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Ed's Favorite Quotations. Emphasis added. References below.

HELMUTH GRAF VON MOLTKE

   
Moltke on the Art of War: Selected Writings
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"Eternal peace is a dream, and not even a pleasant one. War is a part of God's world order."1a

"The money market also has today gained an influence that can call the armed forces into the field for its interest. European armies have occupied Mexico and Egypt to meet the demands of high finance."1b THUCYDIDES

"The best guarantee of success of an attack over the defense lies in a flanking attack and the simultaneous advance of all our forces against the enemy's flank and front."1c

" . . . The tactical defense is the stronger, the strategic offensive the more effective form -- and the only one that leads to the goal."1d

"One must distinguish between the object of the war and the object of the operation of the attack. The former is not the army, but the land mass and the capital of the enemy, and within them the resources and the political power of the state. It comprises what we desire to hold or that for which we will subsequently trade. The object of an operation is the hostile army insofar as it defends the object of the war."1e*

"The course of a war cannot be foreseen."1f THUCYDIDES

"Strategy must keep the means that tactics require in readiness at the proper time and place. . .  
Strategy governs the movements of the army for the planned battle; the manner of execution is the province of tactics. The former issues directives, the latter orders."
1g

" . . . [O]nly the destruction of the hostile fighting force will be decisive as a rule. It is therefore the most important object of all operations."1h


  

Moltke on the Art of War: Selected Writings. Edited by Daniel J. Hughes. Translated by Daniel J. Hughes and Harry Bell. Foreword by Gunther E. Rothenberg. Daniel J. Hughes, 1993. New York, NY: The Random House Ballantine Publishing Group.
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* Italics in the original.

1 Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf Von Moltke (1800-1891). Charles E. Lindblom. Moltke on the Art of War: Selected Writings. Edited by Daniel J. Hughes. Translated by Daniel J. Hughes and Harry Bell. Foreword by Gunther E. Rothenberg. Daniel J. Hughes, 1993. New York, NY: The Random House Ballantine Publishing Group.
a 
Chp. One: The Nature of War, at 22.
b
Ibid., at 26.
c
Ibid., at 59.
d 
Ibid., at 68.
e 
Chp. Two: Headquarters, Operations, Technology, at 93.
f 
Ibid., at 99.
g 
Chp. Three: The Battle, at 125.
h 
Ibid.,
at 129.

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