The means and forms which Strategy uses are in fact so extremely simple, so well known by their constant repitition, that it only appears ridiculous to sound common sense when it hears critics so frequently speaking of them with high-flown emphasis. Turning a flank, which has been done a thousand times, is regarded here as proof of the most brilliant genius, there as a proof of the most profound penetration, indeed even of the most comprehensive knowledge. Can there be in the book-world more absurd productions?
Carl von Clausewitz, On War, Book III, Chapter 1
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