„Those who have never fought suppose that the deserter who flies the field is consumed by shame. He is not, or he would not desert; with only trifling exceptions, battles are fought by cowards afraid to run.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
— Stephen Crane American novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist 1871 - 1900
„The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.“
— Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 a.C.
„Because no battle is ever won. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. Be different!“
— Kim Peek American savant, model for the protagonist of the film "Rain Man" 1951 - 2009
Wisconsin Medical Society http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/savant/kimpeek.cfm
— José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895
„For he who fights and runs away
May live to fight another day;
But he who is in battle slain
Can never rise and fight again.“
— Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774
The Art of Poetry on a New Plan (1761), vol. ii. p. 147. The saying "he who fights and runs away may live to fight another day" dates at least as far back as Menander (ca. 341–290 B.C.), Gnomai Monostichoi, aphorism #45: ἀνήρ ὁ ϕɛύγων καὶ ράλίν μαχήɛṯαί (a man who flees will fight again). The Attic Nights (book 17, ch. 21) of Aulus Gellius (ca. 125–180 A.D.) indicates it was already widespread in the second century: "...the orator Demosthenes sought safety in flight from the battlefield, and when he was bitterly taunted with his flight, he jestingly replied in the well-known verse: The man who runs away will fight again".
„That night when he went back to his hotel, he wept for his dead children and all the other castrated boys, for his own lost youth, for those who were young no longer and those who died young, for those who fought for Salvador Allende and those who were too scared to fight.“
— Roberto Bolaño Chilean author 1953 - 2003
Mauricio ('The Eye') Silva
„Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.“
— James Joyce Irish novelist and poet 1882 - 1941
„Freedom of speech is not the property of those who happen to belong to the elites of a country. It is an inalienable right, the birthright of our people. For centuries battles have been fought for it, and now it is being sacrificed to please a totalitarian ideology.“
— Geert Wilders Dutch politician 1963
Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pfEJaI2iS4 (7 February 2011)
„Poor is he who in traitor doth confide :
Never shall snow-clad land good grain provide.
Poor she who in deserter faith doth show :
Never shall flowers on withered branches grow.“
— Francesco Dall'Ongaro Italian poet, playwright and librettist 1808 - 1873
Stornelli Politici, ""Il Disertore"". Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 395.