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Quotations About / On: SOLDIER

  • 41.
    There are few men more superstitious than soldiers. There are, after all, the men who live closest to death.
    (Mary Stewart (b. 1916), British novelist. The Last Enchantment, bk. 2, ch. 3 (1979).)
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  • 42.
    Civil servants and priests, soldiers and ballet-dancers, schoolmasters and police constables, Greek museums and Gothic steeples, civil list and services list—the common seed within which all these fabulous beings slumber in embryo is taxation.
    (Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. repr. In Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Collected Works, vol. 6 (1976). Moralizing Criticism and Critical Morality (1847).)
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  • 43.
    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. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. City Limits (London, March 11, 1983).)
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  • 44.
    We can beat all Europe with United States soldiers. Give me a thousand Tennesseans, and I'll whip any other thousand men on the globe!
    (Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Life of Andrew Jackson, vol. III, p. 634, Parton.)
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  • 45.
    What makes a regiment of soldiers a more noble object of view than the same mass of mob? Their arms, their dresses, their banners, and the art and artificial symmetry of their position and movements.
    (George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, February 7, 1821, to publisher John Murray.)
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  • 46.
    A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.
    (Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 446 (1796).)
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  • 47.
    Not only [are] our states ... making peace with each other,... you and I, your Majesty, are making peace here, our own peace, the peace of soldiers and the peace of friends.
    (Yitzhak Rabin (b. 1922), Israeli Prime Minister. New York Times, p. 12A (July 27, 1994). After signing a peace declaration with Jordan's King Hussein to end 46 years of hostilities, at a meeting in Washington, D.C., organized by President Bill Clinton.)
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  • 48.
    The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Three Guineas, p. 25 (1938).)
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  • 49.
    The worst readers are those who behave like plundering soldiers: they take away a few things they can use, soil and jumble what remains, and slander the whole.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 436, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 137, "The Worst Readers," (1879).)
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  • 50.
    The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
    (Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. First published in Pennsylvania Journal (December 19, 1776). Introduction to the first of a series of pamphlets entitled "The American Crisis," (December 23, 1776). George Washington ordered this paper to be read to his troops, December 26, 1776, on the eve of the Battle of Trenton, New Jersey.)
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