In war, theory is all right so far as general principles are concerned; but in reducing general principles to practice there will always be danger. Theory and practice are the axis about which the sphere of accomplishment revolves.
Each state claims the right to control interests foreign to itself when those interests are such that it can control them without putting its own interests in danger.. Other powers only recognize this right of intervening in proportion as the country doing it has the power to do it.
The secret of great battles consists in knowing how to deploy and concentrate at the right time.
A commander in chief ought to say to himself several times a day: If the enemy should appear on my front, on my right, on my left, what would I do? And if the question finds him uncertain, he is not well placed, he is not as he should be, and he should remedy it.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
Necessity dominates inclination, will, and right.
Posterity alone rightly judges kings. Posterity alone has the right to accord or withhold honors.