Something You Need to Know

I am watching/listening to a video of Conversations with Bill Kristol in which he interviews Newt Gingrich about the “Republican Revolution” of 1994. In it, Gingrich quotes a French general. (Named something like “Arnaud Depizza”; who I can neither spell nor source wtih my Google-Fu. Any help would be appreciated.) He says:

If four strangers meet a lion, they will run. If four friends meet a lion they will kill it.

EDIT: You can hear the quote in the segment which begins at 1:03:03

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10 thoughts on “Something You Need to Know

  1. Colonel Ardant du Picq. He learned this proverb in Africa, and put it in his book – “Battle Studies: Ancient and Modern Battle”. Published 1921.

    “Four brave men who do not know each other will not dare to attack a lion. Four less brave, but knowing each other well, sure of their reliability and consequently of mutual aid, will attack resolutely. There is the science of the organization of armies in a nutshell.”

  2. In general, I recommend Bill Kristol’s Conversations. It’s available both on YouTube and as podcasts.

    I’m not a fan of Kristol, but he has great guests and let’s them talk.

  3. What does this mean, C.C.? Personally, I believe that the colder weather of Europe and even North America lends itself to more productivity but also more isolation than does the climate of Africa…

    But, yes, people working together is important, though if personalities clash, remember that 100 people (Christians are still a significant percentage compared to other religions), can donate $10 and it will amount to $1,000 but if only 10 people are donating, they’ll have to donate 10 times as much to get to the same amount. If people are too vicious, but at least self-aware, because of the atomisation policies pushed by traitors are subversive aliens, they can always donate from a distance. Many hands make light work and all of that. Make sure you’re not donating to any antinomian organisation, by the way…

    A.J.P.

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