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Quotations

Quotes, sayings, proverbs and utterances from every quarter.

 
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.  George Washington
Dulce bellum inexpertis (War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.)   Erasmus
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.    Benjamin Franklin
A good plan executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.   George S. Patton
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.  Dwight D. Eisenhower
Begin with the end in mind.   Stephen Covey
I have met the enemy and he is us.   Pogo (Walt Kelly)
The man who can't make a mistake can't make anything.   Abraham Lincoln
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.   Thomas Paine
Put your trust in God, but keep your powder dry   Oliver Cromwell
Those who beat their swords into plows, will plow for those who didn't.    Unknown
Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead.   Benjamin Franklin
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.   Abraham Lincoln
Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.   Karl von Clausewitz
Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.   Omar Bradley
Life is not so short, but that there is always time for courtesy.   Ralph Waldo Emerson
I would lay down my life for America, but I cannot trifle with my honor.   John Paul Jones
It is well that war is so terrible, or we should get too fond of it.   Robert E. Lee
Duty is the sublimest word in our language.  Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more.  You should never wish to do less.   Robert E. Lee
Democracy's the worst form of government except for all the others.   Winston Churchill
The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. Margaret Thatcher
The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.   Marcus Aurelius
The best soldiers are not warlike.   Chinese Proverb
The god of war hates those who hesitate.    Euripides
Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.   Sophocles
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!   Patrick Henry
Some of you young men think that war is all glamour and glory, but let me tell you, boys, it is all hell!   William T. Sherman
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.  Ernest Hemingway
War is fear cloaked in courage.   William Westmoreland
Courage is knowing what not to fear.  Plato
Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway.  John Wayne 
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  Franklin D. Roosevelt
To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.  Edward Weeks
He who angers you conquers you.  Elizabeth Kenny
Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy. Aristotle
I offer neither pay nor quarter nor provisions; I offer hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death.  Let him who loves his country in his heart, and not his lips only, follow me. Giuseppe Garibaldi
Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates.   Arleigh Burke
In general, the more complex the plan, the more likely that something will go awry.   Dennis Drew
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.    Martin Luther King, Jr.
He who is shipwrecked the second time, cannot lay the blame on Neptune.   English Proverb
A battle sometimes decides everything and sometimes the most trifling thing decides the fate of the battle.  Napoleon Bonaparte
In war, important events result from trivial causes.   Julius Caesar
Execute every act of your life as though it were your last.  Marcus Aurelius
Victory smiles upon those who anticipate the changes in the character of war, not upon those who wait to adapt themselves after the changes occur.   Guilio Douhet, The Command of the Air
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.   Thomas Paine
Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. Herbert Hoover
When the rich make war it's the poor that die.   Jean-Paul Sartre
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.  Herodotus
Any officer can get by in his sergeants.  To be a sergeant you have to know your stuff.  I'd rather be an outstanding sergeant than just another officer.   Daniel Daly
Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is the man and not the materials that counts.  Mao Zedong
Wars may be fought by weapons, but they are won by men.  It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.   George S. Patton
In war there is no prize for runner up.   Omar Bradley
Inflict the least possible permanent injury, for the enemy of today is the customer of tomorrow and the ally of the future.  B. H. Liddel-Hart
Time is everything: Five minutes makes the difference between victory and defeat.  Horatio Nelson
Time is the best interpreter of every doubtful law.  Dionysius
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.   Thomas Jefferson
Without justice, courage is weak.   American Proverb
A weapon is an enemy even to its owner.   Turkish Proverb
When you surround an army, leave an outlet free.  Do not press a desperate foe too hard.   Sun Tzu
The urge to gain release from tension by action is a precipitating cause of war.  B. H. Liddel-Hart
War hath no fury like a noncombatant. Charles E. Montague, Disenchantment
Hit hard, hit first, hit often.  William F. Halsey Jr.
