1. "Everyone was elated with this turn of events, most of all Colonel Cathcart, who was convinced he had won a feather in his cap. He greeted Milo jovially each time they met and, in an excess of contrite generosity, impulsively recommended Major Major for promotion. The recommendation was rejected at once at Twenty- seventh Air Force Headquaters by ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen, who scribbled a brusque, unsigned reminder that the Army had only one Major Major Major Major and did not intend to lose him by promotion just to please Colonel Cathcart."
- Joseph Heller, Catch-22
2. "That's a horrible dream!" Major Sanderson cried. "It's filled with pain and mutilation and death. I'm sure you had it just to spite me. You know, I'm not even sure you belong in the Army, with a disgusting dream like that."
- Joseph Heller, Catch 22
3. "The consequence of this reality was that in virtually every major battle of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers who did not own slaves were fighting against a proportion of Union Army soldiers who had not been asked to give theirs up."
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America
4. "Driving Dixie Down In May 1863, two years into the American Civil War, Major-General Ulysses S. Grant captured Jackson, the Mississippi state capital, and forced the Confederate army under Lieutenant-General John C. Pemberton to retreat westward to Vicksburg on the banks of the Mississippi River. Surrounded, with Union gunboats bombarding their positions from behind, Pemberton’s army repulsed two Union assaults but they were finally starved into submission by a grinding siege. On 4 July, Independence Day, Pemberton surrendered. From now on, the Mississippi was firmly in the hands of the North. The South was literally split in two."
- Niall Ferguson, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
5. "The second is the military narrative of the battles on Long Island and Manhattan, where the British army and navy delivered a series of devastating defeats to an American army of amateurs, but missed whatever chance existed to end it all. The focal point of this story is the Continental Army, and the major actors are George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and the British brothers Richard and William Howe."
- Joseph J. Ellis, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
6. "why did he have a small army of kilted Highlanders? Where on earth did a person acquire such an army? Did he place an ad in the paper—Wanted: small army of kilted Highlanders?"
- Kerrelyn Sparks, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
7. "The world order needs a major overhaul."
- George Soros, The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror
8. "Clearly, naming the major figures in the tradition had become a tradition in itself."
- Quote by Gregory Woods
9. "A design that doesn’t take change into account risks major redesign in the future."
- Erich Gamma, Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software