On War Quotes.

11. "history had no lessons or rules to offer the student, it could only broaden his understanding and strengthen his critical judgment."
- Carl von Clausewitz, On War

12. "Válka je jen pokračování diplomacie jinými prostředky."
- Carl von Clausewitz, On War

13. "The Statesman who, knowing his instrument to be ready, and seeing War inevitable, hesitates to strike first is guilty of a crime against his country."
- Carl von Clausewitz, On War

14. "Anyone who falls into the habit of thinking and expecting the best of his subordinates at all times is, for that reason alone, unsuited to command an army"
- Carl von Clausewitz, On War

15. "If the wars of civilised people are less cruel and destructive than those of savages, the difference arises from the social condition both of states in themselves and in their relations to each other. Out of this social condition and its relations war arises, and by it war is subjected to conditions, is controlled and modified. But these things do not belong to war itself; they are only given conditions; and to introduce into the philosophy of war itself a principle of moderation would be an absurdity."
- Carl von Clausewitz, On War

16. "... a strong character is one that will not be unbalanced by the most powerful emotions"
- Carl von Clausewitz, On War

17. "The worst position in which a belligerent can be placed is that of being completely disarmed. If, therefore, the enemy is to be reduced to submission by an act of war, he must either be positively disarmed or placed in such a position that he is threatened with it according to probability. From this it follows that the disarming or overthrow of the enemy, whichever we call it, must always be the aim of warfare. Now war is always the shock of two hostile bodies in collision, not the action of a living power upon an inanimate mass, because an absolute state of endurance would not be making war; therefore what we have just said as to the aim of action in war applies to both parties. Here then is another case of reciprocal action. As long as the enemy is not defeated, I have to apprehend that he may defeat me, then I shall be no longer my own master, but he will dictate the law to me as I did to him. This is the second reciprocal action and leads to a second extreme (second reciprocal action)."
- Carl von Clausewitz, On War

18. "The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and means can never be considered in isolation from their purpose"
- Carl von Clausewitz, On War

19. "...vanity is content with the appearance alone"
- Carl von Clausewitz, On War

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