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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Ferdinand Foch on war, battles, fear, coward, military, boasting, karate, human, soul, world-war, victory, lost and battlefield.

32 Notable Quotes By Ferdinand Foch On Battles, War, Life And More

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Ferdinand Foch was a French military scholar and warrior. Roused by the stories of the Napoleonic Wars heard during childhood, he chose to seek a military vocation and joined the French Armed forces. As an educator at the Staff School, he was noted for his top to bottom investigation of the ‘Franco-Prussian’ and ‘Napoleonic battles’ and their significance in military operations. He was significantly influenced by the Clausewitzian logic which eventually shaped his military doctrines. A number of his counterparts misjudged his principles of military strategies. He accomplished the rank of associate President for his commendable execution amid the ‘Principal Clash of Marne’. As a reward for his gifted military strategies, Lord George V of the Unified Kingdom honored him as a privileged ‘Knight Great Cross of the Oder of the Bath’. Here is a collection of sayings and quotations by the noted French commander during World War I. Read through the quotes and thoughts by Ferdinand Foch who considered human soul on fire as the most significant weapon on earth.

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.

- Ferdinand Foch

The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.

- Ferdinand Foch

Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value.

- Ferdinand Foch

My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack.

- Ferdinand Foch

It takes 15,000 casualties to train a major general.

- Ferdinand Foch

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.

- Ferdinand Foch

A battle won is a battle which we will not acknowledge to be lost.

- Ferdinand Foch

In whatever position you find yourself determine first your objective.

- Ferdinand Foch

The power to command has never meant the power to remain mysterious.

- Ferdinand Foch

My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat, situation excellent. I attack.

- Ferdinand Foch

No study is possible on the battlefield.

- Ferdinand Foch

This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years.

- Ferdinand Foch

School is a building that has four walls-with tomorrow inside. Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. There are many ways of going forward, but there is only one way of standing still. A lot of us would like to move mountains, but few of us are willing to practice on small hills. Doing your best is more important than being the best. Giant oak trees started out as little nuts. The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.

- Ferdinand Foch

The fundamental qualities for good execution of a plan is first; intelligence; then discernment and judgment, which enable one to recognize the best method as to attain it; the singleness of purpose; and, lastly, . . . stubborn will.

- Ferdinand Foch

Aviation is fine as a sport. But as an instrument of war, it is worthless.

- Ferdinand Foch

In whatever position you find yourself, determine first your objective.

- Ferdinand Foch

A war not only arises, but derives its nature , from the political ideas, the moral sentiments, and the international relations obtaining at the moment when it breaks out. This amounts to saying:;: try and know why and with the help of what you are going to act; then you will find out how to act.

- Ferdinand Foch

To be disciplined does not mean being silent, abstaining, or doing only what one thinks one may undertake without risk; it is not the art of eluding responsibility ; it means acting in compliance with orders received, and therefore finding in one's own mind, by effort and reflection, the possibility to carry out such orders. It also means finding in one's own will the energy to face the risks involved in execution.

- Ferdinand Foch

The military mind always imagines that the next war will be on the same lines as the last. That has never been the case and never will be. One of the great factors on the next war will be aircraft obviously. The potentialities of aircraft attack on a large scale are almost incalculable.

- Ferdinand Foch

Don't drown yourself in details. Look at the whole.

- Ferdinand Foch

It take 15,000 casualties to train a major general.

- Ferdinand Foch

Victory is a thing of the will.

- Ferdinand Foch

In war there are none but particular cases; everything has there an individual nature; nothing ever repeats itself. In the first place, the data of a military problem are but seldom certain; they are never final . Everything is in a constant state of change and reshaping.

- Ferdinand Foch

The unknown is the governing principle of war.

- Ferdinand Foch

I am conscious of having served England as I served my own country.

- Ferdinand Foch

Mon centre cde, ma droite recule. Situation excellente, j'attaque.

- Ferdinand Foch

There is but one means to extenuate the effects of enemy fire: it is to develop a more violent fire oneself.

- Ferdinand Foch

In tactics, action is the governing rule of war.

- Ferdinand Foch

Regulations are all very well for drill, but in the hour of danger they are no more use. You have to learn to think.

- Ferdinand Foch

A beaten general is disgraced forever.

- Ferdinand Foch

One does simply what one can in order to apply what one knows .

- Ferdinand Foch

The distribution of troops devoted to the defence of a place includes a garrison, an occupying force, numerically as weak as possible; a reserve as strong as possible, designed for counterattacking and for providing itself, at the moment it goes into action, with a security service which will guard it from any possible surprise.

- Ferdinand Foch