Murphy's Rules of Combat


Comprehending Engineers


What is the difference between Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers?

Mechanical Engineers build weapons, Civil Engineers build targets.


  •  A "sucking chest wound" is nature's way of telling you to slow down. (Murphy's Twelfth Rule of combat)
  • Anything you do can get you shot, including nothing. (Murphy's Fifteenth Rule of combat)
  • If the enemy is in range, so are you. (Murphy's First Rule of combat)
  • If you are short of everything but the enemy, you are in a combat zone. (Murphy's Eighteenth Rule of combat)
  • If you can't remember, the claymore is pointed at you. (Murphy's Tenth Rule of combat)
  • If your attack is going well, you have walked into an ambush. (Murphy's Thirteenth Rule of combat)
  • Incoming fire has the right of way. (Murphy's Second Rule of combat)
  • It is easier to fight for principles than live up to them. Alfred Adler
  • It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
  • It is easy to be brave from a safe distance. Aesop
  • Make it tough enough for the enemy to get in and you won't be able to get out. (Murphy's Sixteenth Rule of combat)
  • Nature abhors a hero. For one thing, he violates the law of conservation of energy. For another, how can it be the survival of the fittest when the fittest keeps putting himself in situations where he is most likely to be creamed? Solomon Short
  • Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you. (Murphy's Fourteenth Rule of combat)
  • Never forget that your weapon is made by the lowest bidder. (Murphy's Twentieth Rule of combat)
  • Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself. (Murphy's Seventeenth Rule of combat)
  • Teamwork is essential, it gives them someone else to shoot at. (Murphy's Ninth Rule of combat)
  • The easy way is always mined. (Murphy's Fifth Rule of combat)
  • The enemy diversion you have been ignoring will be the main attack. (Murphy's Eleventh Rule of combat)
  • The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions: a) When you're ready for them, b) When you're not ready for them. (Murphy's Eigth Rule of combat)
  • Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammunition. (Murphy's Sixth Rule of combat)
  • When a hammer is the only tool, every problem looks like a nail.
  • When hammering a nail, you will never hit your finger if you hold the hammer with both hands. (Leibowitz's Rule)
  • When you have secured an area, don't forget to tell the enemy. (Murphy's Nineteenth Rule of combat)
  • Don't look conspicuous, it draws fire. (Murphy's Third Rule of combat)

  • He who hesitates is not only lost, but several miles from the next freeway exit. (Nowlan's Theory)

  • Law stands mute in the midst of arms.
  • Law, without force, is impotent. Pascal
  • Laws are dumb in the midst of arms. Cicero
  • Measure twice because you can cut only once. (Murphy's Thirty- fourth Law)
  • Professionals are predictable, it's the amateurs that are dangerous. (Murphy's Seventh Rule of combat)
  • The belief that enhanced understanding will necessarily stir a nation to action is one of mankind's oldest illusions. (Hacker's Law).


  • Mix-Matched Metaphors:

As sure as we stand, we certainly will fall

Uncertain you act,
in anxious fear,
a certain in-decision,
an unsure action,
a hesitation, no reaction,
you're surely lost,
with many a tear,
to a certain date,
with an unwelcome fate,
yet still undecided,
worse still, uncommitted,
consider the cost,
of a decisive hesitation,
an action too late,
an unpleasant sensation,
yet certainly committed,
to a date with an uncertain fate.


  • Things get worse under pressure.
    (Murphy's Twenty-second Law)


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