Help remembering quotation


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Mar 30, 2007

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.....?

is this the quote?

The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards.

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