Battle Quotes

If the Union is once severed, the line of separation will grow wider and wider, and the controversies which are now debated and settled in the halls of legislation will then be tried in fields of battle and determined by the sword.

Andrew Jackson

Of all the passions that inspire a man in a battle, none, we have to admit, is so powerful and so constant as the longing for honor and reknown.

Carl von Clausewitz

Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.

General George S. Patton

It occurred to me that if I could invent a machine - a gun - which could by its rapidity of fire, enable one man to do as much battle duty as a hundred, that it would, to a large extent supersede the necessity of large armies, and consequently, exposure to battle and disease [would] be greatly diminished.†

Richard Jordan Gatling

War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.

Thomas Carlyle

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something elseI can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.

Elizabeth II

Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.

Annie Besant

We are parlor soldiers. The rugged battle of fate, where strength is born, we shun.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ever since, I have fought a vague kind of battle for some kind of fairness.

Sir Peter Thomas Blake

There exists, at the bottom of all abasement and misfortune, a last extreme which rebels and joins battle with the forces of law and respectability in a desperate struggle, waged partly by cunning and partly by violence, at once sick and ferocious, in which it attacks the prevailing social order with the pin-pricks of vice and the hammer-blows of crime.

Hugo, Victor

Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle

General George S. Patton

A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow

General George S. Patton

If I had believed in a God of rewards and punishments, I might have lost courage in battle

Napoleon Bonaparte

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it

Margaret Thatcher
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