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Alexander Suvorov Quotes

Birth Date: 1729-11-24 (Thursday, November 24th, 1729)
Date of Death: 1800-05-18 (Sunday, May 18th, 1800)



    • One cannot think that blind bravery gives victory over the enemy.
    • The bullet is a fool, the bayonet is a fine chap.
    • The bullet is a mad thing; only the bayonet knows what it is about.
    • Train hard, fight easy.
    • Win with ability, not with numbers.
    • No battle can be won in the study, and theory without practice is dead.
    • The three military arts. First - Apprehension, how to arrange things in camp, how to march, how to attack, pursue, and strike; for taking up position, final judgement of the enemy's strength, for estimating his intentions. Second - Quickness... This quickness doesn't weary the men. The enemy doesn't expect us, reckons us 100 versts away, and if a long way off to begin with - 200, 300 or more - suddenly we're on him, like snow on the head; his head spins. Attack with what comes up, with what God sends; the cavalry to begin, smash, strike, cut off, don't let slip, hurra! Brothers do miracles! Third - Attack. Leg supports leg. Arm strengthens arm; many men will die in the volley; the enemy has the same weapons, but he doesn't know the Russian bayonet. Extend the line - attack at once with cold steel; extend the line without stopping... the Cossacks to get through everywhere... In two lines is strength; in three, half as much again; the first breaks, the second drives into heaps, the third overthrows.
    • It is very difficult to do one's duty. I was considered a barbarian because at the storming of the Praga 7,000 people were killed. Europe says that I am a monster. I myself have read this in the papers, but I would have liked to talk to people about this and ask them: is it not better to finish a war with the death of 7,000 people rather than to drag it on and kill 100,000.
    • The officers know that I myself am not ashamed to work at this. ...Suvorov was Major, and Adjutant, and everything down to Corporal; I myself looked into everything and could teach everybody.
    • To me death is better than the defensive.
    • If we had not driven them into hell... hell would have swallowed us.
    • Fight the enemy with the weapons he lacks.
    • Drill your soldiers well, and give them a pattern yourself.
    • Exercises cultivated self-reliance - the foundation of courage.
    • A strong pursuit, give no time for the enemy to think, take advantage of victory, uproot him, cut off his escape route.
    • Fire opens the gates of victory.
    • The more comfort the less courage there is.
    • Die for the Virgin, for your mother the Empress, for the royal family. The Church will pray to God for the dead. The survivor has honor and glory.
    • When the enemy is driven back, we have failed, and when he is cut off, encircled and dispersed, we have succeeded.
    • Accustom yourself to tireless activity...
    • One minute decides the outcome of a battle, one hour the success of a campaign, one day the fate of empires.
    • Fortune seized at the right moment gives victory.
    • As long as the enemy fights he must be beaten relentlessly, but a defeated enemy and especially the civilian population must be treated generously.
    • To surprise the enemy is to defeat him.
    • Judgment of eye, speed and attack are the basis of victory.
    • Money is expensive during the war. Human life is more expensive. And time is the most expensive.
    • Alive. In health. Serving. Suvorov.
    • Alexander V. Suvorov: Russian Field Marshal, 1729-1800
    • Speed, Assessment, and Hitting Power: Suvorov's Art of Victory
    • Suvorov military musum in St Petersburg
    • Suvorov's home and family
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