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World War II Quotes


U.S. General George S. Patton:

“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.  It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.” 


“I am a soldier; I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.”


“The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.”

“Be willing to make decisions.  That’s the most important quality in a good leader.”

“There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”

“Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully; there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”

“There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change; it is:  ’To use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wounds, death and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time’.” 


“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”

“In case of doubt, attack.”


“I would rather have a good plan today than a perfect plan two weeks from now.” 

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill:

“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”


“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”


“The price of greatness is responsibility.”


“History is written by the victors.”


“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”


“I like a man who grins when he fights.”


“To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.”


“We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.”


“I never worry about action, only about inaction.”   

German Führer Adolf Hitler:

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”


“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”


“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”


“I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.”


“I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature.”


“The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”


 Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin:

     “One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.”


U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower:

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”


U.S. General Douglas MacArthur:

“We are not retreating — we are advancing in another direction.”


Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto:

“You cannot invade the mainland United States.  There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.”


“I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”  (upon learning of the success of the attack on Pearl Harbor)


U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt:

“I have seen war . . .  I hate war.”


British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain:

“How horrible, how fantastic, how incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.”


“It is evil things we shall be fighting against: brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution.”