Tag: Military quotes

Quotes June 12, 2020

“Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory is won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
 
 
 
 
“Chickenshit can be recognized instantly because it never has anything to do with winning the war.”
Paul Fussell, Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War
 
 
 
 
“An army is a miniature of the society which produces it.”
C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
 
 
 
 
“The simple and terrifying reality, forbidden from discussion in America, was that despite spending $600 billion a year on the military, despite having the best fighting force the world had ever known, they were getting their asses kicked by illiterate peasants who made bombs out of manure and wood.”
Michael Hastings, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan
 
 
 
 
“Sir, what can be said of these things? Is it the arm of the flesh that hath done these things? Is it the wisdom and counsel, or strength of man? It is the Lord only. God will curse that man and his house that dares to think otherwise. Sir, you see the work is done by a Divine leading. God gets into the hearts of men, and persuades them to come under you.”
Oliver Cromwell, Cromwell’s Letters and Speeches: Volume Two
 
 
 
 
“He committed the crime of stupidity while under my command,” said Citizen.
“Oh my,” said Rigg. “They’re handing out the death penalty for that these days?”
Orson Scott Card, Pathfinder
 
 
 
 
“Every infantryman in the Soviet Army carries with him a small spade. When he is given the order to halt he immediately lies flat and starts to dig a hole in the ground beside him.”
Viktor Suvorov, Spetsnaz
 
 
 
 
“Troops are everywhere in their modern, digital camouflage, designed to blend in anywhere at any time. Yet at night we wear bright yellow reflective belts.”
Glenn Dean, Soldier / Geek: An Army Science Advisor’s Journal of the War in Afghanistan
 
 
 
 
“For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo. Geronimo E.K.I.A”
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