Daily Archive: March 21, 2018

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Carl Von Clausewitz

 

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“All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.”

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“Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.”

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“Everything in war is very simple. But the simplest thing is difficult.”

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“If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.”

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“It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.”

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“Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.”

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“Principles and rules are intended to provide a thinking man with a frame of reference.”

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“The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.”

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“The more a general is accustomed to place heavy demands on his soldiers, the more he can depend on their response.”

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“The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation form their purposes.”

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“Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.”

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“War therefore is an act of violence to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.”

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“Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat the enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds, it is a fallacy that must be exposed: War is such a dangerous business that mistakes that come from kindness are the very worst.”

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“Determination in a single instance is an expression of courage; if it becomes characteristic, a mental habit. But here we are referring not to physical courage but to courage to accept responsibility, courage in the face of a moral danger. This has often been called courage d’esprit, because it is created by the intellect. That, however, does not make it an act of the intellect: it is an act of temperament. Intelligence alone is not courage; we often see that the most intelligent people are irresolute. Since in the rush of events a man is governed by feelings rather than by thought, the intellect needs to arouse the quality of courage, which then supports and sustains it in action.
Looked at in this way, the role of determination is to limit the agonies of doubt and the perils of hesitation when the motives for action are inadequate.”

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“We repeat again: strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one’s balance in spite of them. Even with the violence of emotion, judgment and principle must still function like a ship’s compass, which records the slightest variations however rough the sea.”

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“Men are always more inclined to pitch their estimate of the enemy’s strength too high than too low, such is human nature.”

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“With uncertainty in one scale, courage and self-confidence should be thrown into the other to correct the balance. The greater they are, the greater the margin that can be left for accidents.”

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“Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.”

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“Any complex activity, if it is to be carried on with any degree of virtuosity, calls for appropriate gifts of intellect and temperament. If they are outstanding and reveal themselves in exceptional achievements, their possessor is called a ‘genius’.”

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“If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.”

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“There are times when the utmost daring is the height of wisdom.”

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“Boldness governed by superior intellect is the mark of a hero.”

Wikipedia Page: Carl Von Clausewitz

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