American Grit’s Favorite Military Quotes

There are all sorts of quotes that we like, as you’ve seen. From funny military movie quotes to manly movie quotes, and even our favorite Mattisisms. But what about other great military quotes from real life leaders? Men who’ve lived it, who’ve braved the gunfire and the destruction and walked out with a new perspective or the blunt honesty of the real world that many of us need to hear…what do they have to say. Here are a few of the favorites that keep us from slacking off or losing the faith.

Try to keep up with this badassery!

James Mattis

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Now you listen here hippie…

“There are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”

It’s true you know. As much as we’d like to live in peace with all mankind, there are some that can’t be reasoned with. You’ll try to talk to them, try to explain a win-win solution for both of you, but they just won’t have it *cough North Korea, Iran cough*. So when it comes down to it, you just gotta shoot that jerk.

George S. Patton

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I’m bout to execute violently with this machine gun!

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

There is something to be said for decisiveness. Nothing in this world has ever proven to be foolproof or perfect. So why waste time nitpicking when we have a good plan right now. Violence of action can carry the day in many a circumstance. Just take the story of Peter Ortiz, Jack  Risler, Fred Brunner and John Bodnar.

Douglas MacArthur

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I told you I was going to come back!

“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”

Yeah, automatic weapons are wicked cool, and as much as we love writing, we think belt fed weapons get the point across with a little more emphasis. For reference, see first and second quotes on this list.

“Stormin” Norman Schwarzkopf

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Yeah, well I have a tank, so your opinion is void.

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

This couldn’t be truer, we’ve all had instances in our lives where we’ve had to make hard moral decisions. But as we’re fond of saying if our morals are only our morals when things are easy, they’re not really morals. Kudos Stormin Norman!

Admiral David G. Farragut

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Do I look like I have a f*** to give? Because I don’t!

“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”

That’s the PG version of “F*** it” and we couldn’t be happier about it. Sometimes the best plans are from just winging it. We’re not saying you should always do it, but the ability to improvise, adapt and overcome and make a rash decision can be just the thing that takes the enemy by surprise. Damn the torpedoes!


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Two to the chest and one to the head -Heraclitus

“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back. “

Everyone wants to be a warrior until it’s time to do warrior shit. Real talk. It’s not a place everyone belongs, but this warrior, he belongs. Strive to be that warrior, whose selfless devotion and willpower overcome even the most insurmountable odds. Rah.



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  1. North Korea should not confuse victory with restraint. The outcome is unthinkable. (Anthony Merriman 2017)