quote by John J. Pershing

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.

— John J. Pershing

Inspiring Demoralization quotations

Nothing can be more demoralizing than a clinging and abject dependence upon another human being. This often amounts to the demand for a degree of protection and love that no one could possibly satisfy. So our hoped for protectors finally flee, and once more we are left alone - either to grow up or to disintegrate.

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine.

They are not wounds and blood and fever, spotted and low, or dysentery, chronic and acute, cold and heat and famine. They are intoxication, drunken brutality, demoralization and disorder on the part of the inferior... jealousies, meanness, indifference, selfish brutality on the part of the superior.


Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish.

It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.

It is not defeat that destroys you,it is being demoralized by defeat that destroy you.

Man cannot become attached to higher aims and submit to a rule if he sees nothing above him to which he belongs. To free him from all social pressure is to abandon him to himself and demoralize him.

Genius, when employed in works whose tendency it is to demoralize and to degrade us, should be contemplated with abhorrence rather than with admiration; such a monument of its power, may indeed be stamped with immortality, but like the Coliseum at Rome, we deplore its magnificence because we detest the purposes for which it was designed.

If this country is ever demoralized, it will come from trying to live without work.


In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.

I meet millions who tell me that they feel demoralized by the decay around us.

The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us, or what laws are passed... Our hope is in the power of God working in the hearts of people.

I realize now that there's a strength in dunking that I can use to my advantage.

When you dunk all the time it isn't as demoralizing to the opponent, but when you dunk at a key moment in the game you can use it to change the momentum.

I am convinced that our movement will be more demoralized and weakened by blind and uncritical admiration than by frank admission of past mistakes.

I am convinced that our movement will be more demoralized and weakened by blind and uncritical admiration than by frank admission of past mistakes.


No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources.

Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.

There's two ways you can defeat your opponent, number one, is you can defeat 'em outright, or number two, you can just demoralize them.

The god of the Christians, as we have seen, is the god who makes promises only to break them; who sends them pestilence and disease in order to heal them; a god who demoralizes mankind in order to improve it. A god who created man after his own image, and still the origin of evil in man is not accredited to him.

There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income.

We trained hard ... but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.


The evil works from a bad center both ways.

It demoralizes those who practice it and destroys the faith of those who suffer by it in the efficiency of the law as a safe protector

A new educational system in which all children born shall have the same advantage of physical, industrial, mental and moral culture, and thus be equally prepared at maturity to enter upon active, responsible and useful lives. . . . In so doing, it strikes a fatal blow at . . . the most demoralizing of all monopolies. . . educational superiority.

There's nothing more demoralizing than a leader who can't clearly articulate why we're doing what we're doing.

I never went too long without a job. The problem was a lot of the early jobs are almost more demoralizing than unemployment.

The topdog may win the game of force.

But not the moral issue - and when that dawns upon him and his allies, change of consciousness sets in, and demoralization starts thawing the frozen heart. The game is over.


I may as well cut my losses and make a hasty exit while I still had enough self-esteem to walk upright. Crawling was so demoralizing

This whole force is utterly demoralized by victory. There seems to be neither head nor tail.

The experience of the race shows that we get our most important education not through books but through our work. We are developed by our daily task, or else demoralized by it, as by nothing else.

Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.

To be loved is very demoralizing


The fact is, that civilization requires slaves.

Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.

Never expect anything, ye will never be demoralized

But the true evil of drink lies in the disillusion: that the initial pleasure very soon evaporates, leaving a demoralizing craving for more, which is not even temporarily pleasurable. Which then leads to deterioration of the faculties of both body and mind; plus a bewildering lack of co-operation between the two.

There is something demoralizing about watching two people get more and more crazy about each other, especially when you are the only extra person in the room.