Quotations About / On: SOLDIER

  • 1.
    Soldiers of the ploughshare as well as soldiers of the sword.
    (John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Unto This Last, essay 3 (1862).)
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  • 2.
    Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths: Selected Aphorisms, "In This War We Are Dealing ...," ed. Harry Zohn (1976). Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 4 (1909).)
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  • 3.
    Our poetry emulates the recent progress in military strategy: Our army's strength is the foot soldiers.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1846).)
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  • 4.
    A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
    (G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 19, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
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  • 5.
    The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.
    (Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author. Tristram Shandy, bk. 1, ch. 25 (1759-1767).)
  • 6.
    I never expect a soldier to think, sir.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1897). Richard Dudgeon, in The Devil's Disciple, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
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  • 7.
    Two soldiers and a villain are enough to blow up the rights of the citizens.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1852).)
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  • 8.
    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).)
  • 9.
    The man you stabbed in the back is a soldier.
    (Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. General Mireau (George Macready), Paths of Glory, realizing he is to take all the blame for the execution of three innocent men (1957).)
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  • 10.
    Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman ... never gave offence to anyone, not even the enemy.
    (A.J.P. (Alan John Percivale) Taylor (1906-1990), British historian. Letter, March 16, 1973. Letters to Eva, ed. Eva Haraszti Taylor (1991). Referring to Field Marshal Alexander.)
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