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114. God is on everyone’s side ... And, in the last analysis, He is on the side of those with plenty of money and large armies. (God & Army & Money) Jean Anuihl, French Dramatist 1910-1987
75,273. A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. (Guns & Arms & Army) US Constitution 2nd Amendment
25,910. For I am sure when he shall see our army
He’ll drop his heart into the sink of fear
And, fore achievement, offer us his ransom. (War & Army) William Shakespeare, Henry V III v 58-60, Constable to court
4,336. Mankind’s first full-time professional army. Each soldier is armed with a gladius. (Humanity & Empire Roman & Army) Mankind: The Story of All of Us III, History Channel 2012
28,445. The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force. (United States & Army & Military) Thomas Jefferson
63,782. We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest. Thomas Jefferson
29,842. We fought a military war; our opponents fought a political one. We sought physical attrition; our opponents aimed for our psychological exhaustion. In the process we lost sight of one of the cardinal maxims of guerrilla war: the guerrilla wins if he does not lose. The conventional army loses if it does not win. The North Vietnamese used their armed forces the way a bull-fighter uses his cape – to keep us lunging in areas of marginal political importance. (Kissinger & Army & Kissinger) Henry Kissinger, Foreign Affairs 48:2 1969
30,883. Instead what they want is to secure a civilian form of government that would be friendly towards the army, and will fulfil the army’s military, religious, political, constitutional ambitions and agenda. (Civil War & Army) Dr Peter Gaunt, Chester College
30,888. The army was increasingly mistrustful of parliament ... They published demands for liberty, justice and freedom from tyranny. (England & Great Britain & Civil War & Cromwell & Army) Great Britons: Cromwell, BBC 2002
32,465. However strong your armies may be, you will always need the favour of the inhabitants to the possession of a province. (King & Monarch & Prince & Army & Arms) Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince ch III
89,709. The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms – you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow. (Prince & State & Law & Army & Arms) ibid.
63,722. Above all else, be armed. (Prince & Army & Arms) ibid.
63,725. For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against. (Prince & Army & Arms) ibid.
34,275. For no amount of arms and armies can help stabilize those governments which are unable or unwilling to achieve social and economic reform and development. Military pacts cannot help nations whose social injustice and economic chaos invite insurgency and penetration and subversion. (Kennedy & Army & Arms & Military) John F Kennedy, speech Joint session of Congress May 1961
59,429. I have brought you an army, father. Would you have me send it back? (Pope & Army) The Borgias: Relics s3e6, Cesare
102,190. Colonel: Come in. What do you want?
Private: I’d like to leave the army please, sir.
Colonel: Good heavens, man. Why?
Private: It’s dangerous. Monty Python’s Flying Circus s1e8, BBC 1969
63,712. Don’t stand there gawping like you’ve never seen the hand of God before. Now, today we’re going to do marching up and down the square. That is unless any of you have got anything better to do. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life 1983 starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Terry Gillian & Eric Idle & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Neil Innes & Patricia Quinn et al, director Terry Jones, Sergeant-Major to soldiers
63,713. Democracy and humanitarianism have always been trademarks of the British army. ibid. commentary
63,714. Doctor: Well let’s have a look at this one leg of yours then eh. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Well this is nothing to worry about. There’s a lot of it about. Probably a virus. ibid.
63,715. Ours is composed of the scum of the earth – the mere scum of the earth. Duke of Wellington
63,718. They took me to an MO – Medical Officer. And he said, ‘Take your clothes off.’ I said, ‘Well shouldn’t you take me out to dinner or something first?’ (Army & Doctor) Spike Milligan, Des O’Connor Show
63,720. The way the pikes had clobbered the mounted knights [of the Dukes of Burgundy] changed the battle plans of every military commander in Europe. For the next forty years the pike was it. And the armies got bigger because they were cheaper. And then on April 28th 1503 ... a new weapon had arrived. (Arms & Army & Gun) It was the gun. James Burke, Connections: Eat, Drink & Be Merry s1e8, BBC 1978
63,721. And suddenly feeding huge armies was the big new problem, and one that almost blew it for Napoleon at a little known spot in northern Italy. ibid.
63,723. No-one could be considered powerful unless he could afford to pay for his own army. Crassus
63,724. Armies are like plants, immobile, firm-rooted, nourished through long stems to the head. We might be a vapour, blowing where we listed. Our kingdoms lay in each man’s mind; and as we wanted nothing material to live on, so we might offer nothing material to the killing. It seemed a regular soldier might be helpless without a target, owning only what he sat on, and subjugating only what, by order, he could poke his rifle at. T E Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
63,727. Armies do not exist for peace. They exist only for triumphant exertion in war. Adolf Hitler
63,728. An army marches on its stomach. Napoleon Bonaparte