It’s no secret that some of highest paid jobs come from the sports industry. Athletes can make millions of dollars for each season they play, and that’s not even including other income sources like endorsement deals. Basketball and the NBA are no exceptions.

Whether or not you agree with the high salaries athletes can make, let’s take a look at exactly how high those salaries can go in the world of basketball. Here are ten of the currently highest paid NBA basketball players. (You can look up the highest paid NBA players in previous seasons too if you’re interested.)

1. Kobe Bryant

Salary: $28,700,000

Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.  He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets straight out of high school and immediately traded to the Lakers in 1996.  In his past 16 seasons in the NBA he has won the championship five times, led the league in scoring twice, and made 14 all-star teams.

2. Dirk Nowitzki

Salary: $20,907,128

Dirk Nowitzki

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Dirk Nowitzki plays power forward for the Dallas Mavericks.  He joined the NBA in 1998 after playing in a professional league in Germany, where he is from.  He is the highest paid foreign player in the NBA.  When the Mavericks won the championship in 2011, Nowitzki was named MVP of the finals.  He was league MVP in 2007, and is an 11 time all-star.

3. Gilbert Arenas

Salary: $20,807,922

Gilbert Arenas

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Gilbert Arenas last played for the Memphis Grizzlies and is currently a free agent.  He has played for several teams throughout his NBA career, which began when he was drafted in 2001.  During his second year in the NBA he was named Most Improved Player, and he has made three all-star teams.  Most of his career has been spent with the Washington Wizards.

4. Amar’e Stoudemire

Salary: $18,948,799

Amar'e Stoudemire

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Amar’e Stoudemire is a power forward and center for the New York Knicks.  He was drafted in 2002 and spent the first 8 seasons of his career with the Phoenix Suns.  Stoudemire then became a free agent before signing with the Knicks.  His contract with the Knicks is estimated to be about $99.7 million over 5 years.  Stoudemire was named Rookie of the Year, and has been on 6 all-star teams despite previous injuries.

5. Joe Johnson

Salary: $18,038,573

Joe Johnson

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Joe Johnson was drafted in 2001 by the Boston Celtics and has spent time with the Celtics, the Phoenix Suns, and the Atlanta Hawks. He will play next season for the Brooklyn Nets.  He has made 6 all-star teams.  In 2010 Johnson signed a 6 year, $119 million contract with the Hawks which made him one of the top paid players in the league.

6. Carmelo Anthony

Salary: $19,450,000

Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony plays small forward for the New York Knicks.  He spent most of his career with Denver, after being drafted in 2003.  Anthony was traded to the Knicks in 2011.  He has made 5 all-star teams and has spent time playing with the U.S. national team along with many of the other top NBA players.

7. Dwight Howard

Salary: $19,261,200

Dwight Howard

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Dwight Howard is a center/power forward who has spent the entirety of his career (until now) playing for the Orlando Magic.  Next season he will join Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.  Howard was drafted by the Magic in 2004.  He is known for his excellent defense, being named Defensive Player of the Year 3 times and playing on 6 all-star teams.

8. Chris Paul

Salary: $19,261,200

Chris Paul

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Chris Paul plays point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers.  He is also an excellent bowler and a spokesperson for the United States Bowling Congress.  He was drafted 4th overall by the New Orleans Hornets in 2005.  He was named Rookie of the Year during his first season, and he has made the all-star team in 5 seasons.  He spent 6 years with the Hornets before being traded to the Clippers (before the start of the 2011 season).

9. Pau Gasol

Salary: $19,000,000

Pau Gasol

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Pau Gasol is the only other foreign player to make the list of top paid NBA players.  He plays power forward and center for the Los Angeles Lakers.  Gasol is from Spain, and before joining the NBA he played for Barcelona (which won the Spanish National Cup championship in 2001).  He entered the 2001 NBA draft where he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies.  He’s played for the Lakers for the last 5 seasons, winning 2 championships with L.A., and he was named Rookie of the Year in 2002.

10. Elton Brand

Salary: $18,160,354

Elton Brand

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Elton Brand is a power forward who has played for several teams in the NBA.  He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1999 and was named Rookie of the Year.  He then played for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers.  He is a two-time NBA all-star and he was given the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2006.

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Best Quotes of All Time

Posted: September 23, 2012 in Wisdom Nook
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What are the best quotes of all time for you? Have you ever heard a simple line that inspired you to make a major change in your life? Has a quote ever changed your mind on an important issue or made you think about something in a different way? Do you just enjoy reading daily quotes, seeking a smile or a bit of motivation?

