Basil Liddell Hart Quotes

Helplessness induces hopelessness, and history attests that loss of hope and not loss of lives is what decides the issue of war. Basil Liddell Hart

War is always a matter of doing evil in the hope that good may come of it. Basil Liddell Hart

It is only too clear from history that states rarely keep faith with each other, save in so far (and so long) as their promises seem to them to combine with their interests. Basil Liddell Hart

The unexpected cannot guarantee success, but it guarantees the best chance of success. Basil Liddell Hart

Direct pressure always tends to harden and consolidate the resistance of an opponent. Basil Liddell Hart

The chief incalculable in war is the human will. Basil Liddell Hart

In reality, it is more fruitful to wound than to kill. While the dead man lies still, counting only one man less, the wounded man is a progressive drain upon his side. Basil Liddell Hart

A complacent satisfaction with present knowledge is the chief bar to the pursuit of knowledge. Basil Liddell Hart