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William Tecumseh Sherman Quotes and Sayings

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War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

Related topics: War

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

If nominated, I will not run; if elected,
I will not serve.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I think I understand what military fame is;
to be killed on the field of battle and have your name
misspelled in the newspapers.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

 

If you don't have my army supplied, and keep it supplied,
we'll eat your mules up, sir.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I would make this war as severe as possible,
and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for mercy.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

If forced to choose between the penitentiary and the
White House for four years,
I would say the penitentiary, thank you.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

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A battery of field artillery is worth a thousand muskets.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I hate newspapermen.
They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts.
I regard them as spies, which, in truth,
they are.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

In our Country...
one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor
heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood,
more vengeance, more desolation.
War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I will accept no commission that would tend to create a rivalry with Grant.
I want him to hold what he has earned and got.
I have all the rank I want.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

My aim then was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride,
to follow them to their inmost recesses,
and make them fear and dread us.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

The voice of the people is the voice of humbug.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

He belonged to that army known as invincible in peace,
invisible in war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk,
and now we stand by each other.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I intend to make Georgia howl.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

War is cruelty.
There is no use trying to reform it.
The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

It's a disagreeable thing to be whipped.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

Courage - a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger,
and a mental willingness to endure it.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

You may as well say, 'That's a valiant flea that dare
eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man.
Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the army.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world,
but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory,
but, boys, it is all hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

War is too serious a matter to leave to soldiers.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result
in humiliation and disaster.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I know I had no hand in making this war,
and I know I will make more sacrifices to-day than
any of you to secure peace.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen,
and I say let us give them all they want.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty,
I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

War is at its best barbarism.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor.
They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments,
but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon.
The better classes are tired of the insane howling
of the lower strata and they mean to stop them.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

But, my dear sirs, when peace does come,
you may call on me for any thing.
Then will I share with you the last cracker,
and watch with you to shield your homes and families
against danger from every quarter.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

This war differs from other wars, in this particular.
We are not fighting armies but a hostile people,
and must make old and young, rich and poor,
feel the hard hand of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I am tired and sick of war.
Its glory is all moonshine.
It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor
heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood,
for vengeance, for desolation.
War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning,
and not to suit any body but myself.
If people don't like my opinions, it makes little difference
as I don't solicit their opinions or votes.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

The problems of victory are more agreeable
than those of defeat,
but they are no less difficult.
- Winston Churchill

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war
is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein

We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
- Jimmy Carter

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
- Thomas Mann

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
- Ulysses S. Grant

War is not an adventure.
It is a disease.
It is like typhus.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It has too often been too easy for rulers and governments to incite man to war.
- Lester B. Pearson

War does not determine who is right -
only who is left.
- Bertrand Russell

Older men declare war.
But it is the youth that must fight and die.
- Herbert Hoover

War would end if the dead could return.
- Stanley Baldwin

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

It is well that war is so terrible.
We should grow too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

When you have to kill a man,
it costs nothing to be polite.
- Winston Churchill

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
- Barbara Tuchman

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations.
They have the best implements of war.
- Herbert V. Prochnow

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict
wants something more than it wants peace.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

A bad peace is better than a good war.
- Yiddish Proverb

War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
- George Herbert

If we don't end war, war will end us.
- H. G. Wells

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
- George Santayana

In peace, sons bury their fathers.
In war, fathers bury their sons.
- Herodotus

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre


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