
      - Fitz-Henry Warren,
        used as a standing headline in the New York "Tribune", June-July, 1961, before the McDowell campaign

A great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle [patriotism] alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.
      - George Washington,
        in a letter to John Banister

I heard the bullets whistle; and believe me, there is something charming in the sound.
      - George Washington

The power of making war often prevents it, and in our case would give efficacy to our desire of peace.
      - George Washington

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
      - George Washington,
        Speech to both Houses of Congress

We do not with God's name make wanton play;
  We are not on such easy terms with Heaven;
    But in Earth's hearing we can verily say,
      "Our hands are pure; for peace, for peace we have striven,"
        And not by Earth shall he be soon forgiven
          Who lit the fire accurst that flames to-day.
      - Sir William Watson (2),
        To the Troubler of the World

They went to war against a preamble, they fought seven years against a declaration.
      - Daniel Webster,
        Speech on the Presidential Protest

The battle of Waterloo was won the playing fields of Eton.
      - attributed to Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington,
        see Prof. W. Selwyn "Waterloo, a Lay of Jubilee" (second edition)

Up Guards and at 'em!
      - attributed to Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington,
        during the Battle of Waterloo, but denied by him

Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
      - Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington,
        Despatch

The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill.
      - Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington,
        Saying

A great country can have no such thing as a little war.
      - Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley

Take my word for it, if you had seen but one day of war, you would pray to Almighty God that you might never see such a thing again.
      - Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.
      - Rebecca West (pseudonym of Mrs. Cicely Fairfield Andrews)


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