American Military Leader Quotes and some facts about them
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"No guts , no glory."
Major Frederick Blesse , USAF, popularized this saying.
This picture of a Republic P-47-D "Thunderbolt" is one that I took at Falaise, France in June of 1994. Painted in the colors of Captain Mayo who flew with the 78th Fighter Group during WWII.
Major Blesse flew combat missions starting with the Korean War.
This is an excerpt of a short bio of a Repulbic P-47 "Thunderbolt" pilot
Bailey, who wanted to be a fighter pilot from the age of 10, joined the Army Air Corps after graduating from high school, family members said.
Too young for the aviation cadet program, he went to aircraft mechanics school before eventually earning his pilot's wings and a commission as a second lieutenant in November 1942. Assigned to the 361st Fighter Squadron, Bailey flew out of an 8th Air Force base in Martlesham, England.
He named his P-47 fighter Zombie after a popular drink.
Outrageous but courageous On one memorable mission, Bailey and his wingman made "an outrageous but courageous attack" on a large number of German Focke-Wulf FW-190 fighters. "This seemingly wild exploit resulted in one confirmed kill, one probable and seven damaged, with no exceptional damage to their Republic P-47 Thunderbolts," the historical society biography says.
That kill, or victory credit, is confirmed in the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center's "USAF Credits for the Destruction of Enemy Aircraft, World War II."
After his 91 missions, Bailey was sent to aircraft maintenance officers school, became head of aircraft maintenance at Marshall Field in Fort Riley, Kan., and received additional training at the Air Force Tactical School and the Air War College.
From a discussion board:
“Howard Camp, a fighter pilot friend, flew both P-51s and P-47s in World War II. I once asked him which airplane he preferred. “It depends”, he replied without hesitation, “on whether you are shooting or being shot at. You want the Mustang if you are shooting and the Thunderbolt if you are being shot at!”
"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."
- Ronald Reagan
"Gentlemen, we are being killed on the beaches. Let us go inland and
- General Norman Cota — Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
"Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision."
"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." -
-- Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
Old World War II saying:
"When the British shoot, the Germans duck, when the Germans shoot, the British duck, when the Americans shoot, everybody ducks....."
"Twenty-five doesn't sound like much until you start flying them."
— Cpt Robert Morgan of the Memphis Belle
"Unfortunately, many people do not consider fun an important item on their daily agenda. For me, that was always high priority in whatever I was doing."
— Chuck Yeager.
— Colin Powell
War is fear cloaked in courage.
— General William Westmoreland
"'Knowledge dominance' does scare us as Marines. General George Armstrong Custer probably thought he had knowledge dominance, too. Any time you thing you're smarter than your adversary, you're probably about a half-mile from the Little Big Horn."
— Colonel Art Corbett, USMC
"The battle, is fought and decided by the quartermasters beore the shooting beings."
— Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
It is far more important to be able to hit the target than it is to haggle over who makes a weapon or who pulls a trigger.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.
- Marcus Aurelius
In 1966 upon being told that President Charles DeGaulle had taken France out of NATO and that all U.S. Troops must be evacuated off of French soil President Lyndon Johnson mentioned to Secretary of State Dean Rusk that he should ask DeGaulle about the Americans buried in France. Dean implied in his answer that that DeGaulle should not really be asked that in the meeting at which point President Johnson then told Secretary of State Dean Rusk:
"Ask him about the cemeteries Dean!"
That made it into a Presidential Order so he had to ask President DeGaulle.
So at end of the meeting Dean did ask DeGaulle if his order to remove all U.S. troops from French soil also included the 60,000+ soldier buried in France from World War I and World War II.
DeGaulle, embarrassed, got up and left and never answered.
Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.
— Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France (Before June 18, of 1815 anyway)
"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."
- Napoleon Bonaparte (1768 - 1821)
"We don't have that problem in Russia."
"Because when we get that close we close our eyes."
“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
There is a story of a Bolshevik revolutionary who was standing on a soap box speaking to a small crowd in Times Square. After describing the glories of Socialism and Communism, he said: “Come the revolution and everyone will eat peaches and cream.”
A little old man at the back of the crown yelled out: “I don’t like peaches and cream.”
The Bolshevik thought about that for a moment and then replied: “Come the revolution, Comrade, you will like peaches and cream.”
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide
— Joseph Stalin
Note: Quote is part of a larger reply to a question at a World Economic Forum meeting on 26 January 2003 and has been selectively quotes many times below to what is shown below:
When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire-building by George Bush.
He answered by saying that ..."Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."
It became very quiet in the room.
— As reported by By Bill Wundram in the QC Times newspaper March 24, 2003.(Quad City Times)
Full context of history of the quote is at Scopes will full speech transcript at http://www.webforum.org.
