Who was Ulysses S. Grant? He was the 18th President of the United States and the esteemed Union General during the Civil War. He went to West Point and achieved a lot of successes during his presidency and career. What I’d like to do in the article below is share my top seven Ulysses S. Grant quotes. Each quote is in bold. I provide my two cents to each quote immediately after it.
1. “There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.” Is war unavoidable?
2. “Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.” I don’t think most Soldiers enjoy war, but we accept it as a necessary means to peace, and we understand the sacrifices.
3. “The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” I have said this many times, but true friends are those who have seen us at our worst, and loved us anyway. Too often, those friends have been military comrades, and I am thankful for them.
4. “Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.” Don’t be too good for any job, or think yourself to be above anything. Take any challenge given to you and do your best. The job doesn’t make a person. The person makes the job.
5. “It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training.” Too many are ‘bred’ to be politicians, the freshest ones are those who didn’t seek political success or train specifically for it.
6. “Failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.” Always intend to do the right thing, even if you fail, at least you can retain your integrity.
7. “I don’t underrate the value of military knowledge, but if men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.” This reminds me of the early days of OIF/OEF, before they became more like garrisons overseas. Soldiers improvise if you let them, and that can lead to greater success. One improvisation that comes to mind is when the HMMWVs were not armored – Soldiers found ways to do it themselves, out of sheer necessity.
In summary, President/General Ulysses S. Grant was a very influential leader in the Civil War and beyond. I hope you have enjoyed these Ulysses S. Grant quotes. I would love to hear which quote is your favorite and why. Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.
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