» Going one more round when you don't think you can - That's what makes all the difference in your life «

- Sylvester Stallone


Sylvester Stallone as Rocky: You, me, nobody is going to hit as hard as life


» Failure brings incremental demoralisation and rare moments of success bring a form of paranoia that dictates that all achievement must be transitory and no triumph can possibly last. In his own life Hancock suffered from delusions and paranoia and having been the most popular comedian in Britain in 1960 was dead by his own hand eight years later, his second marriage wrecked, his reputation in decline, almost all his friends and associates ostracised by him, and the lad himself sunk in alcoholism. «

- Simon Heffer on the decline and fall of actor Tony Hancock


» Things seemed to go too wrong too many times «

- Tony Hancock


"Duty weighs as much as a mountain, but death is light as a feather."

- Code of Bushido Wikipedia - Code of Bushido


» The mind always fails first, not the body. The secret is to make your mind work for you, not against you. «

- Arnold Schwarzenegger.


» The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways - I to die and you to live. Which is better God only knows. «

- the gravestone of Plato




   Well, it's been a hell of a bloody lark

— Ian Fleming's last words. Reported in The Richard Burton Diares by Chris Williams.



   "I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody."

Benjamin Franklin



   "Everything you and I do springs from two motives: the sex urge and the desire to be great."

Sigmund Freud



   War is a very rough game, but I think that politics is worse

Field Marshall Lord Montgomery of El Alamein, 1956.



   The weak gain strength through effrontery and the strong grow weak because of inhibitions.

Otto von Bismarck



    We live in a wondrous time, in which the strong is weak because of his scruples and the weak grows strong because of his audacity.

World Order by Dr Henry Kissinger



   The nineteenth-century British statesman Lord Palmerston expressed its basic principle as follows: We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow. Asked to define these interests more specifically in the form of an official foreign policy, the acclaimed steward of British power professed, When people ask me for what is called a policy, the only answer is that we mean to do what may seem to be best, upon each occasion as it arises, making the Interests of Our Country ones guiding principle. (Of course this deceptively simple concept worked for Britain in part because its ruling class was trained in a common, almost intuitive sense of what the countrys enduring interests were.)

World Order by Dr Henry Kissinger



   The pledges of each new Administration are leaves on a turbulent sea. No President-elect or his advisers can possibly know upon what shores they may finally be washed by that storm of deadlines, ambiguous information, complex choices, and manifold pressures which descends upon all leaders of a great nation.

Whitehouse Years by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1982.



   Nixon, convinced that anyone suspicious of Brandt was bound to be a kindred spirit, volunteered somewhat irrelevantly:
   "My rule in international affairs is: do unto others as they would do unto you."

   "Plus ten percent," I added, based on an experience with my chief extending over more than four years.

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1982



   For these reasons I was extremely wary of putting forward a detailed plan for which everyone was volunteering us. The worst diplomatic posture is to be committed without having the ability to bring about one's designs. We had to explore the terrain carefully lest booby traps go off all around us.

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1982, speaking on elements of diplomatic technique



   Anything bound to happen eventually should be carried out immediately.

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1982.



   The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence.




   I am an introvert in an extrovert's job

President Richard Nixon



   Nixon himself might be haunted by his eternal premonition that all success was ephemeral; he was stronger and safer than a lifetime of surviving disaster permitted him to accept.

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1982



   The disintegration of a government that only a few weeks earlier had appeared invulnerable was shocking to observe. The President lived in the stunned lethargy of a man whose nightmares had come true. The constant undercurrent of his life had been the premonition of catastrophe, which seemed to obsess him in direct proportion to his inability to define it and which dominated him especially when things seemed to be going well. Now at what should have been the height of his success it had all really happened; everything was crashing around him. Like a figure in Greek tragedy he was fulfilling his own nature and thus destroying himself.

Years of Upheaval by Henry Kissinger, 1982



   Greatness is the ability to transform paradox into platitude.

Isiah Berlin



   He preferred the subtle maneuver to the frontal attack, while his rationalism frequently made him mistake a well-phrased manifesto for an accomplished action

A World Restored by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1957, speaking of Metternick.



   One of the paradoxes of an increasingly specialized, bureaucratized society is that the qualities rewarded in the rise to eminence are less and less the qualities required once eminence reached.

The Necessity of Choice by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1960



   Any negotiator who seduces himself into believing that his personality leads to automatic breakthroughs will soon find himself in the special purgatory that history reserves for those who measure themselves by acclaim rather than by achievement.

Years of Upheaval by Henry Kissinger, 1982



   Men become myths not by what they know, nor even by what they achieve, but by the tasks they set for themselves.

A World Restored by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1957



   Woe to the statesman whose reasons for entering a war do not appear so plausible at its end as at its beginning.

Otto von Bismarck



   Insolence is the armor of the weak

Dr Henry Kissinger , speaking of the North Vietnamese negotiator President Nguyen Van Thieu (Cited in Kissinger: A Biography by Walter Isaacson.)



   It is the worst of policies to exclude men of strong character from office for no better reason than that they are difficult.

The Edge of the Sword by General Charles de Gaulle, quoted by President Richard Nixon in a letter to President Ronald Reagan, 1980-DEC, when President Reagan had asked if he should appoint General Haig as Secretary of State. (Cited in Kissinger: A Biography by Walter Isaacson.)



    It is not often that nations learn from the past, even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it.

A World Restored by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1957



   The deviousness of Metternichs diplomacy had been the reflection of a fundamental certainty: that liberty was inseparable from authority, that freedom was an attribute of order.

A World Restored by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1957, writing on Metternick and the Congress of Vienna.



   History is a tale of battles; of victories and defeats; of the triumph of will - all suggesting that one side's celebration is the other side's despair. Rare are the moments of triumph in which there are no losers.

Years of Upheaval by Henry Kissinger, 1982 - speaking of the first stages of the peace agreement after the Yom Kippur War



   One of the arts of diplomacy is to clothe a rejection in the form of an acceptance in principle.

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1982. Speaking of the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations. Strangely enough the Balfour Declaration, which arguably is the origin in of the present Arab-Israeli conflict, states that (paraphrased) 'the government is sympathetic to the aspirations of the declaration and agreed with its objectives so long as the rights of any persons presently existing in Palestine are not compromised.' Palestine was a remote region of the Ottoman Empire which few people then living had ever traveled through, and what was not well known was that there were indeed many people already living there and like most people in Arabia making a living in agriculture and animal husbandry. Logically, the Balfour Declaration, declared nothing, in that any immigration into Palestine was contradictory to the interests of the existing population, therefore, the Balfour Declaration did not support immigration into Palestine. Study of the persons involved and the texts may reveal more detail, but an element in this may be the British habit of understatement, combined with the fact that the English language when used by them is used indirectly. A direct declaration would have been 'No'. An indirect declaration would have been as written, where agreement is stated first, in this case sympathy with objectives, but the logical application of the following statement is a refusal, although not a direct refusal.



   Confidence is a precious commodity. Once plundered, it must grow again organically; it cannot be restored simply by an act of will or on the claim of national security.

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1982.



   At any given interval, we will usually be better served, as Edmund Burke once wrote, to acquiesce in some qualified plan that does not come up to the full perfection of the abstract idea, than to push for the more perfect, and risk crisis or disillusionment by insisting on the ultimate immediately.

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1982.



   Beyond these tactical motives, Sadat and I shared similar philosophies about the conduct of diplomacy. We were both sure that passivity is the worst posture. Inevitably, other parties step in to define the terms of reference and one’s energies are absorbed in responding to initiatives one has not designed. Gradually one loses the ability to shape events. A sense of direction is lost; one comes to define success as calamity avoided. Much better to talk from one’s own agenda, or failing this, to prevail with a procedure that husbands the maximum degree of control.

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1982.



   That evening at ten o'clock, Fahmy took my party to the Sheraton Hotel for a late dinner - but mainly to see Nagwa Fuad, the famed belly dancer. Looking like a somewhat ripe younger Rita Hayworth, she put on an awesome display justifying her reputation as the top dancer in the Middle East. Despite the late hour and their perennial complaints of exhaustion, my staff showed vigor and indeed ruthless dedication in elbowing their way to the edge of the dance floor. The journalists accompanying me for once found a subject worthy of their intellectual and cultural interests. Richard Valeriani of NBC wrote a detailed pool report describing in lavish and expressive prose Miss Fuad's movements as well as the nervously dignified reactions of my staff. 3 Our hosts were achieving several purposes in addition to the simple goal of showing their guests a good time. The appearance of the Egyptian Foreign Minister at a nightclub signified that there was no crisis, the peace process was on course. Even more deliciously, it lent itself to a little dig at Gromyko. He had been so incautious as to demand ahead of time the same treatment accorded to me. He would soon be invited to the top floor of the Sheraton Hotel along the Nile, just as I had, to see the undulating Miss Fuad. How he would explain such an excursion in his puritanical capital or to some of his equally puritanical radical friends in the Arab world was left to him. (I do not know if he went.)

Years of Upheaval by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1982.



   Life is suffering. Birth involves death. Transitoriness is the fate of existence. No civilization has yet been permanent.... The generation of Buchenwald and the Siberian labor camps cannot talk with the same optimism as its fathers.

The Meaning of History by Henry Kissinger, 1949, which was his Harvard Undergraduate Dissertation.



   The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little time.

Dr Henry Kissinger 1975-MAR-10



   Once you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow

Whitehouse aid Tex Colson, paraphrasing the use of the term 'Hearts and Minds' in the various US Army initiatives in Vietnam.

Tex Colson
Tex Colson Wikipedia - Tex Colson



   The American ideal includes the notion that the citizen has a certain dignity, and is morally and legally capable of making judgments, until proven contrary in a court of law.

The Complete Book of Modern Handgunning by Jeff Cooper, page 148



   Madness is a flogging from God

The Government Inspector by Gogol



    But when knowledge brings no benefit to the wise, knowledge becomes suffering.

— Tiresias the Prophet, in Oedipus Rex


» If you would have given me 10,000 [Waffen] SS troopers, we'd have held out. «

- Colonel Bigeard, a French Army Regular and Colonel of Paratroops, leading the 6th BPC (1st Battalion de Parachutistes Coloniaux). He was hated by the Viet Minh and the most effective of the officers and fighters at Dien Bien Phu told this to Bernard Fall ten years after the battle


» I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a Congress «

- Opening line of the musical 1776 Wikipedia - 1776 film


» It would never have happened if a couple of writers had been shot in time. «

- Khrushchev on the 1956 Hungarian Uprising


» 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 «

- Henry Kissinger in Foreign Affaires 1968

See: Thompson, Sir Robert ; Link - British Counter-Insurgency expert who served in Malaya


» Politics is the art of the possible, the science of the relative «

- Otto von Bismarck, 29 September 1851


» Patriotism was probably the motive force of but a few of the famous statesmen. Much more frequently, it was ambition, the desire to command, to be admired and to become famous. «

- von Bismarck (letter)



   Whenever peace - conceived as the avoidance of war - has been the primary objective of a power or a group of powers, the international system has been at the mercy of the most ruthless member.

- A World Restored by Dr Henry Kissinger, 1957


» "He was a bookish and reflective child, with that odd mixture of ego and insecurity that can come from growing up smart yet persecuted." «

- Kissinger by Walter Issacson


»Eighty percent of success is just showing up «

- Woody Allen


» The owl of history only flies at dusk «

- Hegel


» Quality cannot be inspected into a product, it has to be built in. «

- A sign hanging above the shopfloor at Carroll Shelby's LAX assembly facility.


»The hidalgo was ready to give up comfort, to suffer cold and hunger if he could live with honour. Putting this in other words, one may say that Spaniards became accustomed to living for great and spectacular ends, and declined when the bourgeois ideal of work, perseverance and duty, became the only one which could create or hold together society.«

- From The Spanish Labyrinth by Gerald Brennan, writing of the Spanish nobility in the 17thC and 18thC. It is easy to recognise the profile of The Knight of the Doleful Countenance, Don Quixote himself, in this description.


» Favete Astrae «
         - » Let the stars decide «


» ‘It seems to me that much of the factual reporting on Ian Fleming, however accurate, leaves undescribed much of the fellow I knew.
‘I knew him better than most; in the classical sense we often tired the sun with talking and sent him down the sky, and for that matter, the moon, too.’ «

- Ernest Cuneo on his friend Ian Fleming from the Ernest Cuneo Papers – Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, New York, quoted in The Man with the Golden Typewriter by Fergus Fleming




Predator (1987) Blain: Bunch of slack-jawed faggots around here ...


Predator (1987) Blain: This stuff'll make you a goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus, just like me...


Predator (1987) 00:27:29: I ain't got time to bleed ...


Predator (1987) 00:56:23: and it ain't no man


Predator (1987) 01:16:08: Get to the chopper !




» Words are wise mens' counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the mony of fooles «

- Thomas Hobbes Leviathon


» He thought that on the ship he could come to some terms with his sorrow, not knowing, yet, that there are no terms to be made with sorrow. It can be cured by death and it can be blunted or anesthetized by various things. Time is supposed to cure it, too. But if it is cured by anything less than death, the chances are that it was not true sorrow. «

- Hemingway in Islands in the Stream


"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

- Written by actor Rutger Heuer, who played the character Roy Batty, in Bladerunner



» Consideration, however, is a quality which it is often most necessary to stress. Officers must be continuously reminded of their duty toward their men. Most of the evils of modern times have arisen through the upper classes expecting privilege without obligation. Such an attitude should not exist in the Navy. «

- Page 100 , The Royal Navy Officer's Pocket-Book 1944 published by Conway


» From the very beginning I had felt a definite contact with Yeamon, a kind of tenuous understanding that talk is pretty cheap in this league and that a man who knew what he was after had damn little time to find it, much less to sit back and explain himself. «

- Hunter S. Thompson in The Rum Diary


» At first I was tempted to laugh it off, to give him as hard a time as I could and let him do his worst. But I didn't, because I was not quite ready to pack up and move on again. I was getting a little too old to make powerful enemies when I held no cards at all, and I had lost some of my old zeal that had led me, in the past, to do what I damn well felt like doing, with the certain knowledge that I could always flee the consequences. I was tired of fleeing, and tired of having no cards. It occurred to me one evening, as I sat by myself in Al's patio, that a man can live on his wits and his balls for only so long. I'd been doing it for ten years and I had a feeling that my reserve was running low. «

- Hunter S. Thompson in The Rum Diary


» Perhaps, in the ambush of those years, the idea that I was a champion had been shot out from under me. But I remembered it now and it made me feel old and slightly nervous that I had done so little in so long a time. «

- Hunter S. Thompson in The Rum Diary


» Like most of the others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that my instincts were right. I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles -- a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other -- that kept me going. «

- Hunter S. Thompson in The Rum Diary


» The gentleman falls in love with his dogs and horses, and out of love with everything else. «

- Lady Montagu, 1712


» Death and money changes everything «

- Andy Wharhol


» I did not say anything. I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice and the expression in vain. We had heard them, sometimes standing in the rain almost out of earshot, so that only the shouted words came through, and had read them on proclamations that were slapped up by billposters over other proclamations, now for a long time, and I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stock yards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it. «

- Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms


» If it moves, salute it. If it doesn't move, pick it up. If you can't pick it up, paint it. «

- Old Army saying


» To copy from one person is plagiarism, to copy from many is scholarly. «

- Anon, but academic circles


» Show me a man or woman willing to strap on twenty five thousand pounds of jet fuel and then light the ass end on fire to rush to combat single-handedly who doesn't have a big ego, and I'll show you a loser. «

- Ed Rasimus


» Every Viennese thinks he is the director of the Vienna State Opera «

- Saying in Viennese musical circles


» The more books you read, the stupider you become «

- Chairman Mao. Strangely, Mao's study and whole house was stacked with books, right up to the last day of his life.


» He thinks too much: such men are dangerous. «

- Julius Caesar I:2


» The winds may fell the massive oak, but bamboo, bent even to the ground, will spring upright after the passage of the storm. «

- Old Chinese proverb


» Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. «

- Napoleon


» The three things teenagers need to avoid are (1) Death (2) Pregnancy (3) Heroin «

- Anon. But it could have been me.


» This book is dedicated to the true heroes of World War II: The common Russian and German soldier «

- Otto Skorzeny, in the dedication to his memoirs My Commando Operations


» [...] [A]ny hussar who does not die by [the age of] thirty is a blackguard «

- General of Hussars Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle Wikipedia - Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle


» "Mon coeur est à toi, mon sang à l'Empereur, ma vie à l'honneur" - "My heart belongs to you, my blood to the Emperor, my life to honor" «

- The final letter of General of Hussars Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle Wikipedia - Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle which he wrote to his wife, after a presentiment about his death that coming day at the battle of Wagram.


» Decent people sleep soundly in their beds at night because strong men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. «

- George Orwell


» For a good thing to come about, you need a good idea and not enough time «

- Leonard Bernstein


» Kill All. Burn All. Seize All «

- This was the 'Policy of Three Alls' used by the Japanese Kwantung Army in China


» Do you not know I am a woman ? When I think, I must speak. «

- William Shakespeare As You Like It


» A good man always knows his limitations «

- Dirty Harry


» Never lend books, money, or umbrellas. «

- Anon, but someone who knew what he was talking about.


» "I see the gravest objections," he wrote, "to giving all this help and countenance to the tyranic Government of Jew Commissars, at once revolutionary and opportunist, who are engaged not only in persecuting the bourgeoisie, but are carrying on a perpetual and ubiquitous warfare with the peasants of Russia." «

- 'Winston S. Churchill Volume IV 1917-1922' by Martin Gilbert Volume IV 1917-1922 page 760.6



» We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection. We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. «

- Anaïs Nin Wikipedia - Anais Nin Quotations




'I am Pallas Athene; and I know the thoughts of all men's hearts, and discern their manhood or their baseness. And from the souls of clay I turn away, and they are blest, but not by me. They fatten at ease, like sheep in the pasture, and eat what they did not sow, like oxen in the stall. They grow and spread, like the gourd along the ground; but, like the gourd, they give no shade to the traveller, and when they are ripe death gathers them, and they go down unloved into hell, and their name vanishes out of the land.

'But to the souls of fire I give more fire, and to those who are manful I give a might more than man's. These are the heroes, the sons of the Immortals, who are blest, but not like the souls of clay. For I drive them forth by strange paths, Perseus, that they may fight the Titans and the monsters, the enemies of Gods and men. Through doubt and need, danger and battle, I drive them; and some of them are slain in the flower of youth, no man knows when or where; and some of them win noble names, and a fair and green old age; but what will be their latter end I know not, and none, save Zeus, the father of Gods and men. Tell me now, Perseus, which of these two sorts of men seem to you more blest?'

- Charles Kingsley Wikipedia - Charles Kingsley Heroes Link - Project Gutenberg Charles Kingsley Heroes




» The pleasure was transient, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.«

- Lord Chesterfield's description of the experience of keeping a mistress


» If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea" «

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery


» Revolutionaries are, by their nature, powerful and single-minded personalities. Almost invariably they start from a position of weakness vis-a-vis the political environment and rely for their success on charisma and on an ability to mobilize resentment and to capitalize on the psychological weakness of adversaries in decline. «

- Henry Kissinger On China


» The break with Maoist orthodoxy, at the same time, revealed the reformers dilemma. The revolutionary's dilemma is that most revolutions occur in opposition to what is perceived as abuse of power. But the more existing obligations are dismantled, the more force must be used to re-create a sense of obligation. Hence the frequent outcome of revolution is an increase in central power; the more sweeping the revolution, the more this is true. The dilemma of reform is the opposite. The more the scope of choice is expanded, the harder it becomes to compartmentalize it. «

- Henry Kissinger On China , page 336


» A woman can't be alone. She needs a man. A man and a woman support and strengthen each other. She just can't do it by herself. A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night. «

- Marilyn Monroe


» Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals , that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government , that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizens protection against the government «

- Ayn Rand


» To make a point of declaring friendship is to cheapen it. For mens emotions are very rarely put into words successfully. «

- Hunter S. Thompson


» [I retained] only the habit of expressing myself in terms of modest diffidence; never using, when I advanced any thing that may possibly be disputed, the words certainly, undoubtedly, or any others that give the air of positiveness to an opinion; but rather say, I conceive or apprehend a thing to be so and so; it appears to me, or I should think it so or so, for such and such reasons; or I imagine it to be so; or it is so, if I am not mistaken. This habit, I believe, has been of great advantage to me when I have had occasion to inculcate my opinions, and persuade men into measures that I have been from time to time engag'd in promoting; and, as the chief ends of conversation are to inform or to be informed, to please or to persuade, I wish well-meaning, sensible men would not lessen their power of doing good by a positive, assuming manner, that seldom fails to disgust, tends to create opposition, and to defeat every one of those purposes for which speech was given to us, to wit, giving or receiving information or pleasure. For, if you would inform, a positive and dogmatical manner in advancing your sentiments may provoke contradiction and prevent a candid attention. If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fix'd in your present opinions, modest, sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error. «

- Benjamin Franklin


» The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic «

- John F. Kennedy


» To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless, and that the law will permit them to have only such rights and liberties as the lawless will allow... For society does not control crime, ever, by forcing the law-abiding to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of criminals. Society controls crime by forcing the criminals to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of the law-abiding. «

- Jeff Snyder


» The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities «

- Ayn Rand


» War is less costly than servitude. The choice is always between Verdun and Dachau «

- Jean Dutourd


» Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas «

- Joseph Stalin


While filming Liberty Vallance Lee Marvin discovered that John Wayne had read every book and essay ever written by Winston Churchill.

Lee Marvin to John Wayne » You are not the illiterate, ignoramus you'd like people to think «
Johyn Wayne to Lee Marvin » Neither are you but let's keep it to ourselves or we'll ruin our image «


» Necessity is the plea for every infringement of Human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves «

- William Pitt , 1783



» When a disciplined force meets a well-equipped force, pretty soon one will be both disciplined and equipped «

- Anon


» In this world I write music but in the next world I will be music «

- Vaughan-Williams


» A polo handicap is a passport to the world. «

- Winston Churchill


»Every women should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a Jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass who pays for everything «  - Mae West


At Talledega raceway in 1972 the Porsche factory team were attempting to set the world closed course record for top speed using the newly obselete Porsche 917/30 Can-Am car. Even though the engine had factory intercoolers (the only 917 ever to have them) the engine kept over-heating or blowing and Mark Donohue the driver kept putting into the pits for repairs. The Porsche engineers asked Donohue if the car was developing enough power and Donohue replied

» It will never have enough power until I can spin the wheels at the end of the straightaway in high gear. «

Porsche 917




"The prudent man is ever full of qualms"
"And for this reason lovers not a few"
"Practice deceit. The ladies, begged for alms"
"Long leave those suitors sighing in their rue"
"Who never in a lifetime were untrue"
"Yet of that treasure which at last they grant"
"None knows the value but the hearts who take"
"The more hard-won, the more it doth enchant"
"The prize, in love, is equal to the stake."

