Help remembering quotation

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  1. wpmom2011

    wpmom2011 Member

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    Hello,

    I have been trying to remember/find a quotation and author for a quote that I think I've seen on some of these postings.

    It has to do with scholars (or maybe politicians) running wars instead of the military, and the outcome not being good. I think the author may be Theucly.....?

    Thanks
     
  2. Antoinette

    Antoinette Founding Member

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    is this the quote?

    -according to Elizabeth Samet (p. 75, soldier's heart) this is attributed to the British general Sir William Francis Butler and not Thucidydes.
     
  3. wpmom2011

    wpmom2011 Member

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    I found it right after I posted the question.

    "A nation that draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking being done by cowards and its fighting by fools." ---- Thucydides

    Thanks, Antoinette, for looking for me. These quotations are really similar.
     
  4. momoftwins

    momoftwins Founding Member

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    There are a few famous quotes about war on a plaque in the West Point Museum. For anyone who will be visiting soon, the plaque is on the first floor. In that setting, and grouped together the way they are, reading them can take your breath away.
     
  5. wpmom2011

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    Even though both Antoinette and I came up with quotes, I still thought that the one I'm thinking of is longer. Oh, well, maybe not. :confused:
     

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