The Military Quotation Book, Revised for the 21st Century: More Than 1,100 of the Best Quotations About War, Leadership, Courage, and Victory

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Revised and updated to include more than 1,100 quotations, The Military Quotation Book brings together the wisdom of fallen heroes, living politicians, honored statesman, and rebellious writers—quoting official edicts as well as off-the-record remarks.

Among the most authoritative—and the most opinionated—are:

  • General Douglas MacArthur: "It is fatal to enter any war ...
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The Military Quotation Book: More than 1,100 of the Best Quotations About War, Leadership, Courage, Victory, and Defeat

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Overview

Revised and updated to include more than 1,100 quotations, The Military Quotation Book brings together the wisdom of fallen heroes, living politicians, honored statesman, and rebellious writers—quoting official edicts as well as off-the-record remarks.

Among the most authoritative—and the most opinionated—are:

  • General Douglas MacArthur: "It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it."
  • Winston Churchill: "Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities."
  • Joseph Stalin: "Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach."
  • Voltaire: "An admiral has to be put to death now and then to encourage the others."
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Nothing is easy in war."
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: "A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."

With new sections on gays and women in the military, James Charlton has written the essential modern guide to military quotations. Perfect for everyone who loves the military—history buffs, speechmakers, veterans, and anyone in active military service—The Military Quotation Book is a loaded canon of memorable expressions

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"This powerful collection of quotes from wartime leaders and heroes . . . is sure to inspire. A wonderful reference for anyone giving a speech, it also serves as a testament to courage for veterans and active-duty military personnel.” —Barnes & Noble

"Whether one believes that patriotism is 'the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons,' (Bertrand Russell) or that 'the man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife' (Teddy Roosevelt), one will find something provocative.” —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250004505
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 638,966
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Charlton lives in New York, New York. He has written and edited several books, including The Military Quotation Book, The Executive's Quotation Book, The Writer's Quotation Book, and A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing.

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WARS AND WHY THEY START

 

There never is a convenient place to fight a war when the other man starts it.

ADMIRAL ARLEIGH A. BURKE

Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!

JOHN PARKER

Although war is evil, it is occasionally the lesser of two evils.

MCGEORGE BUNDY

It is far easier to make war than to make peace.

GEORGES CLEMENCEAU

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man … it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.

SIGMUND FREUD

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.

H. L. MENCKEN

War is a biological necessity.

FRIEDRICH A. J. VON BERNHARDI, German cavalry general

War is life multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of.

SEBASTIAN JUNGER, War

War is to man what maternity is to a woman. From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint, I do not believe in perpetual peace.

BENITO MUSSOLINI

Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting.

JONATHAN SWIFT

Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards.

E. M. FORSTER

 

Copyright © 2013 by James Charlton

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