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.  George Bernard Shaw
The expenses required to prevent a war are much lighter than those that will, if not prevented, be absolutely necessary to maintain it.   Benjamin Franklin.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.    John F. Kennedy
Time is the condition to be won to defeat the enemy.  Time ranks first among the three factors necessary for victory, coming before terrain and support of the people.  Only with time can we defeat the enemy.   Ho Chi Minh
No charter of freedom will be worth looking at which does not ensure the same measure of freedom for the minorities as for the majority.   Mahatma Ghandi
Among the Americans who served on Iwo (Jima) Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.   Chester W. Nimitz
You can't say civilization isn't advancing - in every war they kill you in a new way.   Will Rogers
Diplomats are just as essential in starting a war as soldiers are in finishing it.    Will Rogers
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.   Omar Bradley
The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.   Japanese Proverb
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.   W. E. B. DuBois
The chief incalculable in war is the human will.   B. H. Liddel-Hart
The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it.  Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.   Albert Einstein
The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.   Joseph Heller, Catch 22
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.  Winston Churchill
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.   Samuel Clemmons
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.  Samuel Clemmons
He who lies for you will lie against you. Bosnian Proverb
There never was a good war or a bad peace.   Benjamin Franklin
Last ship, best ship.   Navy Proverb
Any ship can be a minesweeper - once.   Navy Proverb
The Army and the Navy are run like traditional military services. The Air Force is run like a corporation.  But the Marine Corps is a religion.   Admiral, USN
The Navy is like a tree full of monkeys.  Some are climbing up and some are on the way down.  The top monkey looking down sees all smiling faces.  The monkeys on the bottom looking up have a different view.   Commander, USN
The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right names.   Confucius
We hear it said, "If God existed there would be no wars."  But it would be truer to say, "If God's laws were observed there would be no wars."   Yves Congar
No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his body, to risk his well-being, to risk his life, in a great cause.   Theodore Roosevelt
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.    Mao Zedong
Sometimes I think it should be a rule of war that you have to see somebody up close and get to know him before you can shoot him.  Colonel Potter (MASH)
Speak softly but carry a big stick.  Theodore Roosevelt
Time is everything. Five minutes makes the difference between victory and defeat.   Horatio Nelson
Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly.   Chinese Proverb
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.   Napoleon
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.    Abraham Lincoln
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.   Thomas Jefferson
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.  C. S. Lewis
It is better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep.   Italian Proverb
All sunshine and no rain makes a desert.   Proverb
Sweat saves blood.   Erwin Rommel
Tomorrow's battle is won by today's practice.   Japanese Proverb
The only easy day was yesterday.   Navy SEAL Motto
Tens of thousands of bones will become ashes when one general achieves his fame. Chinese Proverb
If it moves, salute it; if it doesn't move, pick it up; and if you can't pick it up, paint it.   World War II Slogan
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, Certainly, I can! Then get busy and find out how to do it. Teddy Roosevelt
Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers.  Unknown
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.   Dwight D. Eisenhower
Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says "Go!" - a leader says "Let's go!"  E.M. Kelly
When you commission something you put it into service; when you warrant something you guarantee it will work.   CWO,  U.S. Army
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.   Rebecca West
No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country.   George S. Patton
Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.   Douglas MacArthur
Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons   Douglas MacArthur
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.  C. S. Lewis
First pride, then the crash - the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.   Proverbs 16:18 The Message
We in the Navy have a blue suit waiting for anyone who can wear it.  This suit is cut from the fabric of freedom, and is tailored to the lean and form-fitting style of dedicated purpose set for us by our founding fathers.  I don't expect it ever to go out of fashion, but it can if not enough men and women are willing to wear it with pride and respect.   George W. Anderson Jr.
