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Napoleon Bonaparte: One of the greatest generals a
Napoleon on War
Read over and over again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus, Turenne, Eugene and Frederic. ... This is the only way to become a great general and master the secrets of the art of war.
How many things apparently impossible have nevertheless been performed by resolute men who had no alternative but death.
Two armies are two bodies which meet and try to frighten each other.
I love a brave soldier who has undergone the baptism of fire.
The secret of war lies in the communications.
To have good soldiers, a nation must always be at war.
The moral is to the physical as three to one.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
Every soldier carries a marshal's baton in his pack.
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannonshots.
Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
An army marches on its stomach.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
In war there is but one favorable moment; the great art is to seize it!
One bad general is worth two good ones.
Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
There are certain things in war of which the commander alone comprehends the importance. Nothing but his superior firmness and ability can subdue and surmount all difficulties.
He that makes war without many mistakes has not made war very long.
The most important qualification of a soldier is fortitude under fatigue and privation. Courage is only second; hardship, poverty and want are the best school for a soldier.
In time of revolution, with perseverance and courage, a soldier should think nothing impossible.
God is on the side with the best artillery
An army's effectiveness depends on its size, training, experience, and morale, and morale is worth more than any of the other factors combined.
Between a battle lost and a battle won, the distance is immense and there stand empires.
If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.
In war, three-quarters turns on personal character and relations; the balance of manpower and materials counts only for the remaining quarter.
Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never.
Courage is like love: it must have hope for nourishment.
It would be a joke if the conduct of the victor had to be justified to the vanquished.
In war, as in politics, no evil - even if it is permissible under the rules - is excusable unless it is absolutely necessary. Everything beyond that is a crime.
Remember , gentlemen, what a Roman emperor said: The corpse of an enemy always smells sweet.
If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.
There are in Europe many good generals, but they see too many things at once. I see one thing, namely the enemy's main body. I try to crush it, confident that secondary matters will then settle themselves.
There is no man more pusillanimous than I when I am planning a campaign. I purposely exaggerate all the dangers and all the calamities that the circumstances make possible. I am in a thoroughly painful state of agitation. This does not keep me from looking quite serene in front of my entourage; I am like an unmarried girl laboring with child. Once I have made up my mind, everything is forgotten except what leads to success.
It should not be believed that a march of three or four days in the wrong direction can be corrected by a countermarch. As a rule, this is to make two mistakes instead of one.
In war, moral factors acount for three quarters of the whole; relative material strength accounts for only one quarter.
The basic principle that we must follow in directing the armies of the Republic is this: that they must feed themselves on war at the expense of the enemy territory.
Sometimes a single battle decides everything and sometimes, too, the slightest circumstance decides the issue of a battle. There is a moment in every battle at which the least manoeuvre is decisive and gives superiority, as one drop of water causes overflow.
You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.
What my enemies call a general peace is my destruction. What I call peace is merely the disarmament of my enemies. Am I not more moderate than they?
If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. I have made all the calculations, fate will do the rest.
He who makes war for National independence must be enabled to count upon the union of all resources, all the wishes, and the concurrence of all the National authorities.
An Emperor confides in national soldiers, not in mercenaries.
The fate of a Nation may sometimes depend upon the position of a fortress.
Men soon get tired of shedding their blood for the advantage of a few individuals, who think they amply reward the soldiers' perils with the treasures they amass.
It is the business of cavalry to follow up the victory, and to prevent the beaten army from rallying.
The keys of a fortress are always well worth the retirement of the garrison when it is resolved to yield only on those conditions. On this principle it is always wiser to grant an honorable capitulation to a garrison which has made a vigorous resistance than to risk an assault.
Charges of cavalry are equally useful at the beginning, the middle and the end of a battle. They should be made always, if possible, on the flanks of the infantry, escpecially when the latter is engaged in front.
An army ought to only have one line of operation. This should be preserved with care, and never abandoned but in the last extremity.
When you determine to risk a battle, reserve to yourself every possible chance of success, more particularly if you have to deal with an adversary of superior talent, for if you are beaten, even in the midst of your magazines and your communications, woe to the vanquished!
When you have resolved to fight a battle, collect your whole force. Dispense with nothing. A single battalion sometimes decides the day.
