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A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.
The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in othe ...
So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism--despotism during the campaign--is indispensable.
In every particular state of the world, those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others; and in certain marked p ...
Conquest is the missionary of valour, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.
In early times every sort of advantage tends to become a military advantage; such is the best way, then, to keep it alive. But the ...
The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and ...
History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manlin ...
The whole history of civilisation is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
War both needs and generates certain virtues; not the highest, but what may be called the preliminary virtues, as valour, veracity ...
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