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have they ever made a Xenophon, a Caesar, a Saxe, a Frederick, or a Bonaparte?
Who would not laugh to hear the cobbler of Athens lecturing Hannibal on the art of war?
True but as you are not Hannibal, listen to the cobbler.
Xenophon, Caesar, Saxe, Frederick, and Napoleon, have all thought well of books, and have even composed them.
Nor is this extraordinary, since they are but the depositories of maxims which genius has suggested, and experience confirmed; since they both enlighten and sh to a soul not to be shaken by any changes of fortune — cool, collected, and strenuous-she adds a head fertile in expedients, prompt in its decisions, and sound in its judgments, no man can ever merit the title of a general.
The celebrated Marshal Saxe has made the following remarks on the necessary qualifications to form a good general.
The most indispensable one, according to his idea, is valor, without which all the rest will prove nugatory.
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