It is God's job to forgive Osama bin Laden.
It is our job to arrange a face to face meeting.
— General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."
— George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
"When you have a hammer, all problems start to look like nails.
But nations without great military power face the opposite danger: When you don't have a hammer, you don't want anything to look like nails."
— Robert Kagan
''War is too important to be left to the generals.''
— Georges Clemenceau French Prime Minister during World War I reportedly said this.
"I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me."
— General George S. Patton .
(The USA supplied the equipment which allowed three full divisions of French citizens during WW II to fight in France.)
"In war, the moral is to the physical as three is to one."
"There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell"
— Major General William Tecumseh Sherman
Rule #29: "Always make your opponent think you know more than you really know."
— General Phil Sheridan
There are no fat war photographers.
— Peter Howe, author of "Shooting Under Fire"
veni, vidi, vici
I came, I saw, I conquered.
— Julius Caesar
said after the battle of Zela (Zela is inland from the Black Sea in modern day Turkey almost due south of The Crimea peninsula)
"Of course the people don't want war . . . But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship . . . Voice or no voice, the people can always to brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy.
All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
It works the same in any country."
— Field Marshal Herman Goering who served as Adolph Hitler's second in command and head of the Luftwaffe in World War II Germany, during a post war discussion.
This was in the book by Mr. Gilbert, a person who was given free reign to talk to all prisoners during the Nurenberg Trial, and who kept a journal of his observations of the proceedings and his conversations with the prisoners, which he later published in the book Nuremberg Diary. The quote offered above was part of a conversation Gilbert held with a dejected Hermann Goering in his cell on the evening of 18 April 1946, as the trials were halted for a three-day Easter recess.
"They feed the crocodile in the hope that he will eat them last."
— Winston Churchill's observation about appeasers.
Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics.
— Modern Military saying
"Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon."
—British Admiral Horatio Nelson
"If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier."
— US Bumper Sticker
To be born free is an accident. To live free is a privilege. To die free is a responsibility.
— Brig. General James Sehorn
"Training and education are two different things. Training gives you a skill set to perform a specific task. Education provides you with academic theory for problem-solving issues."
—Master Sgt. Juan Lopez, USMC
"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway."
"Those cannot be trusted to act on clear and concise verbal orders, but want everything in writing, are useless. There is too much paper in circulation in the army and no-one can read even half of it intelligently."
"The whole art of war is to gain your objective with as little loss as possible." Passchendale, November 1917
— Field Marshall The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein KG, GCB, DSO. Memoirs, 1958. (17 November 1887 - 24 March 1976)
"Indomitable in retreat, invincible in advance, insufferable in victory." — Prime Minister Winston Churchill's observation of "Monty" in Spring of 1943.
|General||Robert E. Lee||George S. Patton||Hiram U. Grant||Douglas MacArthur|
|Nickname||The Gray Fox||
Old Blood and Guts
|Self Image||No Blame can be attacked to the army for its failure to accomplish what was projected by me . . . I am alone to blame.||I am the best damn ass-kicker in the whole U.S. Army||They pronounced me idle, incompetent, and unfit to command men in an emergency and clamored for my removal.|
|War Philosophy||It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.||Remember wars are won by killing people. The more we kill, the quicker we'll get out of this war.||War at all times . . . ought to be avoided, if possible with honor.|
|The Fog of War||I have to do my own reconnaissance. I am so stupid that I cannot rely on others.||You will never know what is going on unless you can hear the whistle of the bullets.||The distant rear of an army engaged in battle is not the best place from which to judge correctly what is going on in front.|
|How to be a General||The enemy is here, and if we do not whip him, he will whip us.||
We will win because we never lose.
I am a soldier. I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.
|The only way to whip an army is to go out and fight it.|
|Advice||Always take care of the poor horses.||
We'll not need food when we are winning! We will eat the enemy!
Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.
I am a confirmed believer in the restorative qualities of sleep, and always like to get at least seven hours of it.
Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
|Unusual quote||Never touch a novel. They .. describe happiness that never exists . . . Do Not dream.||I will shoot any one of you who ever had his picture taken with a smile on his face!||The instantaneous transmission of messages . . . by means of electricity would probably ... have been attributed to witchcraft.|
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
— Teddy Roosevelt
Two phrases are stamped on the key ring that every new 'Bandit' (a pilot who has soled in an F-117) receives:
Stealth Equals Death
When it absolutely, positively has to be taken out overnight.
Computers and games don't waste time — people
— Bill Gates
"I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code."
"The problem with standards is that there are so many of them."
— Numerous people
"The trouble with computers, of course, is that they are very sophisticated idiots."
— Dr. Who
"Who can afford to do professional work for nothing? What
hobbyist can put three man-years into programming, finding
all bugs, documenting his product, and distributing it for
— Bill Gates in his "Open Letter to Hobbyists," 1976.
