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Quotations by Jame Mattis
Jame MattisStudying the histories - History is not a straitjacket, but I've never found a better guide for the way ahead than studying the histories.

Focus on a lethal millitary - My belief is that we have to stay focused on the military that is so lethal that on the battlefield, it is the enemy's longest day and worst day when they run into that force.

Enemies must know what is intollerable - A lot of crises and even wars, have started from miscalculation. So while it's important we make clear what we stand for … it's also important that our adversaries know what we absolutely will not tolerate. And by making that clear, you're less apt to have somebody stumble into a situation where now we're forced to take action.

Powers of intimidation and inspiration - America has two fundamental powers. One is the power of intimidation. I was part of it and America will defend herself and our idea, this experiment that we call America. And that's all it is, is an experiment in democracy. But the other power I think that perhaps we have used less in recent years, last 20 years maybe, is the power of inspiration. And I think that the power of inspiration of America at times has got to be employed just as strongly.

Warrior ethos is not a luxury - The primitive and often even atavistic aspects of the battlefield test the physical and mental agility of everyone, but most of what it tests is the courage and the spiritual side of the troops we put in harm's way. And oftentimes it's only unit cohesion, leadership and the belief in themselves and their comrades that allows them to go through what they have to go through and come home as better men and women, not as broken. And so the Warrior Ethos is not a luxury, it is essential when you have a military.

Some just need to be shot - The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.

Be a hunter or a victim - There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.

When is a war over? - No war is over until the enemy says it's over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.