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"War is an extension of politics by violent means" - Karl von Clausewitz 1780-1831, in his book Von Krieg (On War)  [Comment: Some others don't translate it that way but that is the way I read it. To many people like to water down this statement.]
"The real war will never get into the books" - Walt Whitman 1819-1892, in his book The Real War [Comment: Even a small war has too many things going on to record properly, let alone understand. Plus there is so much uncertainly and lying going it is very difficult know what is the truth.]
I am more afraid of our own mistakes than of our enemies' designs" Pericles: Speech to the Athenians, 432 BC  [Comment: This was said during the Peloponnesian War, a long war between Athens and Sparta. Toward the end of that war Pericles' nephew Alcibiades talked the Athenians into sailing off to attack the city of Syracuse in Sicily which lost them two fleets and armies. Then ultimately the war.]

"War, as the saying goes, if full of false alarms" Aristotle: Nichomachean Ethics, iii, c.340 BC. [Comment: War has a tendency to rattle people's nerves, especially inexperienced ones. Every bombardment is aimed at them, everything that goes pop in the night causes an overreaction. Every surprise caused everything to be rearranged. The difference between a raw recruit and veteran is who gets sleep at night.]

"An army travels on its stomach" Napoleon I, 1769-1858 [Comment: Armies without food really don't want to fight, no matter how much they have in the way other supplies. Lee found that out when he was retreating from Richmond. His hungry troops received a ammunition train, but no food.]

 Notes: What is a Military Quotation? A short statement concerning the nature of war.

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