William Tecumseh Sherman Quotes

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Born: February 8, 1820, Lancaster, Ohio, U.S.
Birth Country: USA
Died: New York City, New York, U.S., February 14, 1891
Occupation: Military commander

1.
An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man. Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the army.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

2.
But, my dear sirs, when peace does come, you may call on me for any thing. Then will I share with you the last cracker, and watch with you to shield your homes and families against danger from every quarter.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

3.
Courage - a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

4.
Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

5.
He belonged to that army known as invincible in peace, invisible in war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

6.
I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

7.
I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

8.
I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

9.
I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

10.
I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for mercy.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

11.
If nominated, I will not run if elected, I will not serve.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

12.
If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

13.
In our Country... one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

14.
It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

15.
My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

16.
The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

17.
There's many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory but it is all hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

18.
This war differs from other wars, in this particular. We are not fighting armies but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

19.
War is at its best barbarism.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

20.
War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

21.
War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

22.
War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

23.
War is too serious a matter to leave to soldiers.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

24.
You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

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