Carl von Clausewitz
War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.
War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.
War is the province of danger.
If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.
A conqueror is always a lover of peace.
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.
War is the continuation of politics by other means.
The more a general is accustomed to place heavy demands on his soldiers, the more he can depend on their response.
Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory; even more are false, and most are uncertain.
Everything in war is very simple. But the simplest thing is difficult.
I shall proceed from the simple to the complex. But in war more than in any other subject we must begin by looking at the nature of the whole; for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole must always be thought of together.
Principles and rules are intended to provide a thinking man with a frame of reference.
War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means.
The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation from their purposes.