"I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code." -- Unknown
There are two chronic problems with spyware:
— Stu Sjouwerman, Sunbelt Software Newsletter Oct 2004
Too often, users believe that computers are some sort of a magic box that can solve any problem. In reality, computers merely do repetitive tasks very quickly. If those tasks are designed incorrectly, it merely enables someone to make many mistakes in an astonishingly small amount of time.
— Buck Woody
"If you don't know what it is, call it a system. If you don't know what it does, call it a process."
"Think First, Program Later"
The first computer "bug" was discovered in in 1945 by engineers who found a moth in Panel F, Relay #70 of the Harvard Mark II system. The computer was running a test and the engineers noticed the multiplier test was wrong. A moth had become trapped in the relay. It was removed and taped into the computer's logbook with the words: "first actual case of a bug being found."
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
— Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)
We have the US Civil War to thank for the "Greenbacks" that the US has used sinec 1863 in basic green and black till just recently. Prior to the Civil War all bank notes and US Government notes were very colorful just like the European ones. To save money during the war the US Government printed bank notes in green and black to pay troops and suppliers. If any Southern troops got the Northern currency they could not spend them - unlike Gold.
The multicolor money is harder to counterfeit but then it is also harder to see what denomination you have since now they all look so similar you really have to READ the numbers in the corner.
The people who designed these notes must have been the same people who designed the Susan B Antony and the Sachawegan dollars: both pretty but utter failures in usage. And BOTH coins still got awards for design.
Definitely rigged competition
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
— President Ronald Reagan (1980-1988)
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
— George Bernard Shaw
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
— Will Rogers, American humorist during the 1920s and 1930s
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
— Voltaire (1764)
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
— Winston Churchill, 1st Lord of the Admiralty during WWI, Politician and outcast between the Great War (WWI) and World War II, Prime Minister of England during WWII.
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Revolutionary War leader, primary writer of the U.S. Consistituion, President of the United states.
"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
— Adolph Hitler, 1935 on the passing of the German Weapons
(Note: I have not been able to verify this in a print reference. A few sites have tried and also have not located this exact quote. see www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcbogus.html The Weirmar republic which passed the first gun control laws in Germany helped enable the NAZI system to become established (no way to protect against them). However, not all of Adolf Hitler's speeches were kept and published in newspapers in the early years - they did not control them at that time.
However there is printed proof of this quote from a speech:
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms. " March 18, 1938
Three men silently kept working side by side for 10 years, in gulag, and observed each other.
After ten years one of them got the courage and asked the other two what they have done to end up here.
"I supported Malenkov", replies the first one.
The second man says "I opposed Malenkov, and you?", he then turns out toward the brave man asking the question.
"I am Malenkov", sheepishly he replied.
A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
— Thomas Hardy
Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an American
"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
— Theodore Roosevelt 1907
Amateurs built "Kon-Tiki"
Professionals Built the "Titantic"
Which one made it across the Atlantic?1
|An Existing Movie Title||New Modern Movie Title||Catch phrase|
|Dial M For Murder||Dial I for Internet||You can die waiting for it at times|
"You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with
a kind word alone."
- Al Capone
"But you could say that about a gun, or even a car: the fact that something might be used by criminals did not mean it was wrong to have it."
From 'Hornet Flight' by Ken Follett Pg 148.7 WW II spy / aviation adventure set in Denmark in 1941.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
- Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
-- Will Rogers
"the absence of evidence isn't evidence for absence."
— Luann Becker of the University of California Santa Barbara
A dream is a goal without a plan.
"Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million."
— Arnold Schwarzenegger
They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin
Intelligence is like good taste. If you don't have it, you don't miss it.
— John C. Dvorak
From the menu at Papa Gander's in Merrill, Oregon:
"Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity."
"Riffing on language will create wonderful effects you never intended. Which leads me to this writing advice: 'Always take credit for good stuff you didn't intend, because you'll be getting plenty of criticism in your career for bad stuff you didn't mean either.' "
— Roy Peter Clark
"Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens
of your love."
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
—George Bernard Shaw
"I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain."
- Lily Tomlin
"Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice
with courageous patience."
- Hyman Rickover
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away
from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
— Mark Twain
"Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel
from coast to coast without seeing anything."
— Charles Kuralt
A fish is an animal that is found alive in water and dead in oil.
— Adam Sachs
Know what you want — want what you get.
"Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid."
There will be multiple devices [for each user], and wireless networking will enable that kind of diversity.
When I first went to a Kentucky Fried Chicken® restaurant, they'd give you a spork - something that was half-spoon and half-fork. And I thought, 'Why don't we have this at home?' And here's why: Because what you actually want is to have a good fork and a good spoon. And the spork is neither.
