Soldier quotes

  • We always knew how to honor fallen soldiers. They were killed for our sake, they went out on our mission. But how are we to mourn a random man killed in a terrorist attack while sitting in a cafe? How do you mourn a housewife who got on a bus and never returned?
    -- A. B. Yehoshua

    #Men #Soldier #Honor

  • Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman never gave offence to anyone not even the enemy.
    -- A. J. P. Taylor

    #Perfect #Soldier #Gentleman

  • Dunkirk has fallen... with it has ended the greatest battle of world history. Soldiers! My confidence in you knew no bounds. You have not disappointed me.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #War #Soldier #Battle

  • After 15 years of work I have achieved, as a common German soldier and merely with my fanatical willpower, the unity of the German nation, and have freed it from the death sentence of Versailles.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Years #Soldier #Unity

  • Soldiers of the Reich! This day, you are to take part in an offensive of such importance that the whole future of the war may depend on its outcome.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #War #Soldier #World

  • See that unfortunate soldier who is falling hurt to death ("tombe blessé à...", Fr.) on the battlefield; he learns that his folks have vanquished and dies happy. He detached himself from himself (s'est détacher de lui-même", Fr.), has identified himself with something greater and more lasting than himself; his homeland ("patrie", Fr.); thus, while dying as an individual, he has the certainty to survive in a larger existence.
    -- African Spir

    #Hurt #Fall #Soldier

  • Our main battle has always been against Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers.
    -- Ahmed Yassin

    #Soldier #Battle #Israeli

  • These guys are not from the Iraqi army, ... These are not Iraqi soldiers. They are not members of any of the Iraqi armed forces.
    -- Al Capone

    #Army #Guy #Soldier

  • If you hear, day after day, liberals are rooting against armed forces, that is eventually going to have an effect on soldiers and troops who are actually going to believe that and it's wrong. It's just wrong.
    -- Al Franken

    #Believe #Soldier #Troops

  • You need some insecurity if you're an actor. It keeps the pot boiling. I haven't yet started to think about retiring. I was shocked when I heard about Paul Newman retiring at age 82. Most actors just fade away like old soldiers.
    -- Al Pacino

    #Thinking #Insecurity #Soldier

  • Considering mankind's indifference to freedom, their easy gullibility and their facile response to conditioning, one might very plausibly argue that collectivism is the political mode best suited to their disposition and their capacities. Under its regime, the citizen, like the soldier, is relieved of the burden of initiative and is divested of all responsibility, save for doing as he is told.
    -- Albert J. Nock

    #Responsibility #Political #Soldier

  • A soldier's first duty is to obey, otherwise you might as well do away with soldiering.
    -- Albert Kesselring

    #Soldier #Might #Firsts

  • War has become an affair of machines...and soldiers are little more than clever mechanics.
    -- Alberto Moravia

    #Clever #War #Soldier

  • Unprovoked attacks on Israel's borders, murdering Israeli soldiers, taking Israeli hostages and showering rockets targeting and killing Israeli civilians are not furthering any legitimate goal.
    -- Alcee Hastings

    #Israel #Goal #Soldier

  • If one is a professional soldier, it is part of one's job to die sooner or later.
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Jobs #Soldier #Sooner Or Later

  • Though triumphs were to generals only due, crowns were reserved to grace the soldiers too.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Grace #Soldier #Triumph

  • Drill your soldiers well, and give them a pattern yourself.
    -- Alexander Suvorov

    #Giving #Soldier #Patterns

  • The existence of the soldier, next to capital punishment, is the most grievous vestige of barbarism which survives among men.
    -- Alfred de Vigny

    #War #Men #Soldier

  • These doomsday warriors look no more like soldiers than the soldiers of the Second World War looked like conquistadors. The more expert they become the more they look like lab assistants in small colleges
    -- Alistair Cooke

    #War #College #Soldier

  • Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war.
    -- Allan Massie

    #War #Men #Soldier

  • If it's about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I'd go through hell with a gasoline can.
    -- Allen West

