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Armies & Army Food Quotes

“Caesar's armies marched on vegetarian foods.”
Will Durant, American writer, historian. (1885-1981)

“I am more afraid of an army of a hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of a hundred lions led by a sheep.”
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand (1754-1838)

"An army marches on its stomach."
Napoleon (1769-1821)

“when General Lee took possession of Chambersburg on his way to Gettysburg, we happened to be a member of the Committee representing the town. Among the first things he demanded for his army was twenty-five barrels of Saur-Kraut."
Editor, ‘The Guardian’ (1869)

“The army from Asia introduced a foreign luxury to Rome; it was then the meals began to require more dishes and more expenditure . . . the cook, who had up to that time been employed as a slave of low price, become dear: what had been nothing but a m├ętier was elevated to an art.”
Livy (Titus Livius), Roman historian (59-17 B.C.)
‘The Annals of the Roman People’


“The same intelligence is required to marshal an army in battle and to order a good dinner. The first must be as formidable as possible, the second as pleasant as possible, to the participants.”
Plutarch (46-120) (Greek biographer and philosopher)
Quoting Aemilius Paulus, conqueror of Persia



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