To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but theopportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
The central defect of evil is not sin but the refusal to acknowledge sin.
Never was anything great achieved without danger
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
From the happy expression on their faces you might have supposed that they welcomed the war. I have met with men who loved stamps, and stones, and snakes, but I could not imagine any man loving war.
In war, as in life, it is often necessary, when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.
Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived.
There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
Know your enemy and know yourself and you will always be victorious
The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.
To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win
Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.