Thoughts of a Father, Virginian, Mustang Coastie, conservative, Episcopalian and dog lover.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
If you want to talk to men, it doesn’t matter whether they are private soldiers or staff officers, if you want to talk to them as a soldier, and not as a politician, there are only two things necessary. The first is to have something to say that is worth saying, to know what you want to say; and the second, and terribly important thing, is to believe it yourself. Don’t go and tell men something that you don’t believe yourself, because they’llspot it and if they don’t spot it at the time, they’ll find out. Then you’re finished.
Field Marshall Sir William Slim Speech to U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 8 April 1952