15 Greatest General Mattis Quotes

15 Greatest General Mattis Quotes

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James Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps general. In his career he commanded the 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War and the Marine Expeditionary Force. He was in active service from 1969 to 2013.

“Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit.”

“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.”

“I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”

“In a country with millions of people & cars going everywhere, the enemy is going to get a car bomb out there once in a while.”

“It is mostly a matter of wills. Whose will is going to break first? Ours or the enemy’s?”

“Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.”

“No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”

“PowerPoint makes us stupid.”

“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”

“Treachery has existed as long as there’s been warfare, and there’s always been a few people that you couldn’t trust.”

“When Gen. Abrial arrived to relieve me as the supreme commander, only don’t ask, don’t tell kept me from hugging and kissing him.”

“You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”

“You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”

“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. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”