Quotes by General Norman Schwarzkopf


by KGW Staff

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Posted on December 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 has died. He was 78.

“As far as Saddam Hussein being a great strategist. He is neither a strategist nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general. Other than that he's a great military man.”

“A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers.”

“Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.”

“You learn far more from negative leadership than positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it.”

“War is a profane thing.”

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”

“True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.”

“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.”

“When placed in command, take charge.”

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in battle.”

“Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar; and still there are things worth fighting for.”