“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f— with me, I’ll kill you all.”-Gen. James Mattis
From Business Insider:
Mattis is something of a legendary figure in the US military. Viewed as a warrior among Marines and respected by members of other services, he has been at the forefront of numerous engagements.
If you look back on his storied 44-year career leading Marines in battle, and the many colorful quotes he has given over the years, it’s pretty easy to see why.
He is known as not only a great warrior, but a voracious reader. I hope that you find these quotes as inspiring as I do. Enjoy!
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” (one of my personal mottos, by the way)
“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some a–holes in the world that just need to be shot. There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
“We’ve backed off in good faith to try and give you a chance to straighten this problem out. But I am going to beg with you for a minute. I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”
“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”
“I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”
Words to live by.
Also read the letter he wrote to his Marines before they began the assault into Iraq, on March 19, 2003. Each Marine received a copy written in the general’s own hand.