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Karl Von Clausewitz Quotes and Sayings

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The more a general is accustomed to place heavy demands on his soldiers,
the more he can depend on their response.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Everything in war is very simple.
But the simplest thing is difficult.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it,
and the means can never be considered in isolation form their purposes.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

War is the continuation of politics by other means.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

 

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty,
our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Principles and rules are intended to provide a thinking
man with a frame of reference.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

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Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

All action takes place, so to speak,
in a kind of twilight,
which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make
things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

War is the province of danger.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he
pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will,
he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

War is not an independent phenomenon,
but the continuation of politics by different means.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of
state policy with other means.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

War is not an exercise of the will directed at an inanimate matter.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate
until the time of action is past.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

To secure peace is to prepare for war.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Politics is the womb in which war develops.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

War is not merely a political act but a real political instrument,
a continuation of political intercourse,
a carrying out of the same by other means.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

A conqueror is always a lover of peace.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory;
even more are false,
and most are uncertain.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

I shall proceed from the simple to the complex.
But in war more than in any other subject we must begin
by looking at the nature of the whole;
for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole
must always be thought of together.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Two qualities are indispensable: first,
an intellect that, even in the darkest hour,
retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth;
and second,
the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Men in general judge more from
appearances than from reality. All
men have eyes, but few have
the gift of penetration.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval -
a thing which, to the general run of the human race,
is more dreaded than wolves and death.
- Mark Twain

Our prayers should be for blessings in general,
for God knows best what is good for us.
- Socrates

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

I hate facts.
I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions -
adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I believe in general in a dualism between facts and
the ideas of those facts in human heads.
- George Santayana

Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared
and hated? This is because in part what they have to
say is new to the general public,
and the new is always alarming.
- Garrett Hardin

The instant formal government is abolished,
society begins to act.
A general association takes place, and common interest
produces common security.
- Thomas Paine

As a general thing, when a woman wears the pants in a family,
she has a good right to them.
- Josh Billings

Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear
so long sustained by now that we can even bear it...
the basest of all things is to be afraid.
- William Faulkner

Me and Matt love to argue, but in general our sense
of humor is pretty much alike.
- Trey Parker

There is a general knowledge that I am multi-dimensional,
that when you are creative you do a lot of things.
- Suzanne Somers

My husband is a general's chauffeur somewhere in France.
- Lillie Langtry

The drive toward economic nationalism is only part
of the general revival of nationalism.
- Arthur Henderson

Dimension regulated the general scale of the work,
so that the parts may all tell and be effective.
- Marcus V. Pollio

Also, General Zinni, who commanded central command,
was very much opposed to the war in the first place,
as I was.
We were both quoted to that effect in February of 2003.
- William Odom

I love the fact that it's not only about Star Trek,
but about science fiction in general,
and science.
- Rene Auberjonois

True, the initial ideas are in general those of an individual,
but the establishment of the reality and truth is in
general the work of more than one person.
- Willard Libby

In Thailand's history there have been dissensions from time to time,
but in general, unity has prevailed.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant
that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.
- Thomas Sowell

An aristocratic culture does not advertise its emotions.
In its forms of expression it is sober and reserved.
Its general attitude is stoic.
- Johan Huizinga

Perhaps, all writers walk such a line.
In general - as we all do in our dreams -
I believe I put something of myself into all the characters in my novels,
male as well as female.
- Rose Tremain

The actual course is called fishery studies,
and you study general aquatics and fishery management.
- Tom Felton

I'm clenched down, I'm locked in on it,
which is my general approach to life.
- James Ellroy

I don't talk much to offensive linemen in general.
- Jack Youngblood

Architecture in general is frozen music.
- Friedrich von Schelling

The General Strike has taught the working class more
in four days than years of talking could have done.
- Arthur Balfour

However, in spite of the general perception that monetary
policy should be conducted so as to avert deflation,
a central bank cannot lower interest rates below the zero lower bound.
- Toshihiko Fukui

Everyone is always in favour of general economy and particular expenditure.
- Anthony Eden

In the general course of human nature,
A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.
- Alexander Hamilton

Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great
space of human change and progress some general human
purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I will make a general statement that we have not had
anything like the policy of holding people in high
office responsible for their acts that I think we should.
- William Odom

Doctor Who is like any long-running series in that
the cast tend to look to the star to set the general tone.
Rehearsals and filming could be a lot of fun.
- Sarah Sutton

Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because
they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split,
as a general thing.
- Robert E. Howard

Military organization, like religious organization,
can be seen as a paradigm of organization in general.
- Robert Shea

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle,
hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

I was with the U.N.
Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on the day that Srebrenica fell,
which happened to be a huge historical turning point in the Bosnian war.
- Michael Ignatieff

He who never sacrificed a present to a future good
or a personal to a general one can speak of happiness
only as the blind do of colors.
- Olympia Brown

General Sherman looked upon journalists as a nuisance
and a danger at headquarters and in the field,
and acted toward them accordingly, then as throughout his great war career.
- Henry Villard

I want to go where I can be of the most service to the general enterprise.
- Ezra Cornell

The general consensus seems to be that I don't act at all.
- Gary Cooper

There is a rising generation in this country who do
not know God because of a general decay of religion.
- Arthur Middleton

Berkeley had a liberal element in the student body
who tended to be quite active.
I think that's in general a feature of intellectually active places.
- John Searle

A long time ago a bunch of people reached a general
consensus as to what's real and what's not and most
of us have been going along with it ever since.
- Charles de Lint

During my nearly five years as director-general of WHO,
high-level policymakers have increasingly recognized
that health is central to sustainable development.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland


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