My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat, situation excellent. I attack.
None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
In tactics, action is the governing rule of war.
In war there are none but particular cases; everything has there an individual nature; nothing ever repeats itself. In the first place, the data of a military problem are but seldom certain; they are never final. Everything is in a constant state of change and reshaping.
The unknown is the governing condition of war.
A war not only arises, but derives its nature, from the political ideas, the moral sentiments, and the international relations obtaining at the moment when it breaks out. This amounts to saying : try and know why and with the help of what you are going to act; then you will find out how to act.
The truth is, no study is possible on the battle-field; one does there simply what one can in order to apply what one knows. Therefore, in order to do even a little, one has already to know a great deal and to know it well.
The power to command has never meant the power to remain mysterious.
One does simply what one can in order to apply what one knows.
This is not a peace. It is an armistice for 20 years.
An army is to a chief what a sword is to a soldier. It is only worth anything in so far as it receives from him a certain impulsion (direction and vigour).
To inform, and, therefore to reconnoitre, this is the first and constant duty of the advanced guard.
My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack.
The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.
The laurels of victory are at the point of the enemy bayonets. They must be plucked there; they must be carried by a hand-to-hand fight if one really means to conquer.