Responsibility and danger do not tend to free or stimulate the average person's mind- rather the contrary; but wherever they do liberate an individual's judgement and confidence we can be sure that we are in the presence of exceptional ability.
Self-reliance is the best defence against the pressures of the moment.
Knowledge must become capability.
Be audacious and cunning in your plans, firm and persevering in their execution, determined to find a glorious end.
To achieve victory we must mass our forces at the hub of all power & movement. The enemy's 'Center of Gravity'
Tactics is the art of using troops in battle; strategy is the art of using battles to win the war
To secure peace is to prepare for war.
The enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan.
We repeat again: strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one’s balance in spite of them. Even with the violence of emotion, judgment and principle must still function like a ship’s compass, which records the slightest variations however rough the sea.
Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat an enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds; it is a fallacy that must be exposed: War is such a dangerous business that the mistakes which come from kindness are the very worst.
Last Update: 6 December 2022
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