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"He that fights and runs away, may turn and fight another day; but he that is in battle slain, will never rise to fight again." -
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War & Peace
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Top 5 quotes from Tacitus
"A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man."
"Abuse, if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it."
"All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end."
"In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous."
"It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, with the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city, with the discords of families."
Top 5 quotes from War & Peace
"Warmaking doesn't stop warmaking. If it did, our problems would have stopped millennia ago."
"A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader."
"If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!"
"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."