"Iron" Mike's Favorite Quotes:


"In the cold darkness, where the predators wait in ambush, nobody cares how fast your draw is, nor what your score was, nor how many certificates you've collected." 
-- Gabe Suarez 

"A 99 percent shooter with a 1 percent brain will almost invariably be beaten in a gunfight by the 1 percent shooter who has a 99 percent brain. Since the dawn of mankind, humans have had to rely on their thinking prowess to survive. The firearm is merely the means to attain the end." 
-- Louis Awerbuck 

"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." 
-- Sigmund Freud 

"A good plan executed now, is better than a perfect plan executed next week." 
-- Patton 

"A man has got to know his limitations." 
-- Dirty Harry Callahan 

"A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of staying free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better man than himself." 
-- John Stuart Mill 

"A man's greatest work is to break his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them all the things that have been theirs, to hear the weeping of those that cherished them, to take their horses between his knees and press in his arms the most desirable of their women." 
-- Genghis Khan 

"A Master of Arms is more honorable than a Master of Arts, for good fighting came before writing." 
-- Marston, in Paradox XV, A.D. 1617 

"A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand." 
-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4BC - 65AD 

"A warrior who is prepared to fight must also be prepared to die." 
-- Sun Tzu 

"Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords." 
-- Theodore Roosevelt 

"Ammunition . . . The precious metal of the future." 
-- Unknown 

"An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile - hoping it will eat him last." 
-- Winston Churchill 

"An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject." 
-- Unknown 

"And he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." 
-- Luke 22.36 

"Anyone who gets in a fair fight...has no tactical skills." 
-- Anonymous 

"Better a good enemy than a bad friend." 
-- Plato 

"Better to have a gun and not need it, than to need it and not have it." 
-- David Crosby 

"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." 
-- John Wayne 

"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once." 
-- William Shakespeare 

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote." 
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1759. 

"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy' until you can find a rock." 
-- Wynn Cotlin 

"Do you care about freedom? Dreams may have inspired it, and wishes prompted it, but only war and weapons have made it yours." 
-- Robert Ardrey 

"Fear of death will not prevent dying but it may prevent living." 
-- Anonymous 

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself . . . they deserve a place of honor with all that's good." 
-- George Washington 

"'Heroism' is not the same as coping. A man who does his job properly and succeeds through his own efforts is definitely to be commended, but he is not a hero in the classic sense until he deliberately lays his life on the line for a cause he deems to be greater than himself." 
-- Jeff Cooper 

"I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence I would advise violence." 
-- Mohandas Gandhi 

"I won't back down, I'll stand my ground, you can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won't back down." 
-- Tom Petty 

"If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness." 
-- Theodore Roosevelt 

"If you know how to shoot, and are quite ready to shoot, the chances are that you won't have to shoot." 
-- Blackjack Pershing 

"If you look like a rabbit, and act like a rabbit, you will be treated like a rabbit - prey for all predators." 
-- Stony Loft 

"In ascending order the qualities of Patriotism are:
1. To work, fight, or die for your own survival.
2. To work, fight, or die for your immediate family.
3. To work, fight, or die for a group, extended family, tribe, or clan.
4. To work, fight, or die for a group too large for all the individuals to know each other.
5. To work, fight, or die for a way of life." 
-- Robert A. Heinlein  

"In the beginning of a change, the PATRIOT is a scarce man and brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." 
-- Mark Twain 

"It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest." 
-- Abraham Lincoln 

"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" 
-- Emiliano Zapata 

"Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; take honour from me, and my life is done." 
-- King Richard II 

"Now I don't know, but I been told it's hard to run with the weight of gold, On the other hand I have heard it said, it's just as hard with the weight of lead." 
-- The Grateful Dead 

"One of these days the talking will be over and the citizenry of the United States will decide whether or not to remain free." 
-- Dan W. Shoemaker 

"Only a fool confuses preparedness with paranoia." 
-- Anonymous 

"Only an armed man can have political rights." 
-- Old Swiss tradition 

"Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us; our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life." 
-- Albert Einsten 

"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can and as often as you can, and keep moving on." 
-- Ulysses S. Grant 

"The essence of life is struggle, and its goal is domination. There are higher goals and deeper meanings, but they exist only within the mind of man. The reality of life is war." 
-- Lovret 

"The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is bearing arms." 
-- General George S. Patton Jr. 

"The more thou sweateth in training, the less thou bleedeth in combat." 
-- Richard Marcinko, Seal Team 6 

"The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his." 
-- General George S. Patton Jr. 

"The only good enemy is a dead enemy." 
-- General George S. Patton Jr. 

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." 
-- Edmund Burke 

"The pen is mightier than the sword, only if the sword is kept sharp, and the man that writes with the pen is willing and able to fight with the sword!" 
-- Don Cross 

"The pen is mightier than the sword...except in a swordfight." 
-- Anonymous 

"The pistol - learn it well and wear it always." 
-- Jeff Cooper 

"The reason there are so many stupid people is because it's illegal to kill them." 
-- John Wayne, Sands of Iwo Jima 

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." 
-- Thomas Jefferson 

"The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental." 
-- John Steinbeck 

"The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon democracy. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military. The hired servants of our rulers. Only the government and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws." 
-- Edward Abbey The Right to Arms (New York, 1979). 

"The truth is that any good modern rifle is good enough. The determining factor is the man behind the gun." 
-- Theodore Roosevelt, 1910.  

"The unarmed man is not just defenseless he is also contemptible." 
-- Machiavelli 

"The warrior is to be always single minded with one object in view: to destroy, looking neither backward nor sideways to go straight forward in order to crush the enemy." 
-- Daisetz Suzuki 

"'IRON' MIKE'S FAVORITE QUOTE OF ALL TIME: The wolf cares not, how many the sheep be." 
-- Plato 

"There are going to be situations where people are going to go without assistance. That's just the facts of life." 
-- LA Police Chief Gates. 

"There are no such things as dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men." 
-- Robert Heinlein, Methuselah 

"There is no shame in defeat as long as the spirit is unconquered." 
-- Fenix Starcraf 

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it." 
-- Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861. 

"Tis better to be armed and never need to be than to be unarmed and need to be armed." 
-- Jeff Cooper 

"Tis true that the pen is mightier than the sword, but far more have died for want of a sword than will die for lack of a pen." 
-- Curtis Mohr 

"War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." 
-- John Stuart Mill 

"Waste enemies, not ammunition." 
-- Mark Moritz 

"Well, boys, the've got us surrounded.... the bastards can't get away now!" 
-- Chesty Puller 

"When in doubt, shoot it out." 
-- Jason Mott 

"Whenever there is light enough to see your sights you should have your boots on." 
-- Anonymous 

"You have the rest of your life to solve your problems. How long you live depends on how well you do it." 
-- Clint Smith 

-- Anonymous 

""Walk a mile to avoid a fight but when one starts, don't back down an inch." " 
-- -Unknown 

" ".308 ... because people have a strange tendency to get behind things when you start shooting at them."" 
-- Unknown 

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. " 
-- Gen. George S. Patton 

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. " 
-- Robert A. Heinlein 

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. " 
-- - Ayn Rand  

""The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."" 
-- G.K. Chesterton 

-- -John Dryden 






























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