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Soldiers, when committed to a task, can't compromise. It's unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it's been done.

The revival of Islam dates from the early years of the 20th century. It was brought about by their humiliation, by their sense of how low they'd fallen compared with the West.

Even a pacifist should admire the military virtues.

Well, if they are trying to kill you, on the whole they're the people you have to kill, aren't they?

I don't look to find an educated person in the ranks of university graduates, necessarily. Some of the most educated people I know have never been near a university.

The Islam of the 18th, 19th and first half of the 20th century was a poor thing. Nobody bothered about it. Islam was that funny sort of pure system of beliefs that depressed people in the Middle East held as their religion.

Good men who exercise power are really the most fascinating of all people.

I can't visualize the situation in which we nuke ourselves into extinction.

I think Americans like the practical; they like the human. And I like both those things myself, and I try and put them into my books.

Men killing other men really is an extraordinary phenomenon. Why does it happen? And how long has it gone on? And have the motives changed?

Nobody should teach anywhere for 25 years, but I did.

Some people are more terrorist than others.

The great men of power who seek to change the nations they belong to usually are pretty terrible people.

I think that black Africa is extremely terrifying. Black Africa can become a maelstrom of warring tribes without the outside world needing to feel the need to do anything about it.

The great Chinese classics have always said that it's better not to fight; that the clever man achieves his ends without violence; that a battle delayed is better than a battle fought.

The leader of men in warfare can show himself to his followers only through a mask, a mask that he must make for himself, but a mask made in such form as will mark him to men of his time and place as the leader they want and need.

There are certain wicked people in the world that you can't deal with except by force.

I don't think that what's going on in Bosnia is political activity. It's partly political, but it's partly atavistic as well.

I think to be shot in a mountain valley somewhere or other is altogether less glorious than crashing an airliner into a skyscraper.

If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman, Eisenhower epitomizes the natural American gentleman.