“It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there.”
“If you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory.”
“I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts. I can assure you they live with the mark of Cain upon them.”
"Our soldiers require their leaders to explain to them why they are going into conflict, and that's simply what I was doing. It's an interesting reflection on modern times: because the speech was written down by a journalist in shorthand, only one version exists. There's no recording or film of it, so it can't be corrupted or changed, and that's what has given it longevity."
“Maybe this was all a little too much reality. I could see heads starting to go down, and it wasn't just a reaction to the sand swirling about in the stiff breeze… Cheers, boss. Thanks a bloody lot…”