Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
The more a general is accustomed to place heavy demands on his soldiers, the more he can depend on their response.
Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.
...it is better to go on striking in the same direction than to move one's forces this way and that.
...talent and genius operate outside the rules, and theory conflicts with practice.
Boldness will be at a disadvantage only in an encounter with deliberate caution, which may be considered bold in its own right, and is certainly just as powerful and effective; but such cases are rare.
Obstinacy is a fault of temperament. Stubbornness and intolerance of contradiction result from a special kind of egotism, which elevates above everything else the pleasure of its autonomous intellect, to which others must bow.
The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
Any complex activity, if it is to be carried on with any degree of virtuosity, calls for appropriate gifts of intellect and temperament. If they are outstanding and reveal themselves in exceptional achievements, their possessor is called a 'genius'.
The more physical the activity, the less the difficulties will be. The more the activity becomes intellectual and turns into motives which exercise a determining influence on the commander's will, the more the difficulties will increase.