Military Quotes

Feb 2016
"Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster."
-Sun Tzu

"Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak."
-Sun Tzu

"Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true."
-Julius Caesar

"I warn you against shedding blood, indulging in it and making a habit of it, for blood never sleeps."
-An-Nasir Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub (Saladin)

"If you're afraid - don't do it, - if you're doing it - don't be afraid!"
-Genghis Khan

"Act, and God will act."
-Joan of Arc

"I can be approached, but never pushed; befriended but never coerced; killed, but never shamed."
-Yi Sun-shin

"Patience is the key to any battle."
-Tokugawa Ieyasu

"I have not yet begun to fight."
-John Paul Jones

"The enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan."
-Carl von Clausewitz

"The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy."
-Carl von Clausewitz

"The best way to keep one's word is not to give it."
-Napoléon Bonaparte

"Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon."
Horatio Nelson

"Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must."
Duke of Wellington

"Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others."
-Otto von Bismarck

"One day the great European war will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans."
-Otto von Bismarck

"When you march into France, let the last man on the right brush the channel with his sleeve."
-Alfred von Shlieffen

"There are no desperate situations, there are only desperate people."
-Heinz Guderian

"One cannot permit unique opportunities to slip by for the sake of trifles."
-Erwin Rommel

"Sweat saves blood, blood saves lives, but brains save both."
-Erwin Rommel

"A brilliant man would find a way not to fight a war."
-Isoroku Yamamoto

"Leadership consists of picking good men and helping them do their best."
-Chester W. Nimitz

"A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week."
-George Patton

"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."
-Chesty Puller

""Retreat! Hell, we're just attacking in a different direction."
-Chesty Puller


Ad Honorem
Oct 2010
Bitter experience in war has taught the maxim that the art of war is the art of the logistically feasible."
- ADM Hyman Rickover, USN

"Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics."
- Gen. Robert H. Barrow, USMC (Commandant of the Marine Corps) noted in 1980

"… in its relationship to strategy, logistics assumes the character of a dynamic force, without which the strategic conception is simply a paper plan."
- CDR C. Theo Vogelsang, USN

"Only a commander who understand logistics can push the military machine to the limits without risking total breakdown."
- Maj.Gen. Julian Thompson, Royal Marines


Forum Staff
Aug 2016
"The difficulty of fighting the Americans is that they don't read their own manuals which makes them completely unpredictable." - Erwin Rommel

"If we don't know what we're doing, the enemy will never figure out our plans." - Anonymous GI
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May 2018
Houston, TX
"They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."
American Civil War Union Major-General John Sedgwick, moments before a Confederate sniper bullet killed him.


Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
"You may sow dissension and suspicion against the distinguished men among the enemy. When you conduct raids in enemy territory, do not burn the estates of those men; instead, leave behind some sign of friendship with them, either in writing or in some other way. You will obtain the same results if you secretly make use of captives held by you to make known certain secret matters to those men. For if this sort of thing happens frequently, the enemy will look upon it as obvious deception and trickery, with the result that they will certainly fall into dissension and become suspicious of those men." - Taktika 20.22, Leo VI (A.D. 886-912), trans. Dennis 2010.
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Jan 2009
In the Past
"A man does not have himself killed for a half-pence a day or for a petty distinction. You must speak to the soul in order to electrify him." - Napoleon Bonaparte