„The United States has broken the second rule of war. That is: don't go fighting with your land army on the mainland in Asia. Rule One is, don't march on Moscow. I developed those two rules myself.“

Interview, 2 July, 1968; quoted in New York Times, 3 July, 1968, p. 6.

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„Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: "Do not march on Moscow". Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good. That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2 of war. It is: "Do not go fighting with your land armies in China."“

—  Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein British Army officer, Commander of Allied forces at the Battle of El Alamein 1887 - 1976

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„I am not fighting a hopeless fight. People who have fought in real fights don't, as a rule.“

—  G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936

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„I don't underrate the value of military knowledge, but if men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States 1822 - 1885

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„There are two rules of war that have not yet been invalidated by the new world order. The first rule is that the belligerent nation must be fairly sure that its actions will make things better; the second rule is that the belligerent nation must be more or less certain that its actions won't make things worse.“

—  Martin Amis Welsh novelist 1949

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„In tactics, action is the governing rule of war.“

—  Ferdinand Foch French soldier and military theorist 1851 - 1929

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—  Feng Shih-kuan Taiwanese politician 1945

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