Best 20 Great Military Leader Quotes


- "In early 1961 a new president, John F. Kennedy, was told by military leaders and civilian officials that the Kingdom of Laos - of no conceivable strategic importance to the U.S. - required the presence of American troops and perhaps even tactical nuclear weapons. Why? Because if Laos fell, Asia would go red from Thailand to Indonesia." - Jeff Greenfield

- "There is ...a huge tacit conspiracy between the U.S. government, its agencies and its multinational corporations, on the one hand, and local business and military cliques in the Third World, on the other, to assume complete control of these countries and "develop" them on a joint venture basis. The military leaders of the Third World were carefully nurtured by the U.S. security establishment to serve as the "enforcers" of this joint venture partnership, and they have been duly supplied with machine guns and the latest data on methods of interrogation of subversives." - Edward S. Herman

- "The majority of people are timid by nature, and that is why they constantly exaggerate danger. all influences on the military leader, therefore, combine to give him a false impression of his opponent's strength, and from this arises a new source of indecision." - Carl von Clausewitz

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- "There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time." - George S. Patton

- "Live for something rather than die for nothing. —George Patton" - Cindy Gerard

Greatest Military Leader Quotes

- "Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

- "The great military leaders of the past have gone, their empires have crumbled and burned to ashes. But the empire of Jesus, built solidly and majestically on the foundation of love, is still growing." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

- "Optimistic people play a disproportionate role in shaping our lives. Their decisions make a difference; they are inventors, entrepreneurs, political and military leaders - not average people. They got to where they are by seeking challenges and taking risks." - Daniel Kahneman

- "The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it." - Robert H. Schuller

- "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte

- "No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique." - Sun Tzu

- "There were other Anti-Christs among the Nephites, but they were more military leaders than religious innovators... they are all of one breed and brand; so nearly alike that one mind is the author of them, and that a young and underdeveloped, but piously inclined mind. The evidence I sorrowfully submit, points to Joseph Smith as their creator. It is difficult to believe that they are a product of history, that they came upon the scene separated by long periods of time, and among a race which was the ancestral race of the red man of America." - B. H. Roberts

- "It is a major world power, and today it is an economic and military leader - no doubt about it. That is why America has a strong influence on the situation in the world in general." - Vladimir Putin

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American Military Leader Quotes

- "A military leader often faces a situation he has to deal with, but because it is his duty, no court can try him." - Albert Kesselring

- "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

- "You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." - Theodore Hesburgh

- "Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity." - Carl von Clausewitz

- "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte

- "Two things are to blame for our predicament, one a corollary of the other. The first reason is that we did not have enough troops in Samarra. The skill and courage of 150 American soldiers prevented chaos, but was never enough to fully secure a city of 120,000 people or maintain the rule of law [...] Second, because of a lack of troops, American military leaders are forced to make a choice between mission objectives and self-preservation." - Pete Hegseth

- "A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible." - Polybius

- "My advice is: 1. Be judicious in the use of military force. 2. When military force is required, use overwhelming force. 3. Do not micromanage military leaders. 4. Ensure your battle plans will win the conflict and win the peace." - Steve Stivers

- "The great military leaders of the past have gone, their empires have crumbled and burned to ashes. But the empire of Jesus, built solidly and majestically on the foundation of love, is still growing." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Military Commanders Quotes

- "Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory." - George S. Patton

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- "Courage is fear holding on a minute longer." - George S. Patton

- "Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

- "The pictures that were coming from Vietnam were showing us what was really happening on the ground level. It was in contradiction to what our political and military leaders were telling us. They were straight forward documentary images. A powerful indictment of the war, of how cruel and unjust it was. When I finally decided what to do with my life, it was to follow in that tradition." - James Nachtwey

- "The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them." - Colin Powell

- "Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship." - Omar N. Bradley

- "There is a reason why George Washington is always one of the top three presidents, and it's not because of his prowess as a military leader; it's not because of the incredible innovations in policy that he introduced. It's because he knew when it was time to go." - Barack Obama

Military Leader Quotes Inspirational

- "The repeal of don't ask, don't tell didn't change things for transgender people in the military. What it has done, though, I think, is it has taught our military leaders that they don't need to be afraid of these issues." - Allyson Robinson

- "I am sorry to be so blunt, but I do not see much ambiguity here. [Barack] Obama was late to affirm the Egyptian revolution as a democratic movement, and even then he was eager to have installed those military leaders who were known for their practices of torture. And now he is quick to make allies with the Muslim Brotherhood for tactical reasons as well (though earlier that same administration stoked Islamophobic fear about that very political party)." - Judith Butler

- "A kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life." - Sun Tzu

- "Always do everything you ask of those you command." - George S. Patton

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- "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - Richard Grenier

- "Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way." - George S. Patton

- "A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later." - George S. Patton

Best Military Leader Quotes

- "I've traveled with Jack Murtha to Iraq three times to learn more about the region, talk with our diplomats and military leaders, and meet with our troops. Those visits are the main reason that I opposed the War in Iraq since its inception." - John B. Larson

- "If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles." - Carl von Clausewitz

- "General James Mattis is a storied and much-respected military leader." - Michele Flournoy

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- "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf

- "In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, I watched helplessly as the Bush administration led America into a strategic blunder of historic proportions. It became painfully obvious that the executive branch of our government did not trust its military. It relied instead on a neoconservative ideology developed by men and women with little, if any, military experience. Some senior military leaders did not challenge civilian decision makers at the appropriate times, and the courageous few who did take a stand were subsequently forced out of the service." - Ricardo Sanchez

- "Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men." - George S. Patton

Military Leader Motivational Quotes

- "Get the hell out of my way!" - Ayn Rand

- "You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

- "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." - Douglas MacArthur

- "The American people rightly look to their military leaders to be not only skilled in the technical aspects of the profession of arms, but to be men of integrity" - J. Lawton Collins

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- "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

- "At one point, for example, [Donald Trump] argued that he knew much more than military leaders about the pursuit and defeat of ISIS. His assuredness of his own correctness seems also rooted in arrogance reflecting his fundamental insecurity. This insecurity and his belief in his own rightness, when combined with his success at making money, leads him to be self-reliant in his decision-making, which could result in his taking risks with threatening or using nuclear weapons." - David Krieger

- "The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." - Theodore Hesburgh


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