War always creates more scoundrels than it kills.  Unknown
Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself and to American tradition.  George Patton
All war is deception.  Sun Tzu
The best armor is staying out of gun range.   Italian proverb
When the pin is pulled Mr. Grenade is not our friend.  Marine Drill Instructor
Amateurs talk about tactics. Professionals talk about logistics.   Aleks Hindin
Battles are decided by the quartermasters before the first shot is fired.    Edwin Rommel
It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.   Douglas MacArthur
History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.  Ronald Reagan
In no other profession are the penalties for employing untrained personnel so appalling or so irrevocable as in the military.   Douglas MacArthur
Definition of strategy: Hit the other fellow, as quick as you can, and as hard as you can, where it hurts him most, and when he ain't looking.  British Sergeant-Major
We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things. Lewis (Chesty) Puller
You may fight in the cause of GOD against those who attack you, but do not aggress. GOD does not love the aggressors.   Koran [2:190]
He that preaches war is the devil's chaplain.   Proverb
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.  Abraham Lincoln
A great war leaves the country with three armies - an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.   German Proverb
Eternal peace lasts only until the next war.   Russian Proverb
The downfall of civilized states tends to come not from the direct assaults of foes, but from internal decay combined with the consequences of exhaustion in war.   B. H. Liddel-Hart
War is a continuation of policy by the use of different means.   Karl Von Clausewitz
Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man.   George Patton
The number of medals on an officer's chest varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duties from the front line.   Charles E. Montague
Thousands of Vietnam veterans earned medals for bravery every day. A few were even awarded. Unknown
If Lincoln were alive today he'd be turning over in his grave.   Gerald Ford
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John Kennedy
Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.  Ronald Reagan
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  John E. Southard
I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming.   Jimmy Carter
Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. Herbert Hoover
One "Oh, sh_t", erases ten thousand "Atta boys."   Navy Proverb
Fighting terrorism is like being a goalkeeper. You can make a hundred brilliant saves but the only shot that people remember is the one that gets past you.    Paul Wilkinson
The mark of a great shiphandler is never getting into situations that require great shiphandling.   Ernest J. King
You have to go out, but you don't have to come back.   Unofficial Coast Guard Motto
Semper Paratus loosely translates "simply forgot us." Coast Guard Saying
The most confident critics are generally those who know the least about the matter criticized.   Ulysses S. Grant
Never take counsel of your fears.  Andrew Jackson
England expects that every man will do his duty. Horatio Nelson
In case signals can neither be seen nor perfectly understood, no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy. Horatio Nelson
We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.  Winston Churchill
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.  Abraham Lincoln
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln
Ubi concordia, ibi victoria (Where is the unity, there is the victory).   Roman Proverb
Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered). Julius Caesar
Losers attribute to luck what winners know to be the results of discipline and hard work. Unknown
When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. African Proverb
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused. Unknown
Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead. David G. Farragut
Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals.  Colman McCarthy
Anyone who isn't confused doesn't really understand the situation. Edward R. Murrow
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars. William Westmoreland
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. Plutarch
Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. Unknown
Any plan imperfectly executed is better than no plan perfectly executed. Scott Sorrell
Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value. Marshal Ferdinand Foch
Something in me died at Peleliu. Possibly I lost faith that politicians in high places who do not have to endure war's savagery will ever stop blundering and sending others to endure it. Eugene B. Sledge
The sea finds out everything you did wrong.  Francis Stokes
Ignorance and its hand-maidens, prejudice, intolerance, suspicion of our fellowman, breed dictators and breed wars.  Harry S. Truman
Leadership is in sacrifice, in self-denial, in humility and in the perfectly disciplined will.  This is the distinction between great and little men.  Vince Lombardi
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill
Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.  Tom Peters
Be true to yourself. Be true to those you lead.  John Wooden, Pyramid of Success
We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.  Felix Frankfurter
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.  Bertrand Russell
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.  Epictetus
Most of the trouble in this world is caused by people wanting to be important.  T.S. Eliot
We the unwilling led by the unknowing all doing the impossible for the ungrateful.  Vietnam era slogan
Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.  Mitch Ratcliffe
The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools. Thucydides
Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. Colin Powell
Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Thomas Paine
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald The Crack-Up
Si vis pacem, para bellum.  If you seek peace, prepare for war. Motto
Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils. John Stark
When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat. Ronald Reagan
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more money than the man with a gun. Mario Puzo The Godfather
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Ben Franklin
It is the function of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy, so that it will not be fought on U.S. soil.  Chester Nimitz
To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage. Confucius
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. John F. Kennedy
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled. Barnett Cocks
We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming. Wernher Von Braun
There is nothing permanent except change. Heraclitus
Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.  Lou Holtz
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.  Martin Luther King, Jr
In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better. Ernest Hemingway
If wishes were horses beggars would go for a ride. English Proverb
Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.  Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim
Character is what a man is in the dark.  Dwight L. Moody
My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference! Harry Truman
People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim. Ann Landers
I've learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper; it goes much faster as you near the end. Andy Rooney
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. Ronald Reagan
Intelligence is not to be confused with intelligence. Daniel Patrick Moynihan