Quotes by Carl von Clausewitz

About Carl von Clausewitz:

Carl Philipp Gottfried (or Gottlieb) von Clausewitz is often described as Hegelian because of his references to dialectical thinking but, although he was probably personally acquainted with Hegel, there remains debate as to whether or not Clausewitz was in fact influenced by him. He stressed the dialectical interaction of diverse factors, noting how unexpected developments unfolding under the "fog of war" (i.e., in the face of incomplete, dubious, and often completely erroneous information and high levels of fear, doubt, and excitement) call for rapid decisions by alert commanders. He saw history as a vital check on erudite abstractions that did not accord with experience. In contrast to the early work of Antoine-Henri Jomini, he argued that war could not be quantified or reduced to mapwork, geometry, and graphs. Clausewitz had many aphorisms, of which the most famous is "War is the continuation of politics by other means."

Author Bio

  • NameCarl von Clausewitz
  • DescriptionGerman-Prussian soldier and military theorist
  • BornJune 1, 1780
  • DiedNovember 16, 1831
  • CountryKingdom Of Prussia
  • ProfessionAuthor; Officer