Everyone’s choices for the best quotes of all time will vary based on what influences them. But we’ve looked through hundreds of quotes and picked some of the best quotes of all time across several different categories to share with you here today. Enjoy them below, and if another quote didn’t make the list but you absolutely love it, please share it with us in the comments.

Please note: Categories are listed alphabetically, and within each category individual quotes are in no particular order. Some quotes have been shared with multiple versions on the Web with slight variations in each. If we ran into these situations, we chose the variation that appeared to be most commonly presented. Also, some quotes could technically fall under multiple categories. In those cases they were placed under the one we felt was most relevant at the time.

Age

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on age:

“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

– Lucille Ball

 

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

– Henry Ford

 

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

– George Bernard Shaw

 

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

– Mark Twain

 

“No one is so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”

– Henry David Thoreau

 

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.”

– Victor Hugo

 

“The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.”

– Oscar Wilde

 

“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.”

– Ogden Nash

 

“You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.”

– Bob Hope

 

Anger

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on anger:

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

– Lee Iacocca

 

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”

– Maya Angelou

 

“He who angers you conquers you.”

– Elizabeth Kenny

“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”

– Mohandas Gandhi

 

“When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.”

– Mark Twain

“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”

– William Congreve

 

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”

– Buddha

“Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not within everyone’s power and that is not easy.”

– Aristotle

“Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words.”

– Dr. Joyce Brothers

 

Beauty

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on beauty:

“Beauty, without expression, tires.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

– Leo Tolstoy

 

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

– Margaret Hungerford

 

“I’m tired of all the nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want – an adorable pancreas?”

– Jean Kerr

 

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

– Confucius

 

“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.”

– Martin Buxbaum

“It is not beauty that endears; it’s love that makes us see beauty.”

– Leo Tolstoy

 

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”

– Dorothy Parker

 

“You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else.”

– Chuck Palahniuk

 

“Beauty is whatever gives joy.”

– Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

Business

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on business:

“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”

– Henry Ford

 

“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.”

– Robert Frost

“Never burn bridges. Today’s junior jerk, tomorrow’s senior partner.”

– Sigourney Weaver

“The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.”

– Aristotle Onassis

 

“It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

“If your business keeps you so busy that you have no time for anything else, there must be something wrong either with you or with your business.”

– William J. H. Boetcker

 

“If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.”

– Kahlil Gibran

“A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.”

– Henry Kravis

“Good products can be sold by honest advertising. If you don’t think the product is good, you have no business to be advertising it.”

– David Ogilvy

“Drive your business. Let not your business drive you.”

– Benjamin Franklin

 

Change

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on change:

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Gandhi

 

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“The only thing constant in life is change.”

– Francois de la Rochefoucauld

 

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.”

– Harold Wilson

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

– George Bernard Shaw

 

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

– Jacob M. Braude

 

“No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”

– Confucius

“Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.”

– Denis Waitley


Children

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on children:

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up ’cause they’re looking for ideas.”

– Paula Poundstone

 

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

– James Baldwin

 

“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.”

– Robert A. Heinlein

 

“There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.”

– Frank A. Clark

 

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

“We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”

– Stacia Tauscher

 

“We cannot always build the future of our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

“Children are our most valuable resource.”

– Herbert Hoover

 

“Never underestimate a child’s ability to get into more trouble.”

– Martin Mull

 

“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”

– Phyllis Diller

 

Courage

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on courage:

“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”

– E.E. Cummings

 

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

– Winston Churchill

 

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

– Ernest Hemingway

 

“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”

– John Wayne

 

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

– Mark Twain

“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

– Ambrose Redmoon

 

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”

– Bruce Lee

 

“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

– John Wooden

 

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’”

– Mary Anne Radmacher

 

“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”

– Confucius

 

Death

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on death:

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

– Benjamin Franklin

 

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”

– Buddha

“Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.”

– Albert Einstein

 

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

– Mark Twain

 

“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

– Will Rogers

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”

– Edgar Allan Poe

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

 

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

– Mark Twain

 

“No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.”

– Plato

 

Education / Wisdom

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on education:

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

– Aristotle

 

“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.”

– Pete Seeger

“The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.”

– Socrates

 

“To repeat what others have said requires education. To challenge it requires brains.”

