Isoroku Yamamoto

A military man can scarcely pride himself on having smitten a sleeping enemy; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten.

Japan has always regarded the aircraft carrier as one of the most offensive of armaments.

Should hostilities once break out between Japan and the United States, it is not enough that we take Guam and the Philippines, nor even Hawaii and San Francisco. We would have to march into Washington and sign the treaty in the White House.

Anyone who has seen the auto factories in Detroit and the oil fields in Texas knows that Japan lacks the national power for a naval race with America.

In the first six to twelve months of a war with the United States and Great Britain I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success.

I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.

You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.

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