The Codex Astartes is the holy tome of these loyal Battle Brothers. The wisdom of the ancients is both scripture and the unbending rod by which they are measured. In war they are as fierce and as steadfast as those of old who stood beside the Emperor and broke the Legions of Horus. In faith and valour they are unmatched. The torches of their chapels burn bright with flames whose holy fire has shown upon an unchanging brotherhood for a hundred centuries. In their lives and in war the Codex Astartes is their guide.
Tanalasta pointed to the three trails. "According to the Steel Princess's Field Guide to Tactics of the Purple Dragon, that's the standard riding formation for a company with a heavy complement of war wizards. Warriors shielding sorcerers."
"You read that?" Alusair replied, lifting a brow. "I doubt half the lionars in the army have cracked the cover."
"Perhaps because your style was stiff," said Tanalasta.
"I'll be happy to help you liven it up in a revision."
Alusair's tone grew as terse as her syntax. "There isn't going to be a revision—there's going to be an order." She pointed at the boot print. "I suppose you've read my little book on tracking as well?"
— Beyond the High Road (Cormyr Saga) by Troy Denning
It is always useful to face an enemy who is prepared to die for his country. This means that both he and you have exactly the same aim in mind.
General Tacticus, Discworld
There's only one principle of war, and that's this. Hit the other fellow, as quick as you can, and as hard as you can, where it hurts him most, when he ain't lookin'!
Field Marshal William Slim