Battles decide everything.
1812 Principles of War (translated by J J Graham).
War is a continuation of politics by other means.Carl Von Clausewitz
It is paltry philosophy if in the old-fashioned way one lays down rules and principles in total disregard of moral values . As soon as these appear one regards them as exceptions, which gives them a certain scientific status, and thus makes them into rules. Or again one may appeal to genius , which is above all rules; which amounts to admitting that rules are not only made for idiots , but are idiotic in themselves.Carl Von Clausewitz
Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.Carl Von Clausewitz
Only thestudyof militaryhistory iscapable of giving those who have no experience of their own a clear picture of what I have just called the friction of the whole machine.Carl Von Clausewitz
Der Krieg ist nichts als eine Fortsetzung des politischen Verkehrs mit Einmischung anderer Mittel. War is merely the continuation of policy with the admixture of other means.Carl Von Clausewitz