Some Quotable Quotes from random sources

Captain Fuchida Mitsuo.  Leading the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"Tora, Tora, Tora." (Tiger, Tiger, Tiger.)

Winston Churchill. Directive by Winston Churchill to General Alexander, Commander-in-Chief in the Middle East. (It is short, sharp and very much to the point, eject the enemy from Africa.)

1. Your prime and main duty will be to take or destroy at the earliest opportunity the German- Italian Army commanded by Field- Marshal Rommel, together with all its supplies and establishments in Egypt and Libya.

2. You will discharge or cause to be discharged with other duties as pertain to your command without prejudice to the task described in paragraph 1, which must be considered paramount in His Majesty's interests.

Winston Churchill. After the attack on Pearl Harbor 7th. December 1941.

"To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. Now, at this very moment, I knew the US was in the war, up to the neck, and up 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."

President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After the US was attacked at Pearl Harbor.

"Yesterday, December 7th. 1941 - a date which will live in infamy."

Winston Churchill about U-Boats and Submarines.

"Enemy Submarines are to be called U-Boats. The term Submarine is to be reserved for Allied under water vessels. U-Boats are those dastardly villians who sink our ships, while Submarines are those gallant and noble craft which sink theirs."

Girl Talk.

Mae West.

"Give a man a free hand, and he will run it all over you."

Margaret Thatcher. British Prime Minister.

"Once a woman is made man's equal, she becomes his superior."

Margaret Cavendish. Duchess of Newcastle.

"I think a bad husband is far worse than no husband at all."


Thomas Jefferson. 1787.

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots."

Matthew Flinders. Explorer.

"I have too much ambition to rest in the unnoticed middle order of mankind."

Albert Einstein.

"Only two things are infinite, the universe, and man's stupidity, and I am not sure about the former."


"He who is to prove a good ruler, must first be ruled."

Will Rogers. 1879 - 1935.

"I am not a member of any organised political party. I am a Democrat."

"The man with the best job in the country is the Vice President. All he has to do is to get up every morning and say, 'How is the President?' "

President Harry Truman.

"Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day."

"The buck stops here!"

Thomas Jefferson.

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

Robert Frost.

"A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer."

Danny McGoorty. An Irish pool player.

"I never liked working. To me, a job is an invasion of privacy."

"One of the worst things that can happen in life, is to win a bet on a horse at an early age."

An Irish Blessing.

"May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be at your back, May the sun shine warm in your face, The rains fall soft on your fields and Until we meet again."


"There's nothing wrong in having nothing to say - unless you insist on saying it."

Winston Churchill.

"An appeaser, is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

Miss Warren, my English Teacher at High School. 1935.

"In the lexicon of youth, there is no such word as FAIL."

John Paul Jones.

"Give me a fast ship, for I intend to go in harm's way."


Lord Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen.

His C -in - C's signal ordered him: "to leave off action." His response to his Flag Captain Foley was: "Foley, I have only one eye, I have a right to be blind sometimes." after raising his spyglass to his right eye, he added: "I really do not see the signal!"

Before the Battle of the Nile. To his officers with whom he had just dined:

"Before this time tomorrow, I shall have gained a Peerage or West Minister Abbey."

Before the Battle of Trafalgar Nelson ordered his Flag Lieutenant to send a signal to the Fleet:

"England confides that every man will do his duty."

Pascoe, his Flag Lieutenant, asked if he could substitute the word expects for confides, as the latter word did not appear in the signal book of the Royal Navy.

Thus, Nelson's famous signal finally read:

"England expects that every man will do his duty."

William Shakespeare.

Twelfth Night. Act iii, Scene 4.

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

Merchant of Venice. Act ii, Scene 2.

"It is a wise father that knows his own child."

Act ii, Scene 7.

"All that glitters is not gold."

Julius Caesar. Act I, Scene 2.

"Beware the Ides of March."

Act iii, Scene 1.

"Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war."

Act v, Scene 5.

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, When taken at the flood, leads on to fortune, Omitted, all the voyage of their life, Is bound in shallows, and in miseries."

Romeo and Juliet. Act ii, Scene 2.

"What's in a name? that we will call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet."

Hamlet. Act iii, Scene 2.

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

Merry Wives of Windsor. Act ii, Scene 2.

"Why, then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open."



"In politics, stupidity is not a handicap."

Robert Louis Stevenson.

"Politics, is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary."



"Soldiers generally win battles, Generals get credit for them."

General George Patton.

"In case of doubt, attack."

"God deliver us from our friends, we can handle the enemy."

"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor  dumb bastard die for his country."

General Douglas MacArthur. Speaking about the Philippines when he left for Australia.

"I shall return."

On landing at Leyte in 1944.

"I have returned."

General MacAuliffe. When asked to surrender at the Battle of the Bulge.


Lt General Lewis B. Puller.   When surrounded by 8 enemy Divisions.

"Alright, they're on our left, they're on our right, they’re in front of us, they can't get away this time."

President Harry Truman.

"The atom bomb was no 'Great decision.' It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness."

Winston Churchill.

"Britain and France had a choice between war and dishonour. They chose dishonour.  They will have war."

"If you ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival."

"Give us the tools, and we will finish the job."

"There is nothing so pleasing as to be shot at by one's enemy without result."

"I would say to the House, as I have said to those who joined the Government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."

"Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force, never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."

"In relation to the Royal Air Force at the time of the Battle of Britain in 1940."

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

"We shall defend our Island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on the beaches, landing grounds, in the fields, in the streets, and on the hills. We shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for the moment believe, this land or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, will carry on the struggle until in God's good time the New World with all it's might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the Old."

Walter Lipmann. American Columnist 1965.

"Nobody has yet found a way of bombing that can prevent foot soldiers from walking."

George Washington. American President.

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace."

Neville Chamberlain when British Prime Minister. After signing the Munich Pact with Germany.

"My good friends, this is the second time in our history that I have come back from Germany bringing peace with honour. It is 'Peace in our time.'"

Emperor Hirohito. On his 41st. birthday April 29, 1942.

"The fruits of victory are tumbling into our mouths too quickly."

King Victor Emmanel III, 1943. On Mussolini.

"My dear Duce, it's no longer any good. Italy has gone to bits. The soldier's don't want to fight any more. At this moment, you are the most hated man in Italy."

Joseph Stalin. June 22nd. 1941.

"This war is not an ordinary war. It is the war of the entire Russian people, not only to eliminate the danger hanging over our heads, but to aid all people groaning under the yoke of Fascism."

Hans Frank. Governor General of Poland, before being hanged as a War Criminal.

"A thousand years will pass and the guilt of Germany will not be erased."

Adolf Hitler.

"Today we rule Germany, tomorrow the world."

"Where Napoleon failed, I shall succeed, I shall land on the shores of Britain."

"Germany has concluded a Non Aggression Pact with Poland. We shall adhere to it unconditionally, we recognise Poland as the home of a great neutrally conscious people. May 21st. 1935."

"Strength lies not in defence, but in attack."

German Armed Forces Oath of Loyalty to Hitler.

"I swear by God, this sacred oath, that I will render unconditional obedience to Adolf Hitler, the Fuehrer of the German Reich and people, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and will be ready as a brave soldier to risk my life at any time by this oath."

Norman Schwartzkof. US  Desert Storm General.

"Asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward people who harboured and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the September 11 attacks on America, responded with:"

"I believe forgiving them is God's function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting."

Unknown Source.

"I complained because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet."


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