Von Clausewitz Quotes – Insights from a Military Strategist

In war, truth is the first casualty.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

War is the continuation of politics by other means.

The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.

The art of war is simple, but not easy.

Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

The key to victory lies in knowing yourself and your enemy.

The best defense is a good offense.

Only a fool fights in a burning house.

War is an extension of diplomacy by other means.

The size of your army doesn’t determine victory, it’s how well you use it.

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

War is the realm of uncertainty; three-fourths of the factors on which action is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty.

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

The ultimate victory in war is to subdue the enemy’s will to fight.

There is no higher nobility than the nobility of sacrifice.

In war, the moral is to the physical as three is to one.

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.

One must have the courage to follow his intuition, even in the midst of chaos.

War is not an act of passion, but rather an act of reason.

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon, which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.

It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

The greatest weapon in war is not a sword or a gun, but rather the mind.

To achieve victory, one must be prepared to adapt and innovate.

Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.

There is no substitute for victory.

The strength of a nation lies not in its wealth or military might, but in the character and determination of its people.

In war, the only sin is to lose.

A leader is someone who can inspire others to achieve greatness.

The true measure of a leader is not how well he commands, but how well he serves.

Success in war is not measured by the number of battles won, but by the number of lives saved.

The most successful generals are those who understand the value of diplomacy.

War is a test of character.

War teaches us the importance of unity and sacrifice.

The best defense is a strong offense.

In war, the enemy is not the soldier in front of you, but the idea that motivates him.

To defeat an enemy, you must first understand him.

In war, there are no winners, only survivors.

War is a cruel teacher, but a necessary one.

One must be prepared to sacrifice everything for victory.

The greatest leaders are those who can turn adversity into opportunity.

War is not about who is right, but about who is left.

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