    #Soldier #Gasoline #Hell

  • For security you need more soldiers, you need more policemen, you need more vehicles, you need more planes, you need more guns, you need more communications.
    -- Alvaro Uribe

    #Communication #Gun #Soldier

  • History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Lying #History #Soldier

  • MALTHUSIAN, adj. Pertaining to Malthus and his doctrines, who believed in artificially limiting population, but found that it could not be done by talking. Herod of Judea, all the famous soldiers have been practical exponents of the Malthusian idea.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Talking #Ideas #Soldier

  • According to what the IDF says to its soldiers. I don't know if this is what the IDF says to the media.
    -- Amira Hass

    #Media #Soldier #Idf

  • Guarded within the old red wall's embrace, Marshalled like soldiers in gay company, The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry Wheels out into the sunlight.
    -- Amy Lowell

    #Wall #Gay #Soldier

  • Fifteen millions of soldiers with popguns and horses All bent upon killing, because their "of courses" Are not quite the same.
    -- Amy Lowell

    #Horse #War #Soldier

  • In the US. Infantry Manual published during World War II, the soldier was told what to do if a live grenade fell into the trench where he and others were sitting: to wrap himself around the grenade so as to at least save the others. (If no one "volunteered," all would be killed, and there were only a few seconds to decide who would be the hero.
    -- Anatol Rapoport

    #War #Hero #Soldier

  • and I wonder if Beethoven held his breath the first time his fingers touched the keys the same way a soldier holds his breath the first time his finger clicks the trigger. We all have different reasons for forgetting to breathe.
    -- Andrea Gibson

    #Keys #Soldier #Different

  • I want my word to be up to the scale of the feat of arms performed by the Russian soldier.
    -- Andrei Platonov

    #Soldier #Want #Arms

  • President Jimmy Carter was a citizen soldier. Ironically, he was considered weak because he didn't kill anybody and he didn't get anyone killed.
    -- Andrew Young

    #Soldier #President #Citizens

  • Drummer, beat, and piper, blowHarper, strike, and soldier, goFree the flame and sear the grassesTil the dawning Red Star passes
    -- Anne McCaffrey

    #Stars #Flames #Soldier

  • It takes all sorts to make a world - saints as well as soldiers.
    -- Anthony Anderson

    #History #Soldier #Historical

  • The man is the first weapon of battle. Let us study the soldier, for it is he who brings reality to it.
    -- Ardant du Picq

    #Reality #Men #Soldier

  • I vow that if I was just an Israeli civilian and I met a Palestinian I would burn him and I would make him suffer before killing him. With one hit I've killed 750 Palestinians (in Rafah in 1956). I wanted to encourage my soldiers by raping Arabic girls as the Palestinian women is a slave for Jews, and we do whatever we want to her and nobody tells us what we shall do but we tell others what they shall do.
    -- Ariel Sharon

    #Girl #Soldier #Suffering

  • If in a battle, I seize a bit of debatable land with a handful of soldiers, without having done anything to prevent an enemy bombardment of the position, would it ever occur to me to speak of a conquest of the terrain in question? Obviously not. Then why should I do so in chess?
    -- Aron Nimzowitsch

    #Land #Soldier #Enemy

  • The strange thing about Roman soldiers in the comics was the amount of trouble they took over their armor and their helmets, and then, after all that, they left their legs bare. It didn't make any sense at all. Weatherwise or otherwise.
    -- Arundhati Roy

    #Soldier #Armor #Legs

  • I never liked being called the 'most decorated' soldier. There were so many guys who should have gotten medals and never did-- guys who were killed.
    -- Audie Murphy

    #Guy #Soldier #Should

  • No soldier ever really survives a war.
    -- Audie Murphy

    #War #Soldier

  • Air Power is, above all, a psychological weapon - and only short-sighted soldiers, too battle-minded, underrate the importance of psychological factors in war.
    -- B. H. Liddell Hart

