Is there a quote that says...?




 
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November 16th, 2003  
JikcepIV
 

Topic: Is there a quote that says...?


Hello!
I was wondering if there is a famous quotation that essentially says that sometimes you have to wait for your enemy to make the next move.
I'm sure there probably is, but I can't find it (I hardly know where to start looking).
So if anyone could help me that'd be really nice, thanks.
November 16th, 2003  
Acerbus
 
"They've got us surrounded, the poor bastards!"
-Some paratrooper from the 101st at Bastogne

"We're surrounded, that simplifies the problem."
-Chesty Puller

"When you are the anvil, be patient. When you are the hammer, strike."
-Arabian Proverb

Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking.
--Ferdinand Foch-- at the Battle of the Marne

"One bad general is worth two good ones."
- Napoleon Boneparte,. Made a career of finding, and defeating, inept enemy generals.

Just a few ideas, nothing real solid on the topic, as sitting still waiting for the enemy never really bode all to well as a proactive strategy to win wars. I'd rather this quotation:

"I've heard that he who strikes first can defeat the enemy. He who strikes last will be beaten."
-Rebel general Xiang Liang, Qin Dynasty
November 17th, 2003  
JikcepIV
 
I was afraid that might be the case. There probably aren't too many famous quotations involving doing nothing (unfortunately). Maybe something like:
"When you have walls on both sides and a stable nation, let the desperate strike. When you are the desperate one, try and convince your enemy to strike."
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November 17th, 2003  
Acerbus
 
And in response:

Quote:
"Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man."
- General George Patton Jr