Veteran’s Day Quote-a-palooza

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima

A deep and heart-felt thank you to all who served! Those of us who didn’t or couldn’t thank those who did. There’s still time to donate to Project Valour-IT to give disabled veterans laptops:

“Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.” – George Washington

“We’re gathered today, just as we have gathered before, to remember those who served, those who fought, those still missing, and those who gave their last full measure of devotion for our country… One of those who fell wrote, shortly before his death, these words: ‘Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.’ Well, today, Veterans Day, as we do every year, we take that moment to embrace the gentle heroes of Vietnam and of all our wars. We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause… Our liberties, our values, all for which America stands is safe today because brave men and women have been ready to face the fire at freedom’s front. And we thank God for them.” – Ronald Reagan

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. -Jose Narosky

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

But fame is theirs – and future days
On pillar’d brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell – when cold neglect is dead –
“These for their country fought and bled.”
-Philip Freneau

The fear of war is worse than war itself. – Seneca

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person 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 (1868)

We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. – George Orwell

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. – Robert Lewis Stevenson

The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave … – Patrick Henry

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

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country I never would lay down my arms, never! Never! Never! – William Pitt, 1708-1778

I have not yet begun to fight! – Captain John Paul Jones aboard the Bon Homme Richard

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s way. – John Paul Jones, later adopted by the US Navy’s Special Boat Units

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. – Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. – George Washington, first annual address to Congress, 1790

Put your trust in God, but keep your powder dry. – Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1658 Lord Protector of England

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Victory belongs to the most persevering. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others experience. – Otto Von Bismarck, 1815–1898

Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become a oyster. – Theodore Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. – H. M. Forgy, chaplain USS New Orleans Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941

All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us … they can’t get away this time. – Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, (1898-1971), USMC most decorated Marine in history

We’re Surrounded … That Simplifies Our Problems – Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, (1898-1971), USMC most decorated Marine in history

Diplomats are just as essential in starting a war as soldiers are in finishing it. – Will Rogers

Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. – Winston Churchill

It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive. – Winston Churchill

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. – Prime Minister Winston Churchill

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. – General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890–1969

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – General Dwight D. Eisenhower

We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction. – General Douglas MacArthur

If a man does his best, what else is there? – General George S. Patton

Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose. – Ronald Reagan

Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong. – Ronald Reagan

I learned that good judgment comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes. – General Omar N. Bradley, 1893-1981

A war put off is not a war avoided. – Charlton Heston

Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem. – Ronald Reagan