"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good
men to do nothing"
- Edmund Burke (1729-1797), British statesman and
(I came, I saw, I conquered)
- Julius Caesar, Roman emperor (100BC-44BC)
"Never in the field of human conflict
was so much owed by so many to so few."
- Prime Minister Winston Churchill
(about the Royal Air Force)
"We shall defend our
island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in
fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender and even if, which
I do not for the moment believe, this island or a large part of it were
subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by
the British Fleet, will carry on the struggle until in God's good time the New
World with all its power and might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of
- Prime Minister Winston Churchill (after the fall of France)
"Come on you
sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?"
Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, 4 june 1918.
Leading Marines at Belleu Wood.
Later Daly told a Marine Historian,
"What I really yelled was: For Christ's sake, men-COME ON!
Do you want to live forever?"
Dan Daly served with Marine Fourth Brigade in WW1.
Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daley was awarded two Medals of Honor and a lot of other
Dan Daly is still one of the great legends of the Marines.
"No bastard ever won a war by dying
for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his
- General George Patton Jr
"Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum".
("If you want peace, prepare for war")
- Flavius Vegetius Renatus. Roman Military strategist. c. 390. A.D
"Don't one of you fire until you see
the whites of their eyes"
Colonel William Prescott, at the Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775
"I have not
yet begun to fight."
- Captain John Paul Jones (aboard
the Bon Homme Richard)
Bon Homme fought the British ship, Serapis.
The Sarapis Captain asked if Capt. Jones wanted to surrender.
Jones yelled back, "I have not yet begun to fight!".
"Don't one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes"
Israel Putnam, at the Battle of Bunker Hill and Breed's Hill, June 1775
The rest of the quote, according to Putnam's lower-ranking officers was:
"Powder is scarce and must not be wasted. Fire low!
You are all marksmen and could kill a squirrel at a hundred yards.
Reserve your fire and the enemy will all be destroyed."
The quote has also been (wrongfully) attributed to the
commanding officer Colonel William Prescott
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