Norman Schwarzkopf Best Quotes

H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. was a United States Army general. While serving as Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War. Enjoy Norman Schwarzkopf’s best quotes below.

Norman Schwarzkopf
“I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don’t apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing.”
“As young West Point cadets, our motto was ‘duty, honor, country.’ But it was in the field, from the rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the sands of the Middle East, that I learned that motto’s fullest meaning. There I saw gallant young Americans of every race, creed and background fight, and sometimes die, for ‘duty, honor, and their country.’”
“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.”
“True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.”
“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The fun of fishing is catching ‘em, not killing ‘em.”
“You can’t help but… with 20/20 hindsight, go back and say, ‘Look, had we done something different, we probably wouldn’t be facing what we are facing today.’”
“As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he’s a great military man, I want you to know that.”
“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.”
“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”
“This gulf war syndrome thing is truly unfortunate, and I’ve met some of the vets who have this. These are my guys, and I feel terrible about it.”
“All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can’t do anything about it… Then you understand the horror of war.”
“I’ve got to tell you what, the soldier doesn’t fight very hard for a leader who is going to shoot him, okay, on his own whim. That’s not what military leadership is all about.”
“I can stand in a crystal stream without another human around me and cast all day long, and if I never catch a single fish, I can come home and still feel like I had a wonderful time. It’s the being there that’s important.”
“A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers.”
“When placed in command, take charge.”
“A great deal of the capability of an army is its dedication to its cause and its will to fight. You can have the best equipment in the world, you can have the largest numbers in the world, but, if you’re not dedicated to your cause, if you don’t have the will to fight, then, you are not going to have a very good army.”
“Tanks being deployed far forward is an indication of offensive action; tanks in depth is an indication of defensive action.”
“Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion.”
“Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.”
“Someone once asked, ‘What is the difference between me and Saddam Hussein?’ The answer is, ‘I have a conscience and he doesn’t.’”
“I get angry at a principle, not a person.”
“I’ve managed to convince my wife that somewhere in the Bible it says, ‘Man cannot have too many shotguns and fishing poles.’”

Leave Your Comment