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Joe Haldeman Quotes about Leadership


“And as far as being a leader, you do have a certain potential. But it would be along the lines of a teacher or a minister; you would have to lead from empathy, compassion. You have the desire to impose your ideas on other people, but not your will.” – Joe Haldeman, The Forever War


“One cannot make command decisions simply by assessing the tactical situation and going ahead with whatever course of action will do the most harm to the enemy with a minimum of death and damage to your own men and materiel. Modern warfare has become very complex, especially during the last century. Wars are won not by a simple series of battles won, but by a complex interrelationship among military victory, economic pressures, logistic maneuvering, access to the enemy’s information, political postures—dozens, literally dozens of factors.”

– Joe Haldeman, The Forever War

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Joe Haldeman Quotes about Society & Morality


“Heaven was a lovely, unspoiled Earth-like world; what Earth might have been like if men had treated her with compassion instead of lust.”

– Joe Haldeman, The Forever War   


“The idea was to keep people from making babies the biological way. Because, A, people showed a regrettable lack of sense in choosing their genetic partner. And B, the Council saw that racial differences had an unnecessarily divisive effect on humanity; with total control over births, they could make everybody the same race in a few generations.”

– Joe Haldeman, The Forever War


“Then what the hell are you, we, am I, answered the other side. A peace-loving, vacuum-welding specialist cum physics teacher snatched up by the Elite Conscription Act and reprogrammed to be a killing machine. You, I have killed and liked it. But that was hypnotism, motivational conditioning, I argued back at myself. They don’t do that anymore. And the only reason, I said, they don’t do it is that they think you’ll kill better without it. That’s logic.”

– Joe Haldeman, The Forever War


“I was just following orders” was an inadequate excuse for inhuman conduct…but what can you do when the orders come from deep down in that puppet master of the unconscious?

– Joe Haldeman, The Forever War


“Why do you always get the tired ones when you’re ready and the randy ones when you’re tired? I bowed to the inevitable.”

– Joe Haldeman, The Forever War


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