Military Wit and Wisdom: Quotes on Surviving Combat

Respected for their discipline, honor and ability to face the most intense situations in the name of freedom, the U.S. military knows a thing or two about surviving combat. These are some of our favorite quotes from our armed forces. Quotes: Military Wit and Wisdom

Military Philosophies

“Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”

“If you find yourself in a fair fight – you didn’t plan your mission properly.”

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”

“Optimists study English; pessimists study Chinese; and realists learn to use a Kalashnikov.”

Military Humor

“If the enemy is in range, so are you.”

“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”

“Tracer rounds work both ways.”

“If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.”


“When you’re short of everything but the enemy, you are in combat.”


“Sniper: If you run, you’ll only die tired.”


“What you can't solve with politics, you can solve with a 5.56.”

USMC Captain Daniel Romans's Resistance Library: Quotes

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