– Marry Pettibone Poole

“It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.”

– Alec Bourne

 

“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.”

– Bill Gates

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”

– Albert Einstein

 

“Education is like a double-edged sword. It may be turned to dangerous uses if it is not properly handled.”

– Wu Ting-Fang

 

“Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.”

­– Plato

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

– Malcolm Forbes

 

Equality

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on equality:

“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”

– Aristotle

 

“Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions. It only guarantees equality of opportunity.”

– Irving Kristol

 

“As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones.”

– Steven Pinker

 

“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

– George Orwell

 

“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”

– Mohandas Gandhi

 

“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”

– Albert Einstein

“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”

– Malcolm X

 

“The sole equality on earth is death.”

– Philip James Bailey

 

“To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.”

– William Faulkner

 

“Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.”

– Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

 

Family

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on family:

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.”

– Lee Iacocca

 

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

– George Burns

 

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

– George Bernard Shaw

 

“You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who’ve never had any.”

– Bill Cosby

“Family isn’t about whose blood you have. It’s about who you care about.”

– Trey Parker and Matt Stone

 

“All happy families resemble one another. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

– Leo Tolstoy

 

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

– Jane Howard

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

– Desmond Tutu

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”

– Pope John Paul II

 

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

– George Bernard Shaw

 

Friendship

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on friends:

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.”

– Albert Camus

 

“Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.”

– Aristotle

 

“Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.”

– Elbert Hubbard

 

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

– Dale Carnegie

“True friends stab you in the front.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

– Helen Keller

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”

– Abraham Lincoln

 

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value. Rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

– C. S. Lewis

 

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”

– William Butler Yeats

 

“Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.”

– George Eliot

 

Happiness

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on happiness:

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

– Abraham Lincoln

 

“Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

– Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.”

– Mark Twain

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

– Thomas Jefferson

 

“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”

– Dalai Lama

 

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”

– Robert Frost

 

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.”

– Storm Jameson

 

“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”

– Benjamin Franklin

 

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”

– Albert Schweitzer

 

Humor

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on humor (or just humorous quotes we love):

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

– Oscar Wilde

 

“There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?”

– Dick Cavett

“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself. After all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”

– Dame Edna Everage

“That is the saving grace of humor. If you fail no one is laughing at you.”

– A. Whitney Brown

 

“Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.”

– Christopher Morely

 

“Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it.”

– Salma Hayek

 

“The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

 

“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

– E.B. White

 

“You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.”

– W. Somerset Maugham

 

“I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.”

– Frank Howard Clark

 

Love

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on love:

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

– Aristotle

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

– Robert Heinlein

“Love is friendship, set on fire.”

– Jeremy Taylor

“Love doesn’t make the world go round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

– Elizabeth Browning

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself.”

– Jean Anouilh

 

“Love at first sight is easy to understand; it’s when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.”

– Amy Bloom

“Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”

– Mark Twain

“Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.”

– Lord Byron

 

“Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.”

– Maya Angelou

 

Men and Women

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on men and women:

“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.”

– Robert Frost

 

“Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.”

– Albert Einstein

“Men are what their mothers made them.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.”

– Margaret Fuller

 

“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”

– Plato

 

“For most of history, ‘Anonymous’ was a woman.”

– Virginia Woolf

 

“Women are made to be loved, not understood.”

– Oscar Wilde

 

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

– Will Rogers

 

“Women don’t want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think – in a deeper voice.”

– Bill Cosby

 

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”

– Timothy Leary

 

Money

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on money:

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

– Mark Twain

 

“I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.”

– Warren Buffet

“A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.”

– Robert Frost

 

“Money won’t create success. The freedom to make it will.”

– Nelson Mandela

 

“Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the ‘gotta have it’ scale.”

– Zig Ziglar

“Time is money.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“If you’re given a choice between money and sex appeal, take the money. As you get older, the money will become your sex appeal.”

– Katherine Hepburn

 

“It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.”

– Logan Pearsall Smith

“The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.”

– Edith Wharton

 

“I think that much of the advice given to young men about saving money is wrong. I never saved a cent until I was forty years old. I invested in myself – in study, in mastering my tools, in preparation. Many a man who is putting a few dollars a week into the bank would do much better to put it into himself.”

– Henry Ford

 

Movies

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on movies (about movies, not quotes from movies):

“This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.”

– Clint Eastwood

 

“All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”

– Steve Martin

 

“A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.”

– David Mamet

 

“Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.”