- Niverais, Le Troubadour Guillaume de la Tour III, 342 quoted, Stendal D L'Amour, page 210-6



" Great battles, like epic tragedies, are not always staged or the product of human calculation; and disaster is less likely to derive from one gross blunder than from reasoned calculations which slip just a little. "

- Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall Night Drop - The American Airborne Invasion of Normandy (1962), quoted Hell in a Very Small Place - The Siege of Dien Bien Phu by Bernard Fall


"Women's hearts are like battles. They are not won by hesitation"

- Anon


"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."

- Oscar Wilde


"Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion."

- Anatoli Boukreev


Vivian Stanshall Wikipedia - Vivian Stanshall, an eccentric English musician was touring the United States. The band's minibus was stopped by a sheriff who asked them if they were carrying firearms or drugs. When they denied both, the officer asked how they were going to defend themselves. Vivian piped up from the back of the minibus,

"With good manners!"


"What killed conversation ? The smoking ban, cell phones and people who make believe they are politically correct"

- Karl Lagerfeld


"Have no fear of perfection , you'll never reach it."

- Salvador Dali


"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings."

- by Salvador Dali


"It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter."

- by Marlene Dietrich


"The four most beautiful words in our common language: 'I told you so'."

- Gore Vidal


"Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities. "

- Aldous Huxley


"The first generation earns the money, the second administrates the money, the third studies history of art and the fourth sinks into poverty totally."

-Otto, Prince von Bismarck-Schönhausen


"Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another."

- Madonna


"The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer."

- Joan Collins


"Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

- Baroness Thatcher


   "I'm worth more dead than alive. Don't cry for me after I'm gone; cry for me now."

Marlene Dietrich


»"It is not difficult to make a work of art, it is difficult to place yourself in state of mind in which make that work of art"«

- Brancusi


»There is no doubt that the Mafia is one of the principal causes of the misery weighing on the population in Sicily. Whenever there is an offense to the law, one hears repeated: 'That is an affair of the Mafia.' The Mafia is that mysterious feeling of fear which a man celebrated for crime and strength imparts to the weak. The mafioso can do what he likes because, out of fear, no one will denounce him. He carries forbidden weapons, incites to duels, stabs from behind, pretends to forgive offenses so as to settle them later. The first canon of the Mafia is personal vengeance. We must note that there are families in which the traditions of the Mafia are passed on from father to son, as in the physical order congenital illnesses are inherited. Also, there are mafiosi in every walk of life, from the baron to the worker in the sulphur mines.«

- Vendetta for the Saint (1964) by Leslie Charteris, quoting the Prefect of Agrigento, Luigi Berti, 1875


»Hell is not so much other people, but our utter dependency on those other people «



»Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. «

- T.R. Roosevelt.


»The Earth is two-thirds water. The rest is Drop-Zone«

- Anonymous, but obviously not a Marine.


"Living well is the best revenge"

- socialites Gerald and Sarah Murphy.


"You can photograph anything as long as you accesorise it and as long as you can choose the setting."

- Carmel Snow, editor of American Harper's Bazaar.


»Like all intellectuals I postphoned having children as long as possible.«

- Philosopher Roger Scruton


Before World War II Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg was asked

"Which side is going to win ?"

His answer was

"The side that doesn't have Italy as an ally."

- quoted in Duce! by Collier


"Great is the art of beginning. Greater is the art of ending."

- Longfellow


"Everybody has a plan - until they get hit"

- Mike Tyson


"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion"

- Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-93) in Parkinson's Law (1958)


"The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet"

- a saying cited by Winston Churchill in a speech before a Joint Session of Congress on 19 May 1943. Ian Fleming uses the same saying in one of his novel For Your Eyes Only page 160


"The poorest Day that passes over us is the conflux of two Eternities"

- Thomas Carlyle Signs of the Times 1829


"A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it"

- John Millington Synge


"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation"

- Henry David Thoreau


James Hunt, smoking a cigarette
James Hunt

"Sex - The breakfast of champions"

- James Hunt


"Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man."

- Francis Bacon


"He used to say that there were only two sources of human vice: idleness and superstition; and that there were only two virtues: activity and intelligence." - Prince Nikolai Andreevich Bolkonsky, in War and Peace Wikipedia -


"Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you'd be surprised at the large number of people who re-enlist"

- James Garner Wikipedia -


"All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music"

- Walter Pater Wikipedia - Walter Pater


"In the second century of the Christian Aera, the empire of Rome comprehended the fairest part of the earth, and the most civilized portion of mankind. The frontiers of that extensive monarchy were guarded by ancient renown and disciplined valor. The gentle but powerful influence of laws and manners had gradually cemented the union of the provinces. Their peaceful inhabitants enjoyed and abused the advantages of wealth and luxury. The image of a free constitution was preserved with decent reverence: the Roman senate appeared to possess the sovereign authority, and devolved on the emperors all the executive powers of government."

- Gibbon Decline and Fall.


"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

-- Thomas Jefferson


"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."

- Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)



From The Maltese Falcon (1931) Wikipedia - The Maltese Falcon (1931) :

Cop, to Spade: "You'll tell me just what I want to know, or you'll tell it in court. This is murder and don't you forget it."

Spade, to Cop: "Listen Dundy, it's a long time since I burst into tears because a policeman didn't like me".


" Never, never marry, my friend. Here's my advice to you: don't marry until you can tell yourself that you've done all you could, and until you've stopped loving the woman you've chosen, until you see her clearly, otherwise you'll be cruelly and irremediably mistaken. Marry when you're old and good for nothing ... Otherwise all that's good and lofty in you will be lost. It will all go on trifles. Yes, yes, yes! Don't look at me with such astonishment. If you expect something from yourself in the future, then at every step you'll feel that it's all over for you, it's all closed, except the drawing room, where you'll stand on the same level as a court flunkey and an idiot... Ah, well! ... "

- Prince Andre in War and Peace Chapter 1, Page 80


"The average Englishmen expects God, the Queen, and Oxford University to operate in reasonable conformity"

- Anon


"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him had better take a closer look at the American Indian."

- Henry Ford


"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."

- Herbert Spencer


"A forty-one inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee — a lot more. But most girls don’t know what to do with what they’ve got.”

- Jayne Mansfield


"Death cannot be what Life is, Child; the cup Of Death is empty, and Life hath always hope."

- Hecuba in The Trojan Women by Euripedes


"How are ye blind, Ye treaders down of cities, ye that cast Temples to desolation, and lay waste Tombs, the untrodden sanctuaries where lie The ancient dead; yourselves so soon to die!"

- Poseiden in The Trojan Women by Euripedes


"Culture is being able to describe Jane Russell without moving your hands."

- Bob Hope


"And though my support or comfort, so to say, may be of little avail to the needy, nevertheless it seems to me meet to offer it most readily where the need is most apparent, because it will there be most serviceable and also most kindly received. Who will deny, that it should be given, for all that it may be worth, to gentle ladies much rather than to men? Within their soft bosoms, betwixt fear and shame, they harbour secret fires of love, and how much of strength concealment adds to those fires, they know who have proved it. Moreover, restrained by the will, the caprice, the commandment of fathers, mothers, brothers, and husbands, confined most part of their time within the narrow compass of their chambers, they live, so to say, a life of vacant ease, and, yearning and renouncing in the same moment, meditate divers matters which cannot all be cheerful. If thereby a melancholy bred of amorous desire make entrance into their minds, it is like to tarry there to their sore distress, unless it be dispelled by a change of ideas. Besides which they have much less power to support such a weight than men. For, when men are enamoured, their case is very different, as we may readily perceive. They, if they are afflicted by a melancholy and heaviness of mood, have many ways of relief and diversion; they may go where they will, may hear and see many things, may hawk, hunt, fish, ride, play or traffic. By which means all are able to compose their minds, either in whole or in part, and repair the ravage wrought by the dumpish mood, at least for some space of time; and shortly after, by one way or another, either solace ensues, or the dumps become less grievous. Wherefore, in some measure to compensate the injustice of Fortune, which to those whose strength is least, as we see it to be in the delicate frames of ladies, has been most niggard of support, I, for the succour and diversion of such of them as love (for others may find sufficient solace in the needle and the spindle and the reel), do intend to recount one hundred Novels or Fables or Parables or Stories, as we may please to call them, which were recounted in ten days by an honourable company of seven ladies and three young men in the time of the late mortal pestilence, as also some canzonets sung by the said ladies for their delectation. In which pleasant novels will be found some passages of love rudely crossed, with other courses of events of which the issues are felicitous, in times as well modern as ancient: from which stories the said ladies, who shall read them, may derive both pleasure from the entertaining matters set forth therein, and also good counsel, in that they may learn what to shun, and likewise what to pursue. Which cannot, I believe, come to pass unless the dumps be banished by diversion of mind. And if it so happen (as God grant it may) let them give thanks to Love, who, liberating me from his fetters, has given me the power to devote myself to their gratification."

- Boccacio The Decameron


"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them."

- John Wayne in The Shootist (1976) Wikipedia - The Shootist


"She was beautiful. But there was something more to her than her mere unspoiled young beauty, something strange and startling that he could not define. She was the fairy princess that no man ever meets except in his most youthful dreams, the Cinderella that every man looks for all his life and knows he will never find. She was the woman that each man marries, only to find that he saw nothing but the mirror of his own hopes."

- Leslie Charteris, on Love & Marriage, speaking through The Saint, in The Saint in Europe, chapter three The Rhine Maiden


"Leamas was not a reflective man and not a particularly philosophical one. He knew he was written off--it was a fact of life which he would henceforth live with, as a man must live with cancer or imprisonment. He knew there was no kind of preparation which could have bridged the gap between then and now. He met failure as one day he would probably meet death, with cynical resentment and the courage of the solitary. He'd lasted longer than most; now he was beaten. It is said a dog lives as long as its teeth; metaphorically, Leamas' teeth had been drawn; and it was Mundt who had drawn them."

- John Le Carre in The Spy who Came in from the Cold on a man whose carreer has fallen out from under him.


"The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself."

— Richard Burton


"If you’re going to make rubbish, be the best rubbish in it"

— Richard Burton


»I introduced Elizabeth Taylor to beer and she introduced me to Bulgari.«

- Richard Burton of Elizabeth Taylor.


Elizabeth Taylor sinks a pint of beer with Richard Burton
Elizabeth Taylor, being introduced to beer.


"Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen." - Ben Stein

"Tradition is passing on the flame, not worshipping at the embers" - Gustav Mahler

"There are two perfect things in this world, my mind and Ivor [Novello]'s profile." - Noel Coward, speaking of his friend and professional rival, Ivor Novello.

“If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.” - Sun Tzu

"By instinct I'm an adventurer; by choice I'd like to be a writer; by pure, unadulterated luck, I'm an actor." - Errol Flynn

"To understand a man properly, you have to know what was going on in the world when he was twenty." - Napoleon

"A Smith and Wesson beats four aces" - Professional gambler and card sharp, Canada Bill Jones Wikipedia - Canada Bill Jones on the subject of cheating.

“It takes a brave man not to be a hero in the Red Army”. - Joseph Stalin

"Some people have a way with words - other people, not have way." - Steve Martin

"Ignorance more frequently breeds confidence than knowledge" - Charles Darwin

"There is only Physics and everthing else is stamp collecting" - Rutherford

"History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days." - Winston Churchill

"Ignorance is a powerful tool if applied at the right time, even usually surpassing knowledge." - EJ Potter Link - EJ Potter

"America took me into her bosom when there was no longer a country worthy of the name, but in my heart I am German - German in my soul."- Marlene Dietrich

"Courage and grace are a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is in the bullring."- Marlene Dietrich

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"From time to time there will be some complaints that we are pushing our people too hard. I don't give a good Goddamn about such complaints. I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood. The harder WE push, the more Germans we will kill. The more Germans we kill, the fewer of our men will be killed. Pushing means fewer casualties. I want you all to remember that."

- General George S. Patton.Link -


You've got to fight for what you want
For all that you believe
It's right to fight for what we want
To live the way we please

As long as we have done our best
Then no one can do more
And life and love and happiness
Are well worth fighting for

And we should never count the cost
Or worry that we'll fall
It's better to have fought and lost
Than not have fought at all

Let's always take whatever comes
And never try to hide
Face everything and anyone
Together side by side

You've got to fight for what you want
For all that you believe
It's right to fight for what we want
To live the way we please

As long as we have done our best
Then no one can do more
And life and love and happiness
Are well worth fighting for
They're well worth fighting for

+ The Flashing Blade Wikipedia - The Flashing Blade Wikipedia - The Flashing Blade Link - Little Chestnut



When the knell rung for the dying
soundeth for me
And my corse coldly is lying
Neath the green tree

When the turf strangers are heaping
covers my breast
Come not to gaze on me weeping
I am at rest

All my life coldly and sadly
the days have gone by
I who dreamed wildly and madly
am happy to die

Long since my heart has been breaking
Its pain is past.
A time has been set to its aching
Peace comes at last

- From the Monument to Emily Georgiana, Countess of Winchilsea (1809-48), in the ruined church of St Mary Eastwell, Kent, England.

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"I'm back ..."

- Wikipedia - I'll be Back Link - Terminator 3  Script spoken by the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger after he egresses from this helicopter which he has just crashed onto the T-X android. Clip from the motion picture here Link - Youtube


»A step to the right, or to the left, will be considered an attempt to escape. The convoy will fire without warning - March !«

- This was the famous mantra which was read out before the work gangs moved out from the GULAG every day. You can hear this order in A Day in the Life of Ivan Denishovich (1962) Wikipedia - .


»Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.« - C.S. Lewis

»Where the mind goes, the man follows« - A phrase used by prison psychologists when re-training prisoners.

»The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.« - – Patrick Henry


»Si vis pacem, para bellum.«


"I spent most of the money on booze, women and fast cars. The rest I just squandered." - George Best Wikipedia -


"It is very much better that I die a fool trusting too much than live a tyrant trusting no one at all" - The president in Villa Rides (1968) Wikipedia - 01:18:21


Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is. - Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Wikipedia - Outlaw Josey WalesWikipedia - Wikiquote


"A brave man dies only once but a coward dies a thousand deaths"


William Shakespeare Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene 2, line 32:

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.


»The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money« - Margaret Thatcher


"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not." - Oscar Wilde


»Racing is Life - Everything else is Waiting« - Steve McQueen


"If you are not making mistakes, you are not making anything" - Maxim for entrepreneurs

"In the name of the Queen and the Continental Congress feed me that belt!" - Colonel Jack Ripper in Dr Strangelove


Chinese Communist Party  »Power can only be earned by guns«
»Political power can only be earned by guns !« - The Chinese Communist Party


"I have seen better bands on a cigar !" - Eric Morcambe to the London Symphony Orchestra.


"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long, plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." - Hunter S. Thompson


"With German Infanterie and American Artillery, I could conquor the World. " - Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel


"Violence does not and cannot flourish by itself; it is inevitably intertwined with lying." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


»If I had been a Ranch they would have named me the Bar Nothing« - Gilda in Gilda (1946) Wikipedia - Gilda 00:39:58




»Like exiles everywhere, Jamil Pasha was anxious to talk, but had nothing new to tell.«

- The St George Hotel Bar by Said K. Aburish published by Bloomsbury 1989, Page 20.6


»If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.« - PJ O’Rourke


From the script of Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937) Wikipedia - Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (filmed entirely at the studio)

»Destination not reached by turning back «

»Tongue often hang man quicker than rope «

"A man without relatives is a man without troubles"



"A man is not from where he is born, but where he chooses to die." - Orson Welles Wikipedia - Orson Welles


"The dumber people think you are the more surprised they are going to be when you kill them." - Elements of Self-Defense

"Be courteous to all, friendly to none. And have a plan to kill everyone you meet." - A modus operandi which circulated among soldiers in Iraq.

"Never go through a door without a full magazine in your weapon." - Capt. Eric A. Sykes Wikipedia - Eric A. Sykes

"If you are not shooting you should be reloading. If you are not reloading, you should be moving." - Elements of Self-Defense


Wir Kämpften ... wir verloren

We fought ... We lost ...

- Otto Skorzeny


"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." - Johann Wolfgang von GoetheWikipedia -

"Holz Kreuz oder Eisernes KreuzWikipedia - " translates as "Wooden cross or iron cross" - A phrase used by German soldiers when faced with a dangerous task.


"I am an exile three times I am a Bohemian in Austria, an Austrian in Germany, and a Jew throughout the World " - Gustav Mahler Wikipedia -



"Schreite mit stolzer Geringschtzung durch den Pfuhl menschlicher Unzulssigkeit."

That translates to:

"Stride with a proud disdain by the Lake of human inadmissibility."

- Jochen Peiper


The Fallschirmjager's Wikipedia - "Ten Commandments"

1. You are the elite of the Wehrmacht. For you, combat shall be fulfillment. You shall seek it out and train yourself to stand any test.
2. Cultivate true comradeship, for together with your comrades you will triumph or die.
3. Be shy of speech and incorruptible. Men act, women chatter; chatter will bring you to the grave.
4. Calm and caution, vigor and determination, valour and a fanatical offensive spirit will make you superior in attack.
5. In facing the foe, ammunition is the most precious thing. He who shoots uselessly, merely to reassure himself, is a man without guts. He is a weakling and does not deserve the title of paratrooper.
6. Never surrender. Your honour lies in Victory or Death.
7. Only with good weapons can you have success. So look after them on the principle First my weapons, then myself.
8. You must grasp the full meaning of an operation so that, should your leader fall by the way, you can carry it out with coolness and caution.
9. Fight chivalrously against an honest foe; armed irregulars deserve no quarter.
10. Keep your eyes wide open. Tune yourself to the top most pitch. Be nimble as a greyhound, as tough as leather, as hard as Krupp steel and so you shall be the German warrior incarnate.


"Peace - Through superior firepower" - Unofficial moto of SACWikipedia -


"If you are not prepared to die fighting the system Don't fight it." - Convicted murderer Nobby Clark, speaking to fellow inmate and convicted bank robber Charles Bronson Wikipedia - in Bronson's memoirs.


GULAG by Anne Applebaum

I first became aware of this problem several years ago, when walking across the Charles Bridge, a major tourist attraction in what was then newly democratic Prague. There were buskers and hustlers along the bridge, and, every fifteen feet or so someone was selling precisely what one would expect to find for sale in such a postcard-perfect spot. Paintings of appropriately pretty streets were on display, along with bargain jewelry and “Prague” key chains. Among the bric-a-brac, one could buy Soviet military paraphernalia: caps, badges, belt buckles, and little pins, the tin Lenin and Brezhnev images that Soviet schoolchildren once pinned to their uniforms. The sight struck me as odd. Most of the people buying the Soviet paraphernalia were Americans and West Europeans. All would be sickened by the thought of wearing a swastika. None objected, however, to wearing the hammer and sickle on a T-shirt or a hat. It was a minor observation, but sometimes, it is through just such minor observations that a cultural mood is best observed. For here, the lesson could not have been clearer: while the symbol of one mass murder fills us with horror, the symbol of another mass murder makes us laugh.

If there is a dearth of feeling about Stalinism among Prague tourists, it is partly explained by the dearth of images in Western popular culture. The Cold War produced James Bond and thrillers, and cartoon Russians of the sort who appear in Rambo films, but nothing as ambitious as Schindler’s List or Sophie’s Choice. Steven Spielberg, probably Hollywood’s leading director (like it or not) has chosen to make films about Japanese concentration camps (Empire of the Sun) and Nazi concentration camps, but not about Stalinist concentration camps. The latter haven’t caught Hollywood’s imagination in the same way. Highbrow culture hasn’t been much more open to the subject. The reputation of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger has been deeply damaged by his brief, overt support of Nazism, an enthusiasm which developed before Hitler had committed his major atrocities. On the other hand, the reputation of the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre has not suffered in the least from his aggressive support of Stalinism throughout the postwar years, when plentiful evidence of Stalin’s atrocities was available to anyone interested. “As we were not members of the Party,” he once wrote, “it was not our duty to write about Soviet labor camps; we were free to remain aloof from the quarrels over the nature of the system, provided no events of sociological significance occurred.” On another occasion, he told Albert Camus that “Like you, I find these camps intolerable, but I find equally intolerable the use made of them every day in the bourgeois press.” Some things have changed since the Soviet collapse. In 2002, for example, the British novelist Martin Amis felt moved enough by the subject of Stalin and Stalinism to dedicate an entire book to the subject. His efforts prompted other writers to wonder why so few members of the political and literary Left had broached the subject. On the other hand, some things have not changed. It is possible–still–for an American academic to publish a book suggesting that the purges of the 1930s were useful because they promoted upward mobility and therefore laid the groundwork for perestroika. It is possible–still–for a British literary editor to reject an article because it is “too anti-Soviet.” Far more common, however, is a reaction of boredom or indifference to Stalinist terror. An otherwise straightforward review of a book I wrote about the western republics of the former Soviet Union in the 1990s contained the following line:_”Here occurred the terror famine of the 1930s, in which Stalin killed more Ukrainians than Hitler murdered Jews. Yet how many in the West remember it? After all, the killing was so–so boring, and ostensibly undramatic.” These are all small things: the purchase of a trinket, a philosopher’s reputation, the presence or absence of Hollywood films. But put them all together and they make a story. Intellectually, Americans and West Europeans know what happened in the Soviet Union. Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s acclaimed novel about life in the camps, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, was published in the West in several languages in 1962– . His oral history of the camps, The Gulag Archipelago, caused much comment when it appeared, again in several languages, in 1973. Indeed, The Gulag Archipelago led to a minor intellectual revolution in some countries, most notably France, converting whole swathes of the French Left to an anti-Soviet position. Many more revelations about the Gulag were made during the 1980s, the glasnost years, and they too received due publicity abroad. Nevertheless, to many people, the crimes of Stalin do not inspire the same visceral reaction as do the crimes of Hitler. Ken Livingstone, a former British Member of Parliament, now Mayor of London, once struggled to explain the difference to me. Yes, the Nazis were “evil,” he said. But the Soviet Union was “deformed.” That view echoes the feeling that many people have, even those who are not old-fashioned left-wingers: the Soviet Union simply went wrong somehow, but it was not fundamentally wrong in the way that Hitler’s Germany was wrong. Until recently, it was possible to explain this absence of popular feeling about the tragedy of European communism as the logical result of a particular set of circumstances. The passage of time is part of it: communist regimes really did grow less reprehensible as the years went by. Nobody was very frightened of General Jaruzelski, or even of Brezhnev, although both were responsible for a great deal of destruction. The absence of hard information, backed up by archival research, was clearly part of it too. The paucity of academic work on this subject was long due to a paucity of sources. Archives were closed. Access to camp sites was forbidden. No television cameras ever filmed the Soviet camps or their victims, as they had done in Germany at the end of the Second World War. No images, in turn, meant less understanding. But ideology twisted the ways in which we understood Soviet and East European history as well. A small part of the Western Left struggled to explain and sometimes to excuse the camps, and the terror which created them, from the 1930s on. In 1936, when millions of Soviet peasants were already working in camps or living in exile, the British socialists Sidney and Beatrice Webb published a vast survey of the Soviet Union, which explained, among other things, how the “downtrodden Russian peasant is gradually acquiring a sense of political freedom.” At the time of the Moscow show trials, while Stalin arbitrarily condemned thousands of innocent Party members to camps, the playwright Bertolt Brecht told the philosopher Sidney Hook that “the more innocent they are, the more they deserve to die.” But even as late as the 1980s, there were still academics who continued to describe the advantages of East German health care or Polish peace initiatives, still activists who felt embarrassed by the fuss and bother raised over the dissidents in Eastern Europe’s prison camps. Perhaps this was because the founding philosophers of the Western Left–Marx and Engels–were the same as those of the Soviet Union. Some of the language was shared as well: the masses, the struggle, the proletariat, the exploiters and exploited, the ownership of the means of production. To condemn the Soviet Union too thoroughly would be to condemn a part of what some of the Western Left once held dear as well. But it is not only the far Left, and not only Western communists, who were tempted to make excuses for Stalin’s crimes that they would never have made for Hitler’s. Communist ideals– social justice, equality for all–are simply far more attractive to most in the West than the Nazi advocacy of racism and the triumph of the strong over the weak. Even if communist ideology meant something very different in practice, it was harder for the intellectual descendants of the American and French Revolutions to condemn a system which sounded, at least, similar to their own. Perhaps this helps explain why eyewitness reports of the Gulag were, from the very beginning, often dismissed and belittled by the very same people who would never have thought to question the validity of Holocaust testimony written by Primo Levi or Elie Wiesel. From the Russian Revolution on, official information about the Soviet camps was readily available too, to anyone who wanted it: the most famous Soviet account of one of the early camps, the White Sea Canal, was even published in English. Ignorance alone cannot explain why Western intellectuals chose to avoid the subject. The Western Right, on the other hand, did struggle to condemn Soviet crimes, but sometimes using methods that harmed their own cause. Surely the man who did the greatest damage to the cause of anti-communism was the American Senator Joe McCarthy. Recent documents showing that some of his accusations were correct do not change the impact of his overzealous pursuit of communists in American public life: ultimately, his public “trials” of communist sympathizers would tarnish the cause of anti-communism with the brush of chauvinism and intolerance. In the end, his actions served the cause of neutral historical inquiry no better than those of his opponents. Yet not all of our attitudes to the Soviet past are linked to political ideology either. Many, in fact, are rather a fading by-product of our memories of the Second World War. We have, at present, a firm conviction that the Second World War was a wholly just war, and few want that conviction shaken. We remember D-Day, the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, the children welcoming American GIs with cheers on the streets. No one wants to be told that there was another, darker side to Allied victory, or that the camps of Stalin, our ally, expanded just as the camps of Hitler, our enemy, were liberated. To admit that by sending thousands of Russians to their deaths by forcibly repatriating them after the war, or by consigning millions of people to Soviet rule at Yalta, the Western Allies might have helped others commit crimes against humanity would undermine the moral clarity of our memories of that era. No one wants to think that we defeated one mass murderer with the help of another. No one wants to remember how well that mass murderer got on with Western statesmen. “I have a real liking for Stalin,” the British Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden, told a friend, “he has never broken his word.” There are many, many photographs of Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt all together, all smiling.

