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Quotes from Generals

Generals are generally perceived with either high regard or extreme disdain. This should not come as a surprise, as generals often have to make tough decisions that put their men (and women) in harms ways. War, after all, is a game of life and death. By the nature of their job, great generals are both leaders and philosophers. They have to rally their troops, while also have to understand the horrors of war. Consequently, many memorable quotes are from generals. 

“Don't tell people how to do things; tell them what to do and let their results speak for themselves.” George Patton, U.S. general

“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.” George Patton

“Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.” Napoleon Bonaparte, French general and emperor

“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and act.” Napoleon

“If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will win all of one hundred battles. If you only know your enemies, you will win some and lose the rest. If you neither know yourself nor your enemies, you will always lose.” Sun Tzu, Chinese military strategist and general

“A leader leads by example and not by force.” Sun Tzu

“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours, than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” Ulysses Grant, U.S. general and president

“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.” Ulysses Grant

“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.” Alexander the Great, ancient conqueror and general

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” Alexander the Great

“Always associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” George Washington, U.S. president and war general

“I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, that of an honest man.” George Washington

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