“Any society that would give up a little liberty
to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” –Benjamin
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."
"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." (James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244)
"Retreat? Hell, we just got here!" -Captain Lloyd W. Williams, 2nd Battalion 5th Marines, 6/1/1918. Died 6/12/1918.
"Retreat, hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction." -Maj General Oliver P. Smith, December, 1950 Korea
"I divide my officers into four groups. There are clever, diligent, stupid, and lazy officers. Usually two characteristics are combined. Some are clever and diligent -- their place is the General Staff. The next lot are stupid and lazy -- they make up 90 percent of every army and are suited to routine duties. Anyone who is both clever and lazy is qualified for the highest leadership duties, because he possesses the intellectual clarity and the composure necessary for difficult decisions. One must beware of anyone who is stupid and diligent -- he must not be entrusted with any responsibility because he will always cause only mischief." -Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord, German Reichswehr Chief-of-Army-High-Command, October 17, 1933.
"Hell, these are Marines. Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima; Baghdad ain't shit."
-Major General John Kelly; 1st Light Armored Recon. Operation: Iraqi Freedom
"Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.... You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."
—Gen. James Mattis, USMC, Speech in San Diego, 2005
"I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all."
—Gen. James Mattis, USMC, Message to the Iraqi tribal leaders
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet." – Gen. James Mattis, USMC
"The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is." -Winston Churchill
"Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy." -Winston Churchill
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend....if you have one" -George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second....if there is one" - Winston Churchill, in response.
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts...for support rather than for illumination" - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
"One of the notable aspects of the democratic process is that one need not know anything about a subject in order to pass laws about it." -Jeff Cooper
Wade Ishmoto, a Delta captain who worked with the unit’s intelligence division, had joked, “The only difference between this and the Alamo is that Davy Crockett didn’t have to fight his way in.
” -Operation "Eagle Claw", April, 1980
"I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude." -Thomas Jefferson
"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances." -Thomas Jefferson
"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Thomas Jefferson
“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” -Theodore Roosevelt
"Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson
Speed is fine. Accuracy is final! --Bill Jordan