Quotable Quotes

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. -Abraham Lincoln

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. -Henry Ford

The next war may be fought by airplanes with no men in them at all…Take everything you’ve learned about aviation in war, throw it out of the window, and let’s go to work on tomorrow’s aviation. -General ‘Hap’ Arnold, USAAF, 1945

Air power is indivisible. If you split it up into compartments, you merely pull it to pieces and destroy its greatest asset – its flexibility. -Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. -Albert Einstein

Just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist. -Madeleine L’Engle

Of all my accomplishments I may have achieved during the war, I am proudest of the fact that I never lost a wingman. -Colonel Erich ‘Bubi’ Hartmann, GAF Luftwaffe, worlds leading ace, 352 victories in W.W.II.

It was my view that no kill was worth the life of a wingman. . . . Pilots in my unit who lost wingmen on this basis were prohibited from leading a [section]. The were made to fly as wingman, instead. -Colonel Erich ‘Bubi’ Hartmann, GAF Luftwaffe, worlds leading ace, 352 victories in W.W.II.

If you’re in a fair fight, you didn’t plan it properly. -Nick Lappos, Chief R&D Pilot, Sikorsky Aircraft.

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. -Winston Churchill

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. -George S. Patton

If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions. -Albert Einstein

You know, in war, you don’t have to be nice. You only have to be right. -Winston Churchill

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Once the command of the air is obtained by one of the contended armies, the war must become a conflict between a seeing host and one that is blind. -H. G. Wells, 1902 [a year before the Wright Brothers flew and prophetically foretelling of air power in World War I]

In an emergency I think he is liable to lose his head…I should now hesitate to entrust to him any important mission. -Official verbiage from Hap Arnold’s performance report, written by Maj. Gen. Mason Patrick, Chief of Air Service

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. -Sir Winston Churchill

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford

Holding on to things that made us great in the past is not the best way to make us great in the future. In fact, I can only think of one reason for standing still, and that’s if you want somebody to catch you. We have got modernize the Air Force. -General Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff, USAF

The Yo-Yo is very difficult to explain. It was first perfected by the well-known Chinese fighter pilot Yo-Yo Noritake. He also found it difficult to explain, being quite devoid of English. -Squadon leader K.G. Holland, RAF

There is only one thief in the Marine Corps. Everyone else is just trying to get their sh*t back. -common Marine Corps saying

I’m convinced that generally everyone is trying to do the right thing. The issue is the individual perception of what the right thing is. -The Bar Napkin

Behind every good leader, are more leaders. If the latter proves to be untrue, then so does the former. -The Bar Napkin

Tiger, one day you will come to a fork in the road and you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. He raised his hand and pointed. “If you go that way you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get good assignments.” Then Boyd raised his other hand and pointed in another direction. “Or you can go that way and you can do something- something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself. If you decide you want to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won’t have to compromise yourself. You will be true to your friends and to yourself. And your work might make a difference. To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That’s when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do? Which way will you go? -John Boyd, as told by his biographer Robert Coram

 What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? -Robert H. Schuller

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. -Arthur Ashe

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. -Winston Churchill

The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards. -Sir William Francis Butler