It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.— Norman Schwarzkopf
Surprising Greatest Military quotations
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself.
A man's greatest moment in life is when his enemy lays vanquished, his village aflame, his herds driven before you and his weeping wives and daughters are clasped to your breast.
Know the enemy and know yourself.
Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.
Air power alone does not guarantee America's security, but I believe it best exploits the nation's greatest asset - our technical skill.
Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.
We have met the enemy and they are ours.
To be yourself in a world that in constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
...The greatest bulwark of capitalism is militarism.
... the basic principles of the military services are unchangeable. Courage and candor, obedience and comradeship, love of fatherland and loyalty to the State: these are ever the distinguishing characteristics of the soldier and sailor. Building character through intelligent training and education is always the first and greatest goal.
Our greatest glory is not in never failling but in rising every time we fall.
It is a bewildering thing in human life that the things that cause the greatest fear is the source of the greatest wisdom.
Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!
We are at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it has been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.
The greatest oak was once a little nut who held her ground.
Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes! Then fire low!
I would rank George Washington as America's greatest president, but he only had to defeat what was then the world's greatest military power with a ragtag group of irregulars and some squirrel guns, whereas Ronald Reagan had to defeat liberals.
The highly motivated young people who comprise the backbone of our military force truly are taking their place as one of America's greatest generations.
One of the greatest mental freedoms is truly not caring what anyone else thinks of you.
Every one of our greatest national treasures, our liberty, enterprise, vitality, wealth, military power, global authority, flow from a surprising source: our ability to give thanks.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle
The scale and grandeur of the Russian effort mark it as the greatest military achievement in all history.
The greatest please in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
During the Second World War, the Germans took four years to build the Atlantic Wall. On four beaches it held up the Allies for about an hour; at Omaha it held up the U.S. for less than one day. The Atlantic Wall must therefore be regarded as one of the greatest blunders in military history.
If you can't get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country?
Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.
Our greatest weaknes lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just on more time.
A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen.
In the military we also learn principles of war which also work in a corporate setting: How do you concentrate as much of your force as possible on a critical point and take a risk elsewhere? In business that translates into focusing your investment on marketing, sales, or R&D, whichever will give you the greatest return.
War is the greatest plague that can afflict mankind... Any scourge is preferable to it.
If you don't give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.
The wisdom and spirit of Churchill not only saved Britain from the Third Reich but saved Western civilization from a Nazi Dark Ages when no other nation was willing to take up that defense. Churchill was the greatest military, political and spiritual leader of the 20th century.
You get a lawyer whether you're in a military tribunal or whether you're in a federal court, number one. The attorney general decided that the court with the biggest - with the greatest venue, with the best jurisdiction was the New York court. That was the right decision to make.
I'm very skeptical of the amount of money that goes into military expenditure, not just in the poor countries [but] also in the rich. I think it's one of the most massive wastes in the world, but education is [at the] other end. It's the bearer of the greatest fruits that mankind has ever known.
The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think.
This year's  White House holiday theme is "The Gift of the Holidays," and our decorations reflect some of our greatest gifts as a nation: from our incredible military families, to the life-changing impact of a great education.
The war with Iraq ... had to be one of the greatest non sequiturs in military history. Attacked by a gang composed largely of Islamic militants from Saudi Arabia, the United States countered by invading an unrelated country, and one of the most secular in the Middle East at that.
Though thousand times a thousand in battle one may conquer, yet should one conquer just oneself, one is the greatest conqueror.
The greatest gift you can give to someone is your time. Because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.
What would you do differently as defense secretary to compensate for this record in which the greatest military in the world, as we are constantly told, doesn't get the job done?
I read, studied, and learned everything I could find about aviation.
It was my greatest desire to become a pilot. I could already picture myself in the cockpit of an airliner or in a military fighter plane. I felt deep in my heart this was my thing!
I perform regularly with a theater company called Outside the Wire who take performances of Greek tragedy to American-military audiences around the world to create discussion about PTSD and soldier suicide. It's one of the greatest things I've ever been asked to do as an actor.
America has the greatest people on earth in our military, but they don't have the right equipment and their equipment is old.
I don't understand what the president's [Donald Trump] position is on Russia.
But I can tell you what my position is on Russia: Russia is a great danger to a lot of its neighbors, and [Vladimir] Putin has as one of his core objectives fracturing NATO, which is one of the greatest military alliances in the history of the world.