Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke was a German field marshal. The chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years, he is regarded as the creator of a new, more modern method of directing armies in the field. He is described as embodying "Prussian military organization and tactical genius." He is often referred to as Moltke the Elder to distinguish him from his nephew Helmuth Johann Ludwig von Moltke, who commanded the German Army at the outbreak of World War I.
|Any order that can be misunderstood, will be misunderstood||Military & Veterans|
|Every war is a national misfortune.||War & Peace|
|It is dreadful to be condemned to inactivity in this war which I prepared and initiated.||Military & Veterans|
|My most important responsibility is not to manage my generals but to control The Kaiser [Wilhelm II].||Management & Managing Government|
|Perpetual peace is a dream, and not even a beautiful dream, and War is an integral part of God’s ordering of the universe.||War & Peace|
|Political considerations can be taken into account only as long as they do not make demands that are militarily improper or impossible.||Military & Veterans|
|The American Civil War was the wrangling of two armed mobs.||War & Peace|