Legendary words: Top military quotes of all time

Legendary words: Top military quotes of all time

Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis (Photo courtesy of DVIDS)

By Military1 Staff

Combat strategies may change, uniform policies may be altered, but there are certain military truths that stand the test of time. Whether spoken by great generals or civilian leaders, there are some words that make an impression on a nation and are quoted for years to come. Here's a list of some of our favorite military quotes of all time. Check them out and add your own favorites in the comment section below. 

1. “If you can't get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country?” – Gen. George S. Patton

2. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things” – Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller

3. "The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears." – Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis

4. “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” – Winston S. Churchill

5. “Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.” – Gen. Douglas MacArthur

6. “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.” – Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis

7. “Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.” – George Washington

8. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” – Gen. George S. Patton