Ulysses S. Grant Quotes

We must cut our way out as we cut our way in.

7th November, 1861. Cited by Eugene Lawrence in Grant on the Battle-Field in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, XXXIX 1869.

No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.

16th February, 1862. To General S. B. Buckner, Fort Donelson.

I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.

11th May, 1864. Dispatch to Washington, before Spottsylvania Court House

Wherever the enemy goes let out troops go also.

1st August, 1864. Dispatch to General Henry W. Halleck from City Point, Virginia.

He was a gallant soldier, and a Christian gentleman.

1864. On Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

The war is over – the rebels are out countrymen again.

9th April, 1865. As he stopped his men cheering their victory and Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House.

Let us have peace.

29th May, 1868. Nomination acceptance speech.

I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.

4th March 1869. Inaugural address.

Wars of extermination, engaged in by people pursuing commerce and all industrial pursuits, are expensive even against the weakest people, and are demoralizing and wicked.

4th March 1873. Second Inaugural Address.

Let no guilty man escape, if it can be avoided. No personal considerations should stand in the way of performing a public duty.

29th July, 1875. Indorsement of a letter related to the Whiskey Ring.

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the State forever separate.

1875. Speech as Des Moines, Iowa.

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men disgrace labor.

1877. Speech in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom to Midland International Arbitration Union.

I am a verb.

July 1885. Letter to his physician John H. Douglas.

It occurred to me at once that Harris had been as much afraid of me as I had been of him. This was a new viet of the question I had never taken before; but it was one I never forgot afterwards.

1885. Memoirs.

England and the United States are natural allies, and should be the best of friends.

1885. Memoirs.

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


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