– Billy Wilder

 

“The best reason to make a film is that you feel passionately about it.”

– Jodie Foster

 

“A film has its own life and takes its own time.”

– Aaron Eckhart

 

“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.”

– Walt Disney

 

“The average Hollywood film star’s ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman, and have a French boyfriend.”

– Katharine Hepburn

“In the theater, you go from point A to point Z, building your performance as the evening progresses. You have to relinquish that control on a film.”

– Gwyneth Paltrow

 

“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”

– Roger Ebert

 

Music

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on music:

“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.”

– Ed Gardner

 

“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”

– Robert Fripp

 

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

– Plato

 

“Life is one grand, sweet song so start the music.”

– Ronald Reagan

 

“Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.”

– Bill Cosby

 

“Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.”

– Samuel Johnson

 

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”

– Lao Tzu

“I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.”

– Elvis Presley

 

“Music is a safe kind of high.”

– Jimi Hendrix

 

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

– Victor Hugo

 

Peace

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on peace:

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

– John Lennon

“Peace begins with a smile.”

– Mother Teresa

 

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

– Albert Einstein

 

“Peace is its own reward.”

– Mohandas Gandhi

 

“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”

– Moshe Dayan

 

“The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.”

– Jawaharlal Nehru

 

“Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”

– George Carlin

 

“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.”

– Dalai Lama

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

– Buddha

 

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Politics

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on politics:

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

– Plato

“Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.”

– Thomas Jefferson

 

“I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”

– Charles De Gaulle

 

“Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.”

– Eugene McCarthy

 

“Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year and to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”

– Winston Churchill

 

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

– H.L. Mencken

 

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

– John Adams

 

“Politics have no relation to morals.”

– Niccolo Machiavelli

 

“Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.”

– John Kenneth Galbraith

 

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”

– Ronald Reagan

 

Science

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on science:

“Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.”

– Bertrand Russell

 

“Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.”

– George Bernard Shaw

 

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

– Charles Darwin

 

“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.”

– Hippocrates

 

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

– Isaac Asimov

 

“The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.”

– Sir William Bragg

 

“New discoveries in science will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure.”

– Herbert Hoover

 

“However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson; nothing is impossible.”

– Lewis Mumford

 

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.”

– Marie Curie

 

“Science is simply common sense at its best. That is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.”

– Thomas Huxley

 

Sports

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on sports:

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”

– Heywood Broun

 

“Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.”

– George Orwell

 

“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”

– Vince Lombardi

 

“I went to a fight last night and a hockey game broke out.”

– Rodney Dangerfield

 

“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.”

– George F. Will

 

“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”

– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

– Vince Lombardi

 

“Sport is imposing order on what was chaos.”

– Anthony Starr

 

“The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.”

– Steve Garvey

 

“The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it’s the opposition.”

– Nick Seitz

 

Success

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on success:

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

– Henry Ford

 

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

 

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

– Bill Cosby

 

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

– Woody Allen

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“You can do anything, but not everything.”

– David Allen

 

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.”

– Aristotle

 

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”

– Sven Goran Eriksson

“Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

– Maya Angelou

 

War

 

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on war:

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

– Albert Einstein

 

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”

– George Patton

 

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”

– Jeannette Rankin

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”

– Benjamin Franklin

 

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless whether the mad destruction is brought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?”

– Mahatma Gandhi

 

“There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.”

– Dwight Eisenhower

“It is well that war is so terrible – otherwise we would grow too fond of it.”

– Robert E. Lee

 

“War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.”

– Thomas Mann

 

“Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn’t every war fought between men, between brothers?”

– Victor Hugo

 

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.”

– George Washington

 

Other Quotes

 

While reviewing quotes there were some favorites that didn’t quite fit within the categories above, but they were still considered worth including as some of the best quotes of all time. Here are those quotes:

“That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzche

 

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

– Henry Ford

 

“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems.”

– Frank Wilczek

 

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

– Benjamin Franklin

 

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

– William Arthur Ward

 

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

– Thomas Edison

 

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

– Voltaire

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time. But you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Do you have favorite quotes of your own that would fall within your list of the best quotes of all time? Remember, different quotes will touch and inspire different people in different ways. Your favorite quote might become a favorite of other readers as well. Please leave a comment below and share your favorite quotes with the rest of us.

