Quotations About / On: SOLDIER

  • 31.
    When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle- field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
    (Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French general, emperor. Quoted in Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men, "Napoleon," (1850).)
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  • 32.
    The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
    (Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 3, ch. 26 (1776-1788).)
  • 33.
    A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.
    (Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 446 (1796).)
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  • 34.
    Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
    (Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898), Prussian statesman. speech, Aug. 1867, Berlin.)
  • 35.
    I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. letter, Jan. 1, 1797, to James Madison, congressman and later president.)
  • 36.
    Not only [are] our states ... making peace with each other,... you and I, your Majesty, are making peace here, our own peace, the peace of soldiers and the peace of friends.
    (Yitzhak Rabin (b. 1922), Israeli Prime Minister. New York Times, p. 12A (July 27, 1994). After signing a peace declaration with Jordan's King Hussein to end 46 years of hostilities, at a meeting in Washington, D.C., organized by President Bill Clinton.)
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  • 37.
    The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Three Guineas, p. 25 (1938).)
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  • 38.
    The worst readers are those who behave like plundering soldiers: they take away a few things they can use, soil and jumble what remains, and slander the whole.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 436, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 137, "The Worst Readers," (1879).)
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  • 39.
    Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.
    (Allan Massie (b. 1938), British author. Colonel Fernie, in A Question of Loyalties, pt. 2, ch. 1 (1989).)
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  • 40.
    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).)
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