Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.— Duke of Wellington
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Our army is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth.
Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.
We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.
I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but by God, they frighten me.
All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called 'guess what was at the other side of the hill'.
I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
The British soldiers are fellows who have all enlisted for drink.
That is the plain fact - they have all enlisted for drink.
Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.
During the Peninsula War, I heard a Portuguese general address his troops before a battle with the words, "Remember men, you are Portuguese!"
The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.
If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.
The only thing I am afraid of is fear.
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory--except a great defeat.
Hard pounding, gentlemen. Let's see who pounds the longest.
A great country can have no such thing as a little war.
The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.
The history of a battle, is not unlike the history of a ball.
Some individuals may recollect all the little events of which the great result is the battle won or lost, but no individual can recollect the order in which, or the exact moment at which, they occurred, which makes all the difference as to their value or importance.
A great country cannot wage a little war.
The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill.
There is nothing on earth so stupid as a gallant officer.
Call on a business man only at business times, and on business;
transact your business, and go about your business, in order to give him time to finish his business.
Error is ever the sequence of haste.
Victory is the ability to fight five minutes longer than any other army in the world.
There are no manifestos like cannon and musketry.
I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wished are concerned
You must build your House of Parliament on the river: so.
.. that the populace cannot exact their demands by sitting down round you.
I have got an infamous army, very weak and ill-equipped, and a very inexperienced staff.
The scum of the earth... but what fine soldiers we have made them.
The French system of conscription brings together a fair sample of all classes;
ours is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth. It is only wonderful that we should be able to make so much out of them afterwards.
My heart is broken by the terrible loss I have sustained in my old friends and companions and my poor soldiers. Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
Rashness is oftener the resort of cowardice than of courage.
It is very true that I have said that I considered Napoleon's presence in the field equal to forty thousand men in the balance. This is a very loose way of talking; but the idea is a very different one from that of his presence at a battle being equal to a reinforcement of forty thousand men.
I hate the whole race. There is no believing a word they say, your professional poets, I mean there never existed a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.
Today when a man gets married he gets a home, a housekeeper, a cook, a cheering squad and another paycheck. When a woman marries, she gets a boarder. To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing that well with one dollar, which any bungler can do with two after a fashion.
There is no mistake; there has been no mistake; and there shall be no mistake.
I have no small talk and Peel has no manners.
As a member of the Protestant British squirearchy ruling Ireland, he was touchy about his Irish origins. When in later life an enthusiastic Gael commended him as a famous Irishman, he replied "A man can be born in a stable, and yet not be an animal.
Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.
Believe me that every man you see in a military uniform is not a hero.
An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.
Extra interest signifies extra risk.
I attribute my success on the battlefield to always being on the spot to see and do everything for myself
When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten;
when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it.
My rule always was to do the business of the day in the day.
Napoleon has humbugged me, by God; he has gained twenty-four hours' march on me.