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"Well Kenshin..You're like a bad case of Scabies!"-Shingen Takeda
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American Revolutionary quote, I do not remember which commander told his men this.
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“A single death is a tragedy, a million death is a statistic” – Stalin
"He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat" - Napoleon Bonaparte
"Never interrupt your enemy when he's making a mistake" - Napoleon Bonaparte
"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" – Abraham Lincoln
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I can't remember the source but this one cracks me up, a General's report of the battle;

The enemy came. He was beaten. I am tired. Goodnight.
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"Submit to Islam and be safe. Or agree to the payment of the Jizya, and you and your people will be under our protection, else you will have only yourself to blame for the consequences, for I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life."
-Khalid ibn Al-Walid in his letter to the Persian monarch before invading it-

"At Battle of Mu'tah I broke nine swords in my hand. But I have never met an enemy like the Persians. And among the Persians I have never met an enemy like the army of Battle of Ullais."
-Khalid ibn Al-Walid gave tribute to the brave Persian soldiers after the bloody Battle of Ullais or Battle of Blood River.-
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Lt Col Cyril Joly -"The more you use [tanks], the fewer you lose"

(Shakesp's) KING RICHARD III - Norfolk, we must have knocks; ha! must we not?
LORD NORFOLK - We must both give and take, my gracious lord..

"That's what I need! That's what I want to have!" (Hitler to Guderian at Kummersdorf tank demonstration 1933)

MacArthur - "It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"

Montgomery - "When I assumed command of 8th Army I said the mandate was to destroy Rommel and his army as soon as we were ready. We are ready now"

Adm Nimitz - "When you're in command, COMMAND"

In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield -Douglas MacArthur

Gen Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson - "My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave"

General Bernard Bee- "There is Jackson standing like a stone wall"

"I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me." - Archilocus, 650 B.C.

"We need to destroy not attack, not damage, not surround. I want to destroy
the Republican Guard"
-General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

True warriors are fierce, because their training is fierce
--Miyamoto Musashi (Samurai, 1584-1645)

"He either fears his fate too much,
Or his deserts are small,
That puts it not unto the touch
To win or lose it all"
-James Graham - Marquis of Montrose

"Cowards die many times before their deaths,
but the valiant taste of death but once"-Shakesp, J.Caesar

Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it's price.
-- Sun Tzu

Take arrows in your forehead, but never in your back.
- Samurai maxim

"There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter" - Ernest Hemingway

"Whoever should wish to seize Vietnam must kill us to the last man"-Ho Chi Minh

“Where do we get such men? They leave this ship and they do their job. Then they must find this speck lost somewhere on the sea. When they find it, they have to land on its pitching deck. Where do we get such men?"
Rear Admiral George Tarrant in “The Bridges at Toko-Ri”

"To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. Now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all!...Hitler's fate was sealed. Mussolini's fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder."
-Winston Churchill (after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor)

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."-George Orwell

"I was happy in the midst of dangers and inconveniences"- Daniel Boone

"Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle"-Psalm 144:1

"Fighter pilots fall into two broad categories: those who go out to kill and those who, secretly, desperately, know they are going to get killed—the hunters and the hunted."-General Nathan F. Twinning, USAF

I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air--
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.
...And To My Pledged Word Am True
I Shall Not Fail That Rendezvous
-Alan Seegar (1888-1916)

"War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes an ability to execute, military plans."
-Niccolo Machiavelli

"Battle is the most magnificent competition in which human beings can indulge"- Gen.George S. Patton
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I believe General Max Hoffman praising the British soldier
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General Max Hoffman, who used to say to visitors to Headquarters,

"This is where General Hindenberg slept before the battle, this is where General Hindenberg slept during the battle, this is where General Hindenberg slept after the battle."
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Molon labe, of course.

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FUBAR--

From Braveheart (Wallace never said this, but I can imagine some soldier saying something like this in regards to pikes) :
"We'll make long spears. Twice as long as a man."
"That long? Some men are longer than others."
"Your mother's been telling stories about me again, eh?"

"AH-OOH!" or "URAH!", depending on which battlecry you prefer.
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Not sure if this is misattributed or not:

unknown advisor to Lincoln:"General Grant is drinking again".

Lincoln: "Find out what brand of whiskey he drinks and distribute it to our other generals."

Edward "Mick" Mannock, upon returning from a patrol: "Flamerinoes! Four!! Sizzle, sizzle, WONK!"
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