We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we've done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in.
Get mad, then get over it.
Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.
90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.
The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.
Keep looking below surface appearances. Don't shrink from doing so just because you might not like what you find.
The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.
No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it: Spend time with your families.
I don't want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches.
The president's military advisers felt that the size of the force was adequate, they may still feel that years later. Some of us don't, I don't.
They were anticipating a different kind of immediate aftermath of the fall of Baghdad, it turned out to be not exactly as they had anticipated.
I made the case to Gen. Franks and Secretary Rumsfeld before the president that I was not sure we had enough troops. The case was made, it was listened to, it was considered. A judgment was made by those responsible that the troop strength was adequate.
Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.
Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.
Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission.
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
I try to be the same person I was yesterday.
Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.