"Freedom is never Free."
War is hell.
- Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
War is cruelty. There's no use trying to reform it, the
crueler it is the sooner it will be over
- Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
Civil War Quotes
you need a tank, you need a tank!"
- LTC Greg Reilly, Commander, First Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment
"It's not difficult to understand why
somebody might pick up an AK-47 against us. Maybe we killed
his father in the first Gulf War, maybe in this Gulf War,
maybe he's just a dick."
- Sgt. Reginald Abram, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment in western Iraq. Quoted
in the Asia Times, Oct. 24
"...a private who loses a rifle
suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses
- LT. COL. PAUL YINGLING, 3rd Armored Cavalry
"Never fight the Americans without nuclear weapons."
- Indian Army General after the First Gulf
"The will to win is nothing
without the will to prepare to win." - Vince Lombardi,
legendary football coach for the Green Bay Packers
"Before Guadalcanal the enemy advanced at his pleasure
-- after Guadalcanal he retreated at ours."
- Admiral "Bull" Halsey
"American soldiers in battle don't fight for what some
president says on T.V., they don't fight for mom, apple pie,
the American flag...they fight for one another."
- Lt. Col. Hal Moore
"If you're going to go to war against a major enemy,
go; knock the hell out of him fast, and go in there to kill
him and get it over with."
- Retired Lieutenant General Harold Moore
To the press: "Don't get in the way, and don't
give out information that would help the enemy."
To his troops: "Tell the Truth, and speak from
your pay-grade. Don't try to answer questions that would better
be directed to the battalion commander or Gen. William Westmoreland
or President Lyndon Johnson. If you are a squad leader, answer
questions about what you know and do."
- Lt. Col. Hal Moore's simple rules governing media visits
to his unit, the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry in Vietnam in 1965.
"The reason the American Army does so well in wartime,
is that war is chaos, and the American Army practices it on
a daily basis."
- from a post-war debriefing of a German General
"This year will go down in history. For
the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration.
Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and
the world will follow our lead into the future."
"The Marines I have
seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the
filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest
morals of any group of animals I have ever seen.
Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"
- Eleanor Roosevelt, First
Lady of the United States, 1945
"There is no problem that cannot be solved by the use
of high explosives."
- Bumper Sticker
"Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty
"I'd rather go down the river with seven studs than with
a hundred shitheads"
- Colonel Charlie Beckwith
"It take 15,000 casualties to train a major general.
- Ferdinand Foch
"When you men get home and face an anti-war protester,
look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at
his girlfriend, because she knows she's dating a pussy."
- Attributed to General Tommy Franks
- Also attributed to Leutenant General James Mattis, USMC
"War is hell, but actual combat is a motherfucker."
- Colonel Dave Hackworth's response to a report04/28/2007 9:31e
"Which brings me to perception. Some of you may remember
Commander General Conway's speech before we left Kuwait,
he mentioned those who don't support us. To quote him he said:
'Piss on them'."
- Lieutenant Colonel Piers Hankinson, commander of the 2nd
Royal Tank Regiment British Army
"The Iraqi people are capable of fighting to the victorious
end which God wants... the blood of our martyrs will burn
- Saddam Hussein, August 1990
"I was provided with additional input that was radically
different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that
- Colonel Oliver North, from his Iran--Contra testimony
"These are the times that try men's souls."
"Paper-work will ruin any military force"
- Lieutenant-General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller
"They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked
on both sides by an
enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can't get away from
- Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller--, USMC
"The Lybian army is capable of destroying America and
breaking its nose."
- Muammar Qaddafi
"We're not running out of [fixed] targets. Afghanistan
- Donald Rumsfeld, Oct. 9, 2001.
"From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered
with the blood of tyrants and patriots."
- Thomas Jefferson
"The 'eathen in 'is blindness must end where 'e began.
But the backbone of the Army is the non-commissioned man!"