The transition from the defensive to the offensive is one of the most delicate operations in war.
The first qualification of a soldier is fortitude under fatigue and privation. Courage is only the second; hardship, poverty, and want are the best school for a soldier.
In war, the general alone can judge of certain arrangements. It depends on him alone to conquer difficulties by his own superior talents and resolution.
Never lose sight of this maxim, that you should establish your cantonments at the most distant and best protected point from the enemy, especially where a surprise is possible. By this means you will have time to unite all your forces before he can attack you.
Artillery is more essential to cavalry than to infantry, because cavalry has no fire for its defense, but depends on the sabre.
A general-in-chief should ask himself several times in the day, 'What if the enemy were to appear now in my front, or on my right, or my left?"
In war, the moral element and public opinion are half the battle.
Unity of command is essential to the economy of time. Warfare in the field was like a siege: by directing all one's force to a single point a breach might be made, and the equilibrium of opposition destroyed.
War must be made as intense and awful as possible in order to make it short, and thus to diminish its horrors.
I believe one bad general to be worth two good ones.
War is like government, a matter of tact.
The art of war is to gain time when your strength is inferior.
An army which cannot be regularly recruited is a doomed army.
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
Generals who save troops for the next day are always beaten.
A man like me troubles himself little about a million men.
Great battles are won with artillery.
I have destroyed the enemy merely by marches.
In war you see your own troubles; those of the enemy you cannot see. You must show confidence.
My generals are a parcel of post inspectors.
My enemies make appointments at my tomb.
The worse the troops the greater the need of artillery.
The spectacle of a field of battle after the combat, is sufficient to inspire Princes with the love of peace, and the horror of war.
Much shedding of blood, many great actions, and triumphs, toil and perseverance are the end of all things human.
Revolutions are good times for soldiers of talent and courage.
It is easier to brave and threaten, than to conquer an enemy.
Reprisals are but a sad resource.
We should always go before our enemies with confidence, otherwise our apparent uneasiness inspires them with greater boldness.
... that the reality which scientific thought is seeking must be expressible in mathematical terms, mathematics being the most precise and definite kind of thinking of which we are capable. The significance of this idea for the development of science from the first beginnings to the present day has been immense.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."
Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on Simplicity."
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."
The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant."
"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
"Only the dead have seen the end of war"
United States Marine Corp
We get shot
We don't stop
We get our men home
And then go home
The Few. The Proud. The Marines. We get shot We don't stop We get our men home And then go home We might just fight For your rights Were willing For some killing We fight for your freedom so you dont have to So what do you think of us now Fighting murderers If we are then were fighting murderers for a reason Those reasons are freedom freedom and your rights So what do you think of our forces now? Weve only caught Saddam so whos next? Marines -Tye
Marine is meant to fight To put an enemy in there gunsight They fire upon will Only to kill What is upon them is an enemy so harsh They trample through deserts, snow, and swampy marsh As long as they get to there objectives they never will stop Through ever obstacle they will march over Even from China all the way to Dover A Marine A warrior meant for fighting Trained for fighting Built for fighting 9 weeks of boot camp surely pays off It comes to show those sargents arent soft The Few. The Proud. The Marines
Life, at a halt
Sunday. 10.16.05 9:25 pm
Well I had a interesting covnersation tonight. I've realized how much of a asshole I am to peoiple I really care about. And I do care about them very much. And that's why again I have to change the way I am. For them. I'd do it a million times over if I had to and by saying this to the world, it must be true. Another truth I suppose must be said. The girl from my last two entries I care about very much. Instead of thinking about her physical features, I thought how long I could look into her eyes before I had to turn away. Another, is a ex from two years ago, whom I would die for, both I would die for but, she was something. Something good, something you couldn't make anyone else out to be. But both of these girls made me realize that I do have faults, and they are many in numbers these faults. For being a futre jarhead I am literate. I can speak well when I want to, and I have feelings. It's hard for me to express them, but I have them. In closing, life is a complex war to say the least. We must fight to survive, against a enemy we can't see. Against a threat that comes and goes only when it feels the need. We make plans to do something, and sometimes they go well without a hitch, and we forget at the end to watch every little knot we made before. The last few steps are the most dangerous. It is when a knot you made can untangle itself and release whatever you wanted tied up to stay down. So, good night, and god bless America.
