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When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

No guts , no glory.

Major Frederick Blesse

Gentlemen, we are being killed on the beaches. Let us go inland and be killed.

General Norman Cota — Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944

Twenty-five doesn't sound like much until you start flying them.

Cpt Robert Morgan of the Memphis Belle

I can’t expect loyalty from the army if I do not give it.

George C Marshall

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

Unknown Author

A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow.

Gen George S. Patton

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.

John G. Riefenbaker

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

Abraham Lincoln

The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.

G K Chesterton

Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.

David Hackworth

Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography.

Paul Rodriguez

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

Harry S Truman, 33rd President of the United States

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

General Douglas MacArthur

Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.

Joseph Stalin

It is God's job to forgive Osama bin Laden. It is our job to arrange a face to face meeting.

An American Serviceman

We don't have that problem in Russia." Why not? "Because when we get that close we close our eyes.

Unknown Author

When you have a hammer, all problems start to look like nails. But nations without great military power face the opposite danger: When you don't have a hammer, you don't want anything to look like nails.

Robert Kagan

I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.

General George S. Patton

In war, the moral is to the physical as three is to one.


There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell.

Major General William Tecumseh Sherman

Rule #29: Always make your opponent think you know more than you really know.

General Phil Sheridan

War is too important to be left to the generals.

Georges Clemenceau French Prime Minister during World War I

Memorable Quotes

There are no fat war photographers.

Peter Howe, author of "Shooting Under Fire

Veni, Vidi, Vici. I came, I saw, I conquered.

Julius Caesar

They feed the crocodile in the hope that he will eat them last.

Winston Churchill's observation about appeasers

Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics.

Modern Military saying

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

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To be born free is an accident. To live free is a privilege. To die free is a responsibility.

Brig. General James Sehorn

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

G.K. Chesterton

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.

Robert A. Heinlein

I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

George S. McGovern

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Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.

Douglas MacArthur

There is no honor in sending men to die for something you won’t even fight for yourself.

Mark Owen

Fortune favors the brave.


It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.

Douglas MacArthur

We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.

Winston Churchill
Knowledge dominance' does scare us as Marines. General George Armstrong Custer probably thought he had knowledge dominance, too. Any time you thing you're smarter than your adversary, you're probably about a half-mile from the Little Big Horn.
Training and education are two different things. Training gives you a skill set to perform a specific task. Education provides you with academic theory for problem-solving issues.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.
Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.
I am not afraid of an Army of lions lead by a sheep; I am afraid of sheep lead by a lion.

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