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The enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan.
War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.
No one starts a war--or rather, no one in his sense ought to do so--without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by the war and how he intends to conduct it.
To secure peace is to prepare for war.
Tactics is the art of using troops in battle; strategy is the art of using battles to win the war
Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.
To achieve victory we must mass our forces at the hub of all power & movement. The enemy's 'Center of Gravity'
It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.
Be audacious and cunning in your plans, firm and persevering in their execution, determined to find a glorious end.
Criticism exists only to recognize the truth, not to act as judge.
The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish ... the kind of war on which they are embarking.
Knowledge must become capability.
Self-reliance is the best defence against the pressures of the moment.
Knowing is different from doing and therefore theory must never be used as norms for a standard, but merely as aids to judgment.
War is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters of the factors on which action is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty.
Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
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.
If you entrench yourself behind strong fortifications, you compel the enemy seek a solution elsewhere.
Principles and rules are intended to provide a thinking man with a frame of reference.
Four elements make up the climate of war: danger, exertion, uncertainty and chance.
The best form of defense is attack.
Given the same amount of intelligence, timidity will do a thousand times more damage than audacity
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.
With uncertainty in one scale, courage and self-confidence should be thrown into the other to correct the balance. The greater they are, the greater the margin that can be left for accidents.
There are very few men-and they are the exceptions-who are able to think and feel beyond the present moment
The best strategy is always to be very strong.
Every age has its own kind of war, its own limiting conditions and its own peculiar preconceptions.
War is...a trinity of violence, chance, and reason.
Savage peoples are ruled by passion, civilized peoples by the mind.
The Conqueror is always a lover of peace: he would prefer to take over our country unopposed.
Politics is the womb in which war develops.
Where absolute superiority is not attainable, you must produce a relative one at the decisive point by making skillful use ofwhat you have.
There is nothing more common than to find considerations of supply affecting the strategic lines of a campaign and a war.
Blood is the price of victory
By 'intelligence' we mean every sort of information about the enemy and his country - the basis, in short, of our own plans and operations.
Der Krieg ist nichts als eine Fortsetzung des politischen Verkehrs mit Einmischung anderer Mittel. War is merely the continuation of policy with the admixture of other means.
The more a leader is in the habit of demanding from his men, the surer he will be that his demands will be answered.
Close combat, man to man, is plainly to be regarded as the real basis of combat.
Everything in war is very simple, but the simplest thing is difficult.
To be practical, any plan must take account of the enemy's power to frustrate it.
The bloody solution of the crisis, the effort for the destruction of the enemy's forces, is the first-born son of war.
Only great and general battles can produce great results
Strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one's balance in spite of them.
War is nothing but a duel on a larger scale.
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.
Great things alone can make a great mind, and petty things will make a petty mind unless a man rejects them as completely alien.
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.
A conqueror is always a lover of peace.