More Clausewitz

February 15th, 2004  

Topic: More Clausewitz

The Clausewitz section is fairly long, but he always makes you think. Consider the following, from On War (Princeton U.P. edition, Howard and Paret):

--The maximum use of force is in no way incompatible with the simultaneous use of the intellect. (Book 1, Section 1)

--To introduce the principle of moderation into the theory of war itself would always lead to logical absurdity. (I,1)

--Timidity will do a thousand times more damage in war than audacity....
Boldness grows less common in the higher ranks. (III,6)

--War is the realm of chance. No other human activity gives it greater
scope (I,3)

The first quote is one of the most profound things I've ever read--real food for thought. The fact that Clausewitz puts it on page 1 indicates how important he thought it to be.
February 15th, 2004  
Got some good ones there.

Welcome to the forum.
February 15th, 2004  
Hi Vegetius (Renatus!?) Welcome to the forum.

Great Clausewitz quotes there!

We used "On War" often in the Tactics classes in the Oficer school.
Great book, very interesting reading.