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Quotes of the day: Norman Schwarzkopf

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014 @ 6:31 AM EST
Dec 27 2014

H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (August 22, 1934 - December 27, 2012) was a United States Army general. While serving as Commander-in- Chief, United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still, there are things worth fighting for.

Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.

Generals aren't in the business of commenting on the correctness or incorrectness of the President's decisions. Anybody who thinks he should be able to do that ought to be fired on the spot.

Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion.

I don't consider myself dovish and I certainly don't consider myself hawkish. Maybe I would describe myself as owlish- that is, wise enough to understand that you want to do everything possible to avoid war; that once you're committed to war then be ferocious enough to do whatever is necessary to get it over with as quickly as possible in victory.

I get angry at a principle, not a person.

I hate war. Absolutely, I hate war.

It's nice to feel that you have a purpose.

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job.

War's a profanity because, let's face it, you've got two opposing sides trying to settle their differences by killing as many of each other as they can.

When placed in command, take charge.

You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.


(December 27 is also the birthday of Oscar Levant, Sarah Vowell, and Marlene Dietrich.)

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