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That's what an army is -- a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be never so vile. This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.

George Washington (1732-1799) First President of the USA.

Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

What makes a regiment of soldiers a more noble object of view than the same mass of mob? Their arms, their dresses, their banners, and the art and artificial symmetry of their position and movements.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) British writer.

Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?

Karl Kraus (1874-1936) Austrian satirist.

There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen.

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

'Tis the soldier's life to have their balmy slumbers waked with strife.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right. The fact is obvious. The might is in the hundred men who obey. The right (or what is held to be right) is in the one man who commands them.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

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