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Most people remember famous things that writers, poets, intellectuals, political figures, and military leaders have said that have been an Inspiration. Share the qoutes that have inspired you and perhaps have even influenced how you live your lives.

 

I have many and will add them later as the thread progresses. This is one I love with all the talk of war and as there are so many ex-military members. This one is from retiring Marine General James Mattis who I had the extreme pleasure of serving under.

 

 

 

 

 

"When you men get home and face an antiwar protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she is dating a p*ssy." US Marine Gen. James Mattis

 

 

 

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When I first left the Army, many moons ago, I was given some advice that I've never forgotten and passed on many times, to people I considered worthwhile.  I've never found out if there was ever an original quote.

 

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"it takes a tough man to make a tender chicken".   Frank Perdue

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