„The characteristic feature of militarism is not the fact that a nation has a powerful army or navy. It is the paramount role assigned to the army within the political structure.“

—  Ludwig von Mises, buch Omnipotent Government, Context: The characteristic feature of militarism is not the fact that a nation has a powerful army or navy. It is the paramount role assigned to the army within the political structure. Even in peacetime the army is supreme; it is the predominant factor in political life. The subjects must obey the government as soldiers must obey their superiors. Within a militarist community there is no freedom; there are only obedience and discipline. Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War (1944)
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„There must be not merely preparedness in things material; there must be preparedness in soul and mind. To prepare a great army and navy without preparing a proper national spirit would avail nothing. And if there is not only a proper national spirit, but proper national intelligence, we shall realize that even from the standpoint of the army and navy some civil preparedness is indispensable.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
1910s, Address to the Knights of Columbus (1915), Context: There must be not merely preparedness in things material; there must be preparedness in soul and mind. To prepare a great army and navy without preparing a proper national spirit would avail nothing. And if there is not only a proper national spirit, but proper national intelligence, we shall realize that even from the standpoint of the army and navy some civil preparedness is indispensable. For example, a plan for national defense which does not include the most far-reaching use and cooperation of our railroads must prove largely futile. These railroads are organized in time of peace. But we must have the most carefully thought out organization from the national and centralized standpoint in order to use them in time of war. This means first that those in charge of them from the highest to the lowest must understand their duty in time of war, must be permeated with the spirit of genuine patriotism; and second, that they and we shall understand that efficiency is as essential as patriotism; one is useless without the other.

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„It is not possible to foretell the reaction of certain elements in the Army and Navy.“

—  Yoshijirō Umezu Japanese general 1882 - 1949
Quoted in "The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb" - Page 107 - by Dennis Wainstock - History - 1996.

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„Can the Army win the war before the Navy loses it?“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher Royal Navy admiral of the fleet 1841 - 1920
The World Crisis, Vol 3, 1916-1918, Part I (1927), Churchill, Thornton Butterworth (London), p. 283.

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„The British Army should be a projectile to be fired by the British Navy.“

—  Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon British Liberal statesman 1862 - 1933
Quoted by Admiral 'Jacky' Fisher in Memories p.18 https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/18/mode/1up (1919).

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„No one will involve the army in political processes!“

—  Mikael Harutyunyan Armenian general 1946
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„Most armies are in fact run by their sergeants“

—  Terry Pratchett, buch The Carpet People
The Carpet People (1971; 1992), the officers are there just to give things a bit of tone and prevent warfare from becoming a mere lower-class brawl.

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„Neither the Army nor the Navy is of any protection, or very little protection, against aerial raids.“

—  Alexander Graham Bell scientist and inventor known for his work on the telephone 1847 - 1922
As quoted in The Military Quotation Book by James Charlton, p. 37.

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„I should not be surprized at seeing a French Army conveyed by a British Navy to an attack upon this Kingdom.“

—  Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
1790s, Letter to French Laurence (12 May 1797) after hearing of the mutinies in the Royal Navy, quoted in R. B. McDowell (ed.), The Correspondence of Edmund Burke, Volume IX: May 1796–July 1797 (Cambridge University Press, 1970), p. 333

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„In armies, navies, cities, or families, in nature herself, nothing more relaxes good order than misery.“

—  Herman Melville, Benito Cereno
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