What are some famous military quotes

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  • The great Carthage fought three wars. After the first, it was still powerful. After the second it was still habitable. After the third it was no longer to be found.

  • All wars that advance progress are just, and all wars that impede progress are unjust. We communists are against all unjust wars that hinder progress, but not against progressive, just wars.

  • Stupid and hardworking officers are dangerous to the public; they must be dismissed immediately, while idle fools in a subordinate position do no harm. Hard-working clever ones are suitable for middle-class positions, but not for the highest positions, which include clever and lazy officers.

  • I ask you: do you want total war? Do you want it, if necessary more totally and radically than we can even imagine it today?

  • The army is the most distinguished of all institutions in every country; for it alone enables the existence of all other institutions. All political and civil freedom, all creations of culture and finance stand and fall with the army.

  • On the eve of a war, two leading statesmen from two conflicting peoples tend to meet alone in a harmless village, on a terrace on the bank of a lake, or in the corner of a garden. Every now and then a light breeze blows. They are of the opinion that the war is the worst scourge in the world. And both, as they watch the reflexes on the flood as magnolia leaves fall on their shoulders, are peaceful, humble, loyal. You...

  • Whoever takes the sword shall perish by the sword.

  • As long as the atom bomb is only in the hands of the two great powers, there will be no war. It only becomes dangerous when everyone can get the necessary plutonium from the drugstore.

  • War is first the hope that one will be better, then the expectation that the other will be worse, then the satisfaction that the other is no better, and then the surprise that both are worse.

  • You don't make nails out of good iron, nor soldiers out of good men.

  • When you go to war as a young lad, you have the great illusion of immortality. The others are killed; not yourself.

  • Eternal peace is a dream, and not even a beautiful one. Without the war, the world would be bogged down in materialism.

  • There is mutual respect on the battlefield. The hatred builds up for it in the schools, the salons and the shopkeepers.

  • Long live the soldiers / the farmer gives the roast / the winegrower gives the cider / that is soldiers' food. / In the woods we go stalking / after all the old stags / and bring the antlers frankly and freely / to the men. / / We feast like dynasties, / and tomorrow we have to fast, / rich early and bare in the evening, / that is without soldiers.

  • It is sweet and glorious to die for the fatherland.

  • We must not forget that only the sword holds the sword in its scabbard and that under such circumstances disarmament is war for us, the war we would like to avoid.

  • Over a distance of a thousand miles only humanity works but not power.

  • A rifle is worth a lot, but you can't sit on it.

  • If the bloody slaughter is a terrible spectacle, it should only be an occasion to appreciate the wars more, but not to gradually blunt the swords one wields out of humanity, until someone intervenes again, with a sharp one who knocks our arms off our bodies.

  • No matter how small and weak a state may be in relation to its enemy: it should not spare itself the last endeavors to fight, or it should be told that there is no longer any soul in it.

  • Anyone who submits to the norm of carrying arms, if he does it conscientiously, helps to protect an order that we have not yet been able to replace with a new order. Anyone who submits to the norm of the renunciation of arms must hope to give today an example of ethics which one day will be general.

  • Whoever wants to defend a state must make it worth defending.

  • Let go / the mighty one can wage war; but not / docile, like the falcon out of the air / swings back on the hunter's hand, / the wild god obeys the call of the human voice.

  • An army without a culture is an ignorant army, and an ignorant army can be defeated by the enemy.

  • Where do we even talk of a contrast between the military and the people? The same man who was a people last year is a soldier this year and a people again in two years' time.

  • We choose governments to protect our homes and our lives. And then we have to leave our homes and give our lives to protect these governments.

  • Anger and cowardly, insidious weakness raced everywhere. / I would never like to see people again in this vile aberration /! The angry beast is a better sight.

  • Besides, we have to admit that we are gradually beginning to believe in a divine mission of the emperor Napoleon. Anyone who knows large fish holdings will know that carp are easily exposed to disease if they lie too lazily in the mud. There is a habit of putting pike in the carp pond as needed to keep the carp lively. And now that Europe has been trained to the still water of a civilization carp pond and our Lord has not yet ...

  • The stupid wise men believed that the salvation of the state rests on the fact that there is always a strong, quick-witted force at hand, especially well-tried warriors; They don't trust the inexperienced. And so they have to constantly look for war deals in order not to have untrained soldiers.

  • For a perfectly perfect army I like to take an Italian head, Spanish hands and arms, a German heart, but the belly and feet from the rest of the nations.

  • In a battle, all people need to be made to fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it is more dangerous to / lose a battle than to win it.

  • The military is a plant that must be carefully tended so that it does not bear fruit.