„The art of war consists in being always able, even with an inferior army, to have stronger forces than the enemy at the point of attack or the point which is attacked.“
— Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821
— Isaac Newton British physicist and mathematician and founder of modern classical physics 1643 - 1727
Actually a statement by American advertising executive and author Howard W. Newton (1903–1951); attributions to Isaac are relatively recent, those to Howard date at least to Sylva Vol. 1-3 (1945), p. 57 https://books.google.com/books?id=-QUcAQAAMAAJ&q=%22Tact+is+the+knack+of+making+a+point+without+making+an+enemy%22&dq=%22Tact+is+the+knack+of+making+a+point+without+making+an+enemy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jtmwVJrZN43ksATPmID4BA&ved=0CNkBEOgBMCQ, where it is cited to an earlier publication in Redbook. Variant: Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
— Cyril Connolly British author 1903 - 1974
Ch. 14: The Charlock’s Shade (p. 116)
— Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973
La peinture n'est pas faite pour décorer des appartements. C'est un instrument de guerre offensive et défensive contre l'ennemi. La pintura no se ha inventado para adornar las habitaciones. La pintura es un arma ofensiva, en la defensa contra el enemigo. Les lettres françaises (1943-03-24).
— Al-Mansur the second Abbasid Caliph 714 - 775
History of the Caliphs, p.275
„Discipline is, in a manner, nothing else but the art of inspiring the soldiers with greater fear of their officers than of the enemy.“
— Claude Adrien Helvétius French philosopher 1715 - 1771
Context: Discipline is, in a manner, nothing else but the art of inspiring the soldiers with greater fear of their officers than of the enemy. This fear has often the effect of courage: but it cannot prevail against the fierce and obstinate valor of people animated by fanaticism, or warm love of their country.
— Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View of the Rights of British America: Reprinted from the Original Ed.,
„It is the nature of carnivores to get power and then, having disposed of their enemies, to deploy the emollient powers of Great Art to make themselves look like herbivores.“
— Robert Hughes Australian critic, historian, writer 1938 - 2012
"Komar and Melamid" (1982)
— Stephen King American author 1947
Context: Writers remember everything... especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar. Art consists of the persistence of memory.
„[Our purpose is] to ensure that literature and art fit well into the whole revolutionary machine as a component part, that they operate as powerful weapons for uniting and educating the people and for attacking and destroying the enemy, and that they help the people fight the enemy with one heart and one mind.“
— Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976
Chapter 32 https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/works/red-book/ch32.htm, originally published in Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art (May 1942), Selected Works, Vol. III, p. 84.