Military Quotations And Sayings


Military Quotations And Sayings

Here is a collection of military quotations and sayings from various authors, celebrities, famous persons, and other sources compiled by for you to read and enjoy.

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
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

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”
Winston Churchill

“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”
– Douglas MacArthur

“She had been proud of his decision to serve his country, her heart bursting with love and admiration the first time she saw him outfitted in his dress blues. ”
– Nicholas Sparks

“When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
– Leonard P. Matlovich

“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”
– Heraclitus

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country”
– George S. Patton Jr.

“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.”
– Winston Churchill

“The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel. This is essentially the basis of all military thinking.”
– Terry Pratchett

“One more dance along the razor’s edge finished. Almost dead yesterday, maybe dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive, today.”
– Robert Jordan

“The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”
– Colin Powell

“Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.”
– George S. Patton Jr.

“Agatha loved military men. Actually, she loved men in uniform. And my bowling league outfit used to drive her wild with desire.”
– Jarod Kintz

“It is fatal to enter an war without the will to win it.”
– Douglas MacArthur

“War means fighting, and fighting means killing.”
– Nathan Bedford Forrest

“We’re like America’s little pit bull. They beat it, starve it, mistreat it, and once in a while they let it out to attack somebody.”
– Evan Wright

“This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor… This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!”
Albert Einstein

Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They’re aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They’ve got really short hair and they always go for the throat.”
– R. Adm. Jay Stark

“Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers’ enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”
– Simone Weil

“You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions. You’re dangerous and depraved, and you ought to be taken outside and shot!”
– Joseph Heller

“The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.”
– William C. Westmoreland

“I will never quit. My nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my enemies and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”
– Marcus Luttrell

“I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I not Honor more.”
– Richard Lovelace

“It is not everyday that one learns an entire militia has sworn unbeknownest to obey you”
– Jacqueline Carey

“Military people never seem to apologize for killing each other yet novelists feel ashamed for writing some nice inert paper book that is not certain to be read by anybody.”
– Leonora Carrington

“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any treat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”
– Douglas MacArthur

“It is a long-cherished tradition among a certain type of military thinker that huge casualties are the main thing. If they are on the other side then this is a valuable bonus.”
– Terry Pratchett

“Military guys are rarely as smart as they think they are, and they’ve never gotten over the fact that civilians run the military.”
– Maureen Dowd

“Question the answers, I repeated every class. Reevaluate your conclusions when the evidence changes.”
– Craig M. Mullaney

“…you have been fraternizing with werewolves overmuch! Military men can be terribly bad for one’s verbal concatenation!”
– Gail Carriger

“The participation if women in some armies in the world is in reality only symbolic. The talk about the role of Zionist women in fighting with the combat units of the enemy in the war of 5 June 1967 was intended more as propaganda than anything real or substantial. It was calculated to intensify and compound the adverse psychological effects of the war by exploiting the backward outlook of large sections of Arab society and their role in the community. The intention was to achieve adverse psychological effects by saying to Arabs that they were defeated, in 1967, by women.”
– Saddam Hussein

“Sometimes tyranny isn’t so subtle or creative.”
– Steven Wood Collins

“My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat, situation excellent. I attack.”
– Ferdinand Foch

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