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Richard “Dick” Marcinko was a U.S. Navy SEAL commander and Vietnam War veteran. He was the first commanding officer of SEAL Team Six. After retiring from the United States Navy, he became an author, radio talk show host, military consultant, and motivational speaker. Wikipedia
Born: 21 November 1940, Lansford, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 25 December 2021
Movies: Red Cell: The True Story
Spouse: Nancy Alexander (m. 1993), Kathy Black (m. 1962–1985)
Parents: George Marcinko, Emilie Teresa Pavlik Marcinko
Awards: Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Gallantry Cross, Bronze Star Medal (4), Commendation Medal (2)

Richard Marcinko Quotes

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“Change hurts. It makes people insecure, confused, and angry. People want things to be the same as they’ve always been, because that makes life easier. But, if you’re a leader, you can’t let your people hang on to the past.” ~ Richard Marcinko


“Popularity is not leadership.” ~ Richard Marcinko


“There is only one kind of failure I cannot tolerate: the failure to risk failure.” ~ Richard Marcinko


“The more thou sweateth in training, the less thou bleedeth in combat.” ~ Richard Marcinko


“Call it a character flaw — when under attack, I counter attack. Always.” ~ Richard Marcinko


“Knives are like credit cards; don’t leave home without ’em and always carry several” ~ Richard Marcinko


“Pain was their body’s way of telling them that they’d pushed themselves to their limits – which was exactly where they were supposed to be.” ~ Richard Marcinko


“Have character, but don’t be a character.” ~ Richard Marcinko


“I don’t follow the thought; “Winning is not important, playing the game is”. If that is in fact true; then why do we keep score??” ~ Richard Marcinko


“What drives me? In every mission I’m on, the thing that drives me most is the desire to find my limits-and extend them.” ~ Richard Marcinko


“Shoot first and ask questions not at all” ~ Richard Marcinko


“The combat of WAR and an economic WAR have a lot of similarities. You do have to be skilled, aggressive, know your enemy and your strong attributes and limitations. Both skills are needed although one may be more natural.” ~ Richard Marcinko


“I ask my children (all of them) to be what they want to be; just be the best they can at what they choose.” ~ Richard Marcinko

Richard Marcinko death quotes

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“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”


“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”


“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”


“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”


“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”


“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.”


“I don’t want to die without any scars.”


For the past weeks I’d been reacting. That was no way to win. To win, you take the initiative. You instigate the action. You make the opponent react to you.


Pain was their body’s way of telling them that they’d pushed themselves to their limits — which was exactly where they were supposed to be.


We all knew there was just one way to improve our odds for survival train, train, train. Sometimes, if your training is properly intense it will kill you. More often — much, much more often — it will save your life.

Rogue Warrior Quotes

Rogue Warrior Quotes

“The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.”
― Richard Marcinko, Rogue Warrior


“Pain was their body’s way of telling them that they’d pushed themselves to their limits — which was exactly where they were supposed to be.”
― Richard Marcinko, Rogue Warrior


“Experience had taught me that warthogs who tough it out are better in combat than your natural gazelles.”
― Richard Marcinko, Red Cell


“we were all driven by something that pushed us further than others dared to go. We were mission oriented and would do what we had to do to achieve it.”
― Richard Marcinko, Red Cell

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