Top 18 Army Quotes Of All Time

I don’t know about you, but personally, I love quotes. We can learn so much from the 1 or 2 sentences that come from a person’s lips. In today’s post, I am going to go through the top 18 Army quotes of all time. I will post the quote, who said it and my take on what it means.

These quotes are in no particular order. They also may not be from someone who was in the United States Army, but it may have some direct reflection on Army issues or values. If you have any comments, or want to add some quotes you think should have been on this list, feel free to do so in the comments area at the end.

1: “It’s fatal to enter a war without the will and desire to win it.”

General Douglas MacArthur

It just behooves me as to why any country or Army would ever enter a battle or war on the pretense of “just being there,” but it has happened, and it has been disastrous for them.

2: “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective ways to preserve peace.”

General George Washington

Enemies of our nation are looking for weaknesses. If we show that we are always prepared, they will be less willing to test our resolve.

3: “War is cruel. There is no need to try and reform it. The more cruel it is, the sooner it will be over.”

General William Sherman

It is true what General Sherman said. We all would love to not have wars, but they are a part of life, and if they are “let’s be nice” types of wars, they seem to last forever. If they are bloody and cruel, they are soon over.

4: “In war, there are no prizes for the second place finishers.”

General Omar Bradley

War isn’t like the Special Olympics…everyone who enters is not a winner. Actually, there is only 1 winner.

5: “I tremble for my country when I hear the confidence that is expresses in me. I know all too well my weaknesses, and that our only hope is in God.”

General Robert E. Lee

Whether it was a prophetic saying, or just words from a very wise man, General Lee put God first, knowing He is the way.

6: “No one has ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor bastard die for his country.”

General George Patton

I just love how General Patton said it how it is. It is killing the enemy that wins the war, not being killed.

7: “A good battle plan acted on today is better than a perfect plan acted out tomorrow.”

General George Patton

This is another quote from General Patton that is wisdom at its finest. If we procrastinate trying to make the perfect plan, the enemy will overtake us.

8: “Bravery is being the only one who knows you are scared.”

Colonel David Hackworth

In war, everyone but the truly ignorant feels fear, but the wise are able to disseminate and not show that fear.

9: “If the enemy is in range, so are you.”

Infantry Journal

‘Nuff said! It is just common sense.

10:Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you need done because he/she wants to do it.”

General Dwight Eisenhower

This quote from one of our former Presidents gives the main pretense of leadership. Knowing and understanding this quote means you understand leadership. Didn’t you want some coffee? Bring me a cup too please!

11: “Whoever said that the pen was mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”

General Douglas MacArthur

As a writer, I will be one of the first to agree with General MacArthur.

12: “Lead me, follow me or get the hell out of the way.”

General George Patton

I cannot count the times I have had to tell ignorant people this line. There are many people who are nothing but “cup warmers.”

13: “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.”

General Colin Powell

No matter if you are a leader in the Army, a leader at a business or a parent, this quote by General Powell rings true.

14: “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

Alexander The Great

The soldiers are only as good as the one who is leading them.

15: “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.”

General George Washington

This has been tried and true. As a former soldier, I watched as discipline created strong and brave soldiers out of wimpy and weak men. Discipline has made the United States Army one of the most feared military systems in the world.

16: “An army marches on its stomach.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

In hand-to-hand warfare, there is no marching as troops do down streets after a victory. No, it is on the belly with thoughts of kill or be killed.

17: “He will win whose army carries the same spirit throughout all its ranks.”

Sun Tzu

It was true in ancient days, and it is true now. If the Army is positive from the top down, success is sure. If negativeness is the prime mood, defeat will most likely prevail.

18: “If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

General George Patton

As Army leaders, we must be willing to think up and propose strategies that no one else has considered. This is what true leaders do.

Final Thoughts

So what are your favorites? Do you have any Army quotes that you love that are not on this list. You can post your comments or quotes below.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed this list of the top 18 Army quotes of all time.

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