War and the World's Life

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Smith, Elder, & Company, 1907 - Military art and science - 424 pages
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Page 340 - Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one, Have oft-times no connection. Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men ; Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.
Page 59 - Conquest ? I am bordering upon seventy-seven years of age passed in honour; I hope that the Almighty may protect me from being witness of the tragedy which I cannot persuade my contemporaries to take measures to avert.
Page 256 - ... were lying down, their rifles pointing to the front, as if they were still in the fighting line and were expecting the enemy to attack every moment. These had evidently remained behind, lying down, when the more courageous had advanced. Others had squatted like hares in the furrows ; wherever a bush or ditch gave shelter there were men to be seen, who in some cases had made themselves very comfortable. All these men gazed at us without showing the least interest. The fact that we belonged to...
Page 60 - The immense amount of our accumulated capital would afford to the enemy the ready means of levying his heavy exactions. The complicated and very delicate network of credit which overlies all the multitudinous transactions of the country, would vibrate throughout upon the first touch of our soil by a foreign invader, and would, in all probability, be subject to a sudden and fearful collapse ; while the confusion and distress produced among the labouring classes would be truly fearful. Millions of...
Page 230 - Suddenly some one known to us falls — a shell strikes amongst the crowd and causes some involuntary movements : we begin to feel that we are no longer perfectly at ease and collected ; even the bravest is at least to some degree confused. Now, a step farther into the battle which is raging before us like a scene in a...
Page i - ... This book is supplied by MESSRS. SMITH, ELDER & Co. to Booksellers on terms which will not admit of their allowing a discount from the advertised price.
Page 358 - Swinburne may take refuge in the argument that what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and that therefore his transformer will be equally benefitted if Mr.
Page 20 - ... admiration by certain English writers. Lastly, let us take two statements of what I may call the mystical creed of militarism. I want you to guess which of the two is German and which English. " War gives a biologically just decision, since its decisions arise from the very nature of things." And, again: "War is the divinely appointed means by which the environment may be readjusted till 'ethically fittest' and 'best
Page 230 - Let us accompany the novice to the battle-field. As we approach, the thunder of the cannon becoming plainer and plainer is soon followed by the howling of shot, which attracts the attention of the inexperienced. Balls begin to strike the ground close to us, before and behind. We hasten to the hill where stands the General and his numerous Staff. Here the close striking of the cannon balls and the bursting of shells is so frequent that the seriousness of life makes itself visible through the youthful...
Page 230 - ... draughts, must be taken diluted and spoilt by mixture with time — such moments, we say, are but few. Let us accompany the novice to the battle-field. As we approach, the thunder of the cannon becoming plainer and plainer is soon followed by the howling of shot, which attracts the attention of the inexperienced. Balls begin to strike the ground close to us, before and behind. We hasten to the hill where stands the General and his numerous Staff. Here the close striking of the cannon balls and...

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