Finally, Soviet propaganda was not without its effect. Soviet attempts to cast doubt upon Solzhenitsyn’s writing, for example, to paint him as a madman or an anti-Semite or a drunk, had some impact. Soviet pressure on Western academics and journalists helped skew their work too. When I studied Russian history as an undergraduate in the United States in the 1980s, acquaintances told me not to bother continuing with the subject in graduate school, since there were too many difficulties involved: in those days, those who wrote “favorably” about the Soviet Union won more access to archives, more access to official information, longer visas in the country. Those who did not risked expulsion and professional difficulties as a consequence. It goes without saying, of course, that no outsiders were allowed access to any material about Stalin’s camps or about the post-Stalinist prison system. The subject simply did not exist, and those who pried too deep lost their right to stay in the country.

Put together, all of these explanations once made a kind of sense. When I first began to think seriously about this subject, as communism was collapsing in 1989, I even saw the logic of them myself: it seemed natural, obvious, that I should know very little about Stalin’s Soviet Union, whose secret history made it all the more intriguing. More than a decade later, I feel very differently. The Second World War now belongs to a previous generation. The Cold War is over too, and the alliances and international fault lines it produced have shifted for good. The Western Left and the Western Right now compete over different issues.




What if they gave a war and no one came?
Then the war will come to you!
He who stays home when the fight begins
And lets others fight for his cause
Should take care; He who does not take part
In the battle will share in the defeat.
Even avoiding battle does not avoid
Battle, since not to fight for your own cause
Really means Fighting on behalf of your enemy's cause.

- Bertolt Brecht Wikipedia - 1898-1956


'Anyone who knows he has a talent for leadership at a high level will find exactly its challenge fascinating. To be denied it is feel like the left-behind hunter who paws at the loose-box door as his stable-mates are led out for the day. I do not believe that these sorts of feelings have anything to do with militarism. War provides the challenge. Despite its senselessness and the hopelessness of the strategy in which it is conceived and the inescapability of the fateful outcome one is bound by its challenge to be an exponent of battle.' - Letter from Philip Freiherr von Boeselager to Hilda von Senger, Kreuzberg/Ahr 18 January 1963; - quoted in; Barnett, C., Ed., 'Hitler's Generals' 0-297-82054-0, page 388 endnote 32.

'That man for Chancellor ? I'll make him a postmaster and he can lick stamps with my head on them.' - President Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenberg, referring to Hitler; quoted - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume I, p58.5, 1964 Cassel.

"I prophesy to you solemnly that this accursed man will take our Riech into the abyss." - Ludendorff, in letter to von Hindenburg on Adolf Hitler becoming Chancellor.

'..., met on the other by side the demon-genius sprung from the abyss of poverty, in flamed by defeat, devoured by hatred and revenge, and convulsed by his design to make the German race masters of Europe or maybe the World...' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume I, p219.6, 1964 Cassel.

'I am convinced there are only two political possibilities for political development of Germany. Either we will be swallowed up by the Communists or we must become National Socialists [...]'- Magda Goebbels (Letter).


"When the old Gentlemen began to tell us that we were throwing ourselves on the mercy of the victors I could stand it no longer. Everything went black before my eyes. I tottered and groped my way back to the dormitory, threw myself on my bunk and dug my burning head into my blanket and pillow. And so it had all been in vain. In vain, all the sacrifices and privations. In vain, the hunger and thirst of months which were often endless. In vain, the two million who died. Would not the graves of all the hundreds of thousands, the graves of those who with faith in the Fatherland had marched forth never to return. Would they not open and send the silent mud and blood covered heroes back as spirits of vengence which had cheated them with such mockery. Was this the meaning of the sacrifice which the German mother made to the Fatherland, when with sore heart she let her best loved boys march off, never to see them again. Hatred grew in me. Hatred of those responsible for this misdeed. In the days that followed my own fate became known to me: I decided to go into politics." - Adolf Hitler on hearing of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles


'It would be a sacrilege, if we ever let slip what was fought for so hard with so much sorrow and so much sacrifice and so much misery.' - Adolf Hitler, 1934 Nazi Party Rally, Nürnburg.


'It was the great need of our people which once moved us and which once moved us, and which united us in battle [Kampf] and helped us to grow to maturity. Those countries whose people have not suffered the same misery cannot hope to understand. [Crowd roars]. To them, the thing that links hundreds of thousands of people together and makes them endure misery and suffering and hardship seems strange and mysterious.' - Adolf Hitler, 1934 Nazi Party Rally, Nürnberg


'Now is the Winter of our discontent Made glorious summer....' - William Shakespeare in 'Richard III'; - quoted by Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein, 'Lost Victories', p67, Greenhill, 1990, 0947898700.


'Stranger! To Sparta say, her faithful band
Here lie in death, remembering her command.'

- quoted by Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein paralleling the fate of The Three Hundred at Thermopylae with the fate of the Sixth Army at Stalingrad, Lost Victories, the heading to Chapter 12 , Greenhill, 1990, 0947898700.


'But it is a well-known maxim of war that whoever tries to hold on to everything at once, finishes up by holding nothing at all.' - Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein, Lost Victories, Greenhill, 1990, page 410.


'Risky, I agree. But anyone who is not prepared to take such risks will never achieve decisive and - as was essential in this case - speedy results.' - Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein, Lost Victories, p440-7, Greenhill, 1990, 0947898700.


'That is why, now that we have come to the end of this chapter, the name of Sixth Army is to shine forth for one last time. This army fulfilled the highest demand that can ever be made on a soldier - to fight on to the last in a hopeless situation for the sake of his comrades.' - Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein, Lost Victories, p442-1, Greenhill, 1990, 0947898700.


'Dem andenren unseres gefallenen sohnes Gero v. Manstein und aller fur Deutscheland gefallenen kamaraden.' - Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein, the dedication to Lost Victories, Greenhill, 1990, 0947898700.



'Say what you like about Mussolini's piano playing, at least his refrains run on time....' - A radio program presenter commenting on Mussolini the younger's contribution to the Prix Italia 1991, held in Pesaro.


'I know that most men, including those at ease with those problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.' - Leo Tolstoy, - quoted by James Gleick in Chaos, p38-2, Viking, LC 88-17448, (1987).


'The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely, and precisely that it is expected to work.' - John Van Neumann, - quoted by James Gleick in 'Chaos', Viking, LC 88-17448, 1987.


'The choice is always the same. You can make you model more complex and more faithful to reality, or you can make it simpler and easier to handle. Only the most naive scientist believes that the perfect model is the one that perfectly represents reality. Such a model would have the same drawbacks as a map as large and detailed as the city that it represents, a map depicting every building, every park, every street, every building, every tree, every pothole, every inhabitant and every map. Were such a map possible, its specificity would defeat its purpose: to generalize and abstract. Mapmakers highlight such features as their clients choose. Whatever their purpose, maps and models must simplify as much as they mimic the world.' - Ralph Abraham, the Santa Cruz Mathematician, - quoted by Gleick, James., 'Chaos', page 278-7.


'It may be that men can only find complete happiness in the past, where memory has blotted out all calamities, or in the future, to which he may apply is untroubled imagination. Truly happy hours leave a deep and lasting imprint.' - General Frido von Senger und Etterlin, 'Neither Fear nor Hope', p37-2, 1960, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1853670278.


'Anyone who is conscious of his fitness for higher command will always become fascinated by the problems involved in decisive battles.' - General Frido von Senger und Etterlin, 'Neither Fear nor Hope', p227-1, 1960, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1853670278.


'...France had much to worry about and only very silly people, of whom there are extremely large numbers in every country, would ignore all this.' - Winston S. Churchill 'The Second World War' p159-8 volume I 1963.


'So long as a judge remains silent his reputation for wisdom remains unassailable' - Lord Hailsham, formerly Quinten Hogg, in the Hailsham Letter, 1980, enlarging upon the Kilmar Rules.


'The First Lord submits these notes to his Naval Colleagues for consideration , and hopes to receive proposals for action in the sense desired.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War', volume II, p21.4, 1964 Cassel.


'You have sat here for too long for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.' - Julian Amery M.P., quoting Cromwell speaking to the Long Parliament, at Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain May seventh 1939; quoted in 'The Second World War', Winston S. Churchill, volume II, p231/232, 1964 Cassel.


'The Human mind, except when guided by extra-ordinary genius, cannot surmount the established conclusions amid which its has been reared.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War', volume II, p67.4, 1964 Cassel.


'I can now only prove by my death that the fighting services of the Third Reich are ready to die for the honour of the flag. I alone bear the responsibility for scuttling the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee. I am happy to pay with my life for any possible reflection on the honour of the flag. I shall face my fate with firm faith in the cause and the future of the nation and of my Fürher.' - Captain Langsdorff, Captain of the Admiral Graf Spee, before scuttling her off Montivedeo, 19th December, 1939: Quoted in - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War', volume II, p113.2, 1964 Cassel.


'He that will not when he may, When he will he shall, shall have nay.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume II, p161.8, 1964 Cassel.


'Thus we had arrived at those broad, happy uplands where everything is settled for the greatest good of the greatest number by the common sense of most after the consultation of all.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume II, p168.4, 1964 Cassel; referring to the command of HMG during the German invasion of Norway and subsequent Naval action.


'The Warspite found no shore batteries to attack and intervened in deadly fashion in the destroyer fight. The thunder of her 15-inch guns reverberating among the surrounding mountains like the voice of doom.'- Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume II, p182.3, 1964 Cassel: HMS Warspite in action off the coast of Norway, 10th of April, 1939, 13:30Hrs GMT.


'There is in fact no limit to the benefits which human beings may bestow upon one another by the highest exertion of their diligence and skill.' - Winston S. Churchill, speaking of the advance of science, 'The Second World War.', volume I, p28.9, 1964 Cassel.


'...The wheels revolved and the hammers descended day and night...' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume I, p186.4, 1964 Cassel, referring to the accelerating German War machine.


'What a proof is here offered that the only wise and safe course is to act from day to day in accordance with what one's own conscience seems to decree!' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume I , p193.1, 1964 Cassel.


'Men avenge slight injuries, but not grave ones.' - Niccol¢ Machiavelli, quoted - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume I, p229.6, 1964 Cassel.


'One delicate searching, awkward interview after another was conducted with perfect poise, impenetrable purpose, and bland official correctitude. Never a chink was opened. Never a needless jar was made. His smile of Siberian Winter, his carefully-measured and often wise words, his affable demeanour, combined to make him the perfect agent of Soviet policy in a deadly world.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume I, p325.9, 1964 Cassel; describing Foreign Commissar Vyacheslav Molotov.


'How glad I am at the end of my life not to have had to endure the stresses which he has suffered; better never to be born, In the conduct of foreign affairs Mazarin, Talleyrand, Matternich, would welcome him in their company, if there be another world to which Bolsheviks allow themselves to go.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume I, p326.4, 1964 Cassel; referring to Foreign Commissar Molotov.


'It is a curious fact about the British Islanders, who hate drill and have not been invaded for nearly a thousand years, that as danger comes nearer and grows they become progressively nervous; when it is imminent they are fierce; when it is mortal they are fearless. These habits have led them into some very narrow escapes.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume I, p349.9, 1964 Cassel.


'If the present tries to sit in judgement on the past it will lose the future.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume III, p8.4, 1964 Cassel.


'If this is not scientifically correct, it ought to be.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume IV, p37.7, 1964 Cassel.


'If it is not true, then it should be, and more besides.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'History of the English speaking peoples.'


'The loyalties which centre upon the number one are enormous. If he trips he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes they must be covered. If he sleeps he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good he must be poleaxed.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume III, p13.4, 1964 Cassel.


'A constitution should be short and obscure.' - Napoleon, quoted - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume III, p13.6, 1964 Cassel.


'Let it be very clearly understood that all directions emanating from me are made in writing, or should be confirmed in writing, and I do not accept any responsibility for matters relating to national defence on which I am alleged to have given decisions unless they are recorded in writing.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume III, p15.3, 1964 Cassel., in a minute of 19.vii.40, Prime Minister to General Ismay, C.I.G.S., and Sir Edward Bridges.


'The method was accepted because everyone realised how near we were to death and ruin. Not only individual death, which is the universal experience, stood near, but, incomparably more commanding, the life of Britain, her message, and her glory.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume III, p18.7, 1964 Cassel.


'The unexploded bomb detachments presented themselves wherever I went on my tours. Somehow or other their faces seemed different from those of ordinary men, however brave and faithful. They were gaunt, they were haggard, their faces had a blueish look. with bright gleaming eyes and exceptional compression of the lips; withal a perfect demeanour. In writing about our hard times we are apt to overuse the word 'grim'. It should have been reserved for the U.X.B. Disposal Squads.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume IV, p38.7, 1964 Cassel.


'I have got nothing out of fighting. I am alone in the world.' - Takashi Shimura, playing 'Kambei', the leader of the Samurai in Kirosawa's, 'The Seven Samurai'.


'I cannot see why the Union brigade as a whole should be considered in any way inferior to British Territorial Units. Anyhow, they are certainly good enough to fight Italians.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume IV, p94.2, 1964 Cassel.


'There is such a thing as sheer exhaustion, both of the spirit and the animal. I thought of Wellington's mood in the afternoon of the Battle of Waterloo: "Would God that night or Blücher would come." This time we did not want Blücher.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume IV, p121.4, 1964 Cassel.


'The Navy can lose us the war, but only the Air Force can win it. Therefore our supreme effort must be to gain overwhelming mastery of the air. The Fighters are our salvation, but the Bombers alone provide the means of victory.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume IV, p122.9, 1964 Cassel.


'I have only one purpose, the destruction of Hitler, and my life is much simplified thereby. If Hitler invaded Hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume V, p366-5, 1964 Cassel.


'The Shortest distance between two points, the Registry office and the Family Division.' - Judge James Caesar Crespi. (Obituary, 08JUL92 Wednesday, Daily Telegraph Page 20)


'I would never have thought that I would ever be so disappointed. My only aim was to serve Germany.' - Generalfeldmarschall Walter Model, shortly before he ended his life, February 1945. - P330-2 'Hitler's General's', Barnett, C., 0297820540


'Now, having been deceived and taken by surprise, they were themselves under the flaming German Sword.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume VI, p2-7, 1964, Cassel, referring to the Soviets.


'Renown awaits the Commander who first in this war restores artillery to its prime importance upon the battlefield, from which it has been ousted by heavily armoured tanks.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume VI, p2-7, 1963 Cassel.


'But what about your best soldier, General Fuller? He was the prophet, we only followed him....You will find prophesied in his books everything the Germans did with tanks. I have often wondered why he is never used.' - General Charles de Gaulle, quoted in 'Understanding War.', by Dupuy, T.N.


'By my hand and for the good of France, the bearer has done what has been done.' - An authorisation written by Cardinal J.P. Richelieu, Duke de Armand, played by Charlton Heston in the 'The Four Musketeers.'


'He never used the little word 'order' to me. His 'orders' took the form: "Would you please see to it ...","I should you be grateful if you would .....",or "Please connect me right away with .....'. Genuine authority assumes obedience and mutual trust as a matter of course. Manstein was a Gentleman.' - Alexander Stahlberg, 'Bounden Duty', p218-1.


'Criticism is the salt of obedience' - Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein, at Taganrog, 26th january 1943, quoted, p246-7, 'Bounden Duty', Stahlberg, Alexander., 0080367143.


'Rum, buggery and the lash' - Winston S. Churchill, commenting on the Royal Navy in the Eighteenth Century, quoted in 'The Encyclopedia of Military History' Dupuy,T.N., & Dupuy, R.E.


'He was the typical second man....destined to do all the work.' - Graeme Greene, 'The Heart of the Matter'.


'When you're down to last dream you either live it or lose it.' - Epiphet of the film 'Night and the City'.


'The star that burns twice as bright must burn half as long, and you have burned so very very brightly.' - Line from the script of Bladerunner spoken by the charactor Tyrell.


'Such is the life of a man. Brief moments of joy soon obliterated by unforgettable sorrow.' - line from the script of Le Chateau de ma Mere.


'...posing before the mirror of the diary..' - the biographer of of Kenneth Williams.


'Based on many years' observation, officers with high athletic qualifications are not usually successful in the higher ranks.' - Winston S. Churchill


Selected quotations from the memoirs of Mad Mike Hoare Wikipedia - Mad Mike Hoare:

"[...], twenty-two F.N.s Wikipedia - had a fire power nothing in Albertville Wikipedia - could stand against."

"It was my first flight in a C-130Wikipedia - . The mighty four-engined turboprop
aircraft is undoubtedly the greatest aeroplane in the world to-day, a
masterpiece of engineering, surprisingly beautiful in its ugliness.
The crews of the C-130s were the most efficient and carefully chosen
airmen I had ever met; someone back in Florida set a very high
standard. A place which costs £750,000 would be placed in the hands of
exceptional men, one imagined, but that they were the finest
ambassadors the United States could have, representing as they did,
discipline, technical know-how and the very substance of great power."

- Page 38

"I give them half an hour's drill myself. I reckon on being able to
spot a soldier after ten minutes' drill quicker than any other way."

- Page 45.4

"Siegfried Mueller was forty-two and as Prussian as a Pickelhaube. He
had a marked guttural accent and had been a Sergeant in the Wehrmacht
during the last war. His Iron Cross impressed me and others."

- Page 45.6


"The ones that were left were good material and included a number of
ex-regulars who stood out head and shoulders above the rest, a good
assortment of genuine adventurers (a dying breed), youngsters, who did
not now what to do with themselves and thought they would "give this a
bash," and quite a few undergraduates and professional men who really
did not embarrass by asking in case they might ask me the same
question. In addition, there were a dozen or more introverts who had
come to find themselves or prove something or other, I forgot what it
was and it didn't really interest me. Most of them found themselves
all right - right back where they started from in Johannesburg.

- Page 66.3

"The ones that were left were good material and included a number of
ex-regulars who stood out head and shoulders above the rest, a good
assortment of genuine adventurers (a dying breed), youngsters, who did
not now what to do with themselves and thought they would "give this a
bash," and quite a few undergraduates and professional men who really
did not embarrass by asking in case they might ask me the same
question. In addition, there were a dozen or more introverts who had
come to find themselves or prove something or other, I forgot what it
was and it didn't really interest me. Most of them found themselves
all right - right back where they started from in Johannesburg.

- Page 67.3



'The Seychelles Affaire' , Mike Hoare, CORGI ISBN 0552 12890 2

"Two points which were raised in my talks with Frichot were of
interest. This first is one which invariably occurs when dealing with
politicians involved in a proposed coup. What is to be done with the
present office-bearers ? Are they to live or to die ? Or to go to
prison ? Most of the insurgents I have known are inordinately fierce
at this stage. Being far from the battle they invariably counsel
sudden death for their hated rivals. This, they explain, is the most
humane thing that can happen. But naturally they want no hand in the
actual shedding of blood. In practice these things are somewhat
different and seem to be governed by a set of Queensbury Rules unique
to the African scene. It very seldom happens that a president or prime
minister removed from office by a coup d'état is killed out of hand or
brought back from exile to face the music. There seems to be some
unwritten agreement that allows him to retire gracefully to a foreign
country where he may enjoy the fruits of his Swiss bank account in
peace for the rest of his days. In the past, whenever my opinion has
been asked on this point, I have taken pains to point out that the
fate of their political opponents falls strictly within the purview
and is not a matter for mere soldiers. It is was not so, I could
assure them there might be a drastic reduction in the muster roll of
politicians fouling up the scene in Africa today !"

- Page 57.5

"Barney and I raced off towards the barracks. As we came opposite the
house used by the Tanzanians a few bursts of fire passed harmlessly
over the top of us. 'Why do African troops always shoot high, Colonel
?' he asked me nonchalantly as he steered around some ruts in the
road. 'Don't know,' I said. 'Just thank God they do'."

- Page 117.3

"About two-hundred yards from our position the infantry climbed out
and advanced in line abreast! Paddy Hendrikse with two men made their
way down one side of the runway through the thick bush to take them in
enfilade. Unfortunately, some ill-disciplined wretch in the stop
section opened fire on the advancing men too soon, whereupon they
dropped their arms,
abandoned their lorries, leaving one actually on the
runway, and fled. We sent out a patrol to pick up the arms, all AKs.
That was the sum total of the fight the Tanzanians put up. We never
heard of them again."

