Carl von Clausewitz

Quotes: Carl von Clausewitz

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    In the whole range of human activities, war most closely resembles a game of cards.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    In war, the advantages and disadvantages of a single action could only be determined by the final balance.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    It is better to go on striking in the same direction than to move one's forces this way and that.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    Knowledge in war is very simple, being concerned with so few subjects, and only with their final results at that. But this does not make its application easy.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    Knowledge must be so absorbed into the mind that it ceases to exist in a separate, objective way. ...in 1797 the secret of the effectiveness of resisting to the last had not yet been discovered.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory; even more are false, and most are uncertain.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    Men are always more inclined to pitch their estimate of the enemy's strength too high than too low, such is human nature.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    Modern wars are seldom fought without hatred between nations; this serves more or less as a substitute for hatred between individuals.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.
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    Obstinacy is a fault of temperament. Stubbornness and intolerance of contradiction result from a special kind of egotism, which elevates above everything else the pleasure of its autonomous intellect, to which others must bow.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    Of all the passions that inspire a man in a battle, none, we have to admit, is so powerful and so constant as the longing for honor and reknown.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    Only a fraction of book learning will seep into practical life anyhow; and the more foolish the theory, the less of it.
    Source: On War (1832) Ch. 23
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    Only the element of chance is needed to make war a gamble, and that element is never absent.
    Source: On War (1832)
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    Our discussion has shown that while in war many different roads can lead to the goal, to the attainment of the political object, fighting is the only possible means.
    Source: On War (1832)