Military Quotes

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Military Quotes Index

Army
Character
Enemy
Freedom
Inspirational
Leadership
Liberty
Marines
No More Wars
Rank
Soldier
Victory
War

Army

"The reason the American Army does so well in wartime, is that war is chaos, and the American Army practices it on a daily basis."
~ from a post-war debriefing of a German General

"Army: A body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats."
~ Josephus Daniels

"Two armies are two bodies which meet and try to frighten each other."
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

"Being in the army is like being in the Boy Scouts, except that the Boy Scouts have adult supervision."
~ Blake Clark

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Character

"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid."
~ Col. David H. Hackworth

A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living.
~ John F. Kennedy

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Enemy

"Always forgive your enemies--nothing annoys them so much."
~ Oscar Wilde

"We have met the enemy and they are ours!"
~ Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, 1813

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Freedom

"Freedom isn't free."
~ Anonymous

"It is my earnest hope - indeed the hope of all mankind - that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past, a world found upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice."
~ General Douglas Macarthur

"Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free."
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage."
~ Thucydides

"The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree."
~ Thomas Campbell

"Freedom is a system based on courage."
~ Charles Peguy

"Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Inspirational

"Live for something rather than die for nothing."
~ George Patton

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Leadership

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
~ Dwight Eisenhower

"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death."
~ Sun Tzu

"You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership."
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy."
~ Norman Schwarzkopf

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
~ George S. Patton

"It has not fallen to your lot to command great armies. You had to create them, organize them and inspire them."
~ Churchill to General George Marshall, 1945

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Liberty

"Where liberty is, there is my country."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you."
~ Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

"From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Marines

"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem."
~ Ronald Reagan

"A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons."
~ Admiral David D. Porter, USN

"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"
~ Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945

"Now I recall the Recon Marines ragged, filthy cammie shirted young men in green paint who move silent like the fog with deadly purpose in their eyes. Swift, Silent, Deadly. I smile."
~ GYSGT Correll, USMC, Retired-- Recon Marine

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No More Wars

"The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts."
~ General Omar N. Bradley

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."
~ John F. Kennedy

"I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war and no one will win the next."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"There never was a good war or a bad peace."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?"
~ Benjamin Franklin

"The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war."
~ Hyman G. Rickover 1986

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Rank

"The number of medals on an officer's breast varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duties from the front line."
~ Charles Edward Montague

"Discipline is simply the art of making the soldiers fear their officers more than the enemy."
~ Helvetius

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Soldier

"Soldiers are men...most apt for all manner of services and best able to support and endure the infinite toils and continual hazards of war."
~ Henry Knyvett

"A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general."
~ Adapted from Henry G. Bohn

"Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them."
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

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Victory

"Victory belongs to the most persevering."
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat…You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs - Victory in spite of all terrors - Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival."
~ Winston Churchill

"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."
~ Colin Powell

"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."
~ Norman Schwarzkopf

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure."
~ Colin Powell

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog"
~ General Dwight D. Eisenhower

"You cannot be disciplined in great things and indiscipline in small things. Brave undisciplined men have no chance against the discipline and valor of other men. Have you ever seen a few policemen handle a crowd?"
~ General George S. Patton Jr

"Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."
~ Winston Churchill

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War

"The purpose of all war is peace."
~ Saint Augustine, 354-430

"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."
~ General Dwight D. Eisenhower

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
~ John Stewart Mill

"War is cruelty. There's no use trying to reform it, the crueler it is the sooner it will be over."
~ William Tecumseh Sherman

"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."
~ George Patton

"Diplomats are just as essential in starting a war as soldiers are in finishing it."
~ Will Rogers

"Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war."
~ Thucydides

"In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons."
~ Heroditus, greek historian c. 484-425 B.C.

"War would end if the dead could return."
~ Stanley Baldwin, statesman (1867-1947)

"If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail."
~ General Ulysses S. Grant

"We make war that we may live in peace."
~ Aristotle

"In war there is no substitute for victory."
~ General Douglas MacArthur

"Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war."
~ Ernest Miller Hemmingway

"Some of you young men think that war is all glamour and glory, but let me tell you, boys, it is all hell!"
~ General William T. Sherman

"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers."
~ José Narosky

"Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
~ George Orwell

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