Of all the passions that inspire a man in a battle, none, we have to admit, is so powerful and so constant as the longing for honor and reknown.
Great things alone can make a great mind, and petty things will make a petty mind unless a man rejects them as completely alien.
...as man under pressure tends to give in to physical and intellectual weakness, only great strength of will can lead to the objective.
With uncertainty in one scale, courage and self-confidence should be thrown into the other to correct the balance. The greater they are, the greater the margin that can be left for accidents.
...self-reliance is the best defence against the pressures of the moment.
What we should admire is the acute fulfillment of the unspoken assumptions, the smooth harmony of the whole activity, which only become evident in the final success.
A conqueror is always a lover of peace.
...the side that feels the lesser urge for peace will naturally get the better bargain.
Beauty cannot be defined by abscissas and ordinates; neither are circles and ellipses created by their geometrical formulas.
All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.
...the role of determination is to limit the agonies of doubt and the perils of hesitation when the motives for action are inadequate.
Architects and painters know precisely what they are about as long as they deal with material phenomena.... But when they come to the aesthetics of their work, when they aim at a particular effect on the mind or on the senses, the rules dissolve into nothing but vague ideas.
Timidity is the root of prudence in the majority of men.
Knowledge must be so absorbed into the mind that it ceases to exist in a separate, objective way. ...in 1797 the secret of the effectiveness of resisting to the last had not yet been discovered.
The commander's talents are given greatest scope in rough hilly country. Mountains allow him too little real command over his scattered units and he is unable to control them all; in open country, control is a simple matter and does not test his ability to the fullest.