Quotes with general
Do not despair. I know you will not despair. You have a manly and proud heart. A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.
Things Fall Apart
Two people died in that photograph: the recipient of the bullet and General Nguyen Ngoc Loan. The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn't say was, "What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American people?"
Eulogy: General Nguyen Ngoc Loan by Eddie Adams, Time Magazine, July 27, 1998. Regarding his most famous photograph depicting General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a bound Viet Cong in Saigon. Adams later apologized to the General for the damage done to his reputation and he called the general "a goddamned hero."
A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
Biographical Studies (1907)
The General spoke again, slowly, using his strength as carefully as an out-of-work show-girl uses her last good pair of stockings.
The Big Sleep (1939)
As a general rule we do not want much encouragement to talk about ourselves.
Some Reminiscences (1912)
As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and by the consistent narrowness of his outlook. But I have never been able to love what was not lovable or hate what was not hateful, out of deference for some general principle.
Some Reminiscences (1912)
For the general observation is strictly correct, that the works of an author may be considered the representation of his mind.
When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.
It has been said by a certain general, that the first object in the establishment of an army ought to be making provision for the belly, that being the basis and foundation of all operations.
Military Instructions (1747)
I did not think General McChrystal would be fired. In fact, I thought his position was basically untouchable, I thought it would give them a headache for maybe 72 hours.
Interview with Matt Lauer of NBC's Today show, June 23, 2011
The general function of dreams is to try to restore our psychological balance by producing dream material that re-establishes, in a subtle way, the total psychic equilibrium.
Man and His Symbols
I see nothing wrong with giving Robert some legal experience as Attorney General before he goes out to practice law.
January 21, 1961
There are three subjects on which the knowledge of the medical profession in general is woefully weak; they are manners, morals, and medicine.
The people have it in their hands to restore morality, wisdom and direction to of our foreign and domestic affairs, and regain the religious base which in times past assured general integrity in public and private life.
Kennedy was trying to keep us out of war. I was trying to help him keep us out of war. And General Curtis LeMay, whom I served under as a matter of fact in World War II, was saying "Let's go in, let's totally destroy Cuba."
The Fog of War
Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy; I drop my fruits like a ripe tree. What the general reader or the critic makes of them is not my concern.
Henry Miller on Writing (1964)
By its constitution it was liberal, but the system of government was clerical. The system of government was clerical, but the general attitude to life was liberal. Before the law all citizens were equal, but not everyone, of course, was a citizen.
The Man without Qualities (1930-1942)
The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be met by – set by a commanding general. It undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system.
About General McChrystal's departure.
There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing.
Letter, Oyster Bay, NY, September 1, 1903
As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist: He is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he's a great military man.
February 28, 1991
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
In general, the art of government consists of making as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.
If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed in the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it; and if I could now conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.
Letter to the United Baptist Churches in Virginia, May 10, 1789
The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
Process and Reality, p. 39, Free Press, 1979
There is small risk a general will be regarded with contempt by those he leads, if, whatever he may have to preach, he shows himself best able to perform.
The Cavalry General
If the campaign is in summer the general must show himself greedy for his share of the sun and the heat, and in winter for the cold and the frost, and in all labours for toil and fatigue. This will help to make him beloved of his followers.
But if any other course, in any one's opinion, be better than this, let him, even though he be a private soldier, boldly give us his sentiments; for the safety, which we all seek, is a general concern.