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John Keegan Quotes & Quotations
John Keegan
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    Even a pacifist should admire the military virtues. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    Good men who exercise power are really the most fascinating of all people. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    I can't visualize the situation in which we nuke ourselves into extinction. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    I don't look to find an educated person in the ranks of university graduates, necessarily. Some of the most educated people I know have never been near a university. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    I don't think that what's going on in Bosnia is political activity. It's partly political, but it's partly atavistic as well. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    I think that black Africa is extremely terrifying. Black Africa can become a maelstrom of warring tribes without the outside world needing to feel the need to do anything about it. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    I think to be shot in a mountain valley somewhere or other is altogether less glorious than crashing an airliner into a skyscraper. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman, Eisenhower epitomizes the natural American gentleman. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    It's a necessary quality of a diplomat or a politician that he will compromise. Uncompromising politicians or diplomats get you into the most terrible trouble. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    It's commonly said that people who've been ill in childhood and who've had an upset education never really regret that they do. It means that you don't look at the world in the way that other people do, and if you were inclined to be a writer, that's a help. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    Men killing other men really is an extraordinary phenomenon. Why does it happen? And how long has it gone on? And have the motives changed? John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    Soldiers, when committed to a task, can't compromise. It's unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it's been done. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    The great men of power who seek to change the nations they belong to usually are pretty terrible people. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    The Islam of the 18th, 19th and first half of the 20th century was a poor thing. Nobody bothered about it. Islam was that funny sort of pure system of beliefs that depressed people in the Middle East held as their religion. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    The leader of men in warfare can show himself to his followers only through a mask, a mask that he must make for himself, but a mask made in such form as will mark him to men of his time and place as the leader they want and need. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    There are certain wicked people in the world that you can't deal with except by force. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    We may have to have a geo-political regrouping or major geo-political changes. John-KeeganJohn Keegan
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    Well, if they are trying to kill you, on the whole they're the people you have to kill, aren't they? John-KeeganJohn Keegan