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If a man does his best, what else is there?

If a man does his best, what else is there?

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I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.

I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.

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I do not fear failure. I only fear the "slowing up" of the engine inside of me which is pounding, read more

I do not fear failure. I only fear the "slowing up" of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, "Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?"

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God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever lead us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance read more

God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever lead us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me to my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.

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Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; read more

Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.

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Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn't give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and read more

Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn't give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war.

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The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

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Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.

Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.

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If you can't get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, read more

If you can't get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country?

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Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader.

Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader.

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