The Military Quotation Book: More than 1,200 of the Best Quotations About War, Leadership, Courage, Victory, and Defeat

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Revised and expanded to include over 1,200 quotations, The Military Quotation Book brings together the wisdom of fallen heroes and living politicians, honored statesmen and rebellious writers-quoting official edicts as well as off-the-record remarks.

Ten years ago, with World War II, Korea and Vietnam still sharp memories, James Charlton collected words of wisdom about the work of war, usually wise, often witty, all honoring the men and women who do that work. Although this new and expanded edition of The Military Quotation Book was readied for production before U.S. fighters were once more front-page news, it comes at a more than appropriate time. There are over 1,200 quotations, more than twice as many as previously. We hear from the generals and admirals of the past and present, from American presidents as well as from those at the bottom of the roster -- ordinary enlisted men and women from every branch. Civilians have their varying says as well. This gem of a book is a kaleidoscope of points of view, and every one hits its mark.

For everyone who has his or her own take on the military, for history buffs, speechmakers, veterans and those serving now, The Military Quotation Book is a loaded canon of memorable expressions.

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About the Author:

James Charlton is the editor of The Executive's Quotation Book, The Writer's Quotation Book, and Legal Briefs. He lives in New York City.

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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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