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Korvessa15 Mar 2019 7:16 p.m. PST

I was in a training class on police officer safety today and the instructor provided this quote:

"If the odds are even, your tactics suck."

Unfortunately I don't recall who he was quoting.

William Warner15 Mar 2019 7:55 p.m. PST

Definitely sounds like a paraphrase but I couldn't tell you from whom. Napoleon? Frederick? Patton?

Korvessa15 Mar 2019 8:13 p.m. PST

It wasn't anybody famous
possibly a colonel

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 Mar 2019 8:19 p.m. PST

"If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck."

― John Steinbeck


Dennis15 Mar 2019 8:21 p.m. PST

Apparently almost everyone has said something approximately like your quote. For example, the following is attributed to Col. David Hackworth: "If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn't plan your mission properly."


The Hackworth quote is ascribed to him in Paul Walters' book "A Soldier's Journey to Vietnam and Back."

Although I found lots of references to Steinbeck being the source of the OP's quote-as Bill noted-I couldn't actually trace it to a book by or about Steinbeck.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 7:11 a.m. PST

Yeah, like Sherman was the first to say "War is hell."? Not likely but he is remembered (in the US, anyway)

Korvessa16 Mar 2019 9:30 a.m. PST

Although new to me, this appears to be something said my many people in different ways.
But either way, the sentiment is awesome.

Oberlindes Sol LIC16 Mar 2019 10:35 a.m. PST

Self-defense instructors have said words to the effect of: "the guy on the street isn't looking for a fair fight; he's looking for a beat-down. Fair fights only happen in tournaments."

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