Quotations by William Tecumseh Sherman

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Born: Tuesday, February 8, 1820
Died: Saturday, February 14, 1891 (71 years old)
Profession: Soldier


A battery of field artillery is worth a thousand muskets.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Worth)

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
(Keywords: Change, Men, Army, Man, Rules)

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
(Keywords: Peace, Danger, May, Will)

Courage - a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Courage, Danger, Measure, Sensibility)

Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War, Disaster, Result, Will)

Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Now)

He belonged to that army known as invincible in peace, invisible in war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War, Peace, Army)

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
(Keywords: War, Blood, Glory, Hell, Vengeance)

I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Christmas, Present)

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
(Keywords: Truth, Facts, Hate, Rumors)

I intend to make Georgia howl.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

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
(Keywords: Peace, War, Today, Will)

I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit any body but myself. If people don't like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don't solicit their opinions or votes.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: People, Body, Difference, Facts, Opinions)

I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Battle, Fame, Military, Name, Newspapers)

I will accept no commission that would tend to create a rivalry with Grant. I want him to hold what he has earned and got. I have all the rank I want.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Rank, Rivalry, Want, Will)

I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for mercy.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War, Mercy)

If forced to choose between the penitentiary and the White House for four years, I would say the penitentiary, thank you.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Years)

If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Choice, Hell, World)

If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Will)

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
(Keywords: War, People, Cruelty, Popularity, Will)

If you don't have my army supplied, and keep it supplied, we'll eat your mules up, sir.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Army)

In our Country... one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Men, War, Class, Country, Fight)

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
(Keywords: War, Blood, Hell, Vengeance)

It's a disagreeable thing to be whipped.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

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.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Fear, Pride)

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
(Keywords: Wisdom, Fear, Beginning, Pride)

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War)

The voice of the people is the voice of humbug.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: People, Voice)

There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War, Boys, Glory, Hell, Today)

There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: Arguments, Labor, Will, Words)

There's many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory but it is all hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War, Glory, Hell, Today)

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
(Keywords: War, People, Fighting, Old, Poor)

War is at its best barbarism.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War)

War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War, Cruelty, Reform, Trying, Will)

War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War, Hell)

War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War, Enemies, Want)

War is too serious a matter to leave to soldiers.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War, Soldiers)

You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: War, Will)

You may as well say, 'That's a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Keywords: May)







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