Quotes Mad Dog Mattis That Highlight His Leadership

James “Mad Dog” Mattis, also known as “The Warrior Monk,” is a retired United States Marine Corps general and former Secretary of Defense. He is known for his tough leadership style and his outspoken views on military strategy and national defense.

Here are some quotes from Mad Dog Mattis that highlight his leadership and military philosophy:

  1. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
  2. “The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”
  3. “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”
  4. “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”
  5. “There are some things you have to do when you’re the leader. You can’t say, ‘I’m sorry, I’m too busy, I have other things to do.’ You can’t do that.”
  6. “You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”
  7. “You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”
  8. “Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.”
  9. “The most important thing is that, if you’re going to be a good leader, you’ve got to be out in front of your troops. You can’t be behind them.”
  10. “I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”