The art of concentrating strength at one point, forcing a breakthrough, rolling up and securing the flanks on either side, and then penetrating like lightning deep into his rear, before the enemy has time to react.— Erwin Rommel
Provocative Military Force quotations
If an egg is broken by outside, life ends. If broken by inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from inside.
American soldiers in battle don't fight for what some president says on T.
V., they don't fight for mom, apple pie, the American flag...they fight for one another.
Power depends ultimately on physical force.
By teaching people that violence is wrong (except, of course, when the system itself uses violence via the police or the military), the system maintains its monopoly on physical force and thus keeps all power in its own hands.
Leaders don't force people to follow. They invite others on a journey.
If you are going to use military force, then you ought to use overwhelming military force. Use too much and deliberately use too much; you'll save lives, not only your own, but the enemy's too.
The commander must decide how he will fight the battle before it begins.
He must then decide who he will use the military effort at his disposal to force the battle to swing the way he wishes it to go; he must make the enemy dance to his tune from the beginning and not vice versa.
I went to Ft Bragg and learned that Delta was indeed gearing up for the rescue.
Still I was concerned the Reagan staff would not be willing to take the risk of sending an official military force into Laos.
Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.
You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force.
Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.
If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible.
General Otis is proclaimed American Military Governor of the Philippines and I protest a thousand times and with all the force in my soul against such pretension.
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
My solution to the problem would be to tell [the North Vietnamese Communists] frankly that they've got to draw in their horns and stop their aggression or we're going to bomb them into the Stone Age. And we would shove them back into the Stone Age with Air power or Naval power - not with ground forces.
We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, Our Flag will be recognized throughout the World as a symbol of Freedom on the one hand and of overwhelming force on the other.
Never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.
Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.
We must make this campaign an exceedingly active one.
Only thus can a weaker country cope with a stronger; it must make up in activity what it lacks in strength.
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.
Our military offensive is indispensable, since force must be met by force.
But our social offensive is the extra weapon which the enemy cannot produce. Here the enemy meets democracy's strongest element-the ability to realize and satisfy the needs of its people without taking from them their freedom and dignity as human beings.
Any communitys arm of force - military, police, security - needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity.
As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he's a great military man, I want you to know that.
The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.
Athens' biggest worry was the sheer recklessness of its own democratic government. A simple majority of the citizenry, urged on and incensed by clever demagogues, might capriciously send out military forces in unnecessary and exhausting adventures.
The simple and terrifying reality, forbidden from discussion in America, was that despite spending $600 billion a year on the military, despite having the best fighting force the world had ever known, they were getting their asses kicked by illiterate peasants who made bombs out of manure and wood.
Our warriors are no longer limited to the people who fly the airplanes.
..Our entire force is a warrior force. Being a warrior is not an AFSC, ...it's a condition of the heart.
In order to be created, a work of art must first make use of the dark forces of the soul
The modern patriotism, the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism is loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.
A modern, autonomous, and thoroughly trained Air Force in being at all times will not alone be sufficient, but without it there can be no national security.
The Marine Corps is proud of the fact that it is a force of combined arms, and it jealously guards the integrity of its air-ground team.
The theory that religion is a force for peace, does not fits the facts of it's history.
A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.
In view of Chinas growing military strength and intentions, the best way to safeguard Asias permanent peace and prosperity is to have all Asian countries join forces with other democratic countries in the world to form a global community of democracies.
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
The more comfort the less courage there is.
Offense is the essence of air power.
The most fundamental paradox is that if we're never to use force, we must be prepared to use it and to use it successfully. We Americans don't want war and we don't start fights. We don't maintain a strong military force to conquer or coerce others. The purpose of our military is simple and straightforward: we want to prevent war.
Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.
The mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion this is all that the Air Force has accomplished during the war.
Putting women in military combat is the cutting edge of the feminist goal to force us into an androgynous society.
Cities can be rebuilt, industries can be rebuilt, what really matters are strategy forces, military forces and the cadres leaders, political, military and economic.
We stand for the dismantling of foreign military bases.
We stand for a reduction of armed forces and armaments in areas where military confrontation is especially dangerous, above all in central Europe.
Through the skill and devotion to duty of their armed forces of all branches in the Midway area our citizens can now rejoice that a momentous victory is in the making.