„Can the Army win the war before the Navy loses it?“

—  John Arbuthnot Fisher, The World Crisis, Vol 3, 1916-1918, Part I (1927), Churchill, Thornton Butterworth (London), p. 283.

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„Give me an army of West Point graduates, I'll win a battle. Give me a handful of Texas Aggies and I'll win a war!“

—  George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945
Mike Province, founder and president of The Patton Society http://www.pattonhq.com/ calls this an urban legend and in the Texas A&M Battalion (2 October 2006) http://media.www.thebatt.com/media/storage/paper657/news/2006/10/02/Aggielife/Traditionally.Speaking-2319058.shtml?sourcedomain=www.thebatt.com&MIIHost=media.collegepublisher.com is quoted as saying "I've gotten e-mails and questions regarding that quote for several years... People will use it with Texas Aggies, The Citadel, Virginia Military Institute and even Clemson. All of these schools want to be linked to Patton... Anything is possible... I honestly don't believe he said it, because I've heard too many people say that he said it about their school. But if anyone out there can find proof that he said it, I'd love to hear about it and get it out there." If any school has a claim, it is the Virginia Military Institute; Patton's grandfather, grand-uncles, and his father all were VMI graduates. Patton himself spent a year at VMI before going to West Point. VMI has many George Patton relics donated by his family in its museum. Please also note that the photo of Patton as a cadet has him wearing a VMI coatee and cap.

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„Power can win the body count but it cannot win this war.“

—  Gerry Spence American lawyer 1929
Context: Power can win the body count but it cannot win this war. Because the enemy is not human. This is a war against a malicious spirit. Only fools attempt to defeat a spirit with guns and rockets and bombs. On the war against terrorism

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„It was close; but that's the way it is in war. You win or lose, live or die — and the difference is just an eyelash.“

—  Douglas MacArthur U.S. Army general of the army, field marshal of the Army of the Philippines 1880 - 1964
To Gen. Richard Sutherland after their flight over Japanese held territory to reach Australia (17 March 1942), as quoted in MacArthur and the War Against Japan (1944) by Frazier Hunt, p. 71<!-- also in LIFE magazine, Vol. 57, No. 2 (10 July 1964), p. 70 -->

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„People rarely win wars, governments rarely (completely) lose them. People (do completely) get killed.“

—  Arundhati Roy Indian novelist, essayist 1961
Why America must stop the war now (23 October 2001) http://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/oct/23/afghanistan.terrorism8.

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„The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.“

—  George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959
Various sources below attribute this statement or similar ones to Marshall But a war to prevent a third world war would be the Third World War, and Marshall had reached the conclusion that, "The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it." As quoted in This is Our World (1956) by Louis Fisher, p. 91 Marshall's motto read: "The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it." It was 1947. As quoted in The Story of Indonesia (1959) by Louis Fisher, p. 111 http://books.google.de/books?id=AkIeAAAAMAAJ&q=motto+read Frances Perkins recalled his saying, "The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it." As quoted in Freedom's Advocate: a twenty-five year chronicle (1965) by Aaron Levenstein, p. 104 http://books.google.de/books?id=plZIAQAAIAAJ&q=perkins “Its purpose is to avoid war, not to provoke it,” he explained to his goddaughter, Rose Page Wilson. The deterrence factor was vital. “The only way to be sure of winning a third world war is to prevent it,” Marshall warned. As quoted in General of the Army. George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman by Ed Cray (1990) p. 645 http://books.google.de/books?id=bGgcYteOQxUC&pg=PA645 Unsourced variant: The only way to win a war is to prevent it. A very similar statement appears in the US Strategic Bombing Survey Summary Report (European War) (30 September 1945), p. 41 http://books.google.de/books?id=mnChmcVKoVsC&pg=PA41&dq=lesson:

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„What can I say? If I knew in 1934 what I know now, I would have remained in the navy. I didn't know that this was going to happen and I didn't know that Germany was going to lose the war and be in ruins.“

—  Oswald Pohl Head of the SS Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt 1892 - 1951
To Leon Goldensohn, June 5, 1946, from "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004.

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