- Page 125.7

"[F]or there is not doubt about it, boarding school is the finest
training a man can have for prison."

- Page 281.9

"The poison of persistent introspection is lethal. Probably the worst
thing a normally healthy man can do is spend hours and hours churning
things over in his mind."

- Page 284


On location in the Transvaal, South Africa "The Wild Geese" Mad Mike Hoare and Andrew McLaglen
On location for The Wild Geese (1978) Wikipedia - The Wild Geese (1978) in the Transvaal, South Africa, Mad Mike Hoare Wikipedia - Mad Mike Hoare and Andrew McLaglen Wikipedia - Andew McLagle. Tullio Moneta Link - Tullio Moneta, actor and mercenary, another colleague of Mike Hoare, also advised on the production of the motion picture.


'Tobacco-smoke is the one element in which, by our European manners, men can sit silent together without embarrassment, and where no man is bound to speak one more word than he has actually and veritably got to say. Nay, rather every man is admonished and enjoined by the laws of honour, and even of personal ease, to stop short of that point; at all events, to hold his peace and take to his pipe again the instant he has spoken his meaning, if he chance to have any. The results of which salutary practice, if introduced into Constitutional parliaments, might evidently be incalculable.' - Thomas Carlyle, in 'Frederick the Great' (Written 1858-65), - quoted in 'Holy Smoke', by G. Cabrera Infante, Faber & Faber, 1985, 0571145949.


'Tyranny is a very pretty position. The trouble is that there's no way out of it.' - Solon, Chief Magistrate of Athens, 594 BC. - 'Oxford History of the Classical World', p31-8, Oxford, 0198721129.


'I do think the French have been asking for it for some time. Ever since they had my arm' - the one-armed Lord Raglan, played by Sir John Guilgood, in the film 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'


'All decent people live beyond their incomes nowadays, and those who aren't respectable live beyond other peoples. A few gifted individuals do both.' - Hector Hugh Munro, aka 'Saki', p79-3 'The Complete Stories of Saki.', Wordsworth, 1853260711, 1993.


'England expects every man to do his duty. Engage the enemy more closely.' - Admiral Lord Nelson, before the Battle of Trafalger, 21st September 1805.


'The less you intend to do about something, the more you have to keep talking about it.' - The Law of Irrelevance as promulgated in the BBC television series Yes Minister.


'One day this will come back on us all.' - General Oster speaking to Lt Alexander Stahlberg, ADC to Generalfeldmarschall von Manstein, after showing him a captured SD document showing numbers of civilians massacred, p286-9 'Bounden Duty', Stahlberg, Alexander., 0080367143.


'The Prime Minister must realise that in this country there is a taunt on everyone's lips that if Rommel had been in the British Army he would still have been a Sargeant.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume VII, p362-4*, 1963 Cassel.


'He could recognise problems but could not find the point of departure from which to set about solving them.' - Generaloberst Hienz Guderian speaking of General Otto von Stupenagel, p25-5 'Panzer Leader', ISBN 0099630400.


'In wartime, truth us so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume X, p51-5, 1963 Cassel.


'A few days later Vesuvius was in violent eruption. ... The Naples group of ports is now discharging at the rate of twelve million tons a year, while Vesuvius is estimated to be doing thirty million tons a day. We can but admire this gesture of the Gods.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume X, p156-9, 1963 Cassel.


'This was the end of the battle. It may well be that Kurita's mind had become confused by the pressure of events. He had been under constant attack for three days, he had suffered heavy losses, and his flagship had been sunk soon after starting from Borneo. Those who have endured a similar ordeal may judge him.' - Winston S. Churchill speaking of Admiral Kurita retreating after the Battle of Leyte Gulf, 'The Second World War.', volume XI, p163-2, 1963 Cassel.


'Party conflict and party government should not be disparaged. It is in time of peace and when national safety is not threatened one of those conditions of a free Parliamentary democracy for which no permanent substitute is known.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume XII, p228-3, 1963 Cassel.


'An F105 accelerating on afterburner on the deck in smooth air was a breathtaking experience that ranked somewhere between sex and a good drag chute on a short runway.' - Brigadier General Kenneth Bell, USAF., p12-8, '100 Missions North', 1993, 0028810120.


'Even making allowance for the normal human error and failure all who worked in that headquarters must feel that the fateful goddesses of the ancients cast over them their shadow and their spell: Choros who dazzled with success, Hybris who threatened the victims with the loss of moral and intellectual equilibrium, and finally the Atae who made those under their spell believe they could achieve the impossible.' - General Walter Warlimont, 'Inside Hitler's Headquarters', Presidio, 1962, 0891413952, page ix.9 .


'Halder was completely at one with his Commander-in-Chief but he was clearly less susceptible to atmosphere and had the confidence born of the fact in any argument has was head and shoulders above Hitler's normal advisers and that thanks to his complete mastery of his subject and his unfailing clarity of expression, he could always overcome any objections.' - General Walter Warlimont, 'Inside Hitler's Headquarters', Presidio, 1962, 0891413952, page 61.6 .


'In his domain he was a potentate, hedged around with the cold brutality that genius expects rather than excuses in her children;..' - Hector Hugh Munro, aka 'Saki', 'The Complete Stories of Saki.', Wordsworth, 1853260711, 1993, page 105.5 .


'It is the penalty and the safeguard of genius that it computes itself by troy weight in a world that measures by vulgar hundredweight.' - Hector Hugh Munro, aka 'Saki', 'The Complete Stories of Saki.', Wordsworth, 1853260711, 1993, page 109.7 .


'Put that bloody cigarette out!' - the last words of Hector Hugh Munro, aka 'Saki', on the Western front, 14th November 1914, shortly before he was killed by a sniper's bullet (WWI).


'All gods are the invention of man in front of the anguish of death' - George Ortiz, being interviewed by Christian Tyler in 'The Private', The Financial Times, 22 January 1994, Page XXIV.


"In the second century of the Christian era, the Empire of Rome comprehended the fairest part of the earth, and the most civilised portion of mankind. The frontiers of that extensive monarchy were guarded by ancient renown and disciplined valour. The gentle but powerful influence of laws and manners, had gradually cemented the union of the provinces. Their peaceful inhabitants enjoyed and abused the advantages of wealth and luxury. The image of a free constitution was preserved with decent reverence: the Roman senate appeared to possess the sovereign authority, and devolved on the emperors all the executive powers of government." - Gibbon, 'The Decline and Fall'Wikipedia -


"One cannot have too many books, too many wines, nor too much ammunition." - re-quoted by Jeff CooperWikipedia - in `Coopers Commentaries`, vol 3 number 7,


"Its a long ride down from high country and there are stops all the way." - Robert Ryan in `The Lawman`, Michael Winner, 1971


"Sredni Vashtar went forth... His teeth were white teeth and his thoughts were red ...His enemies called for peace but he brought them death .... Sredni Vashtar the beautiful." - Saki, speaking of Sredni Vashtar, the pet ferret.

'General Göring would seem to have reached the apogee of his vainglorious career: I see for him and his megalomania no higher goal .... unless indeed it be the scaffold.' - Sir Eric Phipps, British Ambassaador to Berlin, April 1935 (After witnessing Göring's wedding to his second Wife, Emmy Sonnemann).

'Victory has a hundred fathers. Defeat is an orphan.' - attributed to von Rundstedt, in in the film, 'The Longest Day.'


`Anybody who can fight with his stomach hanging out for three days can drink from my canteen and I`d be proud of it.` - Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths (Vietnam 1964-71). Caption of a photograph of three GIs and a captured VC.

'The reader requires more than mere intelligence to follow a philosophical examination of this sentiment with interest; it is absolutely imperative that he should have seen love.' - Stendhal Wikipedia - , p28-5, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'It is no use seeking consolation in pleasures of another sort; they turn to dust and ashes. Your imagination can paint a physical picture for you, and take you a-hunting through Devon woods; but you are aware at the same time that you could find no pleasure in it. This is the optical illusion which leads to the fatal pistol shot.' - Stendhal, p52-1, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'And then again, a woman at her embroidery - an inspired pastime that occupies only her hands - thinks only of her lover; while he, galloping across the plains with his squadron, would be placed under arrest if he muffed a manoeuvre.' - Stendhal, p53.6, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'He no longer admits an element of chance in things and loses his sense of the probable; judging by its affect on this happiness, whatever he imagines becomes reality.' - Stendhal, p60-6, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'However sensitive and fastidious a solitary man may be, he is distrait, and part of his imagination is engaged in anticipating society. Force of character is one of the charms which most appeals to the truly feminine; hence the success of very serious young Officers.' - Stendhal, p61-5, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'Glances are the big guns of the virtuous coquette; everything can be conveyed in a look, and yet that look can always be denied, because it cannot be quoted word for word...... ; and I would say that even the most honest woman knows the trick. It is cruel but just reprisal for the tyranny of man.' - Stendhal, p88-8, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'All their lives women hear men talking about things that are supposed to be important. Success in finance and in war, deaths in duels, shocking or well deserved vengeance, and so forth. ...' - Stendhal, p89-1, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'I tell thee proud Templar, that not in the fiercest battles hadst thou displayed more of thy vaunted courage, then has been shown by woman when called upon to suffer by affection or duty.' - Sir Walter Scott 'Ivanhoe' volume III, - quoted Stendhal 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X, p95-0.


'When you are in love, no matter what you see or remember, whether you are packed in a gallery listening to political speeches or riding at full gallop under enemy fire to relieve a garrison, you are always adding new perfections to your idea of your mistress, or finding new apparently ideal ways of making her love you more.' - Stendhal, p111-8, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'The courage of an Italian is a fit of anger, that of a German a moment of intoxication, and of a Spaniard an expression of pride.' - Stendhal, p123-5, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'Whatever some hypocritical Ministers of Government may say about it, power is the greatest of all pleasures. It seems to me that only love can beat it, and love is a happy illness that can't be picked up as easily as a Ministry.' - Stendhal, p1252, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.

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'In my opinion nothing less than a sixteen day storm as in 'Don Juan', or M. Cochelet's shipwreck among the Moors will suffice; otherwise you very soon become inured to danger, and in the front line, twenty paces from the enemy, you again begin thinking of your beloved even more devotedly than ever.' - Stendhal, p.128-7, 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'The Master, tall and pale; the squire, fat and ruddy. The former all heroism and courtliness; the latter all selfishness and servility; the first brimming with moving and romantic dreams; the second a model of good behaviour, a very symposium of prudent proverbs; the one forever fortifying his spirit with some heroic and perilous contemplation; the other mulling over some careful course of action in which he does not fail to allow meticulously for the influence of every little shameful and selfish motive known to the human heart.' - Cervantes, defining prosaicism in 'Don Quixote' - quoted by Stendhal, p218,10 , 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'A stern resolve at once changes the direst misfortune into something bearable. On the evening after a lost battle a man is in headlong flight on a spent horse; he can clearly hear a group of horsemen galloping after him; suddenly he stops, dismounts, reloads his carbine and pistols, and resolves to defend himself. His vision of death is instantly changed into that of the Cross of the Legion of Honour.' - Stendhal, p224.38 , 'De L'Amour', 1821, ISBN 014044307X.


'Yet although, in combating his friends better feelings, he possessed all the advantage which a wily, composed, selfish disposition has over a man agitated by strong and contending passions, it required all Malvosin's art to keep Bois-Gilbert steady to the purpose he had prevailed on him to adopt.' - 'Ivanhoe' Sir Walter Scott 0-14-043143-8 p448-4


"... Oh comrade, grant me one last prayer,
When death, my hours shall number,
Carry my body back to France.
In French soil let me slumber
My cross of the legion with its scarlet band
Lay close to my heart for a neighbour
And place my carbine in my hand
And buckle on my sabre.

And over my grave shall the Emporer ride,
'Midst thunder of hoof-beats ascending,
Then armed to the teeth I shall rise from my grave !
My Emporer, my Emporer defending."

- Heinrich HeineWikipedia - , 'The Two Grenadiers'


"I have practised many kinds of sport in the course of my life and at different times have imagined there was no greater thrill than riding, motoring and ballooning. Today, I have to admit that in a way life could have been dull if I had never had a joystick and so missed the heights and depths of a pilot's experience. With the exception of parachute jumping, I know at first hand every aspect of flying, with the combined arrogance and humilty it gives you. Only in this way could we understand the airman's peculiar attitude to life, and so form an arm inspired with the true spirit and brotherhood of the air. We were bound together by a rare companionship which made the success of our stupendous undertaking in so short a time possible." - Generalfeldmarschall Albert Kesselring Wikipedia - , writing in 1953 of the period after the Great War when he was involved with the formation of the Luftwaffe. - "The Memoirs of Field-Marshal Kesselring" GREENHILL 1-85367-287-4, page 31


"There often occurred to me the difference between the Professor of Economics and the business man, as judged by their financial success. The business man may not perhaps be on the same intellectual plane as the professor, but he bases his ideas on real facts and puts the whole power of his will behind their realisation. The professor, on the other hand, often has a false conception of reality and although perhaps having more ideas, is neither able nor anxious to carry them out; the fact that he has them is satisfaction enough. And so the business man has the greater financial success.

The same difference can often be found between the academic and fighting soldier. One of the most important factors - not only in military matters, but in life as a whole - is the power of execution, the ability to direct one`s whole energies toward the fulfilment of a particular task. The officer of purely intellectual attainments is usually only fitted for work as an assistant on the staff; he can criticise and provide the material for discussion. But a conclusion intellectually arrived at needs the executive power of the commander to follow it up and force it to realisation."

- Erwin Rommel from "The Rommel Papers" - B.H. Liddel-HartWikipedia -


"The O.K.W.`s approach to this whole question reflected an attitude typical of certain sections of the Wehrmacht, especially the General Staff. These people always behaved as though the whole field of strategy was their exclusive prerogative. Their caution was not that of Montgomery`s, who obviously considered that insistence on 100 per cent certainty was to be preferred to a policy of boldness, which is true in questions of strategy, although certainly not in tactics. These people`s caution was fear of responsibility. On the one hand, they were perfectly ready to work out operations which were nothing less than strategic gambles, with but small chance of success - provided it was done over somebody else`s signature. But on the other, they were ever, they were always very shy of suggesting operations on their own initiative, even when they contained no shadow of risk and held out a promise of great success." - Erwin Rommel from "The Rommel Papers" - B.H. Liddel-Hart


'Anyone who saw the wreckage over the coastal waters and the material scattered on the beaches or heard first hand reports of what was happening from returning fighter, strafer and bombing crews can only have the highest admiration both for the performance of our airmen and for the superlative exertions, ingenuity and gallantry of the English.' - 'The Memoirs of Field Marshall Kesselring' Albert Kesselring 1-85367-287-4 page 59


"Colonel Scotland, who has dealt with "The Kesselring Case" in a pamphlet, gave his opinion of the tribunal to the effect that all right-thinking people in Great Britain and in Germany should reach their own verdict on the victims of these two trials, which could be described as the worst instructed ever convened by the order of His Majesty...." - 'The Memoirs of Field Marshall Kesselring' , Albert Kesselring , 1-85367-287-4 , Page 298


"You're a big man but you are in bad shape. Now with me it's a full-time job. Now behave yourself." - Micheal Caine as 'Carter', warning Brumby, in the film Get Carter (1971).

"I don`t ever want to be around a guy that is not afraid. If you don't have a little fear in you, you don`t make the proper decisions [...]" - Marine Corps WWII veteran Corsair Pilot (Documentary)


'Hunger wounds worse than the bulls' - Spanish saying attributed to the matador, 'El Espartero'

- from 'The Wounds of Hunger' Luis Spota, Penguin Books, 1958

'How pleasant it is for him who is saved to remember his danger' - Euripides, quoted, Edward WhymperWikipedia - 'Scrambles amongst the Alps', Chapter X, 'On the first passage of the Col de Pilatte'

"Many though seeing well the perils ahead, are forced along by fear of dishonour - as the world calls it - so that, vanquished by a mere word, they fall into irremediable calamaties." - Thucydides, quoted, Edward Whympher 'Scrambles amongst the Alps', Chapter XII, as the party attempt to cross the Moming Pass to Zermatt.


'Few have the fortitude of soul to honour a friend's success, without a touch of envy.' - Aeschylus, quoted, Edward Whympher 'Scrambles amongst the Alps', Chapter XVIII.


"It is thoroughly unfair, but an ordinary custom, to praise or blame designs (which in themselves may be good or bad) just as they turn out well or ill. Hence the same actions are at one time attributed to earnestness and at another to vanity." - Pliny MIN., quoted Chapter XXI 'The First Ascent of the Matterhorn', Edward Whympher 'Scrambles amongst the Alps'


»There have been joys too great to be described in words, and with these in mind I say, Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.« - Chapter XXI The First Ascent of the Matterhorn, Edward WhympherWikipedia - Scrambles amongst the Alps, p369


»Ich kann nicht mehr« ("I can do no more") - Toni Kurz' last words while within touching distance of the rescue team, north face of Eiger, 1936., quoted in Heinrich Harrer The White SpiderWikipedia - The White Spider

"The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, 'What is the use of climbing Mount Everest ?' and my answer must at once be, 'It is no use'. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single foot of earth that can be planted with crops to raise food. It's no use. So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for." - George Leigh Mallory, 1922 (Speech)


"Everything I do must reflect well on my Father's name." - Sydney PoitierWikipedia - (Documentary)

On a plan to parachute agents into France who would machine gun a bus-load of Luftwaffe Fighter pilots returning from their nightly billet, Air Chief Marshal Charles PortalWikipedia - , when told of the plan:

"This is appalling. I cannot possibly approve of a plan which is designed to assassinate fighters of the other side."


"THE PROUD STORY of British Justice is occasionally marred by the shabby episodes where the national character falls below its accustomed standards of chivalry, honour and common sense. Examples are the burning of Joan of Arc in the market place of Rouen in Many, 1431; the trial of Kind Charles I and his execution in Whitehall on January 30th, 1649; the court-martial and execution of Admiral Byng in 1756, "pour encourager les autres", as Voltaire remarked at the time; and the six-years' long impeachment of Warren Hastings before his acquittal in 1791; all of which have been condemned by modern historians. To that list, I doubt not will be added in due course the War Crimes Trials that began with the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal on 20 November, 1945, and ended, so far as Great Britain was concerned, with the trial which is so well described in this volume." - 'Manstein - His Campaigns and His Trial' Paget, R.T.,Wikipedia - COLLINS 1951


"I am not going to thank anybody, as I did it all myself" - Spike MilliganWikipedia - , on receiving the lifetime award for Comedy (BBC)

"Personally, having lived through the all these European disturbances and studied carefully their causes, I am of the opinion that if all the Allies at the peace table at Versailles had not imagined that the sweeping away of long-established dynasties was a form of progress, and if they had allowed a Hohenzollern, a Wittelsback, and a Hapsburg to return to their thrones, there would have been no Hitler. To Germany a symbolic point on which the loyalties of the military classes could centre would have been found, and a democratic basis of society might have been preserved by a crowned Weimar in contact with the victorious Allies. This is a personal view," Churchill added, "but perhaps you would meditate upon it." (1) - (1) Prime Minister's Personal Telegram, T.642/5 to Brussels, 'Personal and Secret', 26 April 1945: Churchill Papers, 20/225 - Quoted in - 'Winston S Churchill' Volume VII 'Road to Victory 1941-45' Gilbert, M., HEINEMANN 0-434-13017-6, Page 131

"I shall always remember the defending counsel's solemn affirmation to the judges: "There is no clause in the laws of the United States which would condemn this officer. If nevertheless you do so, it would be better that we had not won this war." - 'Neither Fear nor Hope' von Senger und Etterlin GREENHILL 1-85367-027-8 Page 344


"I wouldn't make a good family man. I don't want children of my own. The descendants of a genius have a hard time in the world. They are faced with the same expectations of their famous forefather and are not forgiven for being mediocre. Apart from that, they usually turn out to be idiots." - Adolf Hitler - via Hitler's secretary, Christa Schroder (Documentary)

"Live happily, fight bravely, and die smiling" - SS Standartenführer Jochen Peiper Letter to his family from Prison in Dachau


"The trials at Dachau brought some of the worst traits of mankind to light. But, as I found out, at Dachau and from the case records years later, those trials served neither historical truth, nor justice." - Joseph Halow, Dachau court reporter, 1992, "Innocent at Dachau"


"Mr Du Pont was about fifty - pink, clean-shaven and dressed in the conventional disguise with which Brooks Brothers cover the shame of American millionaires." - "Goldfinger" Ian Fleming 1961 edition, p13.5


Courage is a capital sum reduced by expenditure -Ian Fleming, Dr No, 1959


"In November 1935 the Reichsführer SS determined that the SS should care for its own - specifically that well-known reluctance of men who had just come through a depression to marry and have children could only be overcome by a sort of guarantee that the SS as a kind of family community would care for widows and orphans. Thus, the basic decree concerning widows and orphans laid the foundation for a network of Family Welfare Offices, formally headed by the regimental commanders but actually staffed by one or more unit officers taken into the Office of Family Affaires for this - purpose." - "The SS. A History 1919-45" Koehl, Robert Lewis., TEMPUS, 0 7524 1782 7 , Page 114.9

"The main object of my portion of this book is to establish the principle, contrary to the view recently accepted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, that in any future war followed by trials and punishment of war criminals the only persons who can justly or fairly be tried and convicted are those who are proved to have been guilty of the violations of the "laws and usages of war.". This was the view adopted in the British Zone of Germany and carried into effect by a Royal Warrant dated 14th June 1945. The United States on the other hand, included in the trials in the U.S. Zone of Germany persons alleged to have been guilty of "Crimes against Peace" and "Crimes against Humanity," a measure to which there were very serious legal and other objections,[...]" - "U.N.O and War Crimes" Viscount MaughamWikipedia - [formerly Lord Chancellor of Great Britain] JOHN MURRAY 1951


"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, and five-hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce ? The Cuckoo clock." - Orson Welles, who penned these lines for the script of The Third Man, probably quoting Mussolini.


"The Queen is the only woman who can put on a tiara with one hand while walking down stairs." - Princess Margaret on her sister (The Times)


"We just had to stop them. Every tart in London was being presented." - Princess Margaret on the abolition in the 1950s of the debutantes' royal presentation parties (The Times)


"If it [the war] starts, and you are still here, you won't have such a bad time. We are sportsmen." - English racing driver on the Mercedes-Benz team, Richard Seaman at a banquet in London October 1939, speaking to the Mercedes-Benz team, who were about to be stranded (Documentary)

Grave of Richard Seaman, Putney Vale Cemetery, London.

"When I am an old man, I will look back on Christmas 1923 as the day when to all intents and purposes I was born. I don't think anyone has lived until they have been on skis." - Andrew Comyn Irvine p220 'How the English made the Alps' Ring, Jim., JOHN MURRAY (Irvine was subsequently to die with Mallory on the attempt on Everest).


