Carl von Clausewitz Quotes

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War is the continuation of politics by other means.
— Carl von Clausewitz On War

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The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
— Carl von Clausewitz
Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.
— Carl von Clausewitz On War

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To be practical, any plan must take account of the enemy's power to frustrate it.
— Carl von Clausewitz On War

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Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
— Carl von Clausewitz On War

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Strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one's balance in spite of them.
— Carl von Clausewitz

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Politics is the womb in which war develops—where its outlines already exist in their hidden rudimentary form, like the characteristics of living creatures in their embryos.
— Carl von Clausewitz On War

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