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Norman Schwarzkopf Quotes

A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. – Norman Schwarzkopf

In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times. – Norman Schwarzkopf

I prided myself on being unflappable and, indeed, I never cried before my troops. But I must admit that a lump rose in my throat as I began to speak. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf

True courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act despite it. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. – Norman Schwarzkopf

I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. – Norman Schwarzkopf

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Ninety-nine percent of leadership failures are failures of character. – Norman Schwarzkopf

War is a profanity because let’s just face it, you’ve got two opposing sides trying to settle their differences by killing as many of each other as they can. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The thing that gets me is that Americans are yelling for blood, calling for revenge. But what they don’t realize is that we’re talking about human beings, people who have already been bombed and shot. – Norman Schwarzkopf

We’ve got to quit crying and start sweating. Stop talking and start walking. Work together as a team. Let’s build the Columbine High School Memorial Park on the hill. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf

War may be a necessary evil, but it is still evil. – Norman Schwarzkopf

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. – Norman Schwarzkopf

I think the American people have always had a perfect understanding of what is right and what is wrong. This is a nation founded on the principle of human equality, and it is in our strongest moments that we live up to that principle. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Going to war without the French is like going deer hunting without your accordion. – Norman Schwarzkopf

I may have led men into battle, but I never witnessed a more heroic act than someone battling cancer with dignity and strength. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The best morale exists when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it’s usually lousy. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good. – Norman Schwarzkopf

True courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act despite it. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The best way to do ourselves good is to be doing good to others. – Norman Schwarzkopf

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. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. – Norman Schwarzkopf

War is inherently an uncertain endeavor. – Norman Schwarzkopf

True courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act despite it. – Norman Schwarzkopf

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is. – Norman Schwarzkopf

In the military, someone who tells you they don’t fear anything is either lying or they’re crazy. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. – Norman Schwarzkopf

We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns. – Norman Schwarzkopf

It’s human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn’t banging loudly on the door. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. – Norman Schwarzkopf

There are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. All you leave behind is a lot of noisy baggage. – Norman Schwarzkopf

True courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act despite it. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Nothing is complete until the objective is attained. – Norman Schwarzkopf

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf

True courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act despite it. – Norman Schwarzkopf

You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped. – Norman Schwarzkopf

There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance. – Norman Schwarzkopf

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good. – Norman Schwarzkopf

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is. – Norman Schwarzkopf

We’ve got to quit crying and start sweating. Stop talking and start walking. Work together as a team. Let’s build the Columbine High School Memorial Park on the hill. – Norman Schwarzkopf

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