Like poets, the world's great captains are born, not made.
The art of war, war for war's sake, struck no spark in Grant
But he brought to its practice a sagacity and a grip of such dimensions as (after some experience) to serve as the equivalents of genius and instruction.
This is sometimes cited to point the demagogic moral that education is “un-American.”
in his book says: “Grant
evidently did not get enough of West Point
in him to hurt him any. . . . All the graduates in the higher ranks in their classes never came to anything.”
Now Robert E. Lee
It took four years and some half-dozen generals to beat him. But Butler
's book would be a joke, were it not a stench.
was near seventeen he told his father that he would never do a day's work at tanning after twenty-one.
The sensible Jesse
saw no success for him there, if his heart was not in it, and,