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No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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No profession or occupation is more pleasing than the military; a profession or exercise both noble in execution (for the strongest, most generous and proudest of all virtues is true valor) and noble in its cause. No utility either more just or universal than the protection of the repose or defense of the greatness of one's country. The company and daily conversation of so many noble, young and active men cannot but be well-pleasing to you.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

 

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Now, you mummy's darlings, get a rift on them boots. Definitely shine em, my little curly-headed lambs, for in our mob, war or no war, you die with clean boots on.
~ Gerald Kersh

 

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O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.
~ Walt Whitman

 

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Rogues, would you live forever?
~ Frederick The Great (Frederick II)

 

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Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right. The fact is obvious. The might is in the hundred men who obey. The right (or what is held to be right) is in the one man who commands them.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

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Standing armies can never consist of resolute robust men; they may be well-disciplined machines, but they will seldom contain men under the influence of strong passions, or with very vigorous faculties.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft

 

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That's what an army is -- a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers.
~ Mark Twain

 

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The army is the true nobility of our country.
~ Napoleon III

 

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The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
~ Edward Gibbon

 

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The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done, he wasn't really going to do very much with his life anyway. The example usually is: ''he wasn't going to compose Beethoven's Fifth.''
~ Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

 

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The General Order is always to maneuver in a body and on the attack; to maintain strict but not pettifogging discipline; to keep the troops constantly at the ready; to employ the utmost vigilance on sentry go; to use the bayonet on every possible occasion; and to follow up the enemy remorselessly until he is utterly destroyed.
~ Lazare Carnot

 

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The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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The military mind is indeed a menace. Old-fashioned futurity that sees only men fighting and dying in smoke and fire; hears nothing more civilized than a cannonade; scents nothing but the stink of battle-wounds and blood.
~ Sean O'Casey

 

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The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
~ Calvin Coolidge

 

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The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.
~ Sir William Blackstone

 

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The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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There are few men more superstitious than soldiers. They are, after all, the men who live closest to death.
~ Mary Stewart

 

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There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
~ Joseph Conrad

 

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