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soldiering thing sadly deadens that very good thing, humanity."
-Lewis Wallace, Civil War general, author of Ben Hur
Without the threat of death there's
no reason to live at all
- Brian Warner
The pen may be stronger than the sword... but
I'd rather have a sword in a dark alley
- Andrew Warnick
forces have suffered terrible losses. The losses are far more than what
Eisenhower has admitted, and worse is ahead. Tunis is only a foretaste of what
is waiting for us in Europe."
- Roane Waring, Commander of the American Legion (after the victory at
"It is our
true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the
- President George
Washington, Farewell address September 1796
assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen."
- George Washington
prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace."
-George Washington, speech (first annual address to Congress, 1790. (also
is the general staff which sees a war fought the way it intends."
- Richard M. Watt, military historian
"If there is
one thing you can count on in war it is that there is nothing you can count on
-Richard M. Watt, military historian
general may be lucky, but no general can be lucky unless he is bold."
- Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell
decisive means for politics is violence."
-Max Weber, pioneer sociologist
Guards and at'em!"
Duke of Wellington, 1815.
To the brigade of guards at Waterloo
"The hardest thing
of all for a soldier is to retreat."
pounding, gentlemen. Let's see who pounds the longest."
- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
"I don't know
what effect these men will have upon the enemy,
but, by God, they terrify me."
- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
("Dispatch, Aug 1810")
I reflect upon the characters and attainments of some of the general officers of
this army...on whom I am to rely...I tremble: and as Lord Chesterfield said of
the generals of his day, ’I only hope that when the enemy reads the list of
their names he trembles as I do.’"
-Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, military dispatch, 1810
Before a war
military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems
more like astrology.
- Rebecca West
The military don't
start wars. Politicians start
- William Westmoreland
Peace is not God's
gift to his creatures. It is our gift to each other.
Always forgive your
enemies--nothing annoys them so much.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have it's
fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.-Oscar Wilde
A man can't be too
careful in the choice of his enemies.
- Oscar Wilde
You will come home
before the leaves have fallen from the trees
- Kaiser Wilhelm:
address to departing German troops, August 1914.
be sure, is good. But forces of one’s own are better"
- Frederick William of Brandenburg ("The Great Elector").
The Elector of Brandenburg 1640-88
is one certain means by which I can be sure to never see my country’s ruin; I
will die in the last ditch!”
(William of Orange), King of England 1650-1702
hell! We just got here."
- Captain Lloyd Williams
When a French officer suggested that the Marines
should join the retreat,
at Belleau Wood 30. may
Only the winners
decide what were war crimes.
- Gary Wills
does not of itself win battles."
-H.H. Wilson, British naval historian
combat civilians serve only one purpose, that purpose being visual cover for the
- John Wolfe, Saudi Arabia 1991
is no such thing as a hopeless
cause, Only insufficiently motivated soldiers."
- Colonel Stephen Wollett, Saudi Arabia 1991
"The major force in world history is sheer
- Eric Wolf
If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or ''our'' country,
let it be understood soberly and rationally between us that you are fighting to
gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits which I have
not shared and probably will not share.-Virginia