Alfred Thayer Mahan Quotes | Quotes by Alfred Thayer Mahan

1Force is never more operative than when it is known to exist but is not brandished.

2The surer of himself an admiral is, the finer the tactical development of his fleet, the better his captains, the more reluctant must he necessarily be to enter into a melee with equal forces, in which all these advantages will be thrown away, chance reign supreme, and his fleet be place on terms of equality with an assemblage of ships which have never before acted together.

3Free supplies and open retreat are two essentials to the safety of an army or a fleet.

4Whether they will or not, Americans must now begin to look outward. The growing production of the country demands it.

5Having therefore no foreign establishments, either colonial or military, the ships of war of the United States, in war, will be like land birds, unable to fly far from their own shores. To provide resting places for them, where they can coal and repair, would be one of the first duties of a government proposing to itself the development of the power of the nation at sea.

6Organized force alone enables the quiet and the weak to go about their business and to sleep securely in their beds, safe from the violent without or within.

7The study of history lies at the foundation of all sound military conclusions and practice.

8There has been a constant struggle on the part of the military element to keep the end- fighting, or readiness to fight-superior to mere administrative considerations. The military man, having to do the fighting, considers that the chief necessity; the administrator equally naturally tends to think the smooth running of the machine the most admirable quality.

9War, once declared, must be waged offensively, aggressively. The enemy must not be fended off; but smitten down. You may then spare him every exaction, relinquish every gain, but 鈥瀟il then he must be struck incessantly and remorselessly.

10Those far distant, storm-beaten ships, upon which the Grand Army never looked, stood between it and the dominion of the world.

Alfred Thayer Mahan Quotes