The spirit of an army is the factor which multiplied by the mass gives the resulting force.
This problem is only solvable if we cease arbitrarily to substitute for the unknown x itself the conditions under which that force becomes apparent- such as the commands of the general, the equipment employed, and so on- mistaking these for the real significance of the factor, and if we recognize this unknown quantity in its entirety as being the greater or lesser desire to fight and to face danger.
This equation does not give us the value of the unknown factor but gives us a ratio between two unknowns.
de Cominges almost to frenzy with the sight of this spoon dangling before her lips." Another factor
is the circumstance that even when, overjoyed at winning, the Grandmother was distributing alms right and left, and taking every one to be a beggar, she again snapped out to the General that he was not going to be allowed any of her money-- which meant that the old lady had quite made up her mind on the point, and was sure of it.
The deciding factor
was not the big automatic pistol, but the certitude that Daylight would use it.
At these words the corn factor grew pale as a linen napkin.
At the sound of the name of Robin Hood, the corn factor quaked with fear, so that he had to seize his horse by the mane to save himself from falling off its back.
The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors
, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field.
I grow timid when I am face to face with my human frailty, which ever prevents me from grasping all the factors in any problem - human, vital problems, you know."
You spoke yourself of the human frailty that prevented one from taking all the factors into consideration.
"When the history of this war is written, Ambrose, with flamboyant phrases and copious rhetoric, there will be unwritten chapters, more dramatic, having really more direct effect upon the final issue than even the great battles which have seemed the dominant factors
. Sit tight here, Ambrose, and wait.
What exists in us consists of various factors
, some open to external observation, others only visible to introspection.