Ferdinand Foch quotes

  • School is a building that has four walls-with tomorrow inside. Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. There are many ways of going forward, but there is only one way of standing still. A lot of us would like to move mountains, but few of us are willing to practice on small hills. Doing your best is more important than being the best. Giant oak trees started out as little nuts. The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Motivational #Wall #Powerful

  • A war not only arises, but derives its nature , from the political ideas, the moral sentiments, and the international relations obtaining at the moment when it breaks out. This amounts to saying:;: try and know why and with the help of what you are going to act; then you will find out how to act.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #War #Ideas #Political

  • The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Love #Life #Softball

  • The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Victory #Firsts #Conquer

  • Victory is a thing of the will.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Military #Victory

  • Regulations are all very well for drill, but in the hour of danger they are no more use. You have to learn to think.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Thinking #Use #Regulation

  • The unknown is the governing principle of war.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Leadership #Sports #War

  • Don't drown yourself in details. Look at the whole.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Details #Looks

  • In whatever position you find yourself, determine first your objective.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Finding Yourself #Firsts #April

  • This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Years #Twenties #Armistice

  • No study is possible on the battlefield.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Study

  • One is defeated only when one accepts defeat.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Perseverance #Defeat #Defeated

  • One does simply what one can in order to apply what one knows .
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Order #Doe

  • I am conscious of having served England as I served my own country.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Country #England #Conscious

  • To inform, and, therefore to reconnoitre , this is the first and constant duty of the advanced guard.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Firsts #Duty #Constant

  • The laurels of victory are at the point of the enemy bayonets. They must be plucked there ; they must be carried by a hand-to-hand fight if one really means to conquer.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Mean #Fighting #Hands

  • A beaten general is disgraced forever.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Military #Forever

  • My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Military #Giving #Battle

  • In tactics, action is the governing rule of war.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Military #War #Tactics

  • It take 15,000 casualties to train a major general.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Military #Casualties #Train

  • The power to command has never meant the power to remain mysterious.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Mysterious #Charisma #Command

  • Aviation is fine as a sport. But as an instrument of war, it is worthless.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Sports #War #Aviation

  • The military mind always imagines that the next war will be on the same lines as the last. That has never been the case and never will be. One of the great factors on the next war will be aircraft obviously. The potentialities of aircraft attack on a large scale are almost incalculable.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Military #War #Mind

  • A battle won is a battle which we will not acknowledge to be lost.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Battle #Lost #Acknowledge

  • Far from being a sum of distinct and partial results, victory is the consequence of efforts, some of which are victorious while others appear to be fruitless, which nevertheless all aim at a common goal, all drive at a common result: namely, at a decision, a conclusion which alone can provide victory.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Goal #Effort #Decision

  • Every manoeuvre must be the development of a scheme; it must aim at a goal.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Goal #Development #Schemes

  • The truth is, no study is possible on the battle-field; one does there simply what one can in order to apply what one knows . Therefore, in order to do even a little, one has already to know a great deal and to know it well.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Order #Battle #Doe

  • This absence of similarity among military questions naturally brings out the inability of memory to solve them; also the sterility of invariable forms, such as figures, geometrical drawings ( épures ), plans ( schémas ), etc. One only right solution imposes itself:;: namely, the application, varying according to circumstances, of fixed principles.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Memories #Military #Drawing

  • In war there are none but particular cases; everything has there an individual nature; nothing ever repeats itself. In the first place, the data of a military problem are but seldom certain; they are never final . Everything is in a constant state of change and reshaping.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Military #War #Data

  • To be disciplined does not mean being silent, abstaining, or doing only what one thinks one may undertake without risk; it is not the art of eluding responsibility ; it means acting in compliance with orders received, and therefore finding in one's own mind, by effort and reflection, the possibility to carry out such orders. It also means finding in one's own will the energy to face the risks involved in execution.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Art #Responsibility #Mean

  • There is but one means to extenuate the effects of enemy fire: it is to develop a more violent fire oneself.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Mean #Fire #Enemy

  • The distribution of troops devoted to the defence of a place includes a garrison, an occupying force, numerically as weak as possible; a reserve as strong as possible, designed for counterattacking and for providing itself, at the moment it goes into action, with a security service which will guard it from any possible surprise.
    -- Ferdinand Foch

    #Strong #Troops #Action

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