“…the most expensive thing in the world is a second-best military establishment, good but not good enough to win.” – Robert A. Heinlein

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” (“Who would have peace, prepare for war”)
– Flavius Vegetius Renatus

“A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow.” – Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

“We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.” – George Orwell

“The most complete and happy victory is this: to compel one’s enemy to give up his purpose, while suffering no harm oneself.” – Belisarius

“The greatest joy in life is to crush your enemies in battle, and see them driven before you; to scatter their flocks; to take their horses and goods; to see them fall at your feet; and to hear the wailing of their women as you hold them to your bosom!” – Genghis Khan

“There is no substitute for victory.” – Gen. Douglas MacArthur

de l’audace, encore de l’audace, et toujours de l’audace!” (audacity, more audacity, and ever more audacity!) – George Danton (misattributed to Frederick the Great)

“War is hell.” – Gen. William T. Sherman

“Gustavus Adolphus, Turenne, and Frederick, as well as Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar have all acted upon the same principles. These have been: to keep their forces united; to leave no weak part unguarded; to seize with rapidity on important points…. study again and again (their campaigns). Model yourself upon them. This is the only means of becoming a great captain, and of acquiring the secret of the art of war.” – Napoleon

“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.” – Winston Churchill

The secret to success in war is to “Get there first with the most men.” (Often rendered as “Git thar fustest with the most mostest.”) – Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest

“An army of sheep, led by a lion, is better than an army of lions, led by a sheep.” – Attributed to various authors, including Napoleon and Alexander the Great

“No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.” – Adm. Horatio Nelson

“First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.” – Adm. Horatio Nelson

“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.” – Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

Nicht Kleckern sondern Klotzen!” (“Stomp them, don’t slap them!”) – Gen. Heinz Guderian

“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.” – Gen. U.S. Grant

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” – Plato


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