Marshal CGE MannerheimMarshal CGE Mannerheim
(at the outbreak of the Winter War, Nov 1939)
"We fight for our home, faith and fatherland."

 Marshal CGE Mannerheim




Previous quotes:

"Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."
John F. Kennedy

"Many a brave soldier paid for the victory at Suomussalmi with the blood of their hearts. They showed to their own people the road to Glory, which was heavy but the only one."
Colonel Hjalmar Siilasvuo


"Only the dead have seen the end of war"
Plato


"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it"
Edmund Burke 


"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall"
Konfucius


"You have enemies! Good. That means You've stood up for something, sometime in Your life."
Winston Churchill

"The most effective way to destroy a people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history!"
George Orwell

“Reason and judgement are the qualities of a leader"
Tacitus

“A crown Golden in show, is but a wreath of thorns, Bring dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless nights To him who wears the regal diadem"
John Milton

"What is history but a fable agreed upon"
Napoleon Bonaparte

“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.” 
Alexis de Tocqueville

“What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.” 
Johann Wolfgang von Göthe

“... the reason is that a military defeat of Britain will bring about the disintegration of the British Empire. This would not be of any benefit to Germany.“
Franz Halder

“Bourgeois class domination is undoubtedly an historical necessity, but, so too, the rising of the working class against it. Capital is an historical necessity, but, so too, its grave digger, the socialist proletariat.“
Rosa Luxemburg

(During Hitler's visit, when Hitler ran towards the Marshal)
”Officers don't run, only corporals do that”
Marshal Mannerheim

“All the ancient histories, as one of our wits say, are just fables that have been agreed upon”
François-Marie Arouet
(Voltaire)


“I only did my duty to my country when I tried to oppose the criminal folly of Hitler”
Wilhelm Canaris

“A home without books is a body without soul”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Compromise: An agreement between two men to do what both agree is wrong”
Lord Edward Cecil

“A Friend is a second self.”
Aristoteles

“Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.”
Galeazzo Ciano

“We Spaniards know a sickness of the heart that only gold can cure.”
Hernán Cortés

“A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.”
Winston Churchill

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash .”
George S. Patton

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”
Charlemagne

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”
Francis Bacon

“A revolution is an idea that has found its bayonets.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

“Judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”
Simon Bolivar

“History is a mighty dramos, enacted upon the theatre of times, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background.”
Thomas Carlyle

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something You want done because he wants to do it.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“I shall be an autocrat, that is my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me, that is his.”
Catherine II of Russia

"So our virtues lie in the interpretation of the time"
William Shakespeare

"The House of Lords is like a glass of champagne that has stood for five days"
Clement Attlee

"I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds" (Quote from the Holy Hindu Book - Bhagavad Gita)
J. Robert Oppenheimer

"I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone"
Francis of Assisi

"A friend to all is a friend to none"
Aristoteles

"I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward"
David Livingstone

"Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of fascism"
Benito Mussolini

"Every man dies, not every man really lives"
William Wallace

"There are no desperate situations, there are only desperate people"
Heinz Guderian

(on Montgomery) "indomitable in retreat, invincible in advance, insufferable in victory"
Winston Churchill

"Swedes, we are not - Russians, we do not want to become ... so let us be Finnish."
Adolf Ivar Arwidsson

"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist"
Queen Victoria

"Idleness only leads to bad deeds"
Magnus Stenbock

"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind"
Mohandas Gandhi

"A war between Europeans is a civil war"
Victor Hugo

"A lie told often enough becomes the truth"
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov - "Lenin"

"We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones"
Jules Verne

"There is nothing new except what has been forgotten"
Marie Antoinette

"Without stones there is no arch"
Marco Polo

"Education is a nation's cheapest defence"
Edmund Burke

"I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself"
Peter I - The Great

"If I have to be a soldier I must be a good one, anything else is unthinkable"
Wilfred Owen

"History, in fact, is no more than a list of the crimes of humanity, human follies and accidents"
Edward Gibbon

"All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few"
Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire"
Ferdinand Foch

"Any truth is better than indefinite doubt"
Arthur Conan Doyle

"I am responsible only to God and history"
Francisco Franco

"An honest man is the noblest work of God"
Alexander Pope

"The upward course of a nation's history is due, in the long run, to the soundness of heart of its average men and women" 
Elisabeth II

"By prevailing over all obstacles and directions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination" 
Christopher Columbus

"I love the name of honour, more than I fear death" 
Julius Caesar

"Despise Your enemy stragetically, but take him seriously tactically" 
Mao Zedong

"Russian communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great" 
Clement Attlee

"A single twig breaks easily, but a bundle of twigs is strong." 
Tecumseh

"I must tell You that the supply of words on the world market is plentiful, but the demand is falling." 
Lech Walesa

"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." 
Thomas Jefferson

"A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win it." 
Francois de la Rochefoucauld

"God has given such brave soldiers to this crown, that if they do not frighten our enemies, at least they prevent us from being frightened by them." 
Elisabeth I

"All treaties between great nations cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence" 
Otto von Bismarck

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count them decide everything" 
Josef Stalin  

(on appeasers) "They feed the crocodile in the hope that he will eat them last".
Winston Churchill

"Fortifications, artillery, foreign aid - will be of no value, unless the ordinary soldier knows that it is HE guarding his country".
C.G.E. Mannerheim

"If war comes upon us, it will come as a thief in the night"
Eamon de Valera

"A loving heart is the truest Wisdom"
Charles Dickens

"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher"
Dalai Lama

"Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment."
Napoleon Bonaparte

"He who defends everything, defends nothing."
Frederick II, the Great

"Anger cannot be dishonest."
Marcus Aurelius

"There is nothing more dangerous than security."
Sir Francis Walsingham

"Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us."
Leo Tolstoy

"War is too important to be left to the Generals."
Georges Clemenceau

"Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men."
Douglas Bader

"The human heart will never wrinkle".
Madame de Sévigné

"The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but the most difficult to play."
Richard Strauss

"Courage, above all, is the first quality of a warrior."
Karl von Clausewitz

"Greatness is a road leading to the unknown?"
Charles de Gaulle

"When a politician states that we are all in the same boat, be on Your guard. Does it mean that YOU are supposed to be doing all the rowing?"
Wilhelm Moberg

"Soldiers are dreamers; When the guns begin, they think of firelit homes, clean beds and wives."
Siegfried Sassoon

"All oppression creates a state of war."
Simone de Beauvoir

"Men do not shape destiny, destiny produces the man for the hour."
Fidel Castro

"Next to a battle lost, nothing is so sad as a battle that has been won."
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep. I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."
Alexander the Great

"The battle is fought and decided by the quartermasters, long before the shooting begins."
Erwin Rommel

"A politician divides mankind in two categories; Tools and enemies."
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

"Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my Lords: That were laws end, tyranny begins."
William Pitt

"Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets."
Napoleon Bonaparte

"I have resolved never to start an unjust war but never to end a legitimate one except by defeating my enemies."   
King Charles XII

"Nobody respects a country with a poor army, but everybody respects a country with a good army. I raise my toast to the Finnish army"  
Joseph Stalin