Military Quotes

Bobbi Kay

I write to get ideas out of my head

Nicholas Sparks

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.

Leonora Carrington

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.

Shannon A. Thompson

War?' The word held too much definition for three letters.

Ragir Saeed

while you play bowling with one ball you will be late because untill come in that ball it's need time so you need more than one ball in order to defeat the whole army .

Douglas MacArthur

Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.

Craig M. Mullaney

Question the answers, I repeated every class. Reevaluate your conclusions when the evidence changes.

Craig M. Mullaney

I wanted that future officer to weigh decisions with a supple mind and to be comfortable with nuance and uncertainty.

Amy Denise

To have the opportunity to know your parents is to have the opportunity to truly know yourself.

Jenny Reese Clark

To change one's field of influence is to change the course of one's life.

Joseph J. Ellis

Adams had gone to Harvard, Jefferson to William and Mary. Washington had gone to war.

Tucker Elliot

For the first time in a decade I felt a voice rising from deep inside my soul. It cried out ‘what will you be today?’ and I heard ‘relentless’ booming from the rafters inside an old gym as Sami and a group of young men chased dreams and trophies while their fathers went to war.

Tucker Elliot

Cope? Adapt? Uh, no. These are military kids. They roll with it. I once asked a new student, 'See any familiar faces?' She pointed out various kids and replied, 'Seattle, Tampa, Okinawa, New Jersey.' For military dependents school is literally a non-stop revolving door of old and new friends.

Pushpa Rana

Every solider believes in war till the time he actually fights it.

Maureen Dowd

Military guys are rarely as smart as they think they are, and they've never gotten over the fact that civilians run the military.

Howard Tayler

Technically, you don't pay me.
And technically, most of what I do is "think."

I...rrr. ummm.

And when you get right down to it, I'm better at it than you are.
-Ennesby & Captain Tagon

Howard Tayler

Maxim 3:
An ordnance technician at a dead run outranks everybody.

-The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

U.S. Instruction Manual

Aim towards enemy." - instructions on U.S. rocket launcher

Howard Tayler

Maxim 11:
Everything is air-droppable at least once.

-The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

Howard Tayler

The Tausennigan Ob'enn warlords look like cuddly teddy-bears?"

"Yes, they do, and they'd cheerfully exterminate your entire race for making that observation!"

"I guess that explains their rich military history, then.

Howard Tayler

Kevyn, I'm promoting you from Tech Sergeant to Munitions Commander. I want you to take responsibility for all Company weapons.

Munitions Commander? Why me?

I don't know. Call it "suspicion of extreme competence" on my part.
-Captain Tagon & Commander Kevyn Andreyasn

Howard Tayler

As long as we only have to lie to the enemy, it's honest enough for me.
-Captain Tagon

Howard Tayler

Maxim 36:
When the going gets tough, the tough call for close air support.

-The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

Howard Tayler

Maxim 4:
Close air support covereth a multitude of sins.

-The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

Howard Tayler

Ennesby, get the Serial Peacemaker to the beach for dustoff."

"Dustoff? You're going to run away from three guys?"

"No, I'm going to kill or capture those three guys, and then run away from the Police.

Marcus Luttrell

We were sent to Afghanistan to carry out hugely dangerous missions. But we were also told that we could not shoot that camel drover before he blew up all of us, because he might be an unarmed civilian just taking his dynamite for a walk.

Hans Blix

For some twenty years the window that opened at the end of the Cold War has been allowed to hang flapping in the wind. It is high time that the five nuclear-weapon states take seriously their commitment to negotiate toward nuclear disarmament.

Ezra Klein

If you look at how the federal government spends our money, it’s an insurance conglomerate protected by a large, standing army.

J.M. Coetzee

Obwohl diese afrikanischen Militärbanden oft nicht größer oder mächtiger sind als die organisierten kriminellen Banden in Asien oder Osteuropa, wird über ihre Aktivitäten in den Medien - sogar in den westlichen Medien - unter der Rubrik Politik (Geschehen aus aller Welt) respektvoll berichtet, statt unter der Rubrik Verbrechen.

Clint Van Winkle

I wanted people to know that we fired rounds into moving trucks and open windows to survive, not for anyone else’s freedom. Not for the Democrats. Not for Republicans. Just to survive.

