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Wisdoms of War

One of my hobbies is collecting "Wisdoms." Some people collect stamps, some collect cars. I collect funny and inspirational statements. I currently have 31 pages of them, at 14 point font.


I wanted to relate some, specifically from the Second Greatest Marine Ever, Major General "Mad Dog" Mathis (second only to Chesty Puller), and I got some from some other guys, like Patton, Clausewitz and Napoleon. You might know them.

General Mad Dog Mathis:

  • Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.
  • Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.
  • Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.
  • I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f*** with me, I’ll kill you all.
  • I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.
  • No war is over until the enemy say’s it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.

General George S. Patton:

  • A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.
  • No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

Carl Von Clausewitz:

  • Everything in strategy is simple, but that does not mean everything is very easy.

Napoleon Bonaparte:

  • The logical end to defensive warfare is surrender.

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