All men are timid on entering any fight. Whether it is the first or the last fight, all of us are timid. Cowards are those who let their timidity get the better of their manhood.
The fixed determination to have acquired the warrior soul, to either conquer or perish with honor, is the secret of victory.
The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
My men can eat their belts, but my tanks have gotta have gas.
You fight like you train.
Now in war we are confronted with conditions which are strange.
If we accept them we will never win.
Since being realistic, as in mundane combats fistic,
We will get a bloody nose and that's a sin.
Often I have encountered in life that great disappointments have proved to be the road to future successes.
Wars are not won by fighting battles; wars are won by choosing battles.
If I could have three wishes, one would be to take an '88 and shove that barrel up Hitler's ass so that cocksucker can cry like the little god-damned girl he is. And hell, after that, I wouldn't need two more wishes.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated.
Officers must be made to care for their men. That is the sole duty of all officers.
Let's keep our boots polished, bayonets sharpened, and present a picture of force and strength to the Red Army. This is the only language they understand and respect.
Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.
Success is not getting to the top -- but how you bounce up from the bottom that counts.
The obvious thing for the cavalryman to do is to accept the fighting machine as a partner, and prepare to meet more fully the demands of future warfare.
We must guard against becoming so engrossed in the specific nature of the roots and bark of the trees of knowledge as to miss the meaning and grandeur of the forest they compose.
Why is it that all battles are fought in the middle of the night, in downpouring rain, and at the corners of four different maps?
Many, who should know better, think that wars can be decided by soulless machines, rather than by the blood and anguish of brave men.
One does not plan and then try to make circumstances fit the plans. One tries to make plans fit the circumstances.
No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts.
Tanks are new and special weapon-newer than, as special, and certainly as valuable as the airplane.
Success in war depends upon the golden rule of war.
There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.
I'd rather have a German Division in front of me than a French one behind.
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
If you can't get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country?
There is no proof nor yet any denial. We were, we are, and we will be.
A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end.
Many soldiers are led to faulty ideas of war by knowing too much about too little.
If a man does his best, what else is there?
Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow.
Pressure makes diamonds.
A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later.
Always do everything you ask of those you command.
If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results.
I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed! Gen.
Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of battle.
When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!
No sane man is unafraid in battle, but discipline produces in him a form of vicarious courage.
Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.
So let us do real fighting, boring in and gouging, biting.
Do as I have taught you, and you will stay alive.
Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching.
The supreme measure of a man, is what he would risk his life for.
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
I always believe in being prepared, even when I'm dressed in white tie and tails.
Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competence.
The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is bearing arms.
The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence.
You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.
An imperfect plan implemented immediately and violently will always succeed better than a perfect plan.
Don't fall victim to what I call the ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire.
War is an art and as such is not susceptible of explanation by fixed formula.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time.
Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it.
All glory is fleeting.
There is no such thing as a successful defense.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
The duties of an officer are the safety, honor, and welfare of your country first; the honor, welfare, and comfort of the men in your command second; and the officer's own ease, comfort, and safety last.
If a man has done his best, what else is there?
It is the cold glitter of the attacker's eye not the point of the questing bayonet that breaks the line.
A man must know his destiny.
A man must know his destiny. if he does not recognize it, then he is lost.
There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.
You shouldn't underestimate an enemy, but it is just as fatal to overestimate him.
Do not try to make circumstances fit your plans. Make plans that fit the circumstances.
There is only one sort of discipline, perfect discipline.
There is only one sort of discipline -- PERFECT DISCIPLINE. Men cannot have good battle discipline and poor administrative discipline.
In war nothing is impossible, provided you use audacity.
I do not have to tell you who won the war. You know, the artillery did.
A real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood.
We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
Always do more than is required of you.
Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
Give me an Army of West Point graduates and I'll win a battle... Give me a handful of Texas Aggies and I'll win a war.
Plans must be simple and flexible....They must be made by the people who execute them.
A civil servant is sometimes like a broken cannon -- it won't work and you can't fire it.
Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.
The courageous man is the man who forces himself, in spite of his fear, to carry on.
An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.
Unless you do your best, the day will come when, tired and hungry, you will halt just short of the goal you were ordered to reach, and by halting you will make useless the efforts and deaths of thousands.
If everybody's thinking the same thing, then nobody's thinking.
Let us not mourn that such men died, but rejoice that such men lived.
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.
There are three ways that men get what they want: by planning, by working, and by praying.
There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and by praying. Any great military operation takes careful planning, or thinking. Then you must have well-trained troops to carry it out: that's working. But between the plan and the operation there is always an unknown. That unknown spells defeat or victory, success or failure. It is the reaction of the actors to the ordeal when it actually comes. Some people call that getting the breaks; I call it God. God has His part, or margin in everything, That's where prayer comes in.
I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood.
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
In war the only sure defense is offense, and the efficiency of the offense depends on the warlike souls of those conducting it.
Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance. God help me, I do love it so.