A Quote by Laurence Sterne on army


"Our armies swore terribly in Flanders," cried my Uncle Toby, "but nothing to this."

Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768)

Source: Tristram Shandy (orig. ed.). Vol. iii. Chap. xi.

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on army, sorrow, and war

When great armies go to war, Sorrow is the sole winner.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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A Quote by Juan Mascaro on army, brothers, companions, despair, fatherhood, friendship, grief, heart, sons, and wives

Then Arjuma saw in both armies fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons; fathers of wives, uncles, masters; brothers companions and friends. . . . When Arjuna thus saw his kinsmen face to face in both lines of battle, he was overcome by grief and despair and thus he spoke with a sinking heart.

Juan Mascaro

Source: Translated from sanskrit of The Bhaghavad Gita

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on adultery, army, boredom, charity, day, elderly, facts, fatherhood, god, honor, love, and motherhood

He was polite to his elders, who disliked him. Whatever his elders told him to do, he did. They told him to look before he leaped, and he always looked before he leaped. They told him never to put off until the next day what he could do the day before, and he never did. He was told to honour his father and his mother, and he honoured his father and his mother. He was told that he should not kill, and he did not kill, until he got into the Army. Then he was told to kill, and he killed. He turned the other cheek on every occasion and always did unto others exactly as he would have had others do unto him. When he gave to charity, his left hand never knew what his right hand was doing. He never once took the name of the Lord his God in vain, committed adultery or coveted his neighbour's ass. In fact, he loved his neighbour and never even bore false witness against him. [His] elders disliked him because he was such a flagrant nonconformist.

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch 22

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A Quote by John Milton on army


Ran on embattled armies clad in iron, And, weaponless himself, Made arms ridiculous.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Samson Agonistes. Line 129.

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A Quote by John Milton on army, bitterness, certainty, change, extremism, and time

A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old, Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air Burns frore, and cold performs th' effect of fire. Thither by harpy-footed Furies hal'd, At certain revolutions all the damn'd Are brought, and feel by turns the bitter change Of fierce extremes,--extremes by change more fierce; From beds of raging fire to starve in ice Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine Immovable, infix'd, and frozen round, Periods of time; thence hurried back to fire.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 592.

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A Quote by John Locke on agriculture, army, dignity, fashion, idleness, men, profit, sports, thought, and understanding

The great men among the ancients understood very well how to reconcile manual labour with affairs of state, and thought it no lessening to their dignity to make the one the recreation to the other. That indeed which seems most generally to have employed and diverted their spare hours, was agriculture. Gideon among the Jews was taken from threshing, as well as Cincinnatus amongst the Romans from the plough, to command the armies of their countries . . . and, as I remember, Cyrus thought gardening so little beneath the dignity and grandeur of a throne, that he showed Xenophon a large field of fruit trees all of his own planting . . . Delving, planting, inoculating, or any the like profitable employments would be no less a diversion than any of the idle sports in fashion, if men could be brought to delight in them.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Two Treatises of Government, 1698

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on army, character, friendship, individuality, influence, life, nations, spirit, teachers, and work

In later life, as in earlier, only a few persons influence the formation of our character; the multitude pass us by like a distant army. One friend, one teacher, one beloved, one club, one dining table, one work table are the means by which one's nation and the spirit of one's nation affect the individual.

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by J. Michael Straczynski on army, dictatorship, force, freedom, government, learning, needs, population, power, and universe

No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. The Centauri learned this lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free.

J. Michael Straczynski

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A Quote by Groucho Marx on army, kindness, money, and war

Firefly: Now that you're Secretary of War, what kind of an army do you think we oughta have? Chicolini: Well, I tell you what I think. I think we should have a standing army. Firefly: Why should we have a standing army? Chicolini: Because then we save money on chairs.

Groucho Marx (1895 - 1977)

Source: As Firefly in the movie, Duck Soup, 1933

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