The Consensus Seemed To Be That If Really Large Numbers Of Men Were Sent To Storm The Mountain, Then Enough Might Survive The Rocks To Take The Citadel. This Is Essentially The Basis Of All Military Thinking.
~ Terry Pratchett, Eric
If We Slide Into One Of Those Rare Moments Of Military Honesty, We Realize That The Technical Demands Of Modern Warfare Are So Complex A Considerable Percentage Of Our Material Is Bound To Malfunction Even Before It Is Deployed Against A Foe. We No Longer Waste Manpower By Carrying The Flag Into Battle. Instead We Need Battalions Of Electronic Engineers To Keep The Terrible Machinery Grinding.
~ Ernest K. Gann, The Black Watch
As Civil Rulers, Not Having Their Duty To The People Duly Before Them, May Attempt To Tyrannize, And As The Military Forces Which Must Be Occasionally Raised To Defend Our Country, Might Pervert Their Power To The Injury Of Their Fellow-citizens, The People Are Confirmed By The Next Article In Their Right To Keep And Bear Their Private Arms.
~ Tench Coxe
Only An Alert And Knowledgeable Citizenry Can Complel The Proper Meshing Of The Huge Industrial And Military Machinery Of Defense With Our Peaceful Methods And Goals, So That Security And Liberty May Prosper Together.
~ Dwight D Eisenhowe
A Military Operation Involves Deception. Even Though You Are Competent, Appear To Be Incompetent. Though Effective, Appear To Be Ineffective.
Dead Battles, Like Dead Generals, Hold The Military Mind In Their Dead Grip.
~ Barbara Tuchman
There Is No Reason For Anyone In The Country, For Anyone Except A Police Officer Or A Military Person, To Buy, To Own, To Have, To Use, A Handgun. The Only Way To Control Handguns Use In This Country Is To Prohibit The Guns. And The Only Way To Do That Is To Change The Constitution.
~ Michael Gartne
Over Grown Military Establishments Are Under Any Form Of Government Inauspicious To Liberty, And Are To Be Regarded As Particularly Hostile To Republican Liberty.
~ George Washington
The One Bonus Of Not Lifting The Ban On Gays In The Military Is That The Next Time The Government Mandates A Draft, We Can All Declare We Are Homosexual Instead Of Running Off To Canada.
~ Lorne Bloch
My Soldiers Ask Of Me, Why Surrender A Military Advantage In The Field... I Could Not Answer.
~ General Douglas MacArthur, His final address to the joint session of the congress
It Is Characteristic Of The Military Mentality That Nonhuman Factors Atom Bombs, Strategic Bases, Weapons Of All Sorts, The Possession Of Raw Materials, Etc Are Held Essential, While The Human Being, His Desires, And Thoughts - In Short, The Psychological Factors - Are Considered As Unimportant And Secondary... The Individual Is Degraded... To Human Materiel.
~ Albert Einstein
The People Of The South Have Rejected The Constitutional Amendment, And Therefore We Will March Upon Them And Force Them To Adopt It At The Point Of The Bayonet, And Establish Military Power Over Them Until They Do Adopt It.
~ John Whitehead