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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

George Orwell

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

Winston S. Churchill

“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”

Douglas MacArthur

“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”


“From this day to the ending of the world,

But we in it shall be remembered-

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he to-day that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,

This day shall gentle his condition;

And gentlemen in England now-a-bed

Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,

And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”

William Shakespeare Henry V

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country”

George S. Patton Jr.

“One more dance along the razor’s edge finished. Almost dead yesterday, maybe dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive, today.”

Robert Jordan Lord of Chaos

“She had been proud of his decision to serve his country, her heart bursting with love and admiration the first time she saw him outfitted in his dress blues. ”

Nicholas Sparks The Lucky One

“The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

Colin Powell

“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.”

Winston S. Churchill

“…It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability.”

George S. Patton Jr.

“Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers’ enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”

Simone Weil

“The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel. This is essentially the basis of all military thinking.”

Terry Pratchett Eric

“-You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions. You’re dangerous and depraved, and you ought to be taken outside and shot!”

Joseph Heller Catch-22

“I don’t want unnecessary violence, sergeant,” said Blouse.

“Right you are, sir!” said the sergeant. “Carborundum! First man comes through that door runnin’, I want him nailed to the wall!” He caught the lieutenant’s eye, and added: “But not too hard!”

Terry Pratchett Monstrous Regiment

“The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them. For example, when the British invaded India, many Indians accepted to work for the British to kill off Indians who resisted their occupation. So in other words, many Indians were hired to kill other Indians on behalf of the enemy for a paycheck. Today, we have mercenaries in Africa, corporate armies from the western world, and unemployed men throughout the Middle East killing their own people – and people of other nations – for a paycheck. To act without a conscience, but for a paycheck, makes anyone a dangerous animal. The devil would be powerless if he couldn’t entice people to do his work. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between brothers.”

Suzy Kassem

“It is a long-cherished tradition among a certain type of military thinker that huge casualties are the main thing. If they are on the other side then this is a valuable bonus.”

Terry Pratchett Jingo

“Kestrel’s cruel calculation appalled her. This was part of what had made her resist the military: the fact that she could make decisions like this, that she did have a mind for strategy, that people could be so easily become pieces in a game she was determined to win…”

Marie Rutkoski The Winner’s Curse

“Military guys are rarely as smart as they think they are, and they’ve never gotten over the fact that civilians run the military.”

Maureen Dowd

“Maxim 3:

An ordnance technician at a dead run outranks everybody.

-The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries”

Howard Tayler

“My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat, situation excellent. I attack.”

Ferdinand Foch

“Is killing a known terrorist wrong? I ask this, did the terrorist allow any of his victims quarter? No, then allow him no quarter, and hoist the black flag.”

T.R. Wallace

Last updated: 03/10/15

If any group knows about the importance of leadership it’s the Military. Here is a special collection of quotes about the importance of leadership in battle.

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Those who command themselves, command others.-William Hazlitt

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.-Peter F. Drucker

Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.-J. Donald Walters

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy.-Norman Schwarzkopf

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.-Robert E. Lee

Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.-General Douglas MacArthur

Whoever is under a man’s power is under his protection, too.-David J. Schwartz

A general never shows despair. He instills confidence in his troops. He leads them forward, even into the mouth of death.-Rick Riordan, The Throne of Fire

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.-James Cash Penney

Great leaders inspire. They maintain a hopeful attitude, even in the face of discouraging setbacks, constant criticism and abundant opposition. People don’t follow discouraged leaders. They follow those who persist with hope.-RICK WARREN, Ladies’ Home Journal, Oct. 2008

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.-Polybius

Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.-George S. Patton Jr., Patton Principles

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.-General George Patton

When we think we lead, we are most led.-Lord Byron

It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.-Norman Schwarzkopf

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.-Talleyrand

Tis skill, not strength, that governs a ship.-Thomas Fuller

The multitude who require to be led, still hate their leaders-William Hazlitt

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.-Harry S. Truman

In the military, I learned that ‘leadership’ means raising your hand and volunteering for the tough, important assignments.-Tulsi Gabbard

Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.-Norman Schwarzkopf

Leadership is for those who love the public good and are endowed and trained to administer it.-Thornton Wilder

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.-General Colin Powell

Humanity needs heroic leadership from those who see all life as precious.-Bryant McGill

My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.-General George Patton

The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.-Colin Powell

If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive;and, unless submissive, then will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be unless.-Sun Tzu,

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.-George W. Bush

To have reservations is to show true leadership. To have certainty without question, to lead people to battle with no qualms, or to prosecute without hesitation are qualities of a tyrant.-Laura Kreitzer, Abyss

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