The multipurpose device will always fail.
— Marc Andreessen
Winston Churchill's comment about writing his World War II memoirs while at
Britain's National Book Exhibition in 1949:
" Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public."
Air-traffic controllers cannot just jump into the emergency; they must be
intensely involved in the situation as it develops if they are to make an informed
and rapid decision. In short, real-world situations are so complex that it is
impossible to anticipate and program for every contingency; human judgment and
values are necessary in the decision-making process.
— Ben Shneiderman / Catherine Plaisant - Designing the User Interface (ISBN 0-201-69497-2)
Design without 'for' is art.
— Ann Light
"The most important thing is not clicking the shutter, it is clicking
with the subject."
— Alfred Eisenstadt
"If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sure sign that you're
not trying anything very innovative"
— Woody Allen
"Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction
listen to weather forecasts and economists?"
— Kelvin Throop III
The challenges we face are never as important as the challenges we face up
"Despite years of trying, no one has been able to create artificial intelligence, or even artificial stupidity."
from their paper: Patterns in Unstructured Data: Discovery, Aggregation, and Visualization A Presentation to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation by Clara Yu, John Cuadrado, Maciej Ceglowski, J. Scott Payne (2002)
Oh, I realize it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me: I've worked
myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.
— Groucho Marx in Monkey Business (1931)
As with anything you set out to learn in life, you don't get from point A
to point Z without touching upon all those letters in between.
— Jill Whalen
You can love the life you're livin' or you can live the life you love.
— Roxie, Lyrics from the song "Nowadays" from the movie "Chicago"
It is like the two men in the jungle, when a tiger jumps out, the first guy shouts 'RUN' the second guy runs, but as they run, he says, what's the point of running, we are never going to out run a tiger' the first guy replies, 'I don't have to, I only have to out run YOU'.
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."
— Henry Ford
"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both
— Robert A. Heinlein from The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
"Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind, it may
offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate
- - and quickly."
— Robert A. Heinlein from The Notebooks of Lazarus Long: Time Enough for Love
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.
— Albert Einstein
An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a
very narrow field.
— Niels Bohr
Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who
receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must
be exceedingly simple-minded.
— Plato, Phaedrus
[A demagogue is] one who maximizes his appeal to the frustrated, to the dispossessed
of the earth. He offers vivid and dramatic, simplistic solutions to all of
— Eugene Brussell
Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessible simple diagnosis
of the world's ills and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back
of it all.
— John W. Gardner, No Easy Victories
Cigarette packets in the UK feature huge health warnings that take up about two-thirds of the front of the packet. These bear messages such as "Smoking Kills" and "Smoking seriously harms you and others around you."
A colleague of mine was queuing in a store behind a woman who was buying a packet of cigarettes. On seeing the packet that the storekeeper was handing her, she said, "Oh no, don't give me the "Smoking Kills" packet. Give me the "Smoking harms your fertility," 'cos I've already got two kids."
As reported in a Dilbert newsletter.
After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.
He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're
full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
— Will Rogers.
I'll note you in my book of memory.
— Richard Plantagenet: Henry VI, Part 1 by William Shakespear
Once a wrong idea about reality has been formed, it becomes more difficult
to discover the truth.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
"At most project meetings, everyone
has a seat at the table except the poor victims who will have to operate the
— Jakob Nielsen http://www.useit.com/
How to Earn a Million Dollars
Mike Grehan's (www.e-marketing-news.co.uk) asked his father how to earn
a million dollars his father told him:
"He looked and smiled and said, in my experience I've discovered that looking for the million dollar deal is very difficult. Getting a million dollars from one person is hard. However, getting one dollar from a million people is really not so difficult."
A delusion that is very familiar to all skeptics: If you expect to see some pattern in anything, then you will see it and will ignore those events that don't conform.
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
- Sir Winston Churchill
My eyes were opening up but I did not have time to look at it.
Real men never define acronyms; they understand them genetically.
— Roedy Green (from http://thc.org/root/phun/unmaintain.html)
"Exposure to more features does not necessarily indicate more productivity."
— Michael Gartenberg, Jupiter Research analyst
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
— St. Francis of Assisi
It's an ugly world out there — that is why most people wear sunglasses.
You are head and shoulders above the rest - of course that makes you an easy target.
— Tom Philo
1. Thor Heyerdahl sailed both the Kon-Tiki and the RA. The Kon-Tiki was across the PACIFIC and the RA across the ATLANTIC. The Kon-Tiki sailed from Callao in Peru the 28th of April 1947 and landed on the island of Raroia in Polynesia after 101 days. The RA became waterlogged and sank during it's voyage. The RA-II made it across the Atlantic to Barbados in 57 days in 1970. Trick Question.