„War means fighting. The business of the soldier is to fight.“
„Soldiers were and will remain soldiers. They fight, carrying out their duty, not thinking about the reasons, true to their military oath. And the beginning and the end of war is the business of politicians, to whom the situation at the front dictates these or other decisions.“
— Friedrich Paulus German general 1890 - 1957
To A. Schmidt and others - February 4th, 1943. Quoted in "Report of the Special Section of the Don Front NKVD to Special Sections Department of NKVD USSR"
— Harry Harrison American science fiction author 1925 - 2012
Context: The compartment was getting crowded as other Pyrrans pushed in. Kerk, almost to the door, turned back to face Jason. "I'll tell you what's wrong with armistice," he said. "It's a coward's way out, that's what it is. It's all right for you to suggest it, you're from off-world and don't know any better. But do you honestly think I could entertain such a defeatist notion for one instant? When I speak, I speak not only for myself, but for all of us here. We don't mind fighting, and we know how to do it. We know that if this war was over we could build a better world here. At the same time, if we have the choice of continued war or a cowardly peace — we vote for war. This war will only be over when the enemy is utterly destroyed!" The listening Pyrrans murmured in agreement, and Jason had to shout to be heard above them. "That's really wonderful. I bet you even think it's original. But don't you hear all that cheering offstage? Those are the spirits of every saber-rattling sonofabitch that ever plugged for noble war. They even recognize the old slogan. We're on the side of light, and the enemy is a creature of darkness. And it doesn't matter a damn if the other side is saying the same thing. You've still got the same old words that have been killing people since the birth of the human race. A 'cowardly peace,' that's a good one. Peace means not being at war, not fighting. How can you have a cowardly not-fighting. What are you trying to hide with this semantic confusion? Your real reasons? I can't blame you for being ashamed of them — I would be. Why don't you just come out and say you are keeping the war going because you enjoy killing? Seeing things die makes you and your murderers happy, and you want to make them happier still!" p. 112
„Without excuse and self-consideration of health or limb or life, true soldiers fight, live to fight, love the thickest of the fight, and die in the midst of it.“
— William Booth British Methodist preacher 1829 - 1912
As quoted in Revolution (2005) by Stephen Court & Aaron White <!-- Credo Press, 2005. Vancouver, British Columbia -->.
„The soldier will fight in mud and hail, snow and ice, drought and flood. It is rare that a warrior gets to fight in comfort“
— David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006
Context: Gentlemen, you are in sorry condition. But war will render you yet more sorry. The soldier will fight in mud and hail, snow and ice, drought and flood. It is rare that a warrior gets to fight in comfort. Ch. 1
„Our soldiers have been propagandized to conflate fighting for American freedom with fights in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali.“
— Ilana Mercer South African writer
"Finally, A War John McCain Doesn't Love, https://townhall.com/columnists/ilanamercer/2017/10/27/niger-finally-a-war-john-mccain-doesnt-love-n2401287" Townhall.com, October 27, 2017.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst 1960
— Bruce Willis American actor, producer, and musician 1955
Bruce Willis during a visit to the 101st Airborne Division in northern Iraq, September 25, 2003. http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Sep2003/n09262003_200309266.html
„My poetry is a declaration of war, not an exordium to defeat. It is not the defeated soldier's drumbeat of despair, but the fighting warrior's will to win. It is not the de-spirited voice of dejection but the stirring shout of victory.“
— Atal Bihari Vajpayee 10th Prime Minister of India 1924
New York September 7, 2000 Asia Society Annual Dinner
— Michael Franti American rapper 1966
Time to Go Home, Yell Fire! (2006)
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
— Ian McDonald British science fiction novelist 1960
Ch. 44 (p. 458).
„The Germans may take Paris, but that will not prevent me from going on with the war. We will fight on the Loire, we will fight on the Garronne, we will fight even in the Pyrenees. And if at last we are driven off the Pyrenees, we will continue the war at sea.“
— Georges Clemenceau French politician 1841 - 1929
As quoted in Clemenceau and the Third Republic (1946) by John Hampden Jackson.