Thoughts & Quotes of Blupete
the letter and you will be brought to the beginning of the thoughts beginning with that letter.
- ¶ "War's a brain-spattering art." (Lord Byron)
- ¶ "We have heard of an old German officer, who was a great admirer of correctness in military operations. He use to revile Bonaparte for spoiling the science of war, which had been carried to such exquisite perfection by Marshall Daun. 'In my youth we use to march and countermarch all the summer without gaining or losing a square league, and then we went into winter quarters. And now comes an ignorant, hot-headed young man, who flies about from Boulogne to Ulm, and from Ulm to the middle of Moravia, and fights battles in December. The whole system of his tactics is monstrously incorrect.' The world is of opinion in spite of critics like these, that the end of fencing is to hit, that the end of medicine is to cure, that the end of war is to conquer, and that those means are the most correct which best accomplish the ends." (Macaulay's essay, "Moore's Life on Lord Byron," June, 1831.)
- ¶ According to Prussian theorist von Clausewitz, "war is nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means ... Force is the means; to impose our will upon the enemy is the object." [As quoted by Francis Hackett, On Judging Books (New York: Day, 1947) at p. 46.]
- ¶ Karl von Clausewitz wrote in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars that war was a trinity composed: of the policy of the government, the activities of the military, and the passions of the peoples. This is known as the "Clausewitzian trinity." [See Michael Howard's work, The First World War (Oxford university Press, 2002) at p. 1.]
- ¶ "What astonished the Allies most of all was the number and the velocity of the Republicans. These improvised armies had in fact nothing to delay them. Tents were unprocurable for want of money, untransportable for want of the enormous number of wagons that would have been required, and also unnecessary, for the discomfort that would have caused wholesale desertion in professional armies was cheerfully borne by the men of 1793-94. Supplies for armies of then unheard-of size could not be carried in convoys, and the French soon became familiar with 'living on the country.' Thus 1793 saw the birth of the modern system of war-rapidity of movement, full development of national strength, bivouacs, requisitions and force as against cautious manoeuvering, small professional armies, tents and full rations, and chicane. The first represented the decision-compelling spirit, the second the spirit of risking little to gain a little." [C. F. Atkinson, as quoted by H. G. Wells, in A Short History of the World (1922) (Collins, 1953) p. 218.]
- ¶ "Wars and revolutions make nothing; their utmost service to mankind, is that, in a very rough and painful way, they destroy superannuated and obstructive things." [H. G. Wells.)
- ¶ "War is a business of positions." [Napoleon, as quoted by Mahan, Sea Power in its Relations to The War of 1812 (London: Sampson, Low, Marston, 1905), Vol. 1, pp. 74-5.]
- § See blupete's essay -- "On War."
- ¶ "I doubt whether the most surprising success is to be
accounted for from any such unusual attainments, or whether a man's
making half a million of money is a proof of his capacity for thought in
general. It is much oftener owing to views and wishes bounded but
constantly directed to one particular object. To succeed, a man should
aim only at success. ... The rule of business is to
take what you can get, and keep what you have got; or an eagerness in
seizing every opportunity that offers for promoting your own interest,
and a plodding, persevering industry in making the most of the
advantages you have already obtained, are the most effectual as well as
the safest ingredients in the composition of the mercantile character." (William Hazlitt, "On Thought and Action.")
- ¶ "It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere." (Edmund Burke)
- ¶ "Riches are gotten with industry, and kept by frugality." (Thomas Hobbes)
- ¶ "Riches joyned with liberality, is Power; because it procureth friends, and servants." (Thomas Hobbes)
- § See blupete's commentary of -- October 1st, 2000.
- ¶ "There is a certain Delicacy of Passion, to which some People are subject, that makes them extremely sensible to all the Accidents of Life. And when a Person, that has this Sensibility of Temper, meets with any Misfortune, his Sorrow or Resentment takes entire Possession of him." (David Hume)
- § See blupete's commentary of -- May 31st, 1998.
- § See blupete's commentary of -- May 27th, 2001.
- § See blupete's commentary of -- June 20th, 1999.
- ¶ "Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda water the day after." (Lord Byron)
- ¶ O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been
Cool'd a long age in the deep-delved earth,
Tasting of Flora and the country green,
Dance, and Provencal song, and sunburnt mirth!
O for a beaker full of the warm South,
Keats: From "Ode To A Nightingale."
- ¶ "The surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness; her state is like that of things above the moon, ever serene." (Montaigne)
- ¶ "Wisdom, ever on the watch to rob Joy of its alchemy." (Lord Byron)
- ¶ "He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that." (John Stuart Mill)
- ¶ "The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a thing when it is no longer doubtful is the cause of half their errors." (Mill)
- § "In general, nobody wants to be a witness. For one thing , it takes time. There is the time spent in preparation, and the time spent in court. Courts do not make appointments to hear witnesses. In ordinary litigation ... the lawyers hope to begin a trial on a particular date [but delays do occur and the parties and the witnesses just have to wait.] And even when a trial is set for a certain day, it is not possible to forecast the hour when the turn of a particular witness will come, and so he usually has to be in court all day."
[Charles Rembar, The End of Obscenity (London: Deutsch, 1969), p. 237.]
- § The initial interview of a witness may sound pretty good, "but courtrooms are special, and the fine forthright statements in the lawyer's office often become difficult quavers on the witness stand."
[Ibid., p. 240.]
- § "In our daily lives, we learn empirically that a direct, unhesitating, easy response usually marks the honest man, while hesitation, averted eyes, a tremulous voice and a groping for words identify a liar. Testifying in court is different from everyday conversation. The honest witness may hesitate, look away, speak with a tremor and mislay his vocabulary (while the well-coached perjurer reels off his tale). Jurymen, however, are not often in court and cannot make the appropriate discount."
[Ibid., p. 241.]
- § "Lawyers prepare their witnesses for trials. This is sometimes confused with 'coaching the witness' -- making up a story for him to tell, or advising him to lie. There is nothing reprehensible in directing the attention of the witness to the critical issues, or in helping him articulate what might otherwise be poorly expressed. He may also be prepared by anticipating probable cross-examination, so as to avoid upset and confusion."
[Ibid., p. 371.]
- ¶ "I find in England, that most women of 50 and upwards have gone through the experience of many years' voluntary endurance of torture, which has given a depth and a richness to their natures that your easy-going pleasure-loving women cannot imagine." [Bertrand Russell, Autobiography (Boston: Little, Brown; 1967) at p. 251.]
- ¶ "The Devil hath not, in all his quiver's choice,
An arrow for the heart like a sweet voice." (Lord Byron)
- ¶ "Her stature tall I hate a dumpy woman." (Lord Byron)
- ¶ "Stockings, slippers, brushes, combs With other articles of ladies fair." (Lord Byron)
- ¶ "Light classic articles of female want, French stuffs, lace, tweezers, toothpicks, teapot, tray." (Lord Byron)
- ¶ "There are three classes of elderly women; first, that dear old soul; second, that old woman; third, that old witch." (Coleridge)
- § See blupete's commentary of -- March 29th, 1998.
- ¶ "... the seed of knowledge." (Francis Bacon)
- ¶ "Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve,
And Hope without an object cannot live." (Coleridge)
- ¶ "I have made this letter longer than usual because I lacked the time to make it short." (Blaise Pascal)
- ¶ "I have never had much patience with the writers who claim from the reader an effort to understand their meaning." (Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up.)
- ¶ "... aim at lucidity, simplicity and euphony [in order of importance] ..." (Somerset Maugham