War is not merely a political act but a real political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse, a carrying out of the same by other means.

[Der Krieg ist nichts anderes als die Fortsetzung der Politik mit anderen Mitteln.]

Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) Prussian soldier, historian, military theorist
On War [Vom Kriege], Book 1, ch. 1, sec. 24 (1832) [tr. Jolles (1943)]
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Alt. trans.:
  • "War is not merely a political act, but also a real political instrument, a continuation of political commerce, a carrying out of the same by other means." [tr. Graham (1873)]
  • "War is not merely an act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse, carried on with other means." [tr. Howard and Paret (1976)]
  • Often quoted or paraphrased using "a continuation of policy ....".
Added on 19-Mar-08 | Last updated 3-Apr-20
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