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Top Ten Armies in the World

Posted: September 23, 2012 in LifeBlog
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Nearly every country in the world has its own army to protect its interests against internal and external enemies. The top ten armies of the world were chosen based on their military history, current operations and size of force as well as their reputation as a military force. Most of these armies were involved in the major conflicts of the modern day world including World War I, World War II and the Korean War. In addition, many of these armies have been involved in conflicts fighting for their own country’s independence.

#10: Pakistan

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Pakistan’s Army was founded in 1947 and maintains a force of over 500,000 strong who have all volunteered for service.

Pakistan’s military history includes conflicts with its bordering neighbors of Afghanistan and India, the Gulf War and Mogadishu, Somalia in the early 90s.

Pakistan has also served as an ally to the United States in the Global War on Terrorism by assisting in fighting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and along the border of Pakistan.

#9: Israel

Israel is the only country in the world that requires military service from both male and female citizens with few exceptions.

The Israel Defense Force was founded in 1948 and maintains an active duty force of over 100,000.

The Israeli military history includes the Arab-Israel War, the Six-Day War and numerous conflicts with Lebanon and Palestine. The United States remains one of Israel’s largest allies.

#8: Russia

 

Russia has undergone numerous changes throughout its military history dating back to 863. The modern day army is known as the Russian Ground Force and was founded in 1992.

Previous Russian military organizations, including the Red Army, have been involved in regional conflicts, both world wars and the Cold War. Before the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, it was the known as the superpower of the world and had surpassed the United States in terms of the number of soldiers and nuclear weapons.

The Russian Ground Force is staffed through mandatory service; though many in the country have either deferred under exceptions or offered bribes to officials not to serve.

#7: Turkey


The Turkish Army dates back more than 2,000 years. The modern day Turkish Army is one of the few notable armies that stayed neutral during World War II.

Although the Turkish Army was involved in the Korean War, the largest conflict in the 1900s was in the Turkish Independence War where it fought Russia, Britain, Greece, France and Italy along its borders.

Military service in Turkey is required with few exceptions and it has resulted in Turkey having the second largest ground force in NATO.

#6: North Korea

The North Korean People’s Army was established in 1939 and has an impressive force of more than one million soldiers. When reserve unit numbers are counted in this total, estimates are more than seven million soldiers who could be activated if needed.

Major conflicts in North Korea’s history are the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Tensions between North and South Korea still exist today and, technically, the conflict has not officially ended between the two.

North Korea has confirmed its nuclear and chemical weapons capability in recent years with threats against various countries including the United States, mainly for its alliance with South Korea.

#5: Germany

The German Army has one of the most notable histories with the rise of Hitler. The German Army was responsible for the start of World War II when it invaded Poland.

After the War ended, Germany was in a divided state and formed the West Germany Army.

After reunification in the 1990s, the armies from the east and west were combined into the current German Army. The current military force in Germany numbers over 200,000 active soldiers.

#4: India

The Indian Army dates back to the Stone Age. Today, it is known as being the largest all volunteer ground force in the world with more than 1,000,000 active duty soldiers.

India has never had to institute a draft to staff its ground force. The Indian Army has been involved in both world wars as well as several conflicts to fight for its own independence.

Pakistan has been its target on more than one occasion in its military history.

#3: United Kingdom

The British Army was organized in 1661 and has been involved in various conflicts including the Napoleonic Wars, Revolutionary War and both world wars.

The British Army has had a significant presence in Northern Ireland and the Balkans while standing beside the United States in the Gulf War in the 1990s as well as the Global War on Terrorism after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The active duty force of the British Army is more than 100,000 strong, making it the second largest army in the European Union behind France.

#2: China

The People’s Liberation Army of China is the largest in the world numbering over two million soldiers even after significant cuts in forces in recent years.

The Chinese Army was established in 1927 and involved in the Sino-Japanese conflict, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam.

While technically service is required for all men over the age of 18, China has never had to draft soldiers as there has always been more than enough Chinese men who have volunteered for military service to their country.

#1: United States

The United States Army dates back to 1775 when the Continental Army was created to fight in the Revolutionary War. The U.S. Army has participated in every major world war, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the Global War on Terrorism.

The current active duty force for the U.S. Army numbers over 500,000 with a combined total of over one million with Reserve and National Guard soldiers.

The modern day Army is an all volunteer force with permanent posts throughout the United States as well as Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Japan and Korea.

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Amazons were the female warriors that lived in Anatolia (Anatolia is the name of the region of today’s Asian part of Turkey) around 2nd millennium BC. They are believed to be the daughters of god Ares (the god of war) and Harmonia. They disappear from the historical records from Anatolia after the 7th century BC.

