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

— Karl von Clausewitz

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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.

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Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.

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

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Karl von Clausewitz quote Courage, above all things, is the first

Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.

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Principles and rules are intended to provide a thinking man with a frame of reference.

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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.

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Quotes about War

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.

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Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.

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Politics is the womb in which war develops.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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War is not an exercise of the will directed at an inanimate matter.

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About Karl von Clausewitz

Quotes 21 sayings
Profession Soldier
Birthday October 16

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

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War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.

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War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of politics by other means.

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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.

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

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War is the continuation of politics by other means.

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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.

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War is the province of danger.

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