Quote from “American Sniper”


As heard in the movie “American Sniper”. Chris Kyle’s father is talking to Chris and his younger brother when they were children…….

“There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.”

“Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.”

“Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves.”

“And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf.”

“They are the sheepdog.” 

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15 thoughts on “Quote from “American Sniper””

  1. The quote from the movie is a much shorter version than the longer one, and does homage well to the original. It’s sad that in today’s society, that we can’t always pay attention long enough for the longer one.

    “We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids’ schools. But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school. Our children are dozens of times more likely to be killed, and thousands of times more likely to be seriously injured, by school violence than by school fires, but the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their children is just too hard, so they choose the path of denial.

    The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.

    Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.”

    Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.” – Lt. Col. Grossman

    Thank you to Chris Kyle, his father, and anyone else who has served as or mentored a “sheepdog”.

  2. Read a lot of discouraging things about Chris Kyle and wonder why? I always as my self have these people ever served. Have they been in combat. The movie was very moving and I think it would be for any one that has been in combat.
    It is one mans story,what is your problem with that, War affects you.

  3. As a vet I appreciate anyone who serves. Doesn’t matter gender branch mos. To volunteer to serve a calling and a purpose higher than yourself, is worthy of respect. All the “people” who want to bash Chris Kyle, for serving and doing his duty, need to remember, it takes a rare breed of man, to volunteer and train and serve in the SEALs. And I for one, thank him and honor his memory of service. Hooah. Chris, MF’n HOOAH.

  4. Just finished the book, can’t wait to see the movie. Powerful!!! Thankfully there are men and women with the “calling”.

    Stay Safe

  5. to say Mr. Kyle was not a hero is bullcrap. Lots of people are saying that. He was a hero with the men and women he was downrange with. I know there are certain people that are hero’s to me that saved my bacon a few times downrange.

    They just weren’t as famous as Mr. Kyle.

    Unless they’ve gone downrange, their opinions matter none to me.

    I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that i have provided, and then questions the manner in which I have provided it to him!


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