Amazons first appear in around the foothills of Caucasus Mountains and then move to the Black Sea coast to Themiscyra which is accepted by historians as the lands of Amazons. Themiscyra of the ancient times is referring to today’s Terme River in the black sea region of Turkey between Sinop and Ordu cities.

There are different opinions about the origin of the name ‘Amazon’. According to the most popular theory, the word ‘Mazon’ means breast and a-mazons were the females without a breast. They were cutting one of their breasts to use their weapons more efficiently. According to another point of view, the prefix ‘a’ is used to strengthen the word mazon – breast to emphasize the female warriors fighting like a man. When we look at the sculptures of Amazons from different times and geographies, the Amazon ladies are depicted with two breasts generally which supports the second theory.

Amazons were living apart from men, and using men only to proliferate by sleeping with a man they liked once a year. If they had a son, they would leave him to the father, and they only accepted females to their society.

The Amazons are seen on history stage in several different myths and stories. Hercules, the son of Zeus, was born from an affair of Zeus with a human being named Alcmene. Hera, the official wife of Zeus tried to take revenge from Hercules all the time and gave Hercules 12 tasks to complete, wishing Hercules would be dead by the end. One of the missions was to get back the golden belt from the Amazon queen Hippolyte. Hercules and Theseus went to the land of Amazons and they were welcomed very friendly. Hercules took the golden belt from the queen as a gift. But this time Hera was frustrated, she changed herself into an Amazon and caused a massive disorder which ended by the killing of queen Hippolyte by Heracles. Theseus kidnapped the Antiope, the sister of the queen, to Athens and with the leadership of Orithtya, Amazons attacked Athens to get back Antiope which takes place as a historical fact in the writings of Socrates. Following this story, according to a powerful theory, on their way to Athens or back, Amazons established Ephesus as well as many other cities around the same location.

Amazons are taking place at the famous Troy war around 1200 BC. They are believed to help Hector against Achilles. Queen Penthesilea was shot to death from her breast just after she injured Achilles. On her last moments, Achilles took of her helmet and saw the beauty of Penthesilea and fell in love with this woman that he just killed.

In all around the world, at the famous museums, one can see the sculptures of these female warriors of Anatolia made by several artists at different times. One of the beautiful reliefs of Amazons that were carved on the Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus Ancient City is now displayed at the local museum of Ephesus in Selcuk, Turkey.

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Alexander – even today, 23 centuries after his death, his name still has the power to inspire. His achievements have stood the test of time and remain amongst the most remarkable in the whole annals of military history. With an army of typically only around 40,000 men, he conquered the largest, richest and most powerful empire the world had ever seen; and all of this in less than a decade.

When Alexander became king, his military career began when he launched a campaign against Macedonia’s northern neighbours. This is a campaign that we know little about, but we can assume that it was remarkably successful given that Antipater, his regent, never had any difficulty from that region. From there, Alexander marched in central Greece, and sent a terrible message with the destruction of the ancient city of Thebes.

In 334, Alexander crossed the Hellespont and invaded Asia. He soundly defeated the Persians in large set-piece battles at the Granicus River, Issus and finally Gaugamela in 331. During this period he also captured the great fortresses of Halicarnassus, Tyre and Gaza. After the death of Darius, Alexander spent several years campaigning in Afghanistan and India; a brutal period culminating in the defeat of the Indian king Porus at the battle of the Hydaspes.

In India, the army had finally had enough and refused to march further into the unknown. They turned back and made a disastrous march through the Gedrosian Desert. After a final siege during which Alexander was struck by an arrow that punctured his lung, he returned to Babylon where he died in 323.

Alexander’s incredible string of successes was not accidental; listed here are the 10 main reasons for them (in no particular order). You can find out more about Alexander as a military commander in my books, The Army of Alexander The Great and The Sieges of Alexander The Great, both published by Pen & Sword.

1. Philip of Macedon

Philip, Alexander’s father, was one of the finest military minds of the ancient world; but he is completely overshadowed by his son. Philip took a broken kingdom that was about to be overrun by foreign enemies, and turned it into the most powerful state in Greece. Shortly before his death he sent an expeditionary force to Asia Minor to conduct an initial campaign against the Persians whilst he prepared for a larger invasion.

