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POLL: Best Quotes by an Historical Figure?


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unknown member writes:

several throngs of commanders, generally on both sides "God is with us!"

its corrolary: "God is generally for the big battalions and against the small ones"

Marshall Soult after Albuera "Victory was mine but those guys did not want to acknoledge it"


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All warfare is based on deception. (Sun Tzu)
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We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. (Winston Churchill)
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Let him fly that will, for surely I will tarry with him that will tarry with me. (Richard Neville 'Warwick' the Kingmaker)
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We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. (Henry V)
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zehi ni oyobazu… (which means 'so it goes…') (Oda Nobanaga's alleged last words)
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Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake. - Bonaparte
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I never make predictions, and I never will. - Gazza Gascoigne
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Some of this trouble just finds me, but most of this trouble I earn. - Todd Snider
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Nuts! - General McAuliffe
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and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. - Jesus
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I do not say, my Lords, that the French will not come. I say only they will not come by sea. - St. Vincent
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I am happy that I shall not live to see the surrender of Quebec. - Montcalm
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Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them. - Napoleon
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Far better it is to dare great things than to take rank amongst those poor, timid souls that know niether victory nor defeat. - T. Roosevelt
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The coldest winter I ever experienced was a summer in San Francisco. - Samual Clemens
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Yes madam, I am drunk and you are ugly, but I shall be sober in the morning. - Churchill
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After the battle my head is at His Majesty's disposal, but for now I will use it in his service. - Von Ziethen
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Flanks are for the other guy to worry about. - Patton
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We're not retreating. We're attacking in the other direction. - Chesty Puller
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The die is cast. - Caesar
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It is with artillery that war is made. - Napoleon
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We are not amused. - Queen Victoria
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An armed society is a polite society. - Robert Heinlein
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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. - Theodore Roosevelt
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Do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law. - Aleister Crowley
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Peccavi. - Charles James Napier
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Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs. - Charles James Napier
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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. - Emerson
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It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy. The British, who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops. - Goring
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I spent 90% of my money on women and booze. The rest I wasted… - George Best
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It isn't necessary to hope in order to win, nor to succeed in order to persevere. - William of Orange
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Oh, for God's sake… get a life, will you? - William Shatner
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Out of my cold dead hands… - Charlton Heston
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Your President is not a crook… - Richard M. Nixon
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Play for more than you can afford to lose and you will learn the game. - Churchill
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There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never! - Baghdad Bob
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My feelings – as usual – we will slaughter them all. - Baghdad Bob
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Our initial assessment is that they will all die. - Baghdad Bob
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If you come to a fork in the road, take it. - Yogi Berra
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A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. - Yogi Berra
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Now is not the time to wobble, George. - Margaret Thatcher
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Duct tape is like the force. It has a dark side, it has a light side, and it holds the universe together. – Carl Zwanig
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Unless you get going at once, I shall come down. - Rommel
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We're surrounded? Good. Now we can shoot any any direction and kill the bastards. - Chesty Puller
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Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. - Ernest Hemingway
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A Martini is like a woman's breasts. One is not enough, and three is too many. - Dean Martin
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Here we are now entertain us. - Kurt Cobain
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Trust but verify. - Ronald Reagan
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Do you have that in writing? No, then I don't recall. - Admiral Poindexter
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We erased all the messages but I guess they don't always go away. - Oliver North
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A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. - Groucho Marx
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Keep your faith in God, but keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell
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Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less. - Robert E. Lee
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Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. - Xenophon
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If you don't enter the tiger's den, how can you catch the tiger's cub? - Ban Chao
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To quote a fool is to be a fool. - Shendira Hanresh
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Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. - George Washington
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Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. - George Washington
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Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to. - George Washington
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No dumb bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win wars by making those other dumb bastards die for their country. - Patton
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other (explain)
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no opinion
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

unknown member wonders...

Whether a factual quote or one attributed to them ("My kingdom for a horse!"), what real (as opposed to a fictional) historical figures had the best quotes and what were they?

(Nominations taken from this pre-poll discussion.)