Carl von Clausewitz


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in Burg bei Magdeburg, Germany
July 01, 1780

Died
November 16, 1831

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Carl Philipp Gottlieb von Clausewitz was a Prussian soldier, military historian and military theorist. He is most famous for his military treatise Vom Kriege, translated into English as On War.

Clausewitz has served in the Rhine campaign (1793–1794), when the Prussian army invaded France during the French revolution and in the Napoleonic Wars from 1806 to 1815.

Clausewitz helped negotiate the Convention of Tauroggen where Russia, Prussia and the United Kingdom formed an coalition that later defeated Napoleon Bonaparte.

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“If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.”
Carl Von Clausewitz, On War: Volume 1

“The enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan.”
Prussian General Karl von Clausewitz, Vom Kriege, 1832

“War is nothing but a continuation of politics with the admixture of other means.”
Carl von Clausewitz, On War