Had Philip lived – he is believed to have been buried at Aigai – he clearly would have expanded upon this expeditionary campaign with a full scale invasion. It is always interesting (but ultimately fruitless) to speculate how Philip would have fared compared to Alexander.

Alexander had a first rate military education watching the successes of his father, and evidently was worried that there would be nothing left for him to conquer if his father continued too long; the assassin’s blade ensured that this would not be the case.

Could Alexander have achieved what he did without his father’s foundation? This is a difficult question to answer, but I would suggest that Alexander had the ability, but his character would likely have let him down. Alexander clearly had the ability to reorganise the army and to develop innovative strategies and tactics as required, as well as his natural military genius. We must recognise, however, that it would certainly have taken rather longer because the army would have needed to be trained and turned into the machine that Philip had already created, and the question also remains as to whether Alexander would have had the patience to delay his ambition; patience is not a trait that Alexander ever demonstrated to any great degree.

2. The Army

Alexander’s greatest inheritance was the Macedonian army. At the time of the invasion of Asia Minor, the historian Diodorus tells us that it consisted of 5,100 cavalry and 32,000 infantry. This was a respectable size by Greek standards, but tiny in comparison with the number of troops Darius could put in the field. Of the 37,100 troops, the Macedonian contingent was relatively small: 1,800 Companion Cavalry and 12,000 infantry. These were by far the most important troops Alexander commanded, and the main weapon with which he gained an empire.

This army was a very complex organisation of interlocking and mutually supportive parts. Alexander created what was probably the first combined arms force in world history: he developed a series of units that excelled at specific tasks, but retained tremendous operational flexibility. Individual units were highly trained and some were highly specialised: the hypaspists, for example, were employed to maintain a cohesive link with the Companion Cavalry during the set-piece battles; if they failed then a gap would have opened in Alexander’s line that the Persians could have exploited.

Light infantry, specifically the Agrianians, were assigned specialised tasks, and even fought alongside the cavalry units at Gaugamela. Later the Dahae horse archers were deployed with devastating effect against the Indians at the Hydaspes. The heavy infantry could operate together, or as individual taxis (battalions). Each of the individual units of Alexander’s army were dangerous if engaged independently, but when combined formed an army that was one of the finest the world had yet seen; when this was coupled with the tactical genius of an Alexander, the results are there to see. Each element of the army was highly trained and supported every other element. This was a true combined arms force as described The Army of Alexander The Great.

3. Persistence

Another, perhaps more accurate word, would be stubbornness. Alexander was remarkably stubborn and never let any obstacle, be it natural or manmade, stand in his way. When faced with the city of Tyre, he refused to allow it to remain a “free city” offering safe harbour to both Greek and Persian fleets. He did not possess any significant navy at the time so he set about constructing a mole to join the island fortress to the land. Later in his career, we see a string of similar sieges on the north-east frontier and in India where he had to build a series of wooden bridges over deep ravines. He repeatedly captured seemingly impregnable fortresses, like Aornus, and never accepted any obstacle as being insurmountable.

4. Genius

This is a much over-used word in today’s society, but by whatever measure we employ, Alexander was without question a military genius, perhaps the greatest the world has ever seen. Alexander was the finest strategist and tactician the ancient world had yet seen. He repeatedly demonstrated an ability to successfully fight campaigns in every theatre of war the ancient world had to offer (although his naval experience was limited to the later stages of the siege of Tyre), and to continuously adapt his strategies and tactics to every emerging circumstance.
Alexander also demonstrated an ability to analyse the evolving circumstances that the Afghanistan region presented, and changed the organisation of the army to deal with the new threat of guerrilla warfare. Alexander’s sense of timing during his set-piece battles was also remarkable. The timing of his decisive cavalry charge was always immaculate, and the result devastating. He had a genius for analysing a situation and instantly making a judgement of what was needed. His set-piece battles are analysed in my forthcoming book The Field Campaigns of Alexander the Great.

5. Adaptability

I touched on this in an earlier point, but Alexander showed throughout his career an amazing ability to adapt to changing situations and circumstances. He essentially used a relatively small number of successful tactics and tactical ideas, but these were constantly being adapted and modified as circumstances changes.

Alexander’s fundamental tactic was to attack in more than one direction simultaneously. We see this in his set-piece battles where he times his attacks so that the Companion Cavalry strike the flank of the enemy infantry at the same time the heavy infantry attack from the front. The battle of Issus – depicted on the Alexander sarcophagus – is a perfect example of this; this battle is a series of brilliantly executed flanking manoeuvres.

