Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.
In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.
When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.
War consists not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) British philosopher.