Top Ten Military Quotes: The Military is an integral part in defending or conquering nations, keeping peace or destroying peace, and shaping the course of history. In general, a military is an organization authorized by its nation to use force, including use of weapons, to defend its country by combating actual or perceived threats. Throughout the centuries, armies have been fighting wars for land or cause. However, a military would not be a military without the individual soldier, the soldier who has the ability to think for himself, but is taught with discipline to obey orders.
But why do soldiers fight and sacrifice their lives for kings and leaders who they have never met? Inspiration has many names, but most, if not all can identify with one word: pride. They have pridein and for their country, as well as the belief that there is something valuable to protect here, whether that is family and friends, complete strangers, or the ideals of freedom and human rights most nations are founded on. What words are spoken that motivates them, when war is darkest, to continue sacrificing and giving up their lives?
Here are our top 10 Military quotes that have inspired warriors:
"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog"
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
"If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail."
General Ulysses S. Grant
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."
“You cannot be disciplined in great things and indiscipline in small things. Brave undisciplined men have no chance against the discipline and valor of other men. Have you ever seen a few policemen handle a crowd?”
General George S. Patton Jr
"The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts."
General Omar N. Bradley
"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."
John F. Kennedy
"Some of you young men think that war is all glamour and glory,
but let me tell you, boys, it is all hell!"
General William T. Sherman
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat…You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs - Victory in spite of all terrors - Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival."
"It is my earnest hope - indeed the hope of all mankind - that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past, a world found upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice."
General Douglas Macarthur
Retired football coach Lou Holtz was best known for heading the University of Arkansas, University of Notre Dame and University of South Carolina football programs. Amassing a 249-132-7 record, a highlight of Holtz's career was leading the 1988 Notre Dame team to an undefeated season. He's the only coach to lead six different college programs to bowl games and lead four different programs to final top 20 rankings in the polls. Though he has retired from football, Holtz still finds time to appear on ESPN as a college football analyst. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
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