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Birth Date: 1769-05-01 (Monday, May 1st, 1769)
Date of Death: 1852-09-14 (Tuesday, September 14th, 1852)


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Peninsular War: Battle of TalaveraSir Arthur Wellesley s British, Portuguese and Spanish army defeats a French force under Joseph Bonaparte.Friday, July 28th, 1809


    • I believe I forgot to tell you I was made a Duke.
    • Napoleon has humbugged me, by God; he has gained twenty-four hours' march on me.
    • Up Guards and at them again.
    • Hard pounding this, gentlemen; let's see who will pound longest.
    • Uxbridge: By God, sir, I've lost my leg! Wellington: By God, sir, so you have!
    • Either night or the Prussians will come.
    • My heart is broken by the terrible loss I have sustained in my old friends and companions and my poor soldiers. Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
    • It has been a damned serious business... Blucher and I have lost 30,000 men. It has been a damned nice thing - the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life. ... By God! I don't think it would have been done if I had not been there.
    • The history of a battle, is not unlike the history of a ball. Some individuals may recollect all the little events of which the great result is the battle won or lost, but no individual can recollect the order in which, or the exact moment at which, they occurred, which makes all the difference as to their value or importance. ..
    • Just to show you how little reliance can be placed even on what are supposed the best accounts of a battle, I mention that there are some circumstances mentioned in General -'s account which did not occur as he relates them. It is impossible to say when each important occurrence took place, or in what order.
    • Publish and be damned.
    • I am not only not prepared to bring forward any measure of this nature, but I will at once declare that, as far as I am concerned, as long as I hold any station in the Government of the country, I shall always feel it my duty to resist such measures when proposed by others.
    • There is no mistake; there has been no mistake; and there shall be no mistake.
    • Who? Who?
    • All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called 'guessing what was at the other side of the hill.'
    • Mistaken for me, is he? That's strange, for no one ever mistakes me for Mr. Jones.
    • I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
    • You must build your House of Parliament on the river: so... that the populace cannot exact their demands by sitting down round you.
    • I have no small talk and Peel has no manners.
    • We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be, detested in France.
    • I should have given more praise.
    • Depend upon it, Sir, nothing will come of them!
    • I used to say of him that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men.
    • The only thing I am afraid of is fear.
    • The French system of conscription brings together a fair sample of all classes; ours is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth. It is only wonderful that we should be able to make so much out of them afterwards.
    • My rule always was to do the business of the day in the day.
    • Circumstances over which I have no control.
    • They wanted this iron fist to command them.
    • I don't know what effect these men will have on the enemy, but by God, they terrify me.
    • [I don't] care a twopenny damn what [becomes] of the ashes of Napoleon Bonaparte.
    • 'Tis of no matter, your Highness, I have seen their backs before.
    • If a gentleman happens to be born in a stable, it does not follow that he should be called a horse.
    • The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.
    • Summoning the Duke of Richmond, who was to have command of the reserve when formed, he asked for a map. The two withdrew to an adjoining room. Wellington closed the door, and said, with an oath, 'Napoleon has humbugged me.' He then explained that he had ordered his army to concentrate at Quatre Bras, adding, 'But we shall not stop him there; and if so, I must fight him here,' marking Waterloo with his thumb-nail on the map as he spoke. It was not until the next morning that he left for the front.
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