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

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  2. Politics is the womb in which war develops.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. War is not an exercise of the will directed at an inanimate matter.

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

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

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  8. War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.

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  9. 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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  10. War is the province of danger.

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The complete list of 21 Karl von Clausewitz sayings