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Duke of Wellington Quote: “Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.”

Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.

— Duke of Wellington



Duke of Wellington Quote: “The only thing I am afraid of is fear.”

The only thing I am afraid of is fear.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Publish and be damned.”

Publish and be damned.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.”

We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.”

Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “There is no mistake; there has been no mistake; and there shall be no mistake.”

There is no mistake; there has been no mistake; and there shall be no mistake.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound.”

To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “God deliver me from my friends! I’ll take care of my enemies myself.”

God deliver me from my friends! I’ll take care of my enemies myself.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “I don’t know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but by God, they frighten me.”

I don’t know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but by God, they frighten me.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Error is ever the sequence of haste.”

Error is ever the sequence of haste.

— Duke of Wellington



Duke of Wellington Quote: “An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.”

An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Troops would never be deficient in courage, if they could only know how deficient in it their enemies were.”

Troops would never be deficient in courage, if they could only know how deficient in it their enemies were.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Always get over heavy ground as lightly as you can.”

Always get over heavy ground as lightly as you can.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “I have got an infamous army, very weak and ill-equipped, and a very inexperienced staff.”

I have got an infamous army, very weak and ill-equipped, and a very inexperienced staff.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.”

The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “My heart is broken by the terrible loss I have sustained in my old friends and companions and my poor soldiers. Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.”

My heart is broken by the terrible loss I have sustained in my old friends and companions and my poor soldiers. Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “There is nothing on earth so stupid as a gallant officer.”

There is nothing on earth so stupid as a gallant officer.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.”

The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “I have no small talk and Peel has no manners.”

I have no small talk and Peel has no manners.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Our army is composed of the scum of the earth – the mere scum of the earth.”

Our army is composed of the scum of the earth – the mere scum of the earth.

— Duke of Wellington



Duke of Wellington Quote: “Extra interest signifies extra risk.”

Extra interest signifies extra risk.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Call on a business man only at business times, and on business; transact your business, and go about your business, in order to give him time to finish his business.”

Call on a business man only at business times, and on business; transact your business, and go about your business, in order to give him time to finish his business.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “The Lord’s prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals.”

The Lord’s prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Next to a lost battle, nothing is so sad as a battle that has been won.”

Next to a lost battle, nothing is so sad as a battle that has been won.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “I attribute my success on the battlefield to always being on the spot to see and do everything for myself.”

I attribute my success on the battlefield to always being on the spot to see and do everything for myself.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “I used to say of him that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men.”

I used to say of him that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “The French system of conscription brings together a fair sample of all classes; ours is composed of the scum of the earth – the mere scum of the earth. It is only wonderful that we should be able to make so much out of them afterwards.”

The French system of conscription brings together a fair sample of all classes; ours is composed of the scum of the earth – the mere scum of the earth. It is only wonderful that we should be able to make so much out of them afterwards.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “The only thing that they can be relied on to do is to gallop too far and too fast.”

The only thing that they can be relied on to do is to gallop too far and too fast.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill.”

The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “When my journal appears, many statues must come down.”

When my journal appears, many statues must come down.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Today when a man gets married he gets a home, a housekeeper, a cook, a cheering squad and another paycheck. When a woman marries, she gets a boarder. To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing that well with one dollar, which any bungler can do with two after a fashion.”

Today when a man gets married he gets a home, a housekeeper, a cook, a cheering squad and another paycheck. When a woman marries, she gets a boarder. To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing that well with one dollar, which any bungler can do with two after a fashion.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Believe me that every man you see in a military uniform is not a hero.”

Believe me that every man you see in a military uniform is not a hero.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten; when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it.”

When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten; when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.”

Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory – except a great defeat.”

There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory – except a great defeat.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “The British soldiers are fellows who have all enlisted for drink. That is the plain fact – they have all enlisted for drink.”

The British soldiers are fellows who have all enlisted for drink. That is the plain fact – they have all enlisted for drink.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “I hate the whole race. There is no believing a word they say, your professional poets, I mean there never existed a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.”

I hate the whole race. There is no believing a word they say, your professional poets, I mean there never existed a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.”

Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.”

Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “What masks are these uniforms to hide cowards!”

What masks are these uniforms to hide cowards!

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Rashness is oftener the resort of cowardice than of courage.”

Rashness is oftener the resort of cowardice than of courage.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.”

If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “I have seen their backs before.”

I have seen their backs before.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “It is not the business of generals to shoot one another.”

It is not the business of generals to shoot one another.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “A great country can have no such thing as a little war.”

A great country can have no such thing as a little war.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “There are no manifestos like cannon and musketry.”

There are no manifestos like cannon and musketry.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wished are concerned.”

I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wished are concerned.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “I am not only not prepared to bring forward any measure of this nature, but I will at once declare that, as far as I am concerned, as long as I hold any station in the Government of the country, I shall always feel it my duty to resist such measures when proposed by others.”

I am not only not prepared to bring forward any measure of this nature, but I will at once declare that, as far as I am concerned, as long as I hold any station in the Government of the country, I shall always feel it my duty to resist such measures when proposed by others.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “When one begins to turn in bed, it is time to get up.”

When one begins to turn in bed, it is time to get up.

— Duke of Wellington


Duke of Wellington Quote: “Habit is ten times nature.”

Habit is ten times nature.

— Duke of Wellington

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