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20 quotes from the military to give your workday a kick in the ass

Inspirational quotes are usually squishy and feel good, but these will get your ass in gear quickly, thanks to words used in the hallowed halls of of military installations worldwide.

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Getting your butt in gear

Is it late in the week, but you’re having a case of the Mondays and finding yourself in need of some inspiration? Look no further than these wise words from our brave and outspoken military to inspire you to action. Set your goals high and don’t hesitate to annihilate whatever it is you are doing today.

“The more you sweat in training, the less you will bleed in battle.” -Navy Seals Motto

“The only easy day was yesterday” -Navy Seals Motto

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.” -Special Ops Instructors

“We aren’t going to try to train you, we’re going to try to kill you.” -Soldier I, SAS

“If you’re in a fair fight, you didn’t plan it properly.” -Nick Lappos, Chief R&D Pilot, Sikorsky Aircraft

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” -Unknown

“One might as well try to charge through a wall.” -Napoleon

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” -Gen. “Mad Dog” James Mattis

“Get mad, then get over it.” – Colin Powell

“Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.” – Gen. George S. Patton

“I am not afraid; I was born to do this.” -Joan of Arc

“There are two ways to do something: the right way, and again” -Navy Seals

“There is no security in this life. There is only opportunity.” -Gen. Douglas MacArthur

“Any Task, Any Place, Anywhere.” -Air Force Motto

“Always in a moment of extreme danger things can be done which had previously been thought impossible.” -Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” -Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.” -Gen. Omar N. Bradley

“I knew that what I willed to do, I could do.” -Stonewall Jackson

“One of the best ways to keep peace is to be prepared for war.” -Gen. George Washington

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” -Gen. George S. Patton

Pick a few of these quotes to take with you while you attack what you have in front of you today, this week, this month. Let these bad dudes give you a swift kick in the pants.

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Emily Crews is a staff writer at The American Genius and holds a degree in English from Western Kentucky University. Reading, music, black coffee, and her two little girls rule her life. She sees herself one day running a tiny bookstore at the end of the Earth. In the meantime, she is thrilled to write for AG and also does copy editing (team Oxford comma) to keep her brain from turning to mush.

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