Army Quotes

Upon the fields of friendly strife Are sown the seeds That upon other fields, on other days Will bear the fruits of victory. (Words which hang over the portals of the gymnasium of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point and which he wrote while he was serving as Superintendent, 1919-1922)

A commander’s most important function is to separate the five percent of intelligence he receives which is important from the 95 percent which is not important.

A standing army is one of the greatest mischiefs that can possibly happen.

The mass, whether it be a crowd or an army, is vile.

It follows that any commander in chief who undertakes to carry out a plan which he considers defective is at fault; he must put forth his reasons, insist on the plan being changed, and finally tender his resignation rather than be the instrument of his army’s downfall.

There are 400 neatly marked graves somewhere in Sicily, all because one man went to sleep on the job. But they are German graves, because we caught the bastard asleep before they did. An Army is a team. It lives, sleeps, eats, and fights as a team.

We have the finest food, the finest equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world. Why, by God, I actually pity those poor sons of bitches we’re going up against. By God, I do.

Being in the army is like being in the Boy Scouts, except that the Boy Scouts have adult supervision.

It is not big armies that win battles, it is the good ones!

An army of stags led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a stag.