65+ Best Military Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational military quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Military Quotes

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. – Gen. James H. Doolittle
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation. – Gen. Douglas MacArthur
We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us. – Winston S. Churchill
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation. – Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter. – Winston S. Churchill
Is a proud privilege to be a soldier a good soldier 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.
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation. – Gen. Douglas MacArthur
There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time. – George S. Patton Jr.
When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death — that is heroism? – Robert Green Ingersoll
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. – George Orwell
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. – President John F. Kennedy
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
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. – Gen. George S. Patton
I hate it when they say, ‘He gave his life for his country.’ Nobody gives their life for anything. We steal the lives of these kids. We take it away from them. They don’t die for the honor and glory of their country. We kill them. – Admiral Gene LaRocque
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. – James Allen

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself. – William Penn
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell
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
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men. – Minot J. Savage

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

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

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
America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels. – Claudia Pemberton

War is too important to be left to the generals – Georges Clémenceau

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

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight it’s the size of the fight in the dog. – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us. – Tom Clancy
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree. – Thomas Campbell

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. – Nathan Hale
After I was discharged from the military, it was difficult trying