Ashly Lorenzana

No one is fighting for my freedom unless they are doing it on my soil.

W.E. Woodward

No man can be a Christian and a soldier at the same time, for the two ideas are wholly incompatible.

Joe Abercrombie

What’s the difference? Fill a hundred pits with dead Northmen, congratulations, have a parade! Kill one man in the same uniform as you? A crime. A murder. Worse than despicable. Are we not all men? All blood and bone and dreams?

Stanley Victor Paskavich

Hopefully one day Wars will only be fought in movies. And may the best producer win!

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Terry Pratchett

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.

Nathan Bedford Forrest

War means fighting, and fighting means killing.

Albert Einstein

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!

Sebastian Junger

War is life multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of.

William C. Westmoreland

The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.

Joseph Heller

-You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions. You're dangerous and depraved, and you ought to be taken outside and shot!

Ferdinand Foch

My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat, situation excellent. I attack.

T.R. Wallace

Is killing a known terrorist wrong? I ask this, did the terrorist allow any of his victims quarter? No, then allow him no quarter, and hoist the black flag.

Erwin Rommel

In a man-to-man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine.

Frederick L. Coxen

When facing a decision that stands a 50/50 chance of being correct, the choice made will be wrong 80% of the time. Rick Coxen

Bob Woodward

...Obama said, 'I welcome debate among my team, but I won't tolerate division.

Georges Clemenceau

War is too important to be left to the generals

Diana Mankin Phelps

I became a marine mom with the signing of a paper, but it would take a phone call, late one night, for me to fully absorb the impact this new title would have on my life.

Tim Clisch

War is a need by a country that wants power, but the USA is already great

Gordon R. Dickson

Man with a crossbow in the proper position at the proper time’s worth a corps of heavy artillery half an hour late and ten miles down the road from where it should be.

Dalton Trumbo

An equation: 40,000 dead young men = 3,000 tons of bone and flesh, 124,000 pounds of brain matter, 50,000 gallons of blood, 1,840,000 years of life that will never be lived, 100,000 children that will never be born (the last we can afford: there are too many starving children in the world already).

David Brooks

People generally don’t suffer high rates of PTSD after natural disasters. Instead, people suffer from PTSD after moral atrocities. Soldiers who’ve endured the depraved world of combat experience their own symptoms. Trauma is an expulsive cataclysm of the soul.

The Moral Injury, New York Times. Feb 17, 2015

Kim Zetter

The nations, of course, that are most at risk of a destructive digital attack are the ones with the greatest connectivity. Marcus Ranum, one of the early innovators of the computer firewall, called Stuxnet 'a stone thrown by people who live in a glass house'.

Henry V. O'Neil

Food’s the killer. The clock starts as soon as the troops are on the ground. You wouldn’t believe how fast they consume what they’re carrying, and then … if I don’t get them more, if I don’t find them more … they die.

Jessica Lynch

I had the good fortune and opportunity to come home and to tell the truth; many soldiers, like Pat Tillman… did not have that opportunity. The truth of war is not always easy. The truth is always more heroic than the hype.

Michael Anthony

Am I awake or dreaming? It doesn’t matter anymore. When I close my eyes I dream of death and war. When I open my eyes I see death and war.

David Bellavia

I will always hate war, but will be forever proud of mine.

Clint Van Winkle

Who supports the troops? The troops support the troops.

David Bellavia

Maybe it's time to stop being a soldier and go home to be a father. And a husband for Deanna. I'm not sure how.

Colby Buzzell

The other day, we went somewhere, and did something.

Clint Van Winkle

War becomes a part of you. It is a feeling just as much as an experience. If you can’t feel it, you weren’t paying attention. And if you weren’t paying attention, you are probably dead anyway.

Colby Buzzell

God works through people by stirring their hearts and sometimes people never know how they are helping others.

Clint Van Winkle

Peace surfaced here. Hard to imagine a person finding peace through war, but no one finds peace in war - peace finds you. It crawls into your sleeping bag and helps you fall asleep, nudges your arm, tells you to turn over, think about home.

Colby Buzzell

The only lies that are true are the ones that you believe.

