29 Most Famous Norman Schwarzkopf Quotes

29 Most Famous Norman Schwarzkopf Quotes

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Norman Schwarzkopf was a Army General for the United States. He served as Commander in Chief and led all of the forces in the Persian Gulf War. He also oversaw the Operation Desert Storm, Vietnam War, and Operation Desert Shield. He died at the age of 78.

“A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers.”

“Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar; and still there are things worth fighting for.”

“Courage brother, do not stumble, though thy path be dark as night: There is a star to guide the humble, trust in God, and do the right. Let the road be dark and dreary and its end far out of sight. Face it bravely, strong or weary. Trust God, and do.”

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

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

“I am living proof that if you catch prostate cancer early, it can be reduced to a temporary inconvenience, and you can go back to a normal life.”

“I believe that forgiving them is God’s function. Our job is to arrange the meeting.”

“I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don’t apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing.”

“I feel that retired generals should never miss an opportunity to remain silent concerning matters for which they are no longer responsible.”

“I prided myself on being unflappable even in the most chaotic of circumstances.”

“I think any student of military strategy would tell you that in order to attack a position, you should have a ratio of approximately 3 to 1 in favor of the attacker.”

“If we do go to war, psychological operations are going to be absolutely a critical, critical part of any campaign that we must get involved in.”

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

“I’ve managed to convince my wife that somewhere in the Bible it says, ‘Man cannot have too many shotguns and fishing poles.’”

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

“Success is sweet, but the secret is sweat.”

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

“The mothers and fathers of America will give you their sons and daughters…with the confidence in you that you will not needlessly waste their lives. And you dare not. That’s the burden the mantle of leadership places upon you. You could be the person who gives the orders that will bring about the deaths of thousands and thousands of young men and women. It is an awesome responsibility. You cannot fail. You dare not fail.”

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

“They didn’t want to go to war, they didn’t want to leave their families, but when their country asked them to, they did, because they thought it was the right thing to do.”

“To be an effective leader, you have to have a manipulative streak – you have to figure out the people working for you and give each tasks that will take advantage of his strength.”

“True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.”

“War is a profane thing.”

“We need to destroy not attack, not damage, not surround. I want to destroy the Republican Guard.”

“What people don’t understand is this is something that we only have in America. There is no other country in the world where the ordinary citizen can go out and enjoy hunting and fishing.
There’s no other nation in the world where that happens. And it’s very much a part of our heritage.”

“When placed in command / take charge.”

“Yesterday at the beginning of the ground war Iraq had the fourth largest army in the world. Today they have the second largest army in Iraq.”

“You can’t help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.”

“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.”