Quotations by Schwarzkopf, Norman

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

Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012) American military leader
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On the 9/11 terrorists. Repeated (regarding Osama bin-Ladin) on Meet the Press (8 Feb 2003). There's some question, though, as to whether he uttered the original.
 
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Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.

Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012) American military leader
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I admire men of character, and I judge character not by how men deal with their superiors, but mostly how they deal with their subordinates, and that, to me, is where you find out what the character of a man is.

Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012) American military leader
Journal-World (27 March 1991)
 
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I don’t consider myself dovish and I certainly don’t consider myself hawkish. Maybe I would describe myself as owlish — that is, wise enough to understand that you want to do everything possible to avoid war.

Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012) American military leader
In New York Times (28 Jan 1991)
 
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A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still, there are things worth fighting for.

Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012) American military leader
Interview, US News & World Report (1 Oct 1990)
 
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