concentrates the military mind so much as the discovery that you have walked
into an ambush."
-Thomas Packenham, British historian
"These are the
times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in
this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now,
deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily
conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict,
the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:
it is dearness only that gives everything its value."
- Thomas Paine ("The
logistics is combat power"
- Lieutenant-General William G. Pagonis,
Director of Logistics during the Gulf War of 1991
Intuition is often
crucial in combat, and survivors learn not to ignore it.
- Col F.F. Parry, USMC (Ret.)
Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles,
but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.-Norman Vincent
"No man is fit
to command another that cannot command himself."
- William Penn
We have met the
enemy and they are ours!
-Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, dispatch, Battle of Lake Erie, Sept. 10,
bellies are not satisfied with empty promises and hopes."
-Peter the Great
In the moment of action remember the value of silence and
-Phormio of Athens
"I don’t care how they dress so long as they mind
-Sir Thomas Picton, British general killed at Waterloo, 1815, when
questioned about the slovenly appearance of his troops
"A force engaged is out of the hand of its
Charles Ardant du Picq, "Battle studies" 1880
"I am surrounded by fearful odds that will overcome me
and my valiant men; but I am pleased to die fighting for my beloved
- Gen. Gregorio H. Del Pilar(1875-1899), hero of Tirad Pass in the
If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign
troop was landed in my country I never would lay down my arms, never! Never!
- William Pitt, 1708-1778
A ship without
Marines is like a garment without buttons.
- Admiral David D. Porter, USN
"It is the
soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn
- Charles M. Province
will ruin any military force"
- Lieutenant-General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller
"Our Country won't
go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't be any AMERICA because
some foreign soldiery will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier
-Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
concentration of troops can be done fast and easy, on paper."
-Radomir Putnik, Serbian field marshal, 1912-17
out the big men! I’ll make them brave!”
Molossian king of
to his recruiters.
Quoted in Frontinus “Stratagems” ca 90 AD.