Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.
I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but by God, they frighten me.
Victory is the ability to fight five minutes longer than any other army in the world.
We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.
Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called 'guess what was at the other side of the hill'.
Our army is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth.
Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.
When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten; when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it.
Hard pounding, gentlemen. Let's see who pounds the longest.
The British soldiers are fellows who have all enlisted for drink. That is the plain fact - they have all enlisted for drink.
If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.
Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.
Yes, about ten minutes.
An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.
The only thing I am afraid of is fear.
The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.
To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound
Troops would never be deficient in courage, if they could only know how deficient in it their enemies were.
Always make water when you can.
The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill.
I attribute my success on the battlefield to always being on the spot to see and do everything for myself
God deliver me from my friends! I'll take care of my enemies myself.
During the Peninsula War, I heard a Portuguese general address his troops before a battle with the words, "Remember men, you are Portuguese!"
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