H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (August 22, 1934 – December 27, 2012), also known as Stormin' Norman, was a United States Army 4 Star General who, while he served as Commander-in-Chief (now known as "Combatant Commander") of U.S. Central Command, was commander of the Coalition Forces in the Gulf War of 1991.
- A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war.
Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.
- As quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Vol. 110, Issues 5 (1991 Feb 11), p. 32
- 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.
- Gulf War briefing (28 February 1991), as quoted in "WAR IN THE GULF: Commander's Briefing; Excerpts From Schwarzkopf News Conference on Gulf War" in The New York Times
- Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
- Quoted in "The Military Quotation Book" (2002) by James Charlton, p. 83
- Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.
- Quoted in "The Military Quotation Book" (2002) by James Charlton, p. 60
- True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job.
- As quoted in Pocket Patriot : Quotes from American Heroes (2005) by Kelly Nickell, p. 53
- I believe that forgiving them is God's function. Our job is to arrange the meeting.
- As quoted in I Fail to Miss Your Point (2007) by Jim O'Bryon, p. 409
- When placed in command — take charge.
- Quoted in "Leadership" (2007) by David M. Atkinson, p. 42
- The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
- Quoted in The Daily Book of Positive Quotations (2008) by Linda Picone, p. 326