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ON THE BRAVERY OF THE ENGLISH COMMON SOLDIERS ,
By those who have compared the military genius of the English with that of the French nation, it is remarked, that "the French officers will always lead, if the soldiers will follow;" and that "the English soldiers will always follow, if their officers will lead."
In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.and, in this comparison, our officers seem to lose what our soldiers gain. I know not any reason for supposing that the English officers are less willing than the French to lead; but it is, I think, universally allowed, that the English soldiers are more willing to follow. Our nation may boast, beyond any other people in the world, of a kind of epidemick bravery, diffused equally through all its ranks. We can show a peasantry of heroes, and fill our armies with clowns, whose courage may... Johnson, Samuel
Excerpt from The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 06 Reviews, Political Tracts, and Lives of Eminent Persons · This quote is about writers and writing · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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