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War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.



The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation form their purposes.



War is not an exercise of the will directed at an inanimate matter.



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.



War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means.



War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.



War is the province of danger.



Everything in war is very simple. But the simplest thing is difficult.



Politics is the womb in which war develops.



Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory even more are false, and most are uncertain.



War is the continuation of politics by other means.



War is not merely a political act but a real political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse, a carrying out of the same by other means.



To secure peace is to prepare for war.



Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.



It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.



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.



War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.



Politics is the womb in which war develops.



War is the continuation of politics by other means.



A conqueror is always a lover of peace.



To secure peace is to prepare for war.



Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.



Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.



Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.



Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory even more are false, and most are uncertain.