F. E. Adcock quotes

  • All my life I've been aware of the Second World War humming in the background. I was born 10 years after it was finished, and without ever seeing it. It formed my generation and the world we lived in. I played Hurricanes and Spitfires in the playground, and war films still form the basis of all my moral philosophy. All the men I've ever got to my feet for or called sir had been in the war.

  • Though the object of being a Great Power is to be able to fight a Great War, the only way of remaining a Great Power is not to fight one.

  • The God of Battles will throw the dice that decide...

  • The American people have no control over what the military does. We have no say in American foreign policy.

  • When there's a status quo, usually what shakes everybody up is some sort of military confrontation, at which point we all come running and screaming to pick up the pieces.

  • There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.

  • In the military, you learn the essence of people. You see so many examples of self-sacrifice and moral courage. In the rest of life you don't get that many opportunities to be sure of your friends.

  • The battle is tough but if you reach where you want to go, then at least in some sense it is worth it.

  • But if out of smugness, or even cowardice, this battle is not fought to its end, then take a look at the peoples five hundred years from now. I think you will find but few images of God, unless you want to profane the Almighty.

  • The battle against terrorism is not only a military fight but primarily a battle of information.

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