"It gave us the complete fulfilment of our dream, it proved to us our worth, and in spite of the misfortune which robbed us of war, it allowed, us to taste the intoxicating pleasures of the heroic life." -Pierre Dalloz of the Groupe de Haute Montagne - p241 'How the English made the Alps' Ring, Jim., JOHN MURRAY


"C'est pas de L'Alpinisme, Ca c'est la guerre." - Arnold Charlet , p242 'How the English made the Alps' Ring, Jim., JOHN MURRAY


"I have discussed this with my doctor and my psychiatrist and my accountant, and they tell me I am too old and too rich to go through this again," - Billy Wilder, commenting on working with Marilyn Monroe (Documentary)


Churchill intended to take the train from Annecy to Venice. 'I told him that as the train did not stop at Annecy we would have to drive to Geneva.' Miss Portal later recalled. 'Kindly remember I am Winston Churchill,' he replied. 'Tell the station master to stop the train.' The train was duly stopped. - "Never Despair - Winston S. Churchill 1945 - 1965" Gilbert., Martin. Heinnmann, 0434 29182 X , Page 633

'If it is true,' Forbes added, 'that he is a big enough man to be willing, in certain circumstances, to serve under another, it is equally true that in another sense he is far too big a man for an arrangement to work.' - "Never Despair - Winston S. Churchill 1945 - 1965" Gilbert., Martin. Heinnmann, 0434 29182 X , Page 634, footnote 1, quoting Alastair Forbes in the "Sunday Despatch".



"Basics remain the stuff of life:

Keep your energy up.
Don't turn with a singleton. There are no singletons!
Don't stay in the fight when mutual support is lost.
Lose sight, lose fight.
First contact wins.
Fight in your own corner of the Vg diagram.
Shoot your longest range weapons. "

- Ed Rasimus, Fighter Pilot (retired)


"In any case I long ago realised that it is almost impossible for a layman and a non-Catholic, and indeed for most Catholics and ecclesiastics outside the Vatican City, to form a valid judgment or express an authoritative opinion on Papal policy. The Pope's decision may, or must be influenced by so many imponderable or invisible elements. Moreover, not only is the atmosphere of the Vatican supranational and universal ... but is also fourth-dimensional and, so to speak, outside of time .... for example, they regard the Savoy dynasty as an interlude, and the Fascist era as an incident, in the history of Rome and Italy. They reckon in centuries and plan for eternity and this inevitably renders their policy inscrutable, confusing and, on occasion, reprehensible to practical and time-conditioned minds." - Sir D'Arcy Osborne, British Ambassador to the Vatican, March 1947, quoted "Unholy Trinity" ST MARTINS PRESS


"He had the ill-humoured face of a man who is always in the right."

- "Our Man in Havana" Graham GreeneWikipedia - PENGUIN 1962, Page 162


"Perhaps he was a romantic. A romantic is usually afraid, isn't he, in case reality doesn't come up to expectations. They all expect too much."

- "Our Man in Havana" Graham Greene PENGUIN 1962, Page 204


"Ah the Englishman ! He fears nothing save the emotions ..."- "For Your Eyes Only" Fleming, Ian., PAN 1962 , Page 146


"So that was it ! The Old Hun again. Always at your feet or at your throat." - "For Your Eyes Only" Fleming, Ian., PAN 1962 , Page 160


'This is not peace, this is an armistice for twenty years.' - Marshal Foch, upon hearing of the signing of the peace treaty of Versailles; quoted by - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume I, p4.7, 1964 Cassel.


Moriarty: "The war's over."

Neddy Seagoon: "Nonsense - it's only an interval."

- The Goon Show Wikipedia - , "Rommel's Treasure" 25 October 1955


"And Germany declared war in all directions" - Major Bludnock, played by Peter Sellers in "The Goon Show"


'[...] I doubt that there is a book in the peacetime flying, but I'm toiling away at capturing the essence of Linebacker I/II while flying the F-4E out of Korat. I think this one's going to be titled, "Polyester Party Suits, Platform Shoes and Prostitutes: The Essential Elements of a War Gone On Too Long". ' - Ed Rasimus Wikipedia - Ed Rasimus Link - Thundertales Blogspot , fighter pilot (retired)


"The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction. There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of hell for Saddam. He and his forces will be destroyed by this coalition for what they have done. As they die they will know that their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity. There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. It is my foremost intention to bring every single one of you out alive, but there may be some among us who will not see the end of this campaign. We will put them in their sleeping bags and send them back. There will be no time for sorrow. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others, I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle, remember to be magnanimous in victory. It is a big step to take another human life. It is not to be done lightly. I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts. I can assure you they live with the mark of Cain upon them. If someone surrenders to you, then remember they have that right in international law and ensure that one day they can go home to their family. The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please. If you harm the regiment or its history by over-enthusiasm in killing or in cowardice, know it is your family who will suffer. We go to liberate, not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country. ... Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there."

- Lieutenant Colonel Tim CollinsWikipedia - , British Army, 2003


"Money gives you far too many houses and a load of old dross that you don't want or need" - Felix Dennis - interview, The Times


"All sensible men are of the same religion" - Benjamin DisraeliWikipedia -

and Disraeli's reply when pressed by his interlocutor as to the nature of that religion

"Sensible men never say."

- quoted, "Winston Churchill, Youth 1894-1900" Martin Gilbert HEINNEMANN 1966 page 158


"Winston's success, according to The Harrovian, came from the fact that he did not fight in the orthodox way, and 'was chiefly due to his quick and dashing attack which quite took his opponents by surprise." - quoted, "Winston Churchill, Youth 1894-1900" Martin Gilbert HEINNEMANN 1966 page 179 , commenting on WSC's success at fencing.


"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter." - Ernest Hemingway Wikipedia - , On The Blue Water: A Gulf Stream Letter , Esquire, April, 1936


'The course Hitler had taken was much more convenient for us than the one I had feared. At any time in the last few months of the war he could have flown to England and surrendered himself, saying, "Do what you will with me but spare my misguided people." I have no doubt that he would have shared the fate of the Nuremberg criminals. The moral principles of modern civilisation seem to prescribe that leaders of a nation defeated in war shall be put to death by the victors. This will certainly stir them to fight to the bitter end in any future war, and no matter how many lives are needlessly sacrificed it costs them no more. It is the masses of the people who have so little to say about the starting or ending of wars who pay the additional cost. The Romans followed the opposite principle, and their conquests were due almost as much to their clemency as their prowess.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume XII, p267-1, 1963 Cassel.


'Alright, I know I can't win, but I'll be the best second you've ever seen.' - Roger DaltryWikipedia - as John McVicarWikipedia - , facing a fight with three prison warders in the movie McVicar Wikipedia -


'If the Army High Command does not immediately repeal the order to maintain an all-round defensive position, the imperative duty will arise, in the name of the individual conscience, the Army and the German people, to claim the freedom to act denied by the previous order and take advantage of the opportunity now available to avoid catastrophe by taking the offensive.' - General of Artillery Walther von Seydlitz-Kurback, in a memorandum written in the Stalingrad pocket for General Paulus, who forwarded it to von Manstein.



Final Transmission from the Tractor Factory, in Stalingrad:

"We are the last survivors in this place
Four us are wounded
We have been entrenched in the wreckage of the tractor factory for four days
We have not had food for four days
I have just opened the last magasine for my automatic.
In ten minutes the Bolsheviks will overrun us
Tell my father that I have done my duty and that I shall know how to die
Long Live Germany
Heil Hitler !"



"Those who stray from the truth must forfeit the trust of their fellow-men. Yet anyone describing the situation as it really was would have been spreading despondency. Nor did Nazism find any escape from these alternatives. Consequentially in this last phase the troops that had seen the light were more dependable than the misguided followers of Hitler. He who looks his destiny in the face will understand the adage: Nec metus nec spes - Niether fear nor hope. " - General Frido von Senger und Etterlin, Neither Fear nor Hope, p296-9, 1960, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1853670278.


"Besser tot als rot"

(Better Dead than Red)

- Joseph Goebbels - Minister of Progaganda, broadcasting on Radio Werewolf, April 1945


'..for us the most important result of this conference was the insistence that the Axis Powers surrender unconditionally. The effect of this brutal formula on the German Nation and, above all, on the Army was great. The soldiers, at least, were convinced from now on that our enemies had decided on the utter destruction of Germany, that they were no longer fighting - as Allied propaganda at the time alleged - against Hitler and so-called Nazism, but against their efficient, and therefore dangerous, rivals for the trade of the World.' - Generaloberst Heinz Guderian speaking of the Casablanca conference, p284-7 'Panzer Leader', 1952, 0099630400.

'The policy of Unconditional Surrender faces the German High Command with the choice of being hanged or jumping into a clump of bayonets.' - General Dwight D. Eisenhower, at a press conference on 28/FEB/1945, quoted 'Encyclopaedia of Military History', Dupuy & Dupuy, p1112-8, 0004701437.


'That my attempt to do so was ultimately a failure will remain, until the day I die, the distress and grief of my life. There can be scarcely anyone who feels more painfully than I do for the fate of our Eastern territories and for the innocent valiant true and brave inhabitants. After all, I am myself a Prussian.' - Generaloberst Hienz Guderian, p340-8 'Panzer Leader', 1952, 0099630400.

'The Moral of the Work: In war, Resolution; In Defeat, Defiance; In victory, Magnanimity; In Peace, Goodwill.' - Winston S. Churchill, 'The Second World War.', volume I, 1964 Cassel.

'This book is dedicated to the endless columns of German soldiers who disappeared into the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War never to return.' - the dedication from 'Soldat -Reflections of a German Soldier 1936-49', Knappe, Seigfriede., Airlife, 1993, 183104390.

'I assume command of all Services of the armed forces with the firm intention of continuing the fight against the Bolsheviks until our troops and the hundreds of thousands of German families in our Eastern provinces have been saved from slavery or destruction. Against the English and the Americans I must continue to fight for as long as they persist in hindering the accomplishment of my primary mission.' - Grand Admiral Karl Donitz, issuing Order of the Day, 01 May 1945, in his capacity as Head of Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht. - quoted by General Walter Warlimont, 'Inside Hitler's Headquarters', Presidio, 1962, 0891413952, page 516.1 .

'Besides, those who remain after the battle are of little value; for the good have fallen.' - Adolf Hitler, -Albert Speer, giving evidence at Nuremberg, N.P., part XVII, page 35; - quoted in; Bullock, A., 'Hitler - A Study in Tyranny', p1073.

'No man is an island, intire of it selfe; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the lesse, as if a Promentorie were was well as if a Mannor of they friends or thine own were; Any mans death diminishes me because I am involved in mankinde. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.' - John Donne.

"Europe shall hear the loud steps of him she has driven from her sons ! " - 'Ivanhoe' Sir Walter Scott 0-14-043143-8 p442-6 - The Templar, Brian de Bois-Gilbert, speaking of the prospect of his exile from the order and his having to lead conquest of the Holy Land independant of the Knights Templars.




'After many pleasant sports with my companions, I who sprang from Earth, am Earth once more.' - Greek inscription on a gravestone; epitaph of a Greek sportsman, to be found in the British Museum.



'Now I know Men, I prefer dogs.' - Frederick the Great

'Life is short and so is money.' - Bertolt Brecht.

'Youth is a blunder, Manhood a struggle, old age a regret.' - Benjamin Disraeli.

'Virtuti Semper Adversatur Ignoranti.'

'Veni, vidi, vici.' - Julius Caesar, after his conquest of Gaul.

'Nothing is so terrifying as ignorance in action.' - Goethe

'Times may change, but standards must be maintained.' - Queen Victoria

'An intelligent woman is one whom with you can be as stupid as you like.' - Norman Parkinson, Photographer.

'I am satisfied with very little. All I want is the best and there is precious little of that.' - Winston S. Churchill [probably Paraphrased] .

'I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse.' - Charles V.

'It should be borne in mind that there is nothing more difficult to arrange, more doubtful of success, and more dangerous to carry through than initiating changes in a state's constitution. The innovator makes enemies of all those who prospered under the old order and only lukewarm support is forthcoming from those would prosper under the new order.' - Niccolo Machiavelli.

'Books in all their variety are often the means by which civilisation may be carried triumphantly forward.' - Winston S. Churchill.

'Nemsos Belli, pecuniam infinitam.' - 'The sinews of war, unlimited money.' - Cicero

'If you see a bandwagon, it is too late to get on it.' - Sir James Goldsmith.

'If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.' - J.K. Galbraith.

'The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.' - Oscar Wilde.

'Once is accident, twice is happenstance and three times is enemy action.' - Old Army saying.

'Keep the accounts in pencil and don't press to hard.' - Maxim of a corrupt bank chief.

'It is not enough that I succeed, everyone else must fail.' - reputedly, Ghenghis Khan.

"Ferrari is the epitome of mechanical beauty and Ferraris are acquired by men who wish to turn their dreams into reality and inject into their lives a long period of youthful passion. I guess this is why there is Ferrari and then there is everything else." - Enzo Ferrari, on the Ferrari mystique (Translated)

"Nothing illustrates the basic irrationality of climbers better than the code that says you don't leave good equipment behind. Rappel points are set up with the very pitons and sling rope that you consider too cheap and unsafe for climbing. To use expensive equipment for this is deemed an ostentatious display of wealth, a cowardly act or inexcusably bad planning." - Nick Clinch.

'To disagree with three fourths of the British public on all points is one of the first elements of sanity - one of the deepest consolations in all moments of spiritual doubts.' - Oscar Wilde

'History will bear me out, particularly as I shall write that History myself'. - Winston S. Churchill.

"If this long island story of ours is to end at last let it be only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground." - WSC addressing the war cabinet after Dunkirk

'Great achievements, small display: More reality than appearance.' - a description of von Schlieffen.

'Remember, upon the conduct of each, depends the fate of all.' - Alexander the Great, to his men before the Battle of Issus, 333 BC.

'Most men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.' - WSC

"You ask what is our aim? I answer in one word. It is victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be for without victory there is no survival." - Winston S. Churchill

'Activites always take longer than you thing, even after you have taken Hofstatter's rule into account.' - Hofstatter

"Battles are won by slaughter and manoeuvre. The greater the general, the more he contributes in manoeuvre, the less he demands in slaughter." - Winston S. Churchill

"The love of a man for a woman waxes and wanes like the noon but the love of brother for brother is steadfast as the stars and endures like the word of the prophet." - Old Arabic saying

"Everything should be kept as simple as possible - but no simpler." - Albert Einstein

'Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill
Of its enjoyments before the day shall come
When thou must quit it for good'

- Sa'Di, 1258

'Armies for the preparation of peace do not exit. They exist for triumphant exertion in war.' - Adolf Hitler.

"Wir werden Sieger - durch unsren Tiger"
(We will be victorious - thanks to our Tigers)

'Nothing binds men so closely together as agreement in plans and desires' - Cicero

'I have loved women, but I loved my freedom more' - Casanova

"Together with the Germans, we would have been invincible." - Joseph Stalin

"Stalin is half beast, half giant. To the social side of life He is utterly indifferent. The people can rot for all he cares." - Adolf Hitler

"Now he has done it the Bastard. Too bad he could not have been taken alive" - Josef Stalin, on hearing of Adolf Hitler's suicide.

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, even though chequered by failure, than to dwell in that perpetual twilight that knows not victory nor defeat" - T.R. Roosvelt:

"All power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton Wikipedia -

"There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL" - P.J. O'Rourke Wikipedia -

"Gentlemen do not read other Gentleman's mail" - Secretary of State Stimpson Wikipedia - , on hearing of the decryption of pre-war Japanese ciphers.

"I'm for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquillisers or a bottle of Jack Daniels." - Frank Sinatra Wikipedia - on theology

"Wherever books are burned, men are burned afterwards" - Heinrich Heine

"There is no immortality but the memory which is left in the minds of men." - Napoleon BonaparteWikipedia -

"To die is nothing. But to live defeated and without Glory is to die everyday" - Napoleon Bonaparte

"I say 'great sovereign state' with design and emphasis, for I reject the view that Britain and the Commonwealth should now be relegated to a tame and minor role in the world. Our past is the key to our future, which I firmly trust and believe will be no less fertile and glorious. Let no man underrate our energies, our potentialities and our abiding power for good." - Winston S. Churchill.

"We have our own dream and our own task.
We are with Europe, but not of it.
We are linked but not combined.
We are interested and associated but not absorbed. "

- Winston S. Churchill.


"There are two kinds of climbers... smart ones and dead ones." - Don Whillans Wikipedia - .


'Of all the masters a man may have, a select committee from both houses is by far the worst.' - Charles Barrie Wikipedia - , refering to the Select Committee steering the design of the new Houses of Parliament Wikipedia - .

"You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again." - A. Solzhenitsyn

"Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism." - Edward Gibbon Wikipedia - , 'The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', Chapter IX: State Of Germany Until The Barbarians.Part II.

"A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies." - Oscar Wilde Wikipedia -

"A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in between." - Ian Fleming

"Life is a matter of luck, and the odds in favour of success are in no way enhanced by extreme caution." - Kapitanleutnant Erik Topp, Ritterkreutztraeger and U-Boat Ace.

"When I hear the word culture, I reach for my gun," - Hermann Göring Wikipedia -

"Once in the wilds of Afghanistan, I lost my corkscrew and we had to live on nothing but food and water for days..." - W.C. Fields Wikipedia -

"The nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools." - Thucydides Wikipedia -


"Durch Blut und Nacht ...zum licht !"


From Conan The Barbarian - John Milius Wikipedia - and Oliver Stone Wikipedia - , 1982: The tutor is questioning one of the warriors assembled Link - Conan the Barbarian , questioned by his tutor:

Tutor: "That is good, but what is best in life?"

Pupil: "The open steppe, a fleet horse, the wind in your hair, falcons at your wrist."

Tutor: "Wrong!" The tutor now turns to Conan "Conan, what is best in life?"

Conan: "Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of de women!"

Tutor: "Correct!"


The BBC production of The Scarlet Pimpernel Wikipedia - played by actor Martin Shaw Wikipedia - , on Cravats:

"Sir. My most abject and humble apologies. I have completely drowned your cravat. How can I possibly make amends for such clumsiness ?"

"It's of no consequence. It's only a cravat."

"Only a cravat ? Oh my dear sir. A cravat is the apotheosis of all neckwear. A cravat distinguishes a man of refinement from the merely ordinary. It sneers at the severity of the stock. It is the only item of dress that expresses true individuality, and whether it be made of lace or silk or the finest lorn, it thrives on ingenuity, on originality, and above all on personality down to the last skilled twist a bow or not."

"Bravo Percy, Bravo !"


Humphrey Bogart Wikipedia - as 'Sam Spade' and Sydney Greenstreet Wikipedia - as 'Casper Gutman' in 'The Maltese Falcon':

"How do you do Mr Gutman"

[Gutman offers Bogart a drink, which he accepts]

"You begin well sir. I distrust a man who says nay. He's got to be careful he doesn't drink too much, 'cos he's not to be trusted when he does. Well Sir. Here's to plain speaking and clear understanding. You're a close-mouth man ?"

"Nar, I like to talk"

"Better and Better. I distrust a close-mouth man. He generally picks the wrong time to talk and says the wrong thing. Talking's something you can't do judiciously unless you keep in practice. Now sir. We'll talk as you like. I tell you right out I am a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk."

"Swell. Will we talk about the Black Bird ?"

"[Laughs]. Your're a man for me. No beating about the bush. Let's talk about the Black Bird by all means."

"If you start something I'll make it a matter of you're having to kill me, or call it off."

"That's an attitude which calls for the most delicate judgement on both sides, because as you know sir, in the heat of action, men are likely to forget where their best interests lie, and let their emotions carry them away."

"And the trick from my angle is to make my play strong enough to tie you up, but not to make you mad enough to bump me off against your better judgement."

"By Gad, sir, you are a character....."



'Tigers in the Mud' by Otto Carius Wikipedia - J J Fedorowicz ISBN 0-921991-14-2:

Page 57

" I reported to the operations officer who was located in a second bus: Rank, grade, troop unit -the usual- "... wishes to see the Herr General".

The Hauptsturmführer then observed me with the interest one would devote to a creature from another planet.

"The Herr General," he finally said, stretching each syllable, "the Herr General. Hmmm! We don't have that here! You are with the Waffen SS, in case you already don't know that. And we don't have either a 'Herr' or a 'General'. There is probably a Brigadeführer here, with the 'Herr', if you would like to see him. In addition, the title of 'Herr' also disappears from all other rank titles, up to and including the Reichsführer!"

I was not prepared for this type of reception but immediately switched gears: "I would like to report to your Brigadefuhrer !"

The operations officer nodded. "That already sounds better," he said in a somewhat condescending tone. "Wenger, go and ask the Brigadeführer, whether he has time for Herr Leutnant Carius from the 'Tigers'?" He felt compelled to stress the word "Herr" in front of my rank quite distinctly.

In the meantime, a Untersturmführer had stood up from this work place and disappeared with a "Right away, Hauptsturmführer!" Shortly later he appeared again. "The Brigadeführer is expecting you !"

I then went into the other bus and was completely surprised after everything that had preceded this when I met a man who was the personification of sweetness and light. In my entire time at the front, I rarely encountered another divisional commander I could compare with our 'Old Fritz'. He identified completely with his troops and his people deified him. He was always there and available to anyone. During our work together, he treated me as a son. It therefore hit all of us hard when we later discovered at Dunaburg that our "old Fritz"

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"Unfortunately, our guest performance with the SS Division "Nordland" was soon over. We continued to cover the sector for a few days until the SS men had taken root in their new positions. In the process, we were able to liberate them from four Russian anti-tank guns. I'll never forget the magnificent men of the "Nordland" Division. They fought like lions."


'Lost Victories', GREENHILL, 1990, 0947898700. Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein, Chapter 8 'Panzer Drive' , Page 188:

"Better ground - though it included a strong line of concrete fortifications - was struck by the SS Death's Head Division in its advance on Zebash. And now there emerged a weakness which was bound to be inherent in troops whose officers and N.C.O.s lacked solid training and proper experience. As far as its discipline and soldierly bearing went, the division undoubtedly made a good impression. I had even had reason to praise its extremely good march discipline - an important requirement for the efficient movement of motorised formations. The Division always showed great dash in the assault and was steadfast in defence. I had it under my command on frequent occasions later on and think it was probably the best Waffen SS division I ever came across. It's commander in those days was a brave man who was soon wounded and later killed.
None of these things, however, could compensate for deficient training in leadership. The Division suffered excessive losses because its troops did not learn until they got into action what army units had mastered long ago. Their losses and lack of experience led them in turn to miss favourable opportunities, and this again caused unnecessary actions to be faught. I doubt there is anything harder to learn than gauging the moment when a slackening of the enemy's resistance offers the attacker his decisive chance. The upshot of all this was that I repeatedly had to come to the division's assistance, without even then being able to prevent a sharp rise in casualties. After a matter of ten days the three regiments of the division had ot be regrouped to form two new ones.

Yes, bravely as the Waffen SS divisions always fought, and fine though their achievements may have been, there is not the least doubt that it was an excusable mistake to set them up as a separate military organisation. Hand-picked replacements who could have filled the post of N.C.O.s in the army were expended on a quite inadmissible scale in the Waffen SS, which in general paid a toll of blood incommensurate with its gains. Naturally this cannot be laid at the door of the SS troops themselves. The blame for such unnecessary consumption of manpower must lie with the men who set up these special units for purely political motives, in the face of opposition from all the competent authorities.

