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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


A brave captain is as a root, out of which (as branches) the courage of his soldiers doth spring.

Sir Philip Sidney.

It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.

De Foe.

  • He stopp’d the fliers:
  • And, by his rare example, made the coward
  • Turn terror into sport; as waves before
  • A vessel under sail, so men obey’d,
  • And fell below his stem.
  • Shakespeare.

    Truly, a command of gall cannot be obeyed like one of sugar. A man must require just and reasonable things, if he would see the scales of obedience properly trimmed. From orders which are improper, springs resistance, which is not easily overcome.