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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteThe natural principle of war is to do the most harm to our enemy with the least harm to ourselves; and this of course is to be effected by stratagem

 Washington Irving quotes (American Writer called the first American man of letters. Best known for the short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. 1783-1859)

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteGHOUL, n. A demon addicted to the reprehensible habit of devouring the dead. The existence of ghouls has been disputed by that class of controversialists who are more concerned to deprive the world of comforting beliefs than to give it anything good in their place. In

1640 Father Secchi saw one in a cemetery near Florence and frightened it away with the sign of the cross. He describes it as gifted with many heads an an uncommon allowance of limbs, and he saw it in more than one place at a time. The good man was coming away from dinner at the time and explains that if he had not been "heavy with eating" he would have seized the demon at all hazards. Atholston relates that a ghoul was caught by some sturdy peasants in a churchyard at Sudbury and ducked in a horsepond. (He appears to think that so distinguished a criminal should have been ducked in a tank of rosewater.) The water turned at once to blood "and so contynues unto ys daye." The pond has since been bled with a ditch. As late as the beginning of the fourteenth century a ghoul was cornered in the crypt of the cathedral at Amiens and the whole population surrounded the place. Twenty armed men with a priest at their head, bearing a crucifix, entered and captured the ghoul, which, thinking to escape by the stratagem, had transformed itself to the semblance of a well known citizen, but was nevertheless hanged, drawn and quartered in the midst of hideous popular orgies. The citizen whose shape the demon had assumed was so affected by the sinister occurrence that he never again showed himself in Amiens and his fate remains a mystery.

 Ambrose Bierce quotes (American Writer, Journalist and Editor, 1842-1914)
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteVows can't change nature, priests are only men, / And love likes stratagem and subterfuge.

 Robert Browning quotes (Major English Poet of the Victorian age, noted for his mastery of dramatic monologue and psychological portraiture. 1812-1889)

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteIn strife who inquires whether stratagem or courage was used?

 Virgil quotes (Ancient Roman Latin Poet and Author of the epic, Aeneid. 70 BC-19 BC)

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteFor her own breakfast she'll project a scheme, Nor take her tea without a stratagem

 Edward Young quotes (English literary Critic, Poet and Dramatist, 1683-1765)

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteLove and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.

 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra quotes (Spanish writer, author of the masterwork 'El quijote', 1547-1616)

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteOf all the stratagems, to know when to quit is the best

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stratagem synonyms: contrivance, contrivances, dodge, dodged, dodges, gambit.
See also: stratagems.
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