Combat Quotes

Quotes tagged as "combat" (showing 1-30 of 110)
Suzanne Collins
“The raw hunk of meat that used to be my enemy makes a sound, and I know where the mouth is. And I think the word he's trying to say is 'please'. Pity, not vengeance sends my arrow flying into his skull.”
Suzanne Collins

“The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them. For example, when the British invaded India, many Indians accepted to work for the British to kill off Indians who resisted their occupation. So in other words, many Indians were hired to kill other Indians on behalf of the enemy for a paycheck. Today, we have mercenaries in Africa, corporate armies from the western world, and unemployed men throughout the Middle East killing their own people - and people of other nations - for a paycheck. To act without a conscience, but for a paycheck, makes anyone a dangerous animal. The devil would be powerless if he couldn't entice people to do his work. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between brothers.”
Suzy Kassem

Derek Landy
“I find it rude to laugh at a man with a sword.”
Derek Landy, Mortal Coil

Sebastian Junger
“The Army might screw you and your girlfriend might dump you and the enemy might kill you, but the shared commitment to safeguard one another’s lives is unnegotiable and only deepens with time. The willingness to die for another person is a form of love that even religions fail to inspire, and the experience of it changes a person profoundly.”
Sebastian Junger, War

Judith Lewis Herman
“Combat and rape, the public and private forms of organized social violence, are primarily experiences of adolescent and early adult life. The United States Army enlists young men at seventeen; the average age of the Vietnam combat soldier was nineteen. In many other countries boys are conscripted for military service while barely in their teens. Similarly, the period of highest risk for rape is in late adolescence. Half of all victims are aged twenty or younger at the time they are raped; three-quarters are between the ages of thirteen and twenty-six. The period of greatest psychological vulnerability is also in reality the period of greatest traumatic exposure, for both young men and young women. Rape and combat might thus be considered complementary social rites of initiation into the coercive violence at the foundation of adult society. They are the paradigmatic forms of trauma for women and men.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Richard Marcinko
“Pain was their body's way of telling them that they'd pushed themselves to their limits -- which was exactly where they were supposed to be.”
Richard Marcinko, Rogue Warrior

Sebastian Junger
“War is life multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of.”
Sebastian Junger, War

“By and large, the truth is not merely a fierce battle with ignorance and fallacy, but, first and foremost, a combat with our own preconceived ideas and aprioristic conceptions. ("The hidden sides of his character" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Tiffany Madison
“As a civilian, I know nothing about combat, the Marine Corps experience or modern man's struggle adjusting to peace after war. I only know what's been shared with me; confidences I would never betray, nor use as details in a novel.”
Tiffany Madison

Margaret Mead
“I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.”
Margaret Mead

Sebastian Junger
“The army consists of the first infantry division and eight million replacements.”
Sebastian Junger, War

Lois McMaster Bujold
“Women shouldn't be in combat," said Vorkosigan, grimly glum.
"Neither should men, in my opinion.”
Lois McMaster Bujold, Shards of Honour

Karl Marlantes
“Many will argue that there is nothing remotely spiritual in combat. Consider this. Mystical or religious experiences have four common components: constant awareness of one's own inevitable death, total focus on the present moment, the valuing of other people's lives above one's own, and being part of a larger religious community such as the Sangha, ummah, or church. All four of these exist in combat. The big difference is that the mystic sees heaven and the warrior sees hell. Whether combat is the dark side of the same version, or only something equivalent in intensity, I simply don't know. I do know that at the age of fifteen I had a mystical experience that scared the hell out of me and both it and combat put me into a different relationship with ordinary life and eternity.