- Rudyard Kipling
"A young man who does not have what it takes to perform
military service is not likely to have what it takes to make
- John F. Kennedy
"Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It
must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that
can ever happen in war."
- Ernest Miller Hemmingway
"The number of medals on an officer's breast varies in
inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duties
from the front line."
- Charles Edward Montague
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because
rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
- George Orwell
"Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate.
From 30,000 feet, every single bomb always hits the ground."
- U.S. Air Force ammunition memo.
"A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher
fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular
in what's left of your unit."
- Army preventive maintenance publication
"The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in
- Hyman G. Rickover 1986
"Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the
decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts."
- Mao Tse-tung 1938
"Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid."
- Col. David H. Hackworth
"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over
the area you just bombed"
- U.S. Air Force flight training manual
"The Sergeant is the Army."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower 1972
"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 Mar 23, 1775
"A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security
of the free State, the right of the people to keep and bear
arms, shall not be infringed."
- Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
"For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor
the protected will never know."
"To lead uninstructed people to war is to throw them
- Confucius 480 B.C.
"We make war that we may live in peace."
- Aristotle 325 B.C.
"Those who beat their swords into plows plow for those
"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual
means of preserving peace."
- George Washington 1790.
"Let him who desires peace prepare for war."
- Vegetius 375 A.D.
"Behold, a pale horse: and his name that sat on him
was Death, and Hell followed with him."
- Revelations 6:8
"If we get the federal government out
of the classroom, maybe we'll get God back in."
- Ronald Reagan 1976
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called
the children of God."
"Every man has got to know his limitations."
- Clint Eastwood
"Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly
always won by sergeants and privates."
- F.E. Adcock, British classical scholar
"The purpose of all war is peace."
- Saint Augustine, 354-430
"To have good soldiers, a nation must always be at war."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
"Laws are inoperative in war"
- Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.): Pro Milone.
"War is the continuation of policy(politics) by other
- Karl von Clausewitz
"War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to
- Georges Clemenceau
"I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace,
or peace is an interlude during war."
- Georges Clemenceau
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can,
only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower
"War is delightful to those who have had no experience
of it. "
- Desiderius Erasmus,
Dutch humanist, ca. 1466-1536
"The God of War hates those who hesitate."
- Euripides, 480-406 b.c.
Greek tragic dramatist
"The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is
- British Sea Lord John Fisher
"It is war that shapes peace, and armament that shapes
- Thomas Fuller
"He who stays on the defensive does not make war, he
- Field Marshal Colmar Baron von der Goltz, 1883
"If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they
- Ulysses S. Grant
"War is the mother of everything."
-Heraclitus, Greek philosopher (535-475BC)
"In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order
of nature, and fathers bury sons."
-Heroditus, greek historian c. 484-425 B.C.
"In war, only the simple succeeds."
-Field Marshal Paul Von Hindenburg
"It is well that war is so terrible, else we should
grow too fond of it."
- General Robert E. Lee
"Si vis pacem, para bellum"
("If you want peace, prepare for war!")
- Flavius Vegetius Renatus (ca 390 AD),
Roman military strategist
From "Epitoma rei militaris" (a summary of military
"Cry 'Havoc' and let slip the dogs of War."
- William Shakespeare ("Julius Caesar")
"So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike
at what is weak."
-Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"
"The art of war is, in the last result, the art of
keeping one's freedom of action."
- Xenophon, Greek historian (c. 430-355 BC)
is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed
and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which
thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person
who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing
which is more important than his own personal safety, is
a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless
made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- John Stuart Mill
English economist & philosopher (1806 - 1873)
"War would end if the dead could return.
Stanley Baldwin, statesman (1867-1947)
at first, is the hope that one will
be better off; next, the expectation that
the other fellow will be worse off;
then, the satisfaction that he isn't
any better off; and, finally, the
surprise at everyone's being worse off."
- Karl Kraus, writer (1874-1936)