The Military Quotation Book

More Than 1,100 of the Best Quotations About War, Leadership, Courage, and Victory

James Charlton

Thomas Dunne Books

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Revised and updated to include more than 1,100 quotations, The Military Quotation Book brings together the wisdom of fallen heroes, living politicians, honored statesman, and rebellious writers—quoting official edicts as well as off-the-record remarks.

Among the most authoritative—and the most opinionated—are:
  • General Douglas MacArthur: "It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it."
  • Winston Churchill: "Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities."
  • Joseph Stalin: "Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach."
  • Voltaire: "An admiral has to be put to death now and then to encourage the others."
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Nothing is easy in war."
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: "A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."

With new sections on gays and women in the military, James Charlton has written the essential modern guide to military quotations. Perfect for everyone who loves the military—history buffs, speechmakers, veterans, and anyone in active military service—The Military Quotation Book is a loaded canon of memorable expressions

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WARS AND WHY THEY START
 

There never is a convenient place to fight a war when the other man starts it.
ADMIRAL ARLEIGH A. BURKE
Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!
JOHN PARKER
Although war is evil, it is occasionally the lesser of two evils.
MCGEORGE BUNDY
It is far easier to make war than to make peace.
GEORGES CLEMENCEAU
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

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Praise for The Military Quotation Book

"This powerful collection of quotes from wartime leaders and heroes . . . is sure to inspire. A wonderful reference for anyone giving a speech, it also serves as a testament to courage for veterans and active-duty military personnel.” —Barnes & Noble

"Whether one believes that patriotism is 'the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons,' (Bertrand Russell) or that 'the man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife' (Teddy Roosevelt), one will find something provocative.” —Publishers Weekly

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James Charlton

James Charlton lives in New York, New York. He has written and edited several books, including The Military Quotation Book, The Executive's Quotation Book, The Writer's Quotation Book, and A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing.

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The Military Quotation Book
More Than 1,100 of the Best Quotations About War, Leadership, Courage, and Victory
James Charlton

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
May 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250004505
ISBN10: 1250004500
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 224 pages
$17.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
May 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466834729
ISBN10: 1466834722
176 pages
$9.99
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