In no circumstances must we forget, however, that the Waffen SS like the good comrades they were [are], fought shoulder to shoulder with the army at the front and always showed themselves courageous and reliable. Without doubt a large proportion of them would have been only too glad to be withdrawn from the jurisdiction of a man like Himmler and incorporated into the Army."

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"The Memoirs of Fieldmarshal Kesselring" Kesselring, A., GREENHILL 1-85367-2878-4 Page 46:

"In Wolosowo, we met members of the IIIrd Panzer Corps for the first time. Their greatest claim to fame later on was their holding of the Narwa position. We were excited about meeting them. We had always envied them somewhat because of their better equipment. We were quite pleasantly surprised. Their devil-may-care attitude consistently inspired us, even if their unsparing treatment of men and material alienated us somewhat. Wherever SS units were used, things were taken care of, but the casualties were often so great that the troops had to be pulled out for reorganisation. We couldn't afford that. We had to husband our men and material. My goal was always to effect the greatest possible success with the least possible casualties.

"In my battle sector almost every Polish operational deployment had to pass through Warsaw, and this dictated our strategy, namely to smash at the capital's traffic nodal points. In order to spare the city I had the bombing attacks on the bridges and railway yards within it carried out exclusivly by Stukas and ground-strafers under cover of fighters and pursuit fighters, and a large number of 1,000-kg. bombs were dropped. Results on the railway key-points were satisfactory, but the solidly built bridges withstood even the 1,000-kg. bombs, thus revealing the limitations of air attack - a lesson which was not learnt till the last years of the war.

In those weeks I was myself frequently over the Polish battle area, including Warsaw itself with its respectable fighter and flak defence, and I can say with pride that our airmen successfully tried to restrict their attacks, as ordered, to militarily important targets though this did not prevent inhabited houses near the targets from being hit, suffering the laws of dispersion. I often visited the Stuka squadrons on their return from the bombing raids over Warsaw, spoke with the crews about their impressions and inspected the damage where aircraft had been hit by flak. It was almost a miracle that some of them got home, planes torn away, and fuselages disembowelled, with their control organs hanging by the thinnest threads. Our thanks were due to Dr. Koppenberg and his engineers who produced such aircraft as the Ju 87, which was still in use in Russia in 1945.

Toward the end of the campaign Warsaw was once again subjected to concentrated attack. In co-operation with the heavy artillery under General Zuckertort the Air Command made an effort to smash resistance and so end the war. This combined attack on the city gained its object within a few days, on 27 September. The assignment of the Air Command was cheifly to attack points out of artillery range or which could only be shelled with insufficient effect."



'Tigers in the Mud' by Oberleutnant Otto Carius J.J.Fedorowicz ISBN 0-921991-14-2 Page 166 Chapter: "A Visit with Heinrich Himmler":

"The time arrived when I was supposed to report to Heinrich Himmler. The Major re-emphasised to me that I shouldn't mince words. Himmler liked it when someone openly expressed his opinion. I was supposed to do just that during our conversation.

My first impressions of this man, whom his opponents called a "blood hound", had really pleasantly surprised me. I wasn't apprehensive about the upcoming "cozy" conversation any more."

[Carius dines with Himmler, his staff and other visitors:]

"Himmler had a grey uniform on. He didn't wear any type of piping or decorations. It amazed me that ihs man was supposed to be so dangerous. I thought it probably anyone who has to ensure order behind the front in a country at war is unpopular, because he is forced to be uncompromising.

Coffee was then poured. Himmler had it brought into this work area, where he renewed his official discussions. It should be noted that he neither smoked nor drank any alcohol. As the "guest of honor", I was given time to drink my coffee in a leisurely manner and smoke a cigarette. Then came the big moment, when I started my long conversation with Heinrich Himmler. Based on memory, I will attempt to render our conversation as accurately as possible."

Himmler's work area was decidedly modest. The room was very large, but nothing more remains in my memory than a large desk. It was off the right and against the corner. A comfortable grouping of arm chairs was in the opposite corner.

We sat down in relaxed manner in the chairs next to a small, round table. Later, I've often had to think about this conversation whenever it was said that one could never get close to the "big men" of the Third Reich. For half an hour, I sat alone with Himmler at the table, at ease with a pistol.

At that point, our informal conversation began. It is still vivid in my mind even today. After a few friendly introductory words, Himmler asked: "Oberleutnant Carius, do you believe that armor will soon be outmoded and eliminated by the development of hand-held weapons ?" I answered very frankly.

"Reichsführer, I do not share this opinion. You know that the Russians have used hunter/killer troops for a long time. They have almost never achieved anything, however, whenever our tanks were employed together and they covered each other. If infantry was also there, then it was difficult for anything to happen.

Himmler had listened attentively and then suddenly changed the topic: "What do you think about the attitude of the people back home ? You've certainly had the opportunity forced upon you to gain an impression has as well."

I didn't feel one bit shy about this very direct question and I said quite openly what I thought about it.

"Reichsführer, there is no doubt at all that the people have become rather unnerved by the terror attacks. Everyone is waiting for a weapon which can knock this horrible enemy out of the air." I hesitated for a moment and then continued without concern:

"Many people, myself included, are disgusted by the boastful speeches of certain party people who always act as if the war were already won and our final victory a given." Himmler now looked at me with great attentiveness.

"In my opinion," I continued without hesitation, "our people have already shown that they are strong enough to discover the truth. They also know that we will have to continue to work hard to change the fortunes of war. Could it be arranged that experienced and decorated frontline generals occasionally come to Germany and talk to the people ? These people enjoy more respect than party people, who actually know nothing at all about the front themselves. Because of that, they only speak empty words, probably directed from higher up."

Would Himmler blow up now, I thought to myself, after I had described certain party people in such a derogatory manner ? Nothing of the sort. The Reichsführer SS answered quite calmly:

"I am aware of the suffering of our people. I also know that the fundamental condition of our continued holding out has to be our new aerial defences. In a relatively short time, we will be able to prevent the Americans flying in "parade formation" above us. Our new jet aircraft will soon be put into operation. New flak rockets, some manned and some radio controlled, have already been tested. A little while ago, you sat at the table with the responsible gentlemen. You are correct, dear Carius. Without wide-reaching prevention of the bombing, we will not be able to hold out much longer. But all that will look completely different shortly."

At that point, Himmler hesitated for a moment. "The prerequisite, to be sure, is that our fronts can be held at all costs for another year. We need this one, uninterrupted year to finish the weapons that we're building to surprise the enemy!" With these words, I thought about the old saying: "I hear the message fine, it's just believing it that's hard!" But at the same time I glimpsed a ray of hope. Himmler continued:

"Concerning your criticism of the party leadership, I also have to admit you're right, Carius. You yourself know that the best people are at the front. I simply could no longer disapprove requests to volunteer. When we win the war, and we have to win it, then we will soon remedy the abuses that prevail here right now. We will replace the incapable men with proven ones!"

He suddenly changed the topic again:

"Wouldn't you like to switch to the SS? We are looking for young and proven people. In a few weeks, you could be Hauptsturmführer!" Nothing was further from my mind than leaving my tankers. I answered promptly:

"No. Reichsführer. My conservative background forbids me from "abandoning the flag". I only want to return to my old company. I also don't intend to go active. I think that the rivalry between the Wehrmacht and the SS up to now has only had a negative effect for everyone. Without any reservations, we in the army recognise the great achievements of the SS at the front. But you can't forget that the SS units have the best people and the best material, that is, they have continuously received preferential treatment. That's already frequently caused bad blood with the other units."

Even these remarks didn't produce a rise from Himmler.

"In regard to your worries about the rivalry between the Wehrmacht and the SS, I can tell you today that efforts have been under way for some time now to combine the forces. It should be noted that these efforts have continuously failed due to the stubbornness of the Wehrmacht generals."

This remark by Himmler made me happy, because it proved to me that our generals really did have more backbone then one usually assumed. The introduction of the "German greeting", or Nazi salute, after 20 July had already made me extremely upset.

I hoped the generals would remain resolute. The SS could join us after all, since we were certainly there first. But many things indicated that the SS wanted to swallow the Wehrmacht. Himmler was already the chief of staff of the entire Replacement Army, which included all the elements of the Wehrmacht. In that capacity, he had just given me the Oak Leaves. Himmler then began to talk about personal matters.

[talk about leave]

[car placed at his disposal]

I described my visit with Heinrich Himmler in such detail, because he really surprised me. After the conversation in this staff headquarters, I gathered some hope for a successful conclusion to the war. That was after I had already considered a defeat almost certain.



'Advance to Barbarism' , F.J.P Veale , C.C. Nelson Publishing Company, Appleton, Wisconsin. 1953:

The dedication:

'To The Right Hon. Lord Hankey and Hon. Edward L. van Roden

And those other English and American jurists and publicists who have led in preserving the great traditions of Anglo-American justice and legality by exposing the menace of war-crimes trials to sound jurisprudence and human security.


By The Very Reverand William Ralph Inge, Dean of St Pauls

I am glad that a new edition of <italics> Advance to Barbarism </italics> is called for. In this book, first published in England in 1948 under the nom de plume "A Jurist," the author, Mr F.J.P. Veale said, and said very well, what needed to be said someone, and, we may add, what in 1948 in most countries nobody would have been allowed to say.

I disliked the Nürnberg Trials for three reasons: First, trials of the vanquished by the victors are never satisfactory and generally unfair. Secondly, the execution of the political and military leaders of a beaten side by the victors sets a most dangerous precedent. The Germans were certainly guilty of "crimes against humanity"; but war is not a humane business and it would always be possible for the victors in any war to find enough examples of atrocities to justify vindictive punishments. After the next war, if there is one, trials and hangings will follow as a matter of course. We may go further. One of the indictments of the German leaders was not that they waged war inhumanly, but that they made war aggressively. They did; they desired large annexations of territory in the East. But have we not heard of the other nations who have acquired extensive empires without consulting the wishes of the inhabitants ? Thirdly, one of the judges - Russia - ought certainly to have been in the dock and not on the bench.

The main object of Advance to Barbarism is to call attention to the terrible retrogression of civilised humanity towards the worst cruelties of barbarians. The so-called Wars of Religion were sometimes savage; but in the eighteenth century it was possible to talk of civilised warfare, in which certain humane conventions were observed. Gibbon notices this advance in decent behaviour with complacency. A writer in the eighteenth century might reasonably speak of war as a relic of barbarism which might soon be abolished altogether. The Napoleonic wars, except in guerrilla fighting in Spain, were not fertile in atrocities; the decadence came later.

I comforted myself at one time by thinking that these horrors were confined to three nations, Germany, Spain and Russia. Nothing can be said to extenuate the excesses practised by the Germans. The only fair questions were, who were the culprits ? and who ought to be the judges ? It is not usual to hang officers for obeying cruel orders. The citizens in a police state in abdicating their rights as men have ceased to admit the duty of obeying conscience. As for Spain, it is high time to resume friendly relations with a noble people. But it must be admitted that there is a strain of cruelty in the Spanish character. In the country of inquisition and the bullring, civil war was not likely to be gentle. In speaking of Russia, one cannot do better than quote what Amiel, whose perspicacity is never at fault, wrote as early as 1856: "The harsh gifts of fate have left their stamp on the race of Muscovites. A certain sombre obstinacy, a sort of primitive ferocity, a background of savage harshness, which under the sway of circumstances might become implacable and even ruthless, a coldly indomitable force that would rather wreck the world than yield, the indestructible instinct of the barbarian horde still persisting in half-civilised nation . . . What terrible monsters would the Russians be if ever they should spread the might of the rule over the southern countries ! A polar despotism, a tyranny such as the world has not yet known, silent as the darkness, keen as ice, unfeeling as bronze, a slavery without compensation or relief."

Perhaps in times to come, not so far distant, it may not be so readily forgotten that this was the enemy against whom the Germans fought.

But are there only three culprits, two of whom may plead some excuse ? What of the destruction of Hiroshima by the Americans, of Dresden by the British, when the war was practically over ? It is not pleasant to think of these things.

We must not speak too positively of retrogression. There was another side to European humanity before the insanity of nationalism. In dealing with "inferior races" the record the record was not good. The Irish have not forgotten the Tudors and Oliver Cromwell. Or Listen to this horrible extract from the Daily Journal of March 1737: "They wrote from Antigua that they continued executing the Negroes concerned in the plot to murder all the inhabitants of the island; sixty-nine had been executed, of whom five had been broken on the wheel, six were hung upon gibbets and starved to death, of whom one lived nine nights eight days and forty-eight were chained to stakes and burnt!" Or think of the tortures inflicted on the assailant of Louis XV, which were gleefully witnessed by at least one English gentleman. Our ancestors were not all saints.

Some of us hope now that war has been divested of all romance and chivalry, it may soon go the way of cannibalism and human sacrifice. It is a matter of life or death for civilisation."



- 'Manstein - His Campaigns and His Trial', R.T. Paget , COLLINS 1951, Page 153:

'My submissions on the law relating to guerrilla warfare were based on our [King's Regulations of the British Army] Manual of Military Law and consisted of a plea that the court should adopt the law as it had been laid down for our own troops in preference to the law, laid down by post-war tribunals for the purpose of punishing enemy commanders.

"Sir, Guerrilla war is, by definition, lawless war. It is war to which the laws and usages of war do not apply. The civilian population are entitled to protection for so long and for only so long as they do not participate in the fighting. When they do, soldiers are entitled to take all such steps as are reasonably necessary for their protection - the soldier's protection. Necessity is the only test. You do not kill guerrillas as an act of justice. They are often heroes and patriots and you know it. Nothing could be more ludicrous or pedantic than the prosecution's complaint that guerrillas were not given any particular form of trial. They are not criminals to be tried. You do not kill them as an act of justice, you kill them as an act of coercion to compel the civil population of which they are part to submit to your power. You may take all and every step that is necessary to protect your troops and prevent them being murdered. The nation that prepares a guerrilla, and the civil population that fights one, may be heroic - heroic precisely because they know the consequences. Every nation that has been involved in guerrilla warfare has taken hostages and has carried out reprisals. Sir, if any of you have to command in an area where guerrilla war is practised, I hope you will not, but you very well may, you will do all these things. You will take hostages, you will burn villages by way of reprisal and you will shoot people on suspicion."

It was not long before my words were confirmed. In Korea, United Nations forces met a communist guerrilla force. The German papers gave prominence to American Orders in terms almost identical to the German Orders, condemned so recently as criminal, and published photographs of American troops doing the things for which Manstein and others were in prison. Over these Orders and photographs appeared the caption, "What did Manstein do ?"

I then opened the evidence of a British general whom I proposed to call. General Fuller had had experience of guerrilla war. He had considered all the German orders and reports put in evidence by the prosecution and his evidence would have been that these orders were in many respects milder than those we should have issued, and on occasions have issued in many similar circumstances, and that the incident reports displayed the sort of picture we should expect. They contained some incidents which upon the face of them were unjustified, but guerrilla war involves granting wide discretion to very junior officers and that discretion will not always be exercised properly.[...]'



- "Michael Wittman and the Tiger Commanders of the Leibstandart" Atge, Patrick., J.J.FEDOROWICZ 0-921991-4 1996, EPILOGUE:

This document comprises the wartime experiences of the Tiger units of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler and their sacrificial battles on all fronts. They achieved tremendous success, suffered bitter defeats at the hands of a superior foe and on 8 May 18945 experienced unconditional surrender.

In their ranks lived, commanded and fought the fearless, exemplary and most successful tank commander of the second World War, Michael Wittmann, whose person and outstanding achievements receive their due recognition in this book. The men of the 13th (Heavy) Company, 1st SS Panzer Regiment Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler and of the 501st SS Panzer Battalion were volunteers from the first to the last hour of the war. They all fought for the existence of the German Reich and to this cause committed all the strength of their youth, just as naturally as did almost a million of their comrades of the Waffen-SS from almost every European Nation.

They were forced to bury their ideals following the collapse of the Reich under crushing superiority and the end of all their hopes for a favourable outcome to the war. They, the elite of the front, once heroes, were now outcasts. The 501st SS Panzer Battalion did not give up, however. Following their release from captivity and internment they rebuilt their destroyed and partitioned by their "liberators" and in the years that followed they were committed volunteers in their work for their home, for family, people and Fatherland.

Many wounds have healed in the last fifty years, some of them only externally, for many never heal. The solidarity that developed back then in hours of bitter distress and under the greatest danger still exists today. This front-line comradeship is greater and stronger than any distress, than the intervening decades, than any such infamous slander. The men of the 501st, SS Panzer Battalion meet once a year. On those days the atmosphere is such as if they had never separated from each young lads of eighteen to twenty years. This getting along needs no explanation, the survivors know that they can always depend on their comrades. And that marked them for life. There is therefore no need to speak of this unique front-line comradeship, it requires no renewal, it is never lost.

The dead are always spoken of at all these reunions, they return and are present, as if they had not been killed on the battlefield. The survivors know that each of them could have fallen in their place and that their survival is no credit to them, but an unfathomable chance. Gratitude to their fallen comrades and their bond with them is an indelible component of the former soldiers, for - their honor is loyalty.




At Ploen on the evening of 30 April 1945, Dönitz received only the following message:

"The Führer has appointed you, Herr Admiral, as his successor in place of Reichsmarschall Göring. Confirmation in writing follows. You are hereby authorized to take any measures which the situation demands. -- Bormann. "

In his Memoirs, Dönitz describes his reactions:

... This took me completely by surprise. Since July 20, 1944, I had not spoken to Hitler at all except at some large gathering. ... I had never received any hint on the subject from anyone else.... I assumed that Hitler had nominated me because he wished to clear the way to enable an officer of the Armed Forces to put an end to the war. That this assumption was incorrect I did not find out until the winter of 1945-46 in Nuremberg, when for the first time I heard the provisions of Hitler's will.... When I read the signal I did not for a moment doubt that it was my duty to accept the task ... it had been my constant fear that the absence of any central authority would lead to chaos and the senseless and purposeless sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of lives ... I realised ... that the darkest moment in any fighting man's life, the moment when he must surrender unconditionally, was at hand. I realized, too, that my name would remain forever associated with the act and that hatred and distortion of facts would continue to try and besmirch my honor. But duty demanded that I pay no attention to any such considerations. My policy was simple -- to try and save as many lives as I could ... "

The final order of the German Armed Forces, issued on 9 May 1945, stated in part:

... By command of Admiral Dönitz the Armed Forces have given up the hopeless struggle. A heroic fight that has lasted for nearly six years thus comes to an end ... the German Armed Forces have succumbed to overwhelming superior strength ... Every German soldier, sailor and airman can therefore lay aside his arms with justifiable pride and turn to the task of ensuring the everlasting life of our nation ... To show obedience, discipline and absolute loyalty to our Fatherland, bleeding from innumerable wounds, is the sacred duty our dead impose upon us all.

As noted by Dönitz in his Memoirs: "I thought then, and I still think, that those words are both appropriate and just."

- Dönitz




"The Russian Soldier was and is, an individual fighter, a fact that must not be underestimated and indeed, the Russian sniper has for a long time been a very real factor which has influenced the training of our own modern infantry."

'The German Sniper - Volume One - The Man and His Weapons.' Senich, Peter R., page 9.


'Heinz said that the part of his life at Landsberg/Lech which had proved most difficult was the days on which the executions took place. He said that he and the other prisoners had all experienced the executions at second hand, for although they were kept in their rooms, the sounds traveled through the building. Particularly gruesome was the sound of the trap door opening on the scaffold. Heinz said his heart always sank when he heard that, and he could always, picture the condemned man dropping through the hole to his death.

There was one morning, he told me, he would never forget: a large number of men was to be hanged, and the other prisoners were confined to their cells for what seemed like hours. He lost count of how many times the heard the trap door spring. This particular hanging left him so depressed the he couldn't eat for several days. After relating this, Heinz shrugged his shoulders, adding that it all was part of the prison life, one just had to get used to it.

I asked Heinz whether or not there had been any Jewish inmates at Dora/Nordhausen, and he said there hadn't been, at least during the time he was there. "It was a work camp, where much of the work was highly technical and quite secret," he said. "The worst feature of it was the overcrowding and the fact that initially, for security reasons, the inmates had to live in the tunnels, where they sickened and were dying rapidly." This had changed, he told me, when they built barracks for the prisoners outside the tunnels. When I asked him if the German government had embarked on a program to kill the Jews, he responded that this might have been true, but if so, he never heard of any such plan.'

'Innocent at Dachau' , Joseph Halow, page 301.


"Jackson more than made good on his promise to produce proof of 'incredible events', so incredible, indeed, that despite compelling evidence during the war of the death camps in Poland, few people had believed such reports. One such person was Jackson, who now described himself as 'one who received during this war most atrocity tales with suspicion and skepticism.' I was another who had shared this attitude, and, judging by the shocked reaction of Jackson's listeners, most of them were erstwhile skeptics."

'The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials', Telford Taylor, BLOOMSBURY 0-7475-15001-8, page 169



"A time of brutality approaches of which we ourselves can have absolutely no conception." - Joseph Goebbels, 'Die Zweite Revolution', 1926

"We shall only reach our goal if we have enough courage to destroy, laughingly to shatter what we once held holy, such as tradition, upbringing, friendship and human love." - Josef Goebbels, 'Die Zweite Revolution', 1926


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"But I have long since passed the stage described by Mark Twain in 'Life on the Mississippi' when new worlds lose their lustre, things once odd become commonplace, and diaries conscientiously launched, begin to sputter and finally stop altogether." - "Last Train from Berlin", Howard K. Smith, page 3.8

Smith attends the opera and witnesses the entrance of Adolf Hitler:

"There, about thirty yards below me, like a flash of light from the hammer of Thor, stood Siegfried, in tails, leaning on the railing of his box and smiling out at his subjects. It was without doubt the single most impressive spectacle I have ever seen."

- Page 21

The Führer then stated that the Nazi organisation "....reaches into every house and zealously keeps watch that there will never be another November 1918." - Page 58.5

"Whoever intends to escape this duty has no claim to being held a National Comrade with the rest of us. Just as we were mercilessly hard in the struggle for national power, we will again be merciless and hard in this struggle for the preservation of our people. At a time when thousands of our best men, the fathers and sons or our people, are falling, no individual at home who blasphemes the sacrifice of the front, can reckon with remaining alive. No matter what camouflage covers any attempt to disturb this German front, to undermine our people's will to resist, to weaken the authority of the government or sabotage the efforts of the home front - the guilty one will fall!"

- Page 58.6

"It is hard to realize what this mean to the German people, un-less you have lived through those two years of war with them, and watched them suffer. As the core of a strong, steel-willed leadership, they have been remarkably timid and sensitive to trends. They have detested this war from the moment to broke out, and they, the People, have been willing to end it at any juncture. Before it came, they feared it far more than the peoples their leaders and their army threatened with annihilation. On the few occasions on which the end appeared to be in sight, they have been gleeful as children. Dr. Geobbels has not distinguished himself on the score of telling the truth. But when he said, 'The German People did not want this war', he knew for once, what he was talking about."

