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95 Military Quotes to Honor our Heroes

They give their all to protect our freedom, and these military quotes serve as an epic reminder of it.

Norbert Juma
Published on May 28, 2020 6:30 AM EST
Military quotes to honor our heroes

For those who risk their lives to protect our freedom, it is a selfless act of valor that is done without asking anything in return. The brave men and women of the military should always be honored for their sacrifice, and these military quotes are the perfect words.

Our military deserves to be honored and appreciated. The freedom and liberty we enjoy is much because of the brave men and women of the military who dedicate their lives to protecting the nation.

Military quotes to honor our heroes

Many of them have had to sacrifice their lives just so the rest of us can live in a free and prosperous society.

It takes a great amount of courage and sacrifice to do what our soldiers do. Many of these great men and women have families of their own who they have to leave behind as they go to defend their country.

The least we can do for our military men and women is to honor and be thankful for their unselfish deeds. In that respect, below are some great military quotes to celebrate and honor our brave soldiers and veterans.

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Military quotes to honor our heroes

1. “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

2. “To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.” – Andre Malraux

military quotes about service

3. “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.

4. “We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.”- George Orwell

5. “I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.”- John F. Kennedy

6. ”Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.”- Mary Roach

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

8. ”Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

9. ”I don’t know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me.” – The Duke of Wellington

10. ”If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.” – David Hackworth

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Military quotes to honor the brave deeds of our troops

11. ”No guts, no glory.” –Major Gen. Frederick C. Blesse

12. ”This country has not seen and probably will never know the true level of sacrifice of our veterans”. As a civilian, I owe an unpayable debt to all our military. Going forward let’s not send our servicemen and women off to war or conflict zones unless it is overwhelmingly justifiable and on moral high ground.”- Thomas M Smith

13. “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

14. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”- George S. Patton Jr.

15. “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” – Winston Churchill

16. “Who dares, wins. Who sweats, wins. Who plans, wins.” – British Special Air Service (SAS)

Military quotes to honor the brave deeds of our troops

17. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.” – William Shakespeare

18. “Fortune favors the brave.” – Terence

19. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight—it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

20. “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton

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Military quotes to celebrate our heroes

21. “Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they have been given.” – Orson Scott Card, Enders Game

22. “I am not afraid of an Army of lions lead by a sheep; I am afraid of sheep lead by a lion.” – Alexander the Great

23. “The Army is the true nobility of our country.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

24. “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Albert Einstein

25. “Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

26. “This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave.” –Elmer Davis

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27. “Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.” – John F. Kennedy

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28. “The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.” — Minot J. Savage

29. “If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.” – Theodore Roosevelt

30. “Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.” – Colonel David Hackworth

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Military quotes to help us show appreciation

31. “Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.”- John F. Kennedy

32. “From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots. ― Thomas Jefferson

33. “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. ― George Washington

34. “Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Military quotes to help us show appreciation

35. “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine

36. “America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.”- Claudia Pemberton

37. “War is the greatest evil Satan has invented to corrupt our hearts and souls. We should honor our soldiers, but we should never honor war.”- Dean Hughes

38. “A safe army is better than a safe border”- B.R. Ambedkar

39. “We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns.”- Aaron Sorkin

40. “No man is a man until he has been a soldier.”- Louis de Bernières

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41. “Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.”- Malcolm X

42. “War is too important to be left to the generals.”- Georges Clémenceau

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43. “Freedom is never free.” – Anonymous

44. “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” — General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

45. “We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.”- Allen West

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46. “The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.” – Judd Gregg

47. “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” – G.K. Chesterton

48. “The military might of a country represents its national strength. Only when it builds up its military might in every way can it develop into a thriving country.” – Kim Jong-un

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

50. “It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self-confidence born of demonstrated ability.” ― George S. Patton Jr.

