Quotes of the Duke–#AtoZChallenge “Q”

Welcome to “Q” in the A to Z Challenge 2017. The 1st Duke of Wellington is my theme for this year’s Challenge.

The Duke of Wellington, Lawrence, Sir Thomas (1769-1830), Private Collection; Photo © Mark Fiennes; English, out of copyright

About Napoleon: I used to say of him [Napoleon] that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men.

About the other side of the hill: 1) The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill. 2) All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavor to find out what you don’t know by what you do; that’s what I called ‘guessing what was at the other side of the hill.’

On being afraid: The only thing I am afraid of is fear.

On being discreet: Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.

On railroads: Depend upon it, Sir, nothing will come of them!

Letter to his brother Henry: I believe I forgot to tell you I was made a Duke.

On habit: Habit is ten times nature.

On enlisted men: The British soldiers are fellows who have all enlisted for drink. That is the plain fact – they have all enlisted for drink.

On the French: I have seen their backs before, madam.

On his life: When my journal appears, many statues must come down.

On his soldiers: I don’t know what effect these men will have on the enemy, but by God, they frighten me.

On friends: God deliver me from my friends! I’ll take care of my enemies myself.

On Harriette Wilson’s threat to publish her memoirs and his letters: Publish and be damned!      

Previous A to Z Challenge 2017 posts:

Apsley House



Douro, Marquess of

Eton College

Fraser, Hugh

Guedalla, Philip

Harriet Arbuthnot


Joseph Bonaparte

Kitty Pakenham

Lawrence, Sir Thomas

Maréchal Michel Ney

Netherlands (Flanders Campaign)

Older Duke and Death

Pakenham, Edward Michael “Ned”

  4 comments for “Quotes of the Duke–#AtoZChallenge “Q”

  1. April 20, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    You put together an impressive collection of quotes here, Denise! I especially liked the ones on his soldiers and on fear.
    Happy AtoZing! Do visit mine sometime!
    Chicky @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com

    • April 20, 2017 at 8:53 AM

      Thank you so much, Chicky! Happy AtZing to you, too. Will check out your site! Denise

  2. hilarymb
    April 20, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Hi Denise – fascinating selection … some we know – most I’d no idea about … especially his ‘whoops’ re the railroads!! Cheers and enjoy your travels – Hilary


    • April 20, 2017 at 10:49 AM

      Uh oh, Hilary. The “Oops” was mine. I accidentally highlighted it. But he was wrong about the railroads, wasn’t he! Oh well. I won’t be far from you one night . . . Hastings!

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