Quotations From 1ST DUKE WELLINGTON, ARTHUR WELLESLEY


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  • I hate the whole race.... There is no believing a word they say—your professional poets, I mean—there never existed a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke Wellington (1769-1852), British soldier, prime minister. Quoted in Lady Salisbury's Diary, October 26, 1833.

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  • We have in the service the scum of the earth as common soldiers.
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke Wellington (1769-1852), British soldier, prime minister. Dispatch, July 2, 1813, from Vitoria, Spain, to Lord Bathurst, War Minister. Quoted in Stanhope, Notes of Conversations with the Duke of Wellington (November 4, 1831).
  • I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me.
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke Wellington (1769-1852), British soldier, prime minister. Dispatch, August 1810. Speaking of his generals—though commonly thought to refer to the rank-and-file soldiers. A similar remark is attributed to English Prime Minister Lord North, 1776-1777.

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