    #War #Air #Soldier

  • The blurring of the line between policy and strategy] encouraged soldiers to make the preposterous claim that policy should be subservient to their conduct of operations, and (especially in democratic countries) it drew the statesman on to overstep the definite border of his sphere and interfere with his military employees in the actual use of their tools.
    -- B. H. Liddell Hart

    #Country #Military #Soldier

  • I am a person always full of contradictions... It was hard to choose whether to devote myself to revolution as a soldier or as a writer.
    -- Ba Jin

    #Soldier #Revolution #Contradiction

  • Universal ratification of the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict will establish an international moral consensus that no child should take part in hostilities or be involuntarily recruited and that former child soldiers should be assisted by their governments after a life of violence and distress.
    -- Ban Ki-moon

    #Children #Government #Soldier

  • Weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don't belong on our streets.
    -- Barack Obama

    #War #Soldier #Weapons

  • I am also deeply concerned with the widespread, often undiagnosed, incidents of PTSD and the alarming suicide rates amongst our returning soldiers.
    -- Barbara Lee

    #Suicide #Soldier #Ptsd

  • A true woman always loves a real soldier.
    -- Belle Boyd

    #Real #Soldier

  • Congress is responsible for everything and unable to do anything, hated by the public creditors, insulted by the soldiers and unsupported by the citizens.
    -- Benjamin Hawkins

    #Soldier #Citizens #Revolution

  • Every soldier must know, before he goes into battle, how the little battle he is to fight fits into the larger picture, and how the success of his fighting will influence the battle as a whole.
    -- Bernard Law Montgomery

    #Fighting #Soldier #Battle

  • There is such an equality among them that the officers have no authority. The privates are all generals, but not soldiers.
    -- Bernard Law Montgomery

    #Soldier #Revolution #Authority

  • Maybe a president who didn't believe our soldiers were going to heaven might be a little less willing to get them killed.
    -- Bill Maher

    #Believe #Heaven #Soldier

  • A soldier's life revolves around his mail. Like many others, I've been able to follow my kid's progress from the day he was born until now he is able to walk and talk a little, and although I have never seen him I know him very well.
    -- Bill Mauldin

    #Kids #Soldier #Progress

  • Patton was living in the Dark Ages. Soldiers were peasants to him. I didn't like that attitude.
    -- Bill Mauldin

    #Attitude #Dark #Soldier

  • I drew pictures for and about the soldiers because I knew what their life was like and understood their gripes. I wanted to make something out of the humorous situations which come up even when you don't think life could be any more miserable.
    -- Bill Mauldin

    #Humorous #Thinking #Soldier

  • I want you to give all these chiefs of the soldiers here to understand that we are for peace, and that we have made peace, that we may not be mistaken by them for enemies.
    -- Black Kettle

    #Giving #Soldier #Enemy

  • Man is full of desires: he loves only those who can satisfy them all. "This man is a good mathematician," someone will say. But I have no concern for mathematics; he would take me for a proposition. "That one is a good soldier." He would take me for a besieged town. I need, that is to say, a decent man who can accommodate himself to all my desires in a general sort of way.
    -- Blaise Pascal

    #Men #Soldier #Desire

  • This is so like the way the Americans deliberately erroneously refer to Afghans and Iraqis as terrorists when they fight back killing American soldiers to protect their young from the illegal American invasion.
    -- Bob Barker

    #Fighting #Animal #Soldier

  • The soldiers that didn't come back were the heroes. It's a roll of the dice. If a bullet has your name on it, you're a hero. If you hear a bullet go by, you're a survivor.
    -- Bob Feller

    #Hero #Names #Soldier

  • The soldiers in Iraq are fighting, suffering and dying . . . anonymously and pointlessly, while the rest of us are free to buckle ourselves into the family vehicle and head off to the malls and shop.
    -- Bob Herbert

    #Fighting #Iraq #Soldier

  • And Oliver North was really a good soldier, up to the last moment, shoving memos into the shredder and defending the policy to the end.
    -- Bobby Ray Inman