Life, just riding the waves
Tuesday. 10.11.05 10:07 pm
I haven't been here in a while. Since my last entryfive months ago, a lot has changed. I lost the girl from my last entry. I was placed on a primary guard for AFJROTC. I guess I'm an NCO to my commander. But all of this is not important. It's funny how certain things can change you. Make you bitter and cold. And it's funny how you tell this to people and they say they are that way too. What I've realized that bitter and cold people aren't the ones that look pissed off all the time. Sure passing them in the hall yeah maybe, maybe they are looking at everyone, or thinking about something. But when they are in their own element, where they are used to, there not like that.
I've learned that when something happens, and it hits home, you never show it. You never second guess yourself. You get mad, you get dog mad. Cause sitting there second guessing yourself and feeling sorry for yourself asking crap like "Why am I here?" "Why did this happen to me?", that's not only gonna make it worse and prolong the pain but you'll hurt others in the process.
So that's how it is. Anything happens to me, I get dog mad and do what I have to do. Homework, classwork, march. Whatever I have to do I do it. No question's asked. . . . That's it I guess. I might be back soon actually, I kinda miss this place. Plus, my icon for it is no longer Michael Jackson. A good friend got that off cause I didn't know how. And anyone reading this thinks I'm stupid for joining the marines, or not knowing how to change this shit, or think I'm gonna die. Blow it out your ass.
life . . badass
Thursday. 6.16.05 11:37 am
I haven't been in here in a while. Kinda cool to read my old entries, and remember some perople, I could care less about remembering. But, things changed. I got a girlfriend. And she's perfect. Pretty, smart, funny. Everything I could ask for. She's the best. Haven't talked to her in a while, she got grounded for something. I can't wait till we can get back to school, so can she her again. I asked her out a couple days ago. I figured out as far as asking her out, than after that, I didn't plan anything, we just talked. Than she had to go, and I got off, and started playing my guitar. I made some cheesy song after that. No words, just music. But, she is perfect. I remember when she said she didn't get to many offers. Which surprised the hell outta me. I figured she had guys up and around a corner waiting for her. But, I got lucky. I'm getting ready to get my drivers permit. My buddy gave me his old bass. . .Harmony, sweet little thing. No bass amp, but the plug for all guitars are one and a quarter wide. And that's my spare guitar cable, and my tiny amp, that blast music from here to the Hawaiian Islands. Jason the guy that gave it to me, had the picture of the Ethopean dude from South Park put on there. Not gonna take it off, I don't think. It's all black, a little banged up, but. . . makes one hell of a sweet sound.
Tuesday. 3.1.05 9:36 pm
Well, I told her, didn't have the result I was looking for. No screaming for a S.O.S., so I spose it went well. To all those who believed in me. . . . This isn't the oscars so, not gonna say anything. But actually, thanks but it didn't work so, shit happens. You gotta move on and quick, I realized the longer you stay down, the more it hurts getting back up. So, yup, well, nothing new on this end, this crap I'm talking about happened about a week ago. So, yeah this was fun, lets do it again, and peace out. Oh yeah. . . . The Marines Rock!
Thursday. 1.13.05 9:06 pm
Well, again, I've fallen for this girl. I've talked about her before, not that helps in figuring out who it is but. . I wish I could stare into her eyes and be able to tell her how perfect she is without her laughing and telling me I'm wrong. I wish I could sit on the beach with her and watch the sun fall down. But hell, unless I get a miracle, not gonna happen. I'm not the best boyfriend, probabaly not even great but, she is so. . . I truely don't think there are any words to describe her. And how perfect and beautiful she is. I would do anything for her. Maybe I just miss the feeling of someone else's hand in mine. I could do with out a girlfriend, I could, but I don't want to anymore. I love her voice, her smile, her laugh, everything about her is perfect.
Monday. 1.10.05 9:42 pm
Nothing new on my end. Got a few new ribbons, have to memeorize some Color Guard commands, nothing new. I'm finally over all eveyone I liked. I saw White Noise, and that's about it. I guess i'll come back on when I have something new, but other than that, I got nothing for tonight. Well, I take that back, there is one more thing, Danielle is coming to my school.
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