Mark Bowden’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Mark Bowden Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Mark Bowden, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Mark Bowden you will find my Ten favourites of Mark Bowden’s quotes. 

Popular Quotes

“I’m not a ranger, I’m a pilot.”
― Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

 “And yet these Americans, with their helicopters and laser-guided weapons and shock-troop Rangers were going to somehow sort it out in a few weeks? Arrest Aidid and make it all better? They were trying to take down a clan, the most ancient and efficient social organization known to man. Didn’t the Americans realize that for every leader they arrested there were dozens of brothers, cousins, sons, and nephews to take his place? Setbacks just strengthened the clan’s resolve. Even if the Habr Gidr were somehow crippled or destroyed, wouldn’t that just elevate the next most powerful clan? Or did the Americans expect Somalia to suddenly sprout full-fledged Jeffersonian democracy?”
― Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

“I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake, evil does exist in the world. A nonviolent movement could not have stopped Hitler’s armies. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism—it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.”
― Mark Bowden, The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

 “The joke Colombians told was that God had made their land so beautiful, so rich in every natural way, that it was unfair to the rest of the world; He had evened the score by populating it with the most evil race of men.”
― Mark Bowden, Killing Pablo

 “These problems have been here so long that the only way I’ve been able to function at all is by learning to ignore them. Else I would be in a constant state of panic, unable to think or act constructively.”
― Mark Bowden, Worm: The First Digital World War

 “Do me a favor, okay? Tell my parents that I fought well today. And tell them that I… that I… that I fought hard.”
― Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

“Sometimes the fate of an entire nation can hinge on the integrity of one man.”
― Mark Bowden, Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw

 “Excited. In a good way. I’ve been training my whole life for this.”
― Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

“It’s what you do right now that makes a difference.”
― Mark Bowden

“No one gets left behind, you know that.”
― Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

10 Famous Quotes by Author Mark Bowden

So there you have it my Ten favourite quotes by Mark Bowden, please comment below and share your favourite quotes by the fantastic author Mark Bowden.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Mark Bowden. 

One Final Bonus – Mark Bowden Quote 

“(Somalia) was a watershed,” said one State Department official, “The idea used to be that terrible countries were terrible because good, decent, innocent people were being oppressed by evil, thuggish leaders. Somalia changed that. Here you have a country where just about everybody is caught up in hatred and fighting. You stop an old lady on the street and ask her if she wants peace, and she’ll say, yes, of course, I pray for it daily. All the things you’d expect her to say. Then ask her if she would be willing for her clan to share power with another in order to have that peace, and she’ll say, ‘With those murderers and thieves? I’d die first.’ People in these countries – Bosnia is a more recent example – don’t want peace. They want victory. They want power. Men, women, old and young. Somalia was the experience that taught us that people in these places bear much of the responsibility for things being the way they are. The hatred and the killing continues because they want it to. Or because they don’t want peace enough to stop it.” (pg 334-335)”

― Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

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