    #Soldier #Lasts #Moments

  • I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of U.S. soldier is just the lie of fools,
    -- Bowe Bergdahl

    #Lying #Soldier #Titles

  • I'm an amalgamation of what I've needed to be. Part scholar, part rebel, part nobleman, part Mistborn, and part soldier. Sometimes I don't even know myself. I had a devil of a time getting all those pieces to work together. And, just when I'm starting to get it figured out, the world up and ends on me.
    -- Brandon Sanderson

    #Soldier #Working Together #Devil

  • In Love's service, only wounded soldiers can serve.
    -- Brennan Manning

    #Love #Soldier #Spiritual Life

  • And then, for an old man like me, it's not exactly right,This kind o' playing soldier with no enemy in sight.
    -- Bret Harte

    #Men #Sight #Soldier

  • I write back to all the soldiers who write to me and send them posters and calendars.
    -- Brooke Burke

    #Writing #Soldier #Calendars

  • Like most Rebel soldiers, Sam Watkins owned no slaves.
    -- Bruce Catton

    #War #History #Soldier

  • Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his Stormtroopers, they were his enforcers, they were his thugs. And Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual solders basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually all of the Stormtroopers, the Brownshirts, were male homosexuals.
    -- Bryan Fischer

    #Thug #Order #Soldier

  • The Indians were well mounted and felt proud and elated because they had been made United States soldiers.
    -- Buffalo Bill

    #Soldier #United States #Proud

  • A warrior is free to be a hero and pull off daring do and the soldier is irresponsible if he does it.
    -- C. J. Cherryh

    #Hero #Warrior #Soldier

  • For an artist, a good place to be is you have some kind of influence and power to get things done, but in your essence you remain a nomad or a soldier facing a difficulty to be overcome.
    -- Cai Guo-Qiang

    #Artist #Essence #Soldier

  • We were ordered out to quell an uprising of the Indians, and were out for several days, had numerous skirmishes during which six of the soldiers were killed and several severely wounded.
    -- Calamity Jane

    #Uprising #Soldier #Six

  • Honorable Senators: My sincerest thanks I offer you. Conserve the firm foundations of our institutions. Do your work with the spirit of a soldier in the public service. Be loyal to the Commonwealth and to yourselves and be brief; above all be brief.
    -- Calvin Coolidge

    #Soldier #Foundation #Loyal

  • Fortifications, artillery, foreign aid - will be of no value, unless the ordinary soldier knows that it is HE guarding his country
    -- Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim

    #Country #Soldier #Historical

  • A soldier never dies. His blood makes the grass green for his children.
    -- Carol Berg

    #Children #Blood #Soldier

  • A soldier of the Legion lay dying in Algiers, There was a lack of woman's nursing, there was dearth of woman's tears; But a comrade stood beside him, while his lifeblood ebbed away.
    -- Caroline Norton

    #Nursing #Soldier #Tears

  • A barracks is meant to be a place where real soldiers were to be fed and equipped for war, not a place to settle down in or as a comfortable snuggery in which to enjoy ourselves. I hope that if ever they, our soldiers, do settle down God will burn their barracks over their heads!
    -- Catherine Booth

    #Real #War #Soldier

  • Every morning is a battle between the superego and the id, and I am a mere foot soldier with mud and a snooze button on her shield.
    -- Catherynne M. Valente

    #Morning #Feet #Soldier

  • I sort of became infatuated with soldiers. I got to know some of them and got a little perturbed with Hollywood making a spectacle out of them and making them look like they have screwed up somehow.
    -- Channing Tatum

    #Soldier #Hollywood #Looks

  • I'm not a political person. When I start to get into it, it just upsets me. I feel so powerless when it comes to politics. So I've just decided to be non-political and very, very pro-soldier.
    -- Channing Tatum

    #Political #Upset #Soldier

  • There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.
    -- Charles Baudelaire

    #Respect #Soldier #Three

  • If we say the Geneva Convention is obsolete, then what do others who have our soldiers say?
    -- Charles Schumer

