The Quotable Warrior
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The Quotable Warrior is quite simply the best collection of quotes from military leaders ever put together, and includes quotations from Thucydides, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, John Pershing, Winston Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Norman H. Schwarzkopf from the Peloponnesian War to Afghanistan and Iraq, and all wars in-between.
This is the most compelling, challenging, and comprehensive collection of quotes about leadership and war ever assembled. It is a rich and balanced collection of the best quotations about war and those who go to war. Here are the reasons that men fight wars, the challenges they face, the tactics and strategies of great battles and campaigns, the horrors of war, the challenge of human courage, and much more.
feeling, not seeing. I moved past trees, past other things; men passed by me, carrying other men, some crying, some cursing, some silent. They were all unreal. Balanced uneasily on the knife- edge between utter oblivion and this temporary not-knowing, it seemed little matter whether I were . . . to go forward to death or to come back to life. Capt. Wyn Griffith (1916) With the Royal Welch Fusiliers, at Mametz Wood 67 the quotable warrior Give them the cold steel! Confederate Brig. Gen.
Director Playboy (1972) 98 at ease! “Peace” is where nobody’s shooting. A “Just Peace” is when our side gets what it wants. Bill Mauldin, Soldier and Cartoonist quoted in Loose Talk, Linda Botts, Ed. (1980) Piss when you can. q Attributed to the Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley (1769–1852) When the leader of the Battle of Waterloo was asked by a young officer for his best piece of permanent military wisdom q Only the winners decide what were war crimes. Gary Wills The New York Times
sorry. I fucked up. I knew better than to do that.” Then he’d want to know, “Did anybody die because of me?” I’d tell him how proud I was of him and that everything would be okay. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf It Doesn’t Take a Hero (1992) Recalling experiences in Vietnam 146 ’nam None of us was a hero. We would not return to cheering crowds, parades, and the pealing of great cathedral bells. We had done nothing more than endure. We had survived, and that was our only victory. Philip Caputo A
Marshall Men Against Fire (1964) I shall return. q General Douglas MacArthur Message on leaving Corregidor in the Philippines for Australia, as ordered by President Roosevelt, March 11, 1942 163 the quotable warrior They died hard—those savage men—not gently like a stricken dove folding its wings in peaceful passing, but like a wounded wolf at bay, with lips curled back in sneering menace, and always a nerveless hand reaching for that long sharp machete knife which long ago they had
eight days of operations against Taliban insurgents in the backcountry of Khost Province, Afghanistan, in April 2004 q “Pat was like a freight train. Whoosh. A pit bull straining against his leash. He took off toward the high ground, yelling, ‘O’Neal! On me! Stay on me!’” Pvt. Joey Boatright Describing Army Ranger action with Specialist Pat Tillman [a former NFL player with the Arizona Cardinals] and Pvt. Bryan O’Neal in the fight against Taliban insurgents, Khost Province, Afghanistan, April