Read about any period of history and one thing you’re guaranteed to come across is bloody, gut wrenching wars. It’s one thing that we humans excel at, whatever the era and whatever the culture. Yet amidst all this terrible, and often pointless, slaughter we sometimes get glimpses of great bravery in the face of terrible odds. It’s during these moment, when all looks doomed, that certain types of men and women go full bad ass. In honour of their devil-may-care attitude to danger, here are some of their finest moments immortalized in their finest words. Prepare to be amazed.