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Military quotes to elevate your perspective

51. “He loves his country best who strives to make it best.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

52. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

53. “What is at a peak is certain to decline. He who shows his hand will certainly be defeated. He who can prevail in battle by taking advantage of his enemy’s doubts is invincible.”― Cao Cao

54. “May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!” – Sen. Daniel Webster

55. “On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.” – Dan Lipinski

56. “If you can’t experience the humanity of people who don’t look like you, you’re not civilized enough to be an officer of the peace.”― Ann Medlock

57. “Two out of every three professional officers considered that wars were made for armies and not armies for wars.”― F. Scott Fitzgerald

58. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick

59. “Surprise is an event that occurs in the mind of an enemy commander.”― Jerry Pournelle

60. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”- Joseph Campbell

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61. “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”- Gen. Douglas MacArthur

62. “True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.” – Robert Reich

63. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

64. “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou

65. “These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.” – Michael N. Castle

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66. “It would be a joke if the conduct of the victor had to be justified to the vanquished.” – Napoléon Bonaparte

67. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” ― Colin Powell

68. “No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke

69. “The objective of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.” ― George Patton

70. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

71. “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” ― George Orwell

72. “If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.” – Napoléon Bonaparte

73. “I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget.” –
George W. Bush

74. “To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.” – James Carse

75. “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.” – Thucydides

Military quotes to inspire and teach

76. “How can men boast that they control their own destiny when they cannot solve the problems of war?” – Billy Graham

77. “True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job.” –Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr

78. “The hand of the aggressor is stayed by strength — and strength alone.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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79. “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” – Nathan Hale

80. “Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would gladly yield every honor which has been accorded me in war.” – Douglas MacArthur

81. “It is long since I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.” – Alexander Hamilton

82. “Modern war is the most highly developed of all sciences. We have perfected our weapons but failed to perfect the men who use them.” – Billy Graham

83. “They’ve got us surrounded — the poor bastards.” – An unnamed medic

84. “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” – Richard Grenier

85. “Live for something rather than die for nothing.” – General George S. Patton

More military quotes and sayings

86. “Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.” – Carl von Clausewitz

87. “A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.” – Admiral David D. Porter

88. “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

89. “A person cannot be a Marine without honor.” – General Carl Epting Mundy, Jr.

90. “Americans never quit.” – General Douglas MacArthur

91. “I can’t see how a single man could spend his time to better advantage than in the Marines.” – Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph “Dan” Daly

92. “A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.” – General George Smith Patton, Jr.

93. “A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.” – President Theodore Roosevelt

94. “It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.” – General George Catlett Marshall

95. “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” – Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry

Did you enjoy these military quotes collection?

It is almost impossible for a country to survive without a great army to defend it in times of war. An army is the pride of the nation.

In addition, without fearless soldiers, there can be no great army. If you have a loved one who is in the military, appreciate them with any of the above quotes and let them know that you cherish them.

Did you enjoy these military quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

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    Linda s Mautz

    October 9, 2019 at 7:21 AM

    Thanks for the quotes. Hard to choose one quote because I will use many for Veterans Day. I started HTH ( Honoring the Heroes) IN 2017 and search for quotes to add to the recognition day for our Veterans and active duty heroes. I guess one that sticks in my mind today is by Claudia Pemberton “America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” Appropriate for our ceremony. We honor our heroes during a special time at our little country church.

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    Christian M. Walker

    September 15, 2019 at 2:56 AM

    Mr. Juma, from one Soldier to another, thank you for your list of quotes! Very interesting, and educational. Wish you the best, Sir.
    -Christian

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      ALEXOFF, DAN

      May 14, 2020 at 2:19 PM

      Personally, I think you’re opening statement was fantastic. “For those who risk their lives to protect our freedom, it is a selfless act of valor that is done without asking anything in return. The brave men and women of the military should always be honored for their sacrifice”. Hopefully it is ok if quote you during our Memorial Day celebration. Thanks for posting.

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