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More Quotes Showing Why U.S. Grant Was Such an Inspirational Leader

Grant is my man and I am his the rest of the war” — Abraham Lincoln

General U.S. Grant at Cold Harbor. Library of Congress. This photo has hung in my various offices 30+ years.

U. S. Grant has been one of my inspirational heroes for more than three decades. His initiative, decisiveness, humility, purposefulness and strength of character make him an example for all of us.

I find this opening statement in the Preface of his Personal Memoirs to be keenly prescient: “Man proposes and God disposes.” There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice. — U.S. Grant

Here are some additional quotes that reveal who he was and why he was a great leader.

“Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.” — U.S. Grant

“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

“I rise only to say that I do not intend to say anything. I thank you for your hearty welcomes and good cheers.”
— Grant’s “Perfect Speech” which he used on several occasions.

“Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true.”

“I only know two tunes. One is Yankee Doodle, and the other one isn’t.”

“God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both.”
— A toast before the Battle of Vicksburg

“We felt that it was a stain to the Union that men should be bought and sold like cattle.”
Grant on Slavery

“I had a horror of the Mexican War, and I have always believed that it was on our part most unjust. The wickedness was not in the way our soldiers conducted it, but in the conduct of our government in declaring war. The troops behaved well in Mexico, and the government acted handsomely about the peace. We had no claim on Mexico. Texas had no claim beyond the Nueces River, and yet we pushed on to the Rio Grande and crossed it. I am always ashamed of my country when I think of that invasion.”
Grant on The Mexican War

“I would not fire a gun to annex territory. I consider it too great a privilege to belong to the United States for us to go around gunning for new territories.”

“Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.”
— Speech in London

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