David Bellavia

Evan no longer tells people I fight bad guys for a living. When asked, he tells his friends that his dad talks on the phone a lot and vacuums on occasion.

David Bellavia

Are you okay, man?"
"Yeah, I'm good."
It's a lie. I wonder if I will ever be good again.

Daniel Rodriguez

Our culture has become so obsessed with celebrity that it’s easy to confuse fame with success. They are not the same thing.

Daniel Rodriguez

Appearances can be misleading. You just never know what’s inside someone until he’s tested.

Ryan Goodrich

If freedom is free and none need worry, then what blood drops for thee?

Ryan Goodrich

I’ll give you one chance to run,
but may your shoulder always whisper in your ear…

“It’s best to watch out for men, like me.

Widad Akrawi

In recent years, academics, policy-makers, and experts have raised the question of the applicability of peacetime environmental law in times of armed conflict.

Widad Akrawi

Lack of accountability weakens the environmental and health rights of citizens; it damages peace- building and reconciliation initiatives; impedes the implementation of global health policies; leads to the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity; and weakens democracy, justice, human rights, and international security.

Widad Akrawi

Toxic remnants of war represent a profound challenge for the protection of public health and the restoration of the environment in countries affected by conflict.

Widad Akrawi

Across the world, the lack of accountability for the harm to the environment and public health caused by conflict and military activities undermines global efforts to help fragile countries recover from armed conflicts

Philip Caputo

The essence of the Marine Corps experience, I decided, was pain.

Jake Wood

We were not told how Alexander the Great was the last person in history to successfully 'pacify' what would become Afghanistan, over 2,000 years ago.

Clint Johnson

Federal Officer: "The arms piled on the ground were not worth 10 cents a ton.

David Jones

They bright whiten all this sepulchre with powdered chloride of lime. It's a perfectly sanitary war.

David Jones

As suddenly the whole world would slip back into a mollifying, untormented dark; their aching bodies knew its calm.

David Jones

...and how is a man to know the habits of their God, whether He smites suddenly or withholds, if you mishandle the things set apart, the objects of His people He is jealous of.

David Jones

He thought it disproportionate in its violence considering the fragility of us.

David Jones

But how intolerable bright the morning is where we who are alive and remain, walk lifted up, carried forward by an effective word.

David Jones

For they were unseasoned, nor inured, not knowing this to be much less than the beginning of sorrow.

Marius C.

If you have to fight old enemies, you should do it with your own old soldiers.

Sara Sheridan

During the war some of the country’s sharpest minds had looked as if they had been dragged through a hedge backwards.


You may hate the war, but never hate the ones that fight. For they do not choose when or where to fight. All they chose was to protect who they love and even the people they don't know.

Shannon A. Thompson

Differences disappear when faced with death.

Leonce Patry

...the weather was atrocious. A frightful storm burst upon us. We camped literally in water...To cap our woe, there was no means to light a single fire. We had to imagine dinner.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

He who is ready to die for his country is a fool. For he didn’t choose where he was born; and where he was born didn’t choose him.

Anthony Liccione

As day is to a sword, night is to a shield.

Archibald Percival Wavell

After the 'war to end war' they seem to have been pretty successful in Paris at making a 'Peace to end Peace.

John Anthony Miller

Memories are nice, but dreams are better.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Bir ordunun kıymeti, subay ve komuta heyetinin kıymetiyle ölçülür.

Gustave De Molinari

War has been the necessary and inevitable consequence of the establishment of a monopoly on security.

Geoffrey Norman

They did what soldiers always do. They improvised.

Lea Carpenter

Anyone who met him today would say, *Soldier. Fighter.* They would want him on their team. As a mother she was willing to engage in pride over fear and to admit the possibility that his sacrifice was hers, too. His sacrifice was something she had been able to give her country.

Jennifer Faye

It’d been a long time since they’d been together, but as close as they were physically, they’d never been so far apart in every other way.

SupaNova Slom

Wellness Salute!

Tony Judt

the military system of a nation is not an independent section of the social system but an aspect of its totality.

C.L.R. James

An army is a miniature of the society which produces it.

Gail Carriger have been fraternizing with warewolves overmuch! Military men can be terribly bad for one's verbal concatenation!

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