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An army travels on its stomach

Posted by Bob on November 29, 2006

In Reply to: An army travels on its stomach posted by Valeriy on November 29, 2006

: An army travels on its stomach
: What is the most common meaning of this phrase?

: As a non-native English speaker influenced very much by my national idioms I sense three meaning:

: 1. One must work hardly to get any result.
: 2. Any progress may be slow.
: 3. A good soldier is a soldier well fed.

: I will be grateful for any comments and explanations.
: Thank you.
: Valeriy

#3 is correct. It's a quote from Napoleon Bonaparte.