Thursday, October 23, 2008

No Arts of Compromise

THE Old Navy had terms for such a man as he -- sun-downer, hard case, shell back. For him there were no arts of compromise; he knew nothing of the subtleties of flattery. He was, in his own words, strict but fair. He believed in keeping men and ships up to the mark: he preferred a taut ship to a happy one.

Admiral Ernest J. King


1 comment: said...

My favorite Ernest King quote:

"Do the best you can with what you have."

Apparently he got to say this often as when he was the commander of Tenth Fleet :-)