We also see this during his many siege operations. At Tyre, Alexander attacks from the mole, but also had artillery, siege towers and scaling ladders mounted on ships so the fortress can be attacked from multiple directions. This happens at Gaza too, where the city is attacked from all directions to distract from the main thrust of the assault.

6. Sub-commanders

Alexander’s sub-commanders are a remarkable array of talented individuals, many of whom became kings in their own right after Alexander died and his empire was broken up. These successors, the so called diodochi, included men like Antipater, Ptolemy, Seleucus, Antigonas, Perdiccas and Lysimachus and Cassander. Any successful general required his subordinates to have some measure of ability. He needed his orders to be conveyed to the rank and file, and he needed them to be carried out. This would not have happed with a rather less talented bunch. There is no question it helped Alexander to have commanded such a talented group of individuals, but the question for another day must be: would these men have been kings and statesmen without Alexander? We will never know, but their careers were certainly helped by the Great Macedonian.

7. Logistics

We hear very little about the Macedonian logistics system in the sources, but we know that it was very good because we also hear of very few instances where it failed and the army struggled. The baggage train, which the Macedonian army could not have done without, was kept to a minimum size during Alexander’s early career, following reforms by Philip. This enabled the army to move rapidly and strike without warning. It also meant that the army could move quickly from region to region without exhausting the resources of any area.
The main example of the failure is the march through the Gedrosian desert. Many died of thirst or hunger during the march. The army and the logistics system were simply not prepared for this environment. This is an example of Alexander’s stubbornness getting the better of him. Apart from the (usually) excellent supply of food and water, we hear almost no examples of a lack of horses, weapons or armour. The only possible hint of difficulties is in India when the army rebelled against the prospect of further conquest.

8. Blitzkrieg

This is a concept that we usually associate with the German army of World War II, and the changes that Heinz Guderian introduced. In the most basic of terms it revolved around rapidity of movement and the concentration of force. Alexander was its first exponent in history. The Macedonian army under Alexander was capable of remarkable feats in terms of their rate of march. They frequently exceeded 30km per day, and could keep this up for several days allowing them to arrive at a battlefield long before they were expected, and before the enemy was prepared. When news reached Alexander that Thebes had rebelled, he was in the Balkan region, having recently captured Pellium. He marched 390 km in 13 days to arrive at the walls of Thebes before they had properly prepared their defences. This is a remarkable rate of march, but when we consider the mountainous terrain of the Greek mainland, it is even more amazing. During the brief siege, the troops showed no signs of fatigue, either.

9. Motivational Leadership

Alexander had remarkable personal charisma; he had an almost superhuman ability to inspire his men to ever greater pinnacles of achievement. He led an army from the Balkans to the heart of India before they showed any major signs of discontent. When they left Macedonia in 334, many did not return home, and those that did had been away for 10 years or more.
Alexander’s ability to inspire his men is one of his most admirable qualities. He did this in a number of ways; certainly he made speeches before battles, all ancient commanders did, but more than this he made a point of leading from the front. He never expected his men to undertake any dangers that he was not prepared for himself. He was the first over the wall at the siege of the city of the Mallians, for example. He also made a point of trying to remember the names and achievements of some of his rank and file, and to comment to them whenever he had the opportunity. This is a tradition that was carried on during the Roman period and became the hallmark of a good general.

10. Luck

Anyone who is successful in any field needs luck, and Alexander was no exception. He is certainly lucky to have survived as long as he did; he was wounded by almost every weapon of war available to the ancient world, and came so very close to being decapitated at the battle of the Granicus in 334. He is also lucky he had Philip for a father, and that he inherited the finest war machine the world had yet seen. Xenophon’s march to Cunaxa had demonstrated that the Greeks were capable of defeating the Persians, if only someone could unite (or conquer) the Greeks long enough to do it. Philip looked like he could have been that man, but in the end Alexander was the one to finally bring down the Persian Empire. Alexander’s career represents a remarkable nexus of events rare in history. He was exactly the right man in the right place at the right time, and he grasped his opportunity for immortality.

Article by Stephen English.
Stephen English is the author of ‘The Army of Alexander the Great’ , ‘The Sieges of Alexander the Great’ and ‘The Field Campaigns of Alexander the Great’.

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Interesting Inventions II

Posted: September 21, 2012 in Must Have
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