More Clausewitz


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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.
Hi Vegetius (Renatus!?) Welcome to the forum. :D

Great Clausewitz quotes there!

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