Posted by: Jacqui Murray | May 4, 2010

Military Quotation Book: Good Resource for Action Writers

The Military Quotation Book: Revised and Expanded:  More than 1,200 of the Best Quotations About War, Leadership, Courage, Victory, and Defeat The Military Quotation Book

by James Charlton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When you need quotations on war, leadership, victory and defeat, beyond the standards offered on the internet (i.e., Winston Churchill, Mao, Patton), this is an excellent resource. Hundreds of quotes on topics that apply to life’s traumas and dramas as much as the military. Includes philosophers and strategists like Sun Tsu, Andrew Carnegie, Ghandi, Themistocles and more. Here are a few examples–you judge:

I tell you, Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle the matter by lunch time. (Bonaparte the morning of the Battle of Waterloo)

They were never defeated; they were only killed (the French Foreign Legion)

Elevate those guns a little lower (Andrew Jackson)

There never is a convenient place to fight a war when the other man starts it (Admiral Arleigh Burke)
It includes many categories (fear, originality of war, nuclear war, etc) as well as an index to organize quotees. If you’re an action/thriller writer, this should be in your library.

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