1. 10

    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.

  2. 9

    Politics is the womb in which war develops.

  3. 8

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

  4. 7

    The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.

  5. 6

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

  6. 5

    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.

  7. 4

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

  8. 3

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

  9. 2

    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.

  10. 1

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

  11. Last Update: 28 November 2022

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