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As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle, so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.
(Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 35 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
A nation fights well in proportion to the amount of men and materials it has. And the other equation is that the individual soldier in that army is a more effective soldier the poorer his standard of living has been in the past.
(Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Gen. Edward Cummings, in The Naked and the Dead, pt. 1, ch. 6, Rinehart (1948).
in conversation with Lt. Robert Hearn.)
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).)