War is the business of barbarians
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
In war, three quarters turns on personal character and relations; the balance of manpower and materials counts only for the remaining quarter.
If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds.... I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.
Changing from the defensive to the offensive, is one of the most delicate operations in war.
War is a serious game in which a man risks his reputation, his troops, and his country. A sensible man will search himself to know whether or not he is fitted for the trade.
There is only one favorable moment in war; talent consists in knowing how to seize it.
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.
The art of war consists in being always able, even with an inferior army, to have stronger forces than the enemy at the point of attack or the point which is attacked.
In civil war it is not given to every man to know how to conduct himself. There is something more than military prudence necessary; there is need of sagacity and the knowledge of men.
War is a lottery in which nations ought to risk nothing but small amounts.
In war one must lean on an obstacle in order to overcome it.
In war, character and opinion make more than half of the reality.
In war, groping tactics, half-way measures, lose everything.
In war, luck is half in everything.