Some quotes for the exemplar

Often I have posted remarks I have heard in the clear. Today I offer some quotes from other notable sources. These could help explain a few things about the outlook of the modern warrior, or at least this one.

“Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.”
–  Robert E. Howard 

“A man’s character is his fate.”
 – Heraclitus

“While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion…”
 – General James N. Mattis in a message to the 1st Marine Division in March 2003, on the eve of the Iraq War.

“Never walk
away from home
ahead of your axe and sword.
You can’t feel a battle
in your bones
or foresee a fight.”
 –    The Havamal, Book of Viking Wisdom

“A sword is never a killer, it is a tool in the killer’s hands.”
 – Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 45 AD.

“The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.”

 – John Steinbeck

“Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”
 – General James N. Mattis

“Scum bags find the ignoble conduct of those around them acceptable. The path of the exemplar actively seeks those things noble, good, and valorous. The former is to wallow in foul stagnation and mediocrity. The other is the function of heroes.”
– America’s SgtMaj

Semper Fidelis!
America’s SgtMaj

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  1. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

    -Robert A. Heinlein

  2. My favorite Heinlein quote: “The two highest achievements of the human mind
    are the twin concepts of ‘loyalty’ and ‘duty’. Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute, get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed.”

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