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10 L'affaire Herzegovinienne ne vaut pas les os d'un fusilier poméranien. The Herzegovina question is not worth the bones of a Pomeranian fusileer. BIsMARCK, (1875) during the struggle between the Christian provinces and Turkey, which led to the Russo-Turkish war. Another version is “The Eastern Question is not worth,” etc. See also variation of same by BISMARCK under ART.
11 Lieber Spitzkugeln als Spitzreden. Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches. BISMARCK–Speech, (1850), relative to MANTEUFFEL's ło with Austria during the insurrection of the People of Hesse-Cassel. (See also GAscoignE)
12 Ich sehe in unserm Bundesverhältnisse ein Gebrechen Preussens, welches wir früher oder später ferro et igne werden heilen müssen. I see in our relations with our alliance a fault of Prussia's, which we must cure sooner or later ferro et igne. BISMARCK–Letter to BARON voN SCHLEINITz. May 12, 1859.
13 [The E. questions of the day] are not decided by speeches and majority votes, but by blood and iron. BISMARCK–Declaration to the Prussian House of Delegates. Sept. 30, 1862. Same idea in SCHENKENDORF—Das Eiserne Kreuz. (See also QUINTILIAN, Sw1NBURNE, also ARNDT under BRAVERY)
14 What a place to plunder!
FIELD MARshAL voN BLüchER's comment on viewing London from St. Paul's, after the Peace Banquet at Oxford, 1814. idea in MALcol M-Sketches of Persia. P. 232. THACKERAY-Four Georges. George I, says: “The bold old Reiter looked down from § Paul's and sighed out, “Was für Plunder!' The German women plundered; the German secretaries plundered; the German cooks and intendants plundered; even Mustapha and Mahomet, the German negroes, had a share of the booty.” The German quoted would be correctly translated “what rubbish!” Blücher, therefore, has been either misquoted or mistranslated.
It is magnificent, but it is not war.
GENERAL PERRE Bosquet. On the Charge of the Light Brigade. Attributed also to MARSHAL CANRoBERT.
16 He who did well in war just earns the right To begin doing well in peace.
Robert BRowNING—Luria. Act II. L. 354.
17 The Government of the United States would be constrained to hold the Imperial German government to a strict accountability for such acts of their naval authorities. W. J. BRYAN–To the German government, when Secretary of State. European War Series of Depart of State. No. I. P. 54,
1 Lay down the axe; fling by the spade; Leave in its track the toiling plough; The rifle and the bayonet-blade For arms like... were fitter now; And let the hands that ply the pen Quit the light task, and learn to wield The horseman's crooked brand, and rein The charger on the battlefield. BRYANT—Our Country's Call.
2 None of our soldiers would understand not being asked to do whatever is necessary to reestablish a situation which is humiliating to us and unacceptable to our country's honor—We are going to counter-attack. Credited to MAJOR-GEN. R. L. BULLARD, also to MAJor-GEN.OMAR BUNDY, in reply to the French command to retire in the second battle of the Marne, 1918.
3. The American flag has been forced to retire. This
MAJOR-GEN. R. L. BULLARD, on leaving the Conference of French Generals, July 15, 1918. Expressing regret that he could not obey orders. He is called “The General of No Retreat.” See N. Y. Herald, Nov. 3, 1919. (Editorial)
4 You are there, stay there. MAJoR-GEN. R. L. BULLARD. Citation to American unit which captured Fay's Wood. See N.Y. Herald, Nov. 3, 1919. (Editorial) 5 If it were possible for members of different nationalities, with different and customs, and an intellectual life of a different kind, to live side by side in one and the same state, without succumbing to the temptation of each trying to force his own nationality on the other, things would look a good deal more peaceful. But it is a law of life and development in history that where two national civilizations meet they fight for ascendancy. In the struggle between nationalities, one nation is the hammer and the other the anvil: one is the victor and the other the vanquished. BERNHARD voN BüLow—Imperial Germany.
t; Justa bella quibus necessaria. Wars are just to those to whom they are
necessary. Quoted by BURRE—Reflections on the Revolution in France.
“War,” says Machiavel, “ought to be the only study of a prince”; and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. “He ought,” says this great political doctor, “to consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans.”
BURKE–Windication of Natural Society. Wol.
I. P. 15.
Or to victory!