Most of us, including me, would prefer to think of a sacred space as some light-filled wonderous place where we can feel good and find a way to shore up our psyches against death. We don't want to think that something as ugly and brutal as combat could be involved in any way with the spiritual. However, would any practicing Christian say that Calvary Hill was not a sacred space?”
Karl Marlantes, What It is Like to Go to War

If he chooses combat I'll wipe that arrogant sneer off his face the first chance
“If he chooses combat I'll wipe that arrogant sneer off his face the first chance I get.”
Rachel E. Carter, First Year

Tiffany Madison
“It should surprise no one that modern soldiers return home just as conflicted and detached as previous generations. The difference is that in the age of vapid American decadence, their simpler fundamental values are largely irrelevant to we civilians.”
Tiffany Madison

“Caroline, beside herself, dragged me down to her, her breast was against mine, and by a circular movement seemed to caress it. The pretty strawberries which crowned her breasts, jealous at meeting others as fair, endeavoured to engage them in combat.”
Felicité de Choiseul-Meuse

James D. Hornfischer
“...the experience of battle forever divides those who talk of nothing else but its prospect from those who talk of everything else but its memory.”
James D. Hornfischer

M.B. Dallocchio
“I left a piece of my soul that will always rightfully belong in the desert.”
M.B. Dallocchio, The Desert Warrior

“War is unlike life. It's a denial of everything you learn life is. And that's why when you get finished with it, you see that if offers no lessons that can't be bettered learned in civilian life. You are exposed to horrors you would sooner forget.”
Robert Graff

Sebastian Junger
“Most firefights go by so fast that acts of bravery or cowardice are more or less spontaneous. Soldiers might live the rest of their lives regretting a decision that they don’t even remember making; they might receive a medal for doing something that was over before they even knew they were doing it.”
Sebastian Junger, War

Rick Riordan
“Back when I was a regular mortal kid, I didn’t know much about combat.
I had some murky ideas that armies would line up, blow trumpets, and then march forward to kill one another in an orderly fashion. If I thought about Viking combat at all, I would envision some dude yelling SHIELD WALL! and a bunch of hairy blond guys calmly forming ranks and merging their shields into some cool geometric pattern like a polyhedron or a Power Ranger Megazord.
Actual battle was nothing like that. At least, not any version I’d ever been in.
It was more like a cross between interpretive dance, lucha libre wrestling, and a daytime talk show fight.”
Rick Riordan, The Ship of the Dead

Rick Riordan
“Jack was pleased to help. “Combat time? Cool!” He floated in a circle around me. “Who are we fighting?”
“Sam,” I said.
Jack froze. “But I like Sam.”
“We’re just practicing,” I said. “Try to kill her without really killing her.”
“Oh, phew! Okay. I can do that.”
Rick Riordan, The Ship of the Dead

Sebastian Junger
“I came to think of it as a kind of zen practice: the Zen of not fucking up.”
Sebastian Junger, War

“Political parties are on the hunt to search and destroy each other, as though we were involved in some kind of enemy combat, rather than the work of statesmanship.”
John Lewis, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America

“PTSD is curable when one realises how the unconscious mind works and that the symptoms of PTSD are actually the unconscious mind attempting to protect the person experiencing them. With the right therapies it is possible to take a person with extreme PTSD and help them to neutralise all their painful memories and emotions permanently.”
Roger Roger

“Une personne qui se victimise ne peut pas sortir victorieuse!”
Diogo Fino

“Un combat ne s’arrête que lorsqu’ on a atteint son objectif.”
Naide P Obiang

M.B. Dallocchio
“Aside from clinically-diagnosed psychopaths, I have not met one person in war who thoroughly enjoyed killing. If someone ended up bragging over a kill, it was safe to assume that their story was mere fabrication or that they were one bad day away from an inpatient psychiatric ward. No matter how much someone may appear to deserve to be killed, something dies within us when we kill. It's contradictory, the antithesis of our species survival instinct.”
M.B. Dallocchio, The Desert Warrior

“Meanwhile, as I think about dumb stuff, the situation is getting worse.”
Hirukuma, Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon, Vol. 1

Sebastian Junger
“Stripped to its essence, combat is a series of quick decisions and rather precise actions carried out in concert with ten or twelve other men. In that sense it’s much more like football than, say, like a gang fight. The unit that choreographs their actions best usually wins. They might take casualties, but they win. That choreography—you lay down fire while I run forward, then I cover you while you move your team up—is so powerful that it can overcome enormous tactical deficits. There is choreography for storming Omaha Beach, for taking out a pillbox bunker, and for surviving an L-shaped ambush at night on the Gatigal. The choreography always requires that each man make decisions based not on what’s best for him, but on what’s best for the group. If everyone does that, most of the group survives. If no one does, most of the group dies. That, in essence, is combat.”
Sebastian Junger, War

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