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7 Famous Quotes by Carl Von Clausewitz
7/1/1780 - 11/16/1831
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Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz     Carl Philipp Gottlieb von Clausewitz
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The fact that slaughter [battle] is a horrifying spectacle must make us take war more seriously, but [it does] not provide an excuse for gradually blunting our swords in the name of humanity. Sooner or later someone will come along with a sharp sword and hack off our arms.

Politics / government Quotes, by Carl Von Clausewitz

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War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means.

Politics / government Quotes, by Carl Von Clausewitz

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The aggressor is always peace-loving; he would prefer to take over our country unopposed.

Politics / government Quotes, by Carl Von Clausewitz

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It should be noted that the seeds of wisdom that are to bear fruit in the intellect are sown less by critical studies and learned monographs than by insights, broad impressions, and flashes of intuition.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Carl Von Clausewitz

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Just as some plants bear fruit only if they don't shoot up too high, so in practical arts the leaves and flowers of theory must be pruned and the plant kept close to its proper soil- experience.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Carl Von Clausewitz

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Savage peoples are ruled by passion, civilized peoples by the mind. The difference lies not in the respective natures of savagery and civilization, but in their attendant circumstances, institutions, and so forth. The difference, therefore, does not operate in every sense, but it does in most of them. Even the most civilized peoples, in short, can be fired with passionate hatred for each other.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Carl Von Clausewitz

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Responsibility and danger do not tend to free or stimulate the average person's mind- rather the contrary; but wherever they do liberate an individual's judgement and confidence we can be sure that we are in the presence of exceptional ability.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Carl Von Clausewitz

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