In today’s post, I will share my top ten favorite military quotes.
It was a lot of fun making this list.
I hope you enjoy it.
Let’s get started.
QUOTE # 10: “When war does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard.”
General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
My Take: Once you make the decision to fight, FIGHT.
Get rid of your exit strategies.
Don’t give yourself an easy way out.
Either do it.
Or don’t do it!
General Colin Powell
My Take: The position doesn’t make the man.
It reveals the man.
Don’t think you are better than the people you lead.
If you want to see someone’s true colors, give them a position of authority.
QUOTE # 8: “A good plan executed violently today is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
General George S. Patton
My Take: There’s no perfect time to do anything.
Don’t worry about having a perfect plan.
Instead, come up with a good plan now, and give your subordinates enough time to do their planning.
QUOTE # 7: “Bravery is being the only one who knows you are afraid.”
My Take: It’s okay to be scared.
Just don’t let anyone else know you are scared.
As a leader, you set the tone for your organization.
In combat, your troops will rely on you to be confident and poised.
If you are confident, they will be confident.
QUOTE # 6: “Five second fuses only last three seconds.”
My Take: Don’t wait to the last minute.
Something always comes up, so plan accordingly.
Murphy is ALWAYS working against you.
QUOTE # 5: “If it’s stupid but works it isn’t stupid.”
My Take: The only stupid idea is the idea not mentioned or acted upon.
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QUOTE # 4: “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
General Dwight Eisenhower
My Take: Anyone can give orders.
But it takes a real effective leader to empower others and get them to want to do what they are doing.
QUOTE # 3: “No combat unit ready unit has ever passed inspection.”
My Take: Any unit can look good on paper.
But the only way to really test a unit is in combat.
Don’t get so caught up in the paperwork and minutia that you forget your true mission: to train for war.
QUOTE # 2: “The more you sweat in peace the less you bleed in war.”
My Take: Train, train, and train some more.
Perfect practice makes perfect.
If your unit is proficient at a task, do it again.
Soldiers need to be able to do their individual and collective tasks without thinking about it.
The only way to become that proficient is to practice, practice, practice.
QUOTE # 1: “A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living.”
President John F. Kennedy
My Take: Soldiers are special Americans.
They are true patriots.
It takes someone really special to put aside his personal agenda to serve his country honorably.
If you are a Soldier, THANK YOU for your service.
I hope you enjoyed these top ten military quotes.
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I’d like to end this post with one last quote.
Here it goes. “If it moves, salute it; if it doesn’t move, pick it up; and if you can’t pick it up, paint it” (1940s saying).
P.S. If you have a favorite military quote, just leave a comment to this post and tell us what it is.