- Page 66.3+

The German people are not convinced Nazis, not five per cent of them; they are a people frightened stiff at what fate will befall them if they do not win the mess the Nazis have got them into.

- Page 123.3

"Whatever the virtue's of our leaders, Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, their 13 point programme, which the two former created and Stalin subscribed to, is not definite enough, and does not make clear enough the inclusion of the German people, minus Nazism, in the scheme. Stalin's recent statement to the effect that the "German People Must Pay" has not helped the situation any, nor has Eden's subscription to that slogan. I repeat again that this is only my personal opinion: but I am convinced of its vitality, and since I am writing for readers in a democratic country, I am entitled to express it and to try to win converts. I know full well how hard it is for the Russians to conjure up an attitude of constructive forgiveness towards people who make the shells and bombs which have wrecked their land and killed their hard-working citizens: and I know how hard it was for British subjects who have suffered torture under Nazi bombing raids to stifle a well-earned desire for vengeance. And, certainly, I am not asking for a softening of our military attacks, by air, land or sea against Germany. In fact, I want to see the Germans beaten until they howl and scream in anguish. I know thos things. But also, after long close experience of the German people another way out besides life for death with Nazism, this war is going to last for an unnecessarily long time, and the Germans, to avoid their horrible fate, are going to fight it with the reckless spirit of men who have absolutely nothing to lose but their lives ! Every time we call for the annihilation of the German people as our only war aim, we are actually pouring gunpowder into the Nazi cannon to be shot at us. I suggest giving the German people something more important than their lives to lose - namely, a better place in a new, better world - and I will wager anything that the European war will be over within a year after we had adopted and carried out the scheme !"

- Page 245.5+

"For it is true that there is no Kameradschaft so strong as the comradeship of common soldiers who have been through fire together."

- Page 245.5+


'The Seychelles Affaire' , Mike Hoare, CORGI ISBN 0552 12890 2

"Two points which were raised in my talks with Frichot were of interest. This first is one which invariably occurs when dealing with politicians involved in a proposed coup. What is to be done with the present office-bearers ? Are they to live or to die ? Or to go to prison ? Most of the insurgents I have known are inordinately fierce at this stage. Being far from the battle they invariably counsel sudden death for their hated rivals. This, they explain, is the most humane thing that can happen. But naturally they want no hand in the actual shedding of blood. In practice these things are somewhat different and seem to be governed by a set of Queensbury Rules unique to the African scene. It very seldom happens that a president or prime minister removed from office by a coup d'état is killed out of hand or brought back from exile to face the music. There seems to be some unwritten agreement that allows him to retire gracefully to a foreign country where he may enjoy the fruits of his Swiss bank account in peace for the rest of his days. In the past, whenever my opinion has been asked on this point, I have taken pains to point out that the fate of their political opponents falls strictly within the purview and is not a matter for mere soldiers. It is was not so, I could assure them there might be a drastic reduction in the muster roll of politicians fouling up the scene in Africa today !"

- Page 57.5

"Barney and I raced off towards the barracks. As we came opposite the house used by the Tanzanians a few bursts of fire passed harmlessly over the top of us. 'Why do African troops always shoot high, Colonel ?' he asked me nonchalantly as he steered around some ruts in the road. 'Don't know,' I said. 'Just thank God they do'."

- Page 117.3

"About two-hundred yards from our position the infantry climbed out and advanced in line abreast! Paddy Hendrikse with two men made their way down one side of the runway through the thick bush to take them in enfilade. Unfortunately, some ill-disciplined wretch in the stop section opened fire on the advancing men too soon, whereupon they dropped their arms, abandoned men too soon, whereupon they dropped their arms, abandoned their lorries, leaving one actually on the runway, and fled. We sent out a patrol to pick up the arms, all AKs. That was the sum total of the fight the Tanzanians put up. We never heard of them again."

- Page 125.7

"[F]or there is not doubt about it, boarding school is the finest training a man can have for prison."

- Page 281.9

"The poison of persistent introspection is lethal. Probably the worst thing a normally healthy man can do is spend hours and hours churning things over in his mind."

- Page 284


"Congo Mercenary" , Mike Hoare 1964

"It was my first flight in a C-130. The mighty four-engined turboprop aircraft is undoubtedly the greatest aeroplane in the world to-day, a masterpiece of engineering, surprisingly beautiful in its ugliness. The crews of the C-130s were the most efficient and carefully chosen airmen I had ever met; someone back in Florida set a very high standard. A place which costs £750,000 would be placed in the hands of exceptional men, one imagined, but that they were the finest ambassadors the United States could have, representing as they did, discipline, technical know-how and the very substance of great power."

- Page 38

"I give them half an hour's drill myself. I reckon on being able to spot a soldier after ten minutes' drill quicker than any other way."

- Page 45.4

"Siegfried Mueller was forty-two and as Prussian as a Pickelhaube. He had a marked guttural accent and had been a Sergeant in the Wehrmacht during the last war. His Iron Cross impressed me and others."

- Page 45.6

"[...], twenty-two F.N.s had a fire power nothing in Albertville could stand against." - Page 51.7

"The ones that were left were good material and included a number of ex-regulars who stood out head and shoulders above the rest, a good assortment of genuine adventurers (a dying breed), youngsters, who did not now what to do with themselves and thought they would "give this a bash," and quite a few undergraduates and professional men who really did not embarrass by asking in case they might ask me the same question. In addition, there were a dozen or more introverts who had come to find themselves or prove something or other, I forgot what it was and it didn't really interest me. Most of them found themselves all right - right back where they started from in Johannesburg. - Page 66.3

"The ones that were left were good material and included a number of ex-regulars who stood out head and shoulders above the rest, a good assortment of genuine adventurers (a dying breed), youngsters, who did not now what to do with themselves and thought they would "give this a bash," and quite a few undergraduates and professional men who really did not embarrass by asking in case they might ask me the same question. In addition, there were a dozen or more introverts who had come to find themselves or prove something or other, I forgot what it was and it didn't really interest me. Most of them found themselves all right - right back where they started from in Johannesburg. - Page 67.3


"Like many men of my generation, I had an opportunity to give war a chance, and promptly chickened out. I went to my draft physical in 1970 with a doctor's letter about my history of drug abuse. The letter was four and a half pages long with three and a half pages devoted to listing the drugs I'd abused. I was shunted into the office of an Army psychiatrist who, at the end of a forty-five-minute interview with me, was pounding the desk and shouting, "You're fucked-up! You don't belong in the Army!" He was certainly right on the first count and possibly right on the second. Anyway, I didn't have to go. But that. of course, meant someone else had to go in my place. I would like to dedicate this book to him.

I hope you got back in one piece, fellow. I hope you were more use to your platoon mates than I would been. I hope you're rich and happy now. And in 1971, when somebody punched me in the face for being a long-haired peace-creep, I hope that was you."

"Give War a Chance" , P.J. O'Rourke, the preface.

I guess it's like love and marriage, political freedom being so poetic and noble when people are trying to achieve it and so boring and silly in practice.

- Page 29.5


"For the purpose with which good men wage wars is not the destruction and the annihilation of the wrongdoers, but the reformation and alteration of wrongful acts. Nor is it their object to involve the innocent in the destruction of the guilty, but rather to see that those who are held to be guilty should share in the preservation and elevation of the guiltless."

The Histories of Polybius, Book V Chapter II.

A Pagan notion quoted by Lord Hankey in "Politics, Trials and Errors" and re-quoted in "von Manstein - His Campaigns, His Trial." Paget, R.T., Page 66


"Well...I been to one worlds fair, a picnic and a rodeo and that's
the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones."

Major Kong, in 'Dr Strangelove'


From Man Without a Face, Wolf, Markus., JONATHAN CAPE 19970-224-04498-2. Wolf was the head of East German Intelligence.

"Squat and Jovial with thick glasses, he had an unnerving habit or roaring bloodcurdling toasts to the success of the KGB." - said of Ivan Gromakov top KGB officer in Washington DC - page 18.4 Man Without a Face, by Markus Wolf.


' "Comrade Wolf", he replied, "whenever anyone becomes general secretary you have about a year to influence him. As he becomes surrounded by his own people they tell him he is the greatest thing and applaud his every move, and it is too late.' - Yuri Andropov on reform - Page 86.8 Man Without a Face, by Markus Wolf.

"I was particularly struck by his British habit of understatement."

- on British spy, George Blake - Page 92.1 Man Without a Face, by Markus Wolf.

"One thing my job taught me is that women know far more about their husbands than the men think they know." - Page 110.2 Man Without a Face, by Markus Wolf.

"The feeling of belonging to a special community, an elite and secretive club fighting for a noble ideal, was, I often observed, of particular importance to Westerners from upper-middle-class backgrounds with strong and complex personalities. Perhaps this goes some way toward answering the question I am incessantly asked about why such people flocked to work for us. What we offered them was the chance of mixing idealism with personal commitment, something that is missing in many modern societies." - Page 146.5 Man Without a Face, by Markus Wolf.

"By the end of the Cold War, they [Russian Intelligence] came to the conclusion, which they still hold, that it was impossible to know with certainty for which side any German agent was working for." - Page 203 Man Without a Face, by Markus Wolf.

"The United States made the same mistake of becoming bogged down in too many unwinnable and morally dubious campaigns, and as a result its government was frequently perceived by its own public opinion as being on the wrong side. We had one small advantage over the West in our operations in the Third World; our ability to keep our activities secret, or at least opaque to our people, because of powerless parliaments and official control of the media." - Page 268.1 Man Without a Face, by Markus Wolf.

"But my internationalist upbringing prevented me from falling into the stupid anti-Americanism that afflicted many socialists." - Page 287.1 Man Without a Face, by Markus Wolf.

"A good communist [...] has many dents in his helmet. And some of them are the work of the enemy." - Bertolt Brecht

- Page 322.3



"The political purpose of this trial has been to condemn the reputation of the German army and of its greatest commander. It has failed utterly." - Manstein: His Campaigns and His Trial - R.T. PagetWikipedia - , page 190.8. Paget was a notable and celebrated British barrister who took the defence of von Manstein without fee.



"It was one of those days when it seemed to James Bond that all life, as someone put it, was nothing but a heap of six to four against."

"Thunderball" , Ian Fleming PAN 1963, page 9.1

"The young man took a comb out his breast pocket, ran it carefully through both sides of his duck-tail haircut, put the comb back in his pocket, then leaned forward and pressed the self-starter. They play with the comb, Bond guessed, was to assert to Bond that the driver was really only taking him and his money as a favour. It was typical of the cheap self-assertiveness of young labour since the war. The youth, thought Bond, makes about twenty pounds a week, despises his parents, and would like to be Tommy Steele. It's not his fault. He was born into the buyers' market of the Welfare State and into the age of atomic bombs and space flight. Form him life is easy and meaningless."

- Page 16.4

"Women are meticulous and safe drivers, but they are seldom first-class. In general, Bond regarded them as a mild hazard."

- Page 109.6

"One of the chief virtues of the C.I.A., in Bond's estimation was the excellence of their equipment, and he had no false pride about borrowing from them."

- Page 116.6

"Wishful intelligence, the desire to please or reassure the recipient, was the most dangerous commodity in the whole realm of secret information."

- Page 136.9

"Bond watched it all, carefully as if he had been a underwater naturalist. He knew that was the way to keep nerves steady under the sea to focus the whole attention on the people who lived there and not try and probe the sinister gray walls of mist for imagined monsters."

- Page 158.7


"On the theory that worry is a dividend paid to disaster before it is due, he consciously relaxed his muscles."

'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' Ian Fleming, BOOK CLUB, 1963, page 15.1

"If there was one thing which set James Bond really moving in life, with the exception of gun play, it was being passed at speed by a pretty girl, and it was his experience that girls who drove competitively like that were always pretty - and exciting"

- Page 20.8

"There was a stage-type Marseilles taxi-driver to meet Bond - the archtype of all Mariuses, with the face of a pirate and the razor-sharp badinage of the lower French music-halls."

- Page 217.5

"He smelled of cordite and sweat. It was delicious."

- Page 150.4

"All women love semi-rape. They love to be taken."

- Page 154.4

"Officials. The ones who understand nothing but addition, division - and silence. The useful ones."

- Page 41.1

"Each dark conjecture came and for a moment settled like a vulture on Bond's shoulder and croaked into his ear that he had been a blind fool."

- Page 143.7

"And now what? wondered Bond. He shrugged his shoulders to shift the pain of failure - the pain of failure that is so much greater than the pleasure of success. The exit line. He must get out of these two young lives and take his cold heart elsewhere. There must be no regrets. No false statement. He must play the role which she expected of him. The tough man of the world. The secret agent. The man who was only a cigarette."

- Page 189.7



"I have never met anyone better able to stand punishment, whether from cold or heat or anything else, than the Germans. Each Russian I saw was more frozen than the last."

- "Forgotten Soldier" , Guy Sajer, page 30.9

"We knew that we would still be obliged to make intense efforts defending some particular, organised positions, but we had no doubt that we could stop the enemy before the German frontier."

- Page 394.9

"It's total war." he said, like an automaton "Nothing and no one will be spared, and the German soldiers must be able to endure everything."

- Page 398.2


The First Duce. D'Annunzio at Fiume , Ledeen, M.H.,

"[Guido] KellerWikipedia - was a man who could never sit still and for whom mortal risks were essential for a happy life. The war had been a splendid adventure for him, and he, like D'AnnunzioWikipedia - , had found a home among the clouds. Keller was one of the leading Italian Aces during the conflict, and he continued to embark on spectacular flights long after he had left Fiume. Giuriat's description of Keller, whom he strongly opposed, is perhaps the most accurate: "Like all true heroes, he disdained .... all poses. Like all great comedians, he never laughed. He considered life a game, both his and that of others, the only game that never lacked interest. Since he could never perceive, and still less evaluate, obstacles, he was convinced that nothing was impossible. He painted a rural scene with the same tranquility with which he defied death."

- Page 98


"With Major LawrenceWikipedia - , mercy is a passion. With me, it is merely good manners. You may judge which motive is the more reliable."

- Prince FaisalWikipedia - , played by Sir Alec Guinness, in "Lawrence of Arabia"Wikipedia -

"[To Lawrence] There is nothing further here for a warrior. We drive bargains. Old mens work. Young men make war and the virtues of war are the virtues of young men. Courage and hope for the future. Then old men make the peace. And the vices of old men are the vices of peace: Mistrust and caution. It must be so."

- Prince Faisal, played by Sir Alec Guinness, in "Lawrence of Arabia"


"One lives principally on potatoes and rumours"

- P.G. WodehouseWikipedia - on wartime German prison camps. From "Berlin Broadcasts"



"Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures. I have taught you how to handle a sword; you have thews of iron: a wrist of steel; fight on all occasions: fight the more for duels being forbidden, since, consequently there is twice as much courage in fighting."

"The Three Musketeers" , Alexandre Dumas: D'Aartagnon's father's counsel to his son, page 10.4



Drury Lane Theatre was destroyed by fire in 1809, when Sheridan was at the House of Commons. He left and went to a little coffee house opposite his property and drank a bottle of port with his friend Barry, coolly remarking,

"It was hard if a man could not drink a glass of wine by his own fire."

"Her virtue was that she said what she thought, her vice that what she thought didn't amount to much."

- Peter Ustinov

"The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come."

- Peter Ustinov

"To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal."

- Peter Ustinov

"On my first day in Africa I shot an elephant in my pajamas. What he was doing in my pajamas I'll never know."

- Graucho Marx


Film Director Carol Reid:

Reid's interlocutor: "But we had a Gentlemens' agreement !"

Reid: "Ahhh, but it takes two Gentleman to have one of those."


"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."

- Oscar Wilde


"Awfully sorry to trouble you chaps."

- Ian Fleming's last words, to the Ambulance crew as they arrived to collect him after he had collapsed with a heart attack.


"Before one may become a Cad, one must first become a Gentleman."

- Terry-ThomasWikipedia -


» He saw life as a saga. All the events in it were significant: all personages in contact with him heroic. His mind was stored with poems of old raids and epic tales of fights, and he overflowed with them on the nearest listener. If he lacked listeners he would very likely sing them to himself in his tremendous voice, deep and resonant and loud. «

- T.E.Lawrence on Auda of the Abu Tayi


» Centuries ago the Howeitat came from Hejaz, and their nomad clans prided themselves on being true Bedu. Auda was their master type. His hospitality was sweeping; except to very hungry souls, inconvenient. His generosity kept him always poor, despite the profits of a hundred raids. He had married twenty-eight times, had been wounded thirteen times; whilst the battles he provoked had seen all his tribesmen hurt and most of his relations killed. He himself had slain seventy-five men, Arabs, with his own hand in battle: and never a man except in battle. Of the number of dead Turks he could give no account: they did not enter the register. His Toweiha under him had become the first fighters of the desert, with a tradition of desperate courage, a sense of superiority which never left them while there was Me and work to do: but which had reduced them from twelve hundred men to less than five hundred, in thirty years, as the standard of nomadic fighting rose. «

- T.E. Lawrence "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" CHAPTER XXXVIII



T.E.Lawrence on Auda of the Abu Tayi "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom"

Of Sherif Ali:

"While only eleven years old he escaped from his father's house to his uncle, a robber of pilgrims by trade; with him he lived by his hands for many months, till his father caught him. He was with our lord Feisal from the first day's battle in Medina, and led the Ateiba in the plains round Aar and Bir Derwish. It was all camel-fighting; and Ali would have no man with him who could not do as he did, run beside his camel, and leap with one hand into the saddle, carrying his rifle. The children of Harith are children of battle."

Chapter X, Page 83 "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

Maulud, who had sat fidgeting through our long, slow talk, could no longer restrain himself and cried out, 'Don't write a history of us. The needful thing is to fight and fight and kill them. Give me a battery of Schneider mountain guns and machine guns, and I will finish this off for you. We talk and talk and do nothing.' I replied as warmly; and Maulud, a magnificent fighter, who regarded a battle won as a battle wasted if he did not show some wound to prove his part in it, took me up. We wrangled while Feisal sat by and grinned delightedly at us.

Chapter XIII, Page 98 "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"The Wahabis, followers of a fanatical Moslem heresy, had imposed their strict rules on easy and civilised Kasim. In Kasim there was but little coffee-hospitality, much prayer and fasting, no tobacco, no artistic ornaments, Everything was forcibly pious or forcibly puritanical.

It was a natural phenomenon, this periodic rise at intervals of little more than a century, of ascetic creeds in Central Arabia. Always the votaries found their neighbours' beliefs cluttered with inessential things, which became impious in the hot imagination of their preachers. Again and again they had arisen, had taken possession, soul and body, of the tribes, and had dashed themselves to pieces on the urban Semites, merchants and concupiscent men of the world. About their comfortable possessions they new creeds ebbed and flowed like the tides of the changing seasons, each movement with the seeds of early death in its excess of rightness. Doubtless they must recur so long as the causes - sun, moon, wind, acting in the emptiness of open spaces, weigh without check on the unhurried and uncumbered minds of the desert-dwellers."

Chapter XIV Page 152 "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

» Eshref was a notorious adventurer in the lower levels of Turkish politics. In his boyhood, near his Smyrna home, he had been just a brigand, but with years he became a revolutionary, and when he was finally captured Abd el Hamid exiled him to Medina for five coloured years. At first he was closely confined there, but one day he broke the privy window and escaped to Shehad, the bibulous Emir, in his suburb of Awali. Shahad was, as usual, at war with the Turks and gave him sanctuary; but Eshref, finding life dull, at last borrowed a fine mare and rode to the Turkish barracks. On its square was the officer-son of his enemy the Governor drilling a company of gendarmes. He galloped him down, slung him across the saddle, and made away before the astonished police could protest."
    "He took to Jebel Ohod, and uninhabited place, driving his prisoner before him, calling him an ass, and lading upon him thirty loaves and the skins of water necessary for the nourishment. To recover this son the Pasha gave Eshret liberty on parole and five hundred pounds. He bought camels, a tent, and a wife, and wandered among the tribes till the Young Turk revolution «

- Chapter XXV Page 159 "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence


"A weariness of the desert was the living always in company, each of the party hearing all that was said and seeing all that was done by the others in a single day and night. Yet the craving for solitude seemed part of the delusion of self-sufficiency, a factitious making-rare of the person to enhance its strangeness in its own estimation. To have privacy, as Newcombe and I had, was ten thousand times more restful than the open life, but the work suffered by the creation of such a bar between the leaders and the men. Among the Arabs there were no distinctions, traditional or natural, except unconscious power given a famous sheikh by virtue of his accomplishment; and they taught me that no man could be their leader except he ate the ranks' food, wore their clothes, lived level with them, and yet appeared better in himself."

Chapter XXV Page 161.5 "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"The third day, a mare was wounded by a falling joy-bullet, and many tents were pierced."

Page 176.5 Chapter XXIX "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"The cars used to cross it in little more than half an hour, leaping from ridge to ridge of the dunes and swaying dangerously around the curves. The Arabs loved the new toys. Bicycles they called devil-horses, the children of cars, which themselves were sons and daughters of trains. It gave us three generations of mechanical transport.

