Very few people chose war. They chose selfishness and the result was war. Each of us, individually and nationally, must choose: total love or total war.
Where some states possess an army, the Prussian Army possesses a state.
The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.
I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.
Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.
There is one certain means by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin: I will die in the last ditch.
In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company.
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.
Nothing good ever comes of violence.
War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.
There are so few who can grow old with a good grace.
I used to say of him that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men.
It is pleasant, when the sea is high and the winds are dashing the waves about, to watch from the shores the struggles of another.
Hard pounding, gentlemen. Let's see who pounds the longest.
War spares not the brave, but the cowardly.
Know the enemy and know yourself.
What, do they run already? Then I die happy.
In war, indeed, there can be no substitute for victory.
The British Army should be a projectile to be fired by the British Navy.
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
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