Military Quotations

The QuipperyBritain has invented a new missile. It’s called the civil servant – it doesn’t work and it can’t be fired.
– General Sir Walter Walker –

Friendly fire – isn’t.
– Author Unknown –

Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilled, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country? Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms.
– Richelle E. Goodrich –

Knowledge dominance does scare us as Marines. General George Armstrong Custer probably thought he had knowledge dominance, too. Any time you think you’re smarter than your adversary, you’re probably about a half-mile from the Little Big Horn.
– Colonel Art Corbett, USMC –

If it moves, salute it; if it doesn’t move, pick it up; and if you can’t pick it up, paint it.
– Author Unknown –

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
– Napoleon Bonaparte –

I know a lot of you are going through separation anxiety… but there’s nothing I can do about getting a Tim Hortons in Kabul.
– Al Howard, Col., brigade commander to troops leaving for Afghanistan –

I know of nothing so absolutely pitiless as weather.
-John McCrae, letter from the trenches January 25, 1917 –

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
– Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium –

It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.
– Father Dennis Edward O’Brian, USMC –

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon … And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air … and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth — boxes of Crayolas.
– Robert Fulghum (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things) –

Never in the face of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.
– Winston Churchill, Battle of Britain –

Nothing is so good for the morale of the troops as occasionally to see a dead general.
– Field Marshal Slim –

Perhaps it’s time the nations of the world forgot about the whole tenuous idea of a lasting peace and just settled down to making some rules for a nice, safe war.
– Jack Scott, From our town 1959 –

The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.
– Air Force Motto –

There are no fat war photographers.
– Peter Howe, author of “Shooting Under Fire” –

There are some who’ve forgotten why we have a military. It’s not to promote war, it’s to be prepared for peace.
– President Ronald Reagan –

The reason we call ships ‘she’ is that it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.
– Chester W. Nimitz –

Very little is known about the War of 1812 because the Americans lost it.
– Eric Nicol -Say Uncle 1961 –

War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man 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 Stuart Mill –

We fight for lost causes because we know that our defeat may be the preface to our successors victory.
– T.S. Eliot –

When retired Air Force General and internationally famous test pilot Chuck Yeager was on tour promoting his book, a newsman showed him a picture of two World War II planes in a dogfight. Attempting to gauge Yeager’s feelings about war, the wiley newsman asked Yeager for his thoughts on the picture. Yeager’s coolly drawled response was, “The object is not to be in the picture.”
– News Report on Chuck Yeager –

When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.
– Author Unknown –

When you have a hammer, all problems start to look like nails.
But nations without great military power face the opposite danger: When you don’t have a hammer, you don’t want anything to look like nails.
– Robert Kagan –

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.
– Robert A. Heinlein –

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