Page 177.6 Chapter XXIX "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"Nuri Shaalan was an old man, who had ruled his Anazeh tribesmen for thirty years. His was the chief family of the Rualla, but Nuri had no precedence among them at birth, nor was he loved, nor a great man of battle. His leadership had been acquired by sheer force of character. To gain it he had killed two of his brothers. Later he had added Sherarat and others to the number of his followers, and in all the desert his word was absolute law. He had none of the wheedling diplomacy of the ordinary sheikh; a word, and there was an end to opposition, or of his opponent. All feared and obeyed him; to use his roads we must have his countenance.- Page 179.3 Chapter XXX "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"It was the freedom of the Sirhan we needed to reach the tents of the Eastern Howeitat, those famous abu Tayi, of whom Auda, the greatest fighting man in Northern Arabia, was chief." - Page 179.8 Chapter XXX "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"These were numerous and powerful; splendid fighters; but blood enemies of their cousins, the nomad abu Tayi, because of an old-grounded quarrel between Auda and Hamd." - Page 180.3 "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"He never gave a partial decision, nor a decision so impracticably just that it must lead to disorder. Nor Arab ever impugned his judgments, or questioned his wisdom and competence in tribal business. By patiently sifting out right and wrong, by his tact, his wonderful memory, he gained authority over the nomads from Medina to Damascus and beyond. He was recognized as a force transcending tribe, superseding blood chiefs, greater than jealousies." - Page 181.6 "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"Then rose up the horror which would make civilized man shun justice like a plague if he had not the needy to serve him as hangmen for wages. There were other Moroccans in our army; and to let the Ageyl kill one in feud meant reprisals by which our unity would have been endangered. It must be a formal execution, at last, desperately, I told Hamed that he must die for punishment, and laid the burden of his killing on myself. Perhaps they would count me not qualified for feud. At least no revenge could lie against my followers; for I was a stranger and kinless.
I made him enter a narrow gully of the spur, a dank twilight place overgrown with weeds. Its sandy bed had been pitted by trickles of water down the cliffs in the late rain. At the end it shrank to a crack a few inches wide. The walls were vertical. I stood in the entrance and gave him a few moments' delay which he spent crying on the ground. Then I made him rise and shot him through the chest. He fell down on the weeds shrieking, with the blood coming out in spurts over his clothes, and jerked about till he rolled nearly to where I was. I fired again, but was shaking so that I only broke his wrist. He went on calling out, less loudly, now lying on his back with his feet towards me, and I leant forward and shot him for the last time in the thick of his neck under the jaw. His body shivered a little, and I called Ageyl who buried him in the gully where he was. Afterwards the wakeful night dragged over me, till, hours before dawn, I had the men up and made them load, in my longing to be set from Wadi Kitan. They had to lift me into the saddle."
- Page 187.1 "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"Shepherds were a class apart. For the ordinary Arab the hearth was a university, about which their world passed and where they heard the best talk, news of the tribe, its poems, histories, love tales, lawsuits and bargainings. By such constant sharing in the hearth councils they grew up masters of expression, dialecticians, orators, able to sit with dignity in any gathering and never at a loss for moving words. The shepherds missed the whole of this. From infancy they followed their calling, which took them in all seasons and weathers, day and night, into the hills and condemned them to loneliness and brute company. In the wilderness among the dry bones of nature, they grew up natural, knowing nothing of man and his affaires; hardly sane in ordinary talk; but very wise in plants, wild animals and the habits of their own goats and sheep, whose milk was their chief sustenance. With manhood they became sullen, while a few turned dangerously savage, more animal than man, haunting the flocks, and finding the satisfaction of their adult appetites in them, to the exclusion of more licit affections."- Page 206.2 "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"With us went some forty Juheina, who seemed to me stouter men than the high-bred Ateiba. However, one of the chiefs of the Ataiba, Sultan el Abbud, a boon friend of Abdulla and Shakir, refused to be left behind. This good-tempered but hare-brained fellow, sheikh of a poor section of the tribe, had had more horses killed under him in battle than any other Ateibi warrior." Page 210.7 Chapter XXXV "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"Abdulla would sometimes ride a little, or shoot a little, and return exhausted to his tent for massage; and afterwards reciters would be introduced to soothe his aching head. He was fond of Arabic verses and exceptionally well read. The local poets found him a profitable audience. He was also interested in history and letters, and would have grammatical disputations in his tent and adjudge money prizes." Page 219.8 Chapter XXXVI "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"The Bedu were odd people. For an Englishman, sojourning with them was unsatisfactory unless he had patience wide and deep as the sea. They were absolute slaves of their appetite, with no stamina of mind, drunkards for coffee, milk or water, gluttons for stewed meat, shameless beggars of tobacco. They dreamed for weeks before and after their rare sexual exersizes, and spent the intervening days titillating themselves and their hearers with bawdy tales. Had the circumstances of their lives given them opportunity they would have been sheer sensualists. Their strength was the strength of men geographically beyond temptation: the poverty of Arabia made them simple, continent, enduring. If forced into civilised life they would have succumbed like any savage race to its diseases, meanness, luxury, cruelty, crooked dealing, artifice; and like savages, they would have suffered them exaggeratedly for lack of inoculation." Page 226.9 Chapter XXXVII "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" - T.E.Lawrence

"While they were scattered over the land, mounted men appeared on the horizon to the east, making towards the water. They came on too quickly to be honest, and fired at our herdmen; but the rest of us ran at once upon the scattered reefs and knolls, shooting and shouting. Hearing us so many they drew off as fast as their camels would go; and from the ridge in the dusk we saw them a bare dozen in all, scampering away towards the line. We were glad to see them avoid us so thoroughly. Auda thought they were a Shammar patrol.- Page 249.7

"Auda had not before known dynamite, and with a child's first pleasure was moved to a rush of hasty poetry on its powerful glory."Page 251.9

"Auda set a watch through the night, for this district was in the line of raiding parties, and in the hours of darkness there were no friends in Arabia."Page 255.7

"Gasim explained that he had dismounted to ease nature, and had missed the party afterwards in the dark: but, obviously, he had gone to sleep, where he dismounted, with the fatigue of our slow, hot journeying. We rejoined Nasir and Nesib in the van. Nesib was vexed with me, for perilling the lives of Auda and myself on a whim. It was clear to him that I reckoned they would come back for me. Nasir was shocked at his ungenerous outlook, and Auda was glad to rub into a townsman the paradox of tribe and city; the collective responsibility and group-brotherhood of the desert, contrasted with the isolation and competitive living of the crowded districts."- Page 263.7

"However, as it was, he did not come that night, nor next day; and when, months afterwards, I asked Nuri of him, he replied that his dried body had lately been found, lying beside his unplundered camel far out in the wilderness. He must have lost himself in the sand haze wandered till his camel broke down; and there died of thirst and heat. Not a long death - even for the strongest a second day in summer was all - but very painful; for the thirst was an active malady; a fear and panic which tore at the brain and reduced the bravest man to a stumbling babbling maniac in an hour or two: and then the sun killed him."Page 264.7

"Many of the Ageyl of ibn Dgheitthir had travelled with him, as escorts or followers, and had tales of his magnificence and of the strange seclusion in which he kept himself day and night. The Arabs, who usually lived in heaps suspected some ulterior reason for any too careful privacy. To remember this, and to foreswear all selfish peace and quiet while wandering with them, was one of the least pleasant lessons of the desert war: and humiliating, too, for it was a part of the pride with Englishmen to hug solitude; ourselves to be remarkable, when there was no competition present." Page 266.8

"As the meat pile war down (nobody really cared about rice: flesh was the luxury) one of the chief Howeitat eating with us would draw his dagger, silver hilted, set with turquoise, a signed masterpiece of Mohammed ibn Zari, of Jauf, (*) and would cut criss-cross from the larger bones long diamonds of meat easily torn up between the fingers; for it was necessarily boiled very tender, since all had to be disposed of with the right hand which alone was more honourable."

* The most famous sword-smith of my time was ibn Bani, a craftsman of the ibn Rashid dynasty of Hail. He rode once on foray with the Shammar against the Rualla, and was captured. When Nuri recognized him, he shut up with him in prison ibn Zari, his own sword smith swearing they should not come out till their work was indistinguishable. So ibn Zari improved greatly in the skill of his craft, while remaining in design the better artist.
- Page 274.9

As I was thinking how I would ride, there came to us, unheralded, one morning in the rain, Talal el Hareidhin, sheikh of Tafas. He was a famous outlaw with a price upon his head; but so great that he rode about as he pleased. In two wild years he had killed, according to report, some twenty-three of the Turks. His six followers were splendidly mounted, and himself the most dashing figure of a man in the height of Hauran fashion. His sheepskin coat was finest Angora, covered in green broadcloth, with silk patches and designs in braid. His other clothes were silk; and his high boots, his silver saddle, his sword, dagger, and rifle matched his reputation.


Page 283 "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" T.E.Lawrence mentions the later Cairo Conference. Lawrence is mentioned in Gilberts biography of Churchill:

"Also on January 8 [1921], Churchill telegraphed to the High Commissioner in Mesopotamia, Sir Percy Cox, and to the Commander-in-Chief, General Haldane, to tell them that he had been 'entrusted' with the general direction of the Cabinet policy in Mesopotamia', and to inform them of what that policy was to be. 'It is impossible,' Churchill explained, 'for us to throw upon the British taxpayer the burdens for military expenditure which are entailed which had entailed by your present schemes for holding the country.' Unless Mesopotamia could be governed more cheaply, Churchill warned, 'retirement and contraction to the coastal zone is inevitable', and would have to be carried out 'as rapidly as possible'." Page 510 "Winston S. Churchill Volume IV 1917-1922" Martin S. Gilbert

"Only the previous day. T.E. Lawrence had been brought to the War Office to be introduced to WSC after Lawrence had consented to be adviser on Arabian affaires. In a letter to his wife detailing preparations for their departure of the Cairo conference, WSC lists their travelling companions"

"Then the famous Colonel Lawrence, who has at last consented to have a bit put in his mouth and a saddle fastened on his back;"

Later, we finally get a peek at the character of WSC through the perception of T.E. Lawrence:
"Churchill's closest friends had always recognized his political courage. On 13 October 1915 Edward Marsh had written to Archibald Sinclair: 'the worse things go, the braver and serener he gets - it was the feeling of being condemned to inactivity that was so terribly depressing to him'. Seven years later, on 11 November 1922, T.E.Lawrence wrote to R.D. Blumenfeld: 'The man's as brave as six, as good-humoured, shrewd, self-confident & considerate as a statesman can be: & several times I've seen him chuck the statesmanlike course & do the honest thing instead.' " Page 895 "Winston S. Churchill Volume IV 1917-1922" Martin S. Gilbert

Karamojo Safari W.D.M. Bell:
"While this merry scene took place upon the edge of the plain, I sloped off upstream by myself for the one those solitary rambles that are, to them my mind of the very essence of hunting. I know of no joy like it."- Page 49.7

"It soon became apparent that the tracks were those of good bulls. The queer sensation of those moments now rushed over me. It was a as if all one's senses had been half asleep and had just awakened fully. Speech, hearing, and sight became more intense. the feel of the rifle in one's hands sends a thrill through the body. I sprang forward on the trail, but I did so more silently than before." Page 50.9



Master and Commander- Patrick O'Brian:

"and they all had the indefinable air of men-O-wars' men." - Page 22.5

"My heart bleeds for you. I have never yet known a man admit that he was either rich or asleep: Perhaps the poor man and the wakeful man have some great moral advantage." - Page 177.8

"What is more, it appears to me that his is a critical time for him, a lesser climacteric - a time that will settle him in that particular course he will never leave again, but will persevere in for the rest of his life.

It has often seemed to me that towards this period (in which we all three lie, more or less) men strike out their permanent characters; or have those characters struck into them.

Merriment, roaring high spirits before this, then some chance concatenation or some hidden predilection (or rather inherent bias) working through, and the man is in the road he cannot leave but must go on, making it deeper and deeper (a groove, or channel) until he is lost in this mere character - persona - no longer human, but an accretion of qualities belonging to this character.

James Dillon was a delightful being. Now he is closing in. It is odd - will I say heartbreaking ? - how cheerfulness goes: gaiety of mind, natural free-springing joy. Authority is its great enemy - the assumption of authority.

I know of few men over fifty that seem to me entirely human: virtually none who has long exercised authority.

The senior post-captains here: Admiral Warne, shrivelled men (shrivelled in essence: not alas in belly). Pomp an unwholesome diet, as cause of choler, a pleasure paid too late and too high a price, like lying with a peppered paramour.

Yet Lord Nelson, by Jack Aubrey's account, is as direct and unaffected and amiable as man as could be wished.

So, indeed, in most ways is Jack Aubray himself; though a certain careless arrogancy of power appears at times. His cheerfulness, at all events, is with him still.

How long will it last ? What woman, political cause, disappointment, wound, desire, untoward child, defeat, what strange surpassing accident will take it all away ? But I am concerned for James Dillon: he is as mercurial as ever, - more so - only now it is all ten octaves lower down and in a darker key: and sometimes I am afraid in a black humour he will do himself a mischief."

Page 181.3

"If so there is little hope; for the discontent, the inner content, must at times be very severe in a man so humourless (on occasion) and so very exigent upon the point of humour. He is obliged to reconcile the irreconcilable more often than most men: and he is less qualified to do so." Page 182.2

"Jack was shattered with fatigue = red eyes prickling, ears four times too sharp and a feeling like a tight cord round his temples."Page 238

" and Dillon was Irish. Though you could never have thought so - never to be seen drunk, almost never called anyone, spoke like a Christian. the most gentleman-like creature in the world, nothing of the hector at all." - Page 363

"The Climb" Anatoli Boukreev

"This last respect was of a man I fell was the best and brightest expression of the American Persona. I think often of his brilliant smile and positive manner. I am a difficult man and I hope to remember him always by living on a little more by his example. His flag is flying from the summit" Page 287.7 - Boukreev was killed himself, on Annapurna, several years later.

"The Last Secret" Nicholas Bethell:

"but it is true that many will be shocked by the way in which western diplomats arranged the sacrifice of human lives in order to keep good relations with the Soviet Union, and this months after the war was over." Page 270.7

"Did you see that eye ? I trust that man to do it., but I wouldn't want to serve under him." - Hitler on Generalfeldmarschall Model after meeting him in discussion Hitler's Generals Correlli Barnett:

"the incorruptible Englishman"

- Hitler, speaking of von Fritsch

"100 Missions North" Ken Bell:
"The Asians are a cruel and vicious people - even the Thais - their pleasant demeanour corrupts and swaps with power"- Page 293.1

"Von Rundstedt - the Soldier and the Man" - General Gunther Blumentritt:

"Military leaders are more to be pitied than is imagined. Without hearing them, the whole world sits in judgement upon them, the newspapers refer to them slightingly, and, of the thousands that condemn them, probably not one understands the leadership of even the smallest unit."
- Frederick the Great, King of Prussia., quoted Page 8

"I wish to say here that I was correctly treated during British and American imprisonment, and many Englishmen, Americans and members of other nations showed me appreciation and regard, for which I can only thank them.
The future demands that all nations should adopt a common course, and may God help them to find it !
We have indeed all made mistakes which we should and must forget. For that reason this book, in accordance with my express intention and that of the author, contains not reproach against any nation or particular individual, because we must learn by experience that destiny is mightier than men."
Page 9

"That same year, in a private conversation at his mountain fastness with the then trusted General von Reichenau, he [Hitler] had admitted that he would rather see an alliance with England than with Italy." Page 74.7

"It was proposed on the Italian side to simplify this attack by landing Italian troops by air in the rear of the Alpine Chasseurs. But in 1940 fighting was chivalrous, and this decision, which was taken as a matter of course later, was rejected as dishonourable both by the German Commander-in-Chief and his soldierly Italian counterpart." Page 82.7

"Politics exploits every kind of betrayal - but it does not honour the betrayer." - Von Rundstedt responding to Allied Propaganda Page 145.9

"His men rated Rundstedt all the higher because he did not leave them in the lurch when everything began to collapse. Happy the land which in the future has such men, who serve when there are no laurels to be won !" - Page 243.6


Winston S. Churchill 1874-1965 Volume I Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill HEINEMANN London:

"An indication of the fact that though Winston had to be crammed, he was always reading on his own outside the subjects to which examiners attached particular importance is apparent in his marks for English history." Page 194.0 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"Horses were the greatest of my pleasures at Sandhurst,. I and the group in which I moved spent all our money on hiring horses from the very excellent local livery stables. We ran up bills on the strengths of our future commissions. We organised point-to-points and even a steeplechase in the park of a friendly grandee, and bucketed gaily about the countryside. And here I say to parents, and especially wealthy parents, Don't give your son money. As far as you can afford it, give him horses." No one ever came to grief - except honourable grief - through horses. No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle. Young men have often been ruined through owning horses, or through backing horses, but never through riding them; unless of course they break their necks, which, taken at a gallop, is a very good death to die." - Page 213.1 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"He had a stout heart, an audacious spirit, colossal ambition, a late maturing but massive brain, from which elements of genius could not be excluded, a sharp sword: and he was soon to fashion for himself a valuable and rewarding pen, which was in the next few years, combined with his thirst for adventure, to liberate him from the thraldom of penury and open all doors during the seventy years that lay ahead." - Page 240.9 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"It is said that famous men are usually the product of an unhappy childhood. The stern compression of circumstances, the twinges of adversity, the spur of slights and the taunts in early years, are needed to evoke the ruthless fixity of purpose and tenacious mother-wit without which great actions are seldom accomplished." - - Page 248.7 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"In those peaceful days with scarcely a shot being fired anywhere in the world, officers, if they could afford it, were allowed five months' leave each year, including one uninterrupted spell of ten weeks. Cavalry subalterns were encouraged to spend the winter foxhunting. - Page 263 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"In those days it was difficult for a young gentleman of good but impecunious family to find a way of earning a living. Trade, commerce and the Stock Exchange were stil frowned upon in many quarters as unfitting for a gentleman; and these institutions did not much solicit the services of young gentlemen, however gifted. If a young man was not clever enough to go to the Bar, and had not enough influence to get himself into a firm of merchant bankers, he had scarcely any other alternative but to go into the Church, the Army on the Navy, all ill-rewarded professions." - Page 290.6 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"I have however, caught the brute and had him killed by Winston the terrier." - Page 295.9 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"You dare not walk or the natives spit at Europeans which provokes retaliations leading to riots." Page 297.7 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"Formerly, of course, "the Guards" were officered by the nicest fellows in the army and they were corps d'elite. This is now all changed and I would infinitely prefer any Highland regiment of any Rifle Regiment to the Grenadiers, Coldstream and Scots Guard, either to serve in or with. The arm stands on the democratic basis and "the Guards" have been sacrificed to the spirit of the age. The name is however not yet wholly divested of the it former splendours and "Eton and the Guards" may still afford solid advantages to the wealthy aspirant for position." - Page 321.5 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"Even in homeopathic doses - Responsibility is an exhilarating drink." - Page 379.4 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"I hope by a persevering continuance of this practice to build up a scaffolding of logical and consistent view which will perhaps tend to the creation of the logical and consistent mind.
Of course the Annual Register is valuable only for its facts. A good knowledge of those facts would arm me with a sharp sword. Macaulay, Gibbon, Plato, etc must train the muscles to wield that sword to greatest effect."
- Page 334.1 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"On the grounds that it is contrary to natural law and the practice of civilised states that no necessity is shown - that only the most undesirable class of women are eager for the right - that these women who discharge their duty to the state - viz marrying and giving birth to children - are adequately represented by their husbands. - that those who are unmarried can only claim a vote on the grounds of prosperity, which claim on democratic principle is inadmissible - - Page 337.4 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"On the franchise he wrote: "I would extend the franchise to the whole population not by giving votes to the ignorant and indigent, but by raising those classes to the standard when votes may safely be given." - Page 338.4 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"I rode on my grey pony all along the skirmish line where everyone else was lying down in cover. Foolish perhaps but I play for high stakes and given an audience there is no act too daring or too noble. Without the gallery things are different." - Page 359 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"All of his life Churchill thought that military service was an essential ingredient of a political career. When we came to a powerful station he never cared much - though he sometimes had to condone it - for putting ministers into his government or shadow cabinet who ahd not exposed themselves to the fire of the enemy in either of the two world wars." - Page 361.2 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"Besides I am so conceited I do not believe the Gods would create so potent a being as myself for so prosaic an ending." - Page 363.7 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"You have in you the raw materials for several successful careers. But although art is long, life is short and, whatever your ambition, be sure you lose no time in getting onto the direct and recognised track which leads up to it. The admirable Crichton - many-sided sort of career leads to dispersion of effort, indefinites of aim and ultimate disappointment and defeat. Rather select your line of country forthwith and break in and curb all your talents to be merely subsidiary appendages to help you towards your goal. It would be satisfactory to achieve the combination of Marlborough, Napier, and Pitt, but in the existing specialised era, such dreams are of idlist texture. - Page 384.4 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill



After Omdurman:
"These things - and at the time they were reported as worse - made me anxious and worried during the night and I speculated on the shoddiness of war. You cannot gild it. The raw comes through. The metaphors are mixed but expressive." - Page 415.4 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill



It seems that spineless pacifism is common to several preceding ages, and not just the Twentieth Century:

"On October 19, the editor of 'Concord', a pacifist magazine had written to the Westminster Gazette, deploring the massacre of Dervishes at Omdurman, both during and after the battle, as 'deliberately planned and executed in cold blood'. He cited in support of his contentions among others, 'Lieutenant Churchill's account of how the enemy was "destroyed, not conquered by machinery" , and of this terrible scenes on the battlefield afterwards." - Page 423 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"There has of course always been a noisy pacifist or nationalist element in Britain who as ready to traduce the conduct of their fellow countrymen who are helping to fight their country's battles. Naturally, being silly billies they know nothing of the traditions of the British Army nor in the passionate hatred of their own country do they mind what lies they tell" - Page 498. Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"He has turned war correspondence into a gigantic advertisement of his modest personality" - Page 514.1 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


Excerpt from My Early Life:
"I must explain that in those days we had a real parliamentary democracy led by a hierarchy of statesmen, and not a fluid mass distracted by newspapers. There was a structure in which statesmen, electors and the press all played their part. " - Page 538.5 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


"He spoke for over an hour, but what pleased the audience most was that, having made a mistake in some fact or figure to the prejudice of his opponents, he went back and corrected it, observing that he must not be unfair. All this was before the liquefaction of the British political system had set in. - Page 538.8 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill


", he went to Albany to dine with Governor Theodore Roosevelt - recently elected Vice-President and soon to become President of the United States following the assassination of McKinley in September 1901." - Page 542.4 Winston S. Churchill - Youth 1874-1900 by Randolph Churchill



»We wanted the best but it turned out as always.«

- Victor Chernomyrdin Wikipedia - Victor Chernomyrdin


» Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero «

- Horace Wikipedia - Carpe Diem


» I have been rich and unhappy and poor and unhappy and I prefer rich and unhappy «

- Dorothy Parker


» Survival kit contents, check. In them you'll find: one .45 caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing: antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair a nylon stockings. Shoot, a fellah could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff. «

- Major T J »King« Kong, from Dr Strangelove



1945: French Actress Arletty Wikipedia - Arletty, on being accused of collaboration with German officers during the war:

» My heart is French, but my ass is International «


» Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven... «

- Paradise Lost by Milton


"There is no "law." There is only power. I am not saying that is a true belief, merely that it is the belief all modern men do actually hold. Those who pretend otherwise are either intellectual cowards, or power-worshipers under a thin disguise, or have simply not caught up with the age they are living in."

- George Orwell (1942)


"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

- Joseph Stalin


"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."

- Calvin Coolidge 30th president of US (1872 - 1933)


" Government cannot give to people what it does not first take away from people. And that which one man received without working for, another man must work for without receiving."

- Kenneth W. Sollitt


"Violence, naked force has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms."

- Robert Heinlein.


The text of Lenin's telegram to the Munich Soviet of 29-APR-1919:

"Have you (1) set up workers' councils, (2) disarmed the bourgeoisie and armed the workers, (3) confiscated stores of clothing and others supplies, (4) expropriated factories and estates, (5) doubled or trebled the wages of farm labourers and unskilled workers, (6) confiscated all paper and print for the publication of popular leaflets and mass newspapers, (7) introduced a six-hour working day with an additional two to three hours spent in administrative tasks, (8) compelled the bourgeoisie to give up accommodation to allow workers immediate access to rich apartments, (9) taken over all the banks, (10) bourgeois hostages, (12) mobilized all workers for the defence of the council regime and (13) mobilized the adjacent villages through propaganda ?"

From Red Rising in Bavaria by Richard Grunberger, Page 156. German Marxists were termed "Social Fascists" by Russian Marxists (and others) because there were wishy-washy and far too far to the right. The short-lived Munich Soviet is a good example of where bing wishy-washy during a revolution can get you. Lenin knew Munich well from living there and would have known many of the revolutionaries. Hence the pointed questions in his telegram.






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