    #Soldier #Obsolete #Conventions

  • The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.
    -- Charles Spurgeon

    #Soldier #Trials #Affliction

  • I'll likely be married to the soldier mob for better and for worse to live and to die.
    -- Charles XII of Sweden

    #Military #Soldier #Married

  • A smoke in times of rest is a great companion to the solitary soldier.
    -- Che Guevara

    #Soldier #Companion #Solitary

  • I wear my lines like a soldier wears his medals. They've been earned. They've been fought for - so there's no reason to be ashamed of them. In your 50s, you just care less about that sort of thing. I think it's to do with what's inside you. You can't obsess about the outside.
    -- Cherie Lunghi

    #Thinking #Soldier #Care

  • You must all be aware that modern war is not a mere matter of military operations. It involves the whole strength and all the resources of the nation. Not only soldiers, but also all citizens without exception, take part.
    -- Chiang Kai-shek

    #Military #War #Soldier

  • We are working for a revolution. If we do not start it by improving the life of the soldiers, all slogans of reforming and improving society are but empty words.
    -- Chiang Kai-shek

    #Soldier #Revolution #Empty

  • No matter how hard it gets, I’d rather be a soldier drowning in my own blood than a coward in my own piss
    -- Chino XL

    #Blood #Soldier #Coward

  • He recalls what that first German soldier said to his major: No God-not yours or mine-approves of what you're doing.
    -- Chris Bohjalian

    #Soldier #Firsts #Said

  • I have seen children shot in El Salvador, Algeria, Guatemala, Sarajevo, but I have never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport.
    -- Chris Hedges

    #Sports #Children #Soldier

  • The most common way to identify a soldier is by the disc around his neck. But these were made of compressed cardboard and so they've all but disappeared.
    -- Chris Roberts

    #Soldier #Way #Necks

  • It's hard for me to imagine that some people in the CIA who had firsthand knowledge would be unable to recognize that this would be helpful information for a soldier's death.
    -- Chris Shays

    #People #Soldier #Would Be

  • I think that some of our soldiers die in the battlefield and some come home to bad health and die prematurely, just by the nature of the kind of business they're in.
    -- Chris Shays

    #Home #Thinking #Soldier

  • Not for the first time, he wished he commanded a highly trained bunch of soldiers instead of a ragtag mob of rejects in varying stages of alcoholism.
    -- Chris Wooding

    #Soldier #Firsts #Bunch

  • U.S. soldiers, with whom I now have more than a passing acquaintance, joke that they track my movements in order to know where they will be deployed next.
    -- Christiane Amanpour

    #Order #Track #Soldier

  • I looked for certain attributes in a soldier. I know the modern method is to put the attributes into a computer and see what comes out. But as far as I am concerned, the computer is the worst damn instrument devised by man to screw up man-management.
    -- Christopher Vokes

    #Men #Soldier #Screw Ups

  • It takes a real soldier to stay in the music industry and live off the things that have been put before me and be able to survive all this time because it has not been easy.
    -- Chubby Checker

    #Real #Soldier #Able

  • During the First World War, I told her, Hitler had been a runner, delivering messages between the German trenches, and he was disgusted by seeing his fellow soldiers visit French brothels. To keep the Aryan bloodlines pure,and prevent the spread of venereal disease, he commissioned an inflatable doll that Nazi troops could take into battle. Hitler himself designed the dolls to have blond hair and large breasts. The Allied firebombing of Dresden destroyed the factory before the dolls could ever go into wide distribution.
    -- Chuck Palahniuk

    #War #Hair #Soldier

  • Gweneth [sic] Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her,
    -- Cindy McCain

    #Military #Son #Soldier

  • While soldiers can stand and fight.I can fight and feed them
    -- Clara Barton

    #Fighting #Soldier

  • I wonder if a soldier ever does mend a bullet hole in his coat?
    -- Clara Barton

    #Soldier #Doe #Coats