I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
Know the enemy and know yourself.
All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.
Battle... brings out all that is best.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle
When after many battles past,
Both tir'd with blows,
make peace at last,
What is it, after all, the people get?
Why! taxes, widows, wooden legs, and debt.
Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge.
Let him who desires peace prepare for war.
For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never peril.
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
If we don't end war, war will end us.
The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
In war there is no substitute for victory.
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
If it has to be that wars and battles are begun for many reasons and quarrels, then they should also be avoided and shunned by better and more valid reasons.
The predominance of moral factors in all military decisions. On them constantly turns the issue of war and battle. In the history of war they form the more constant factors, changing only in degree, whereas the physical factors are different in almost every war and every military situation.
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