Quotations About / On:
Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.
(John Dryden (1631-1700), British poet, dramatist, critic. Alexander's Feast.)
The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author. Tristram Shandy, bk. 1, ch. 25 (1759-1767).)
Soldiers of the ploughshare as well as soldiers of the sword.
(John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Unto This Last, essay 3 (1862).)
I never expect a soldier to think, sir.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1897). Richard Dudgeon, in The Devil's Disciple, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
Pen, the tale teller of wisdom
Softly penetrates into minds
Showers perception to blinds
Therefore is the soldier behind freedom
(From my poem Pen vs Gun)
Those who send drones to bomb soldiers and civilians see a field of their dead rivals merely as the rubble of rebel rabble
Our poetry emulates the recent progress in military strategy: Our army's strength is the foot soldiers.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1846).)
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 19, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
I am not willing to risk the lives of German soldiers for countries whose names we cannot spell properly.
(Volker Rühe (b. 1942), German politician, defense minister. Independent (London, Aug. 28, 1992).)
Bravery in simple soldiers is a dangerous trade, to which they have bound themselves to get their livelihood.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 215 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)