For quite a while I’ve tried to track down not only the source but the exact text of a “famous quote” that goes something along the lines of: War is long stretches of boredom interrupted by moments of extreme terror.
I think I’ve been able to rule out Wm T. Sherman, Gen. Geo. Patton, Mark Twain as the source. I may have heard it on the TV series MASH*, but don’t know if it was original to that or they got it from somewhere else.
I saw it mentioned in reference to the works of Michael Herr (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Herr) but don’t know if it appeared in his Esquire Magazine articles or his book Dispatches. My local library has the book, but I’m not sure I have the intestinal fortitude to read it.
Anyone know the source and exact quote?
Note to mods: since I’m asking about a quote I believe is by a historical figure or non-fiction source I posted this to GQ. If it properly belongs in another forum, my apologies and please move it. Thanks!