BURNs—Bruce to his Men at Bannockburn.
1 And there was mounting in hot haste: the steed, The mustering squadron, and the clattering car, Went pouring forward with impetuous speed, And swiftly forming in the ranks of war; And the deep thunder peal on peal, afar And near; the beat of the alarming drum Roused up the soldier ere the morning star; While throng'd the citizens with terror dumb, Or whispering with white lips—“The foe! they come! they come!” BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto III. St. 25.
2 Battle's magnificently stern array! BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto III. St. 28.
3 The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold.
BYRON-Destruction of Sen b.
4 Like the leaves of the forest when summer is
green, That host with their banners at sunset were seen; Like the leaves of the forest when autumn hath blown, That hoston themorrow lay wither'd and strown! BYRON-Destruction of Sennacherib.
Hand to hand, and foot to foot:
Nothing there, save death, was mute;
Stroke, and thrust, and flash, and cry
For quarter or for victory,
Rio there with the volleying thunder. ByRON-Siege of Corinth. St. 24.
6 Veni, vidi, vici.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Attributed to JULIUS CAESAR. PLUTARCHLife of Caesar, states it was spoken after the defeat of Pharnaces, at Zela in Pontus, B.C. 47, not the Expedition to Britain, B.C. 55. According to SUETONIUS—Julius Caesar. 37, the words were not Caesar's but were displayed before Caesar's title, “non acta belli significantem, sicut ceteri, sed celeriter confecti notam.” Not as being a record of the events of the war, as in other cases, but as an indication of the rapidity with which it was concluded. Ne insolens barbarus dicat, “Ueni, uidi, uici.” Nevershall insolent barbarian say “I came, I saw, I conquered.” SENECA THE ELDER—Suaesoria. II. 22. BUECHMANN, quoting the above, suggests that Caesar's words may be an adaptation of a o by APOSTOLIUs. XII. 58. (Or V, in Elzivir Ed. Leyden, 1653.)
(See also HENRY IV, SoBIESK1)
7 In bello parvis momentis magni casus intercedunt. In war events of importance are the result of trivial causes. CESAR–Bellum Gallicum. I. 21.
8 The combat deepens. On, ye brave, Who rush to § or the grave! Wave, Munich! all thy banners wave, And charge with all thy chivalry. CAMPBELL–Hohenlinden.
9 La Garde meurt, mais nese rend pas. The dies but does not surrender.
Attributed to LIEUT. GEN. PIERRE JAcques, BARON DE CAMBRONNE, when called to surrender by Col. , Hugh HALKETT, Cambronne disavowed the saying at a banquet at Nantes, 1835. The London Times on the Centenary of the battle of Waterloo published a letter, written at 11 P.M. on the evening of the battle, by CAPT. DIGBY MAckworth, of the 7th Füsiliers, A. D. C. to Gen. Hill. In it the phrase is quoted as already familiar. FourNIER in L’Esprit dans !. so ascribesH. to a correspondent o of...; ugeMont. It appeared there the next day, and afterwards in the Journal General de o June 24. This seems also improbable in view of the above mentioned letter. See also VICTOR HUGo–Les Miserables. Waterloo.
6 All the same, the fundamental truths which govern that art are still unchangeable; just as the principles of mechanics must always govern architecture, whether the building be made of wood, stone, iron or concrete; just as the prin. ciples of harmony govern music of whatever kind. It is still necessary, then, to establish the principles of war. GEN. Foch—Principles of War. From the preface written for the post-bellum edition. 7 I am going on to the Rhine. If you oppose me, so much the worse for you, but whether you sign an armistice or not, I do not stop until I reach the Rhine. GEN. Foch to the Germans who came to ask for an armistice. As reported by G. WARD PRICE in the London Daily Mail. (1919)
16 Neither ridiculous shriekings for revenge by French chauvinists, nor the Englishmen's gnashing of teeth, nor the wild gestures of the Slavs will turn us from our aim of protecting and extending German influence all the world over. Official secret report of the Germans, quoted in the French Yellow Book.
17 Ye living soldiers of the mighty war, Once more from roaring cannon and the drums And buglesblown atmorn, the summons comes; Forget the halting limb, each wound and scar: Once more your Captain calls to you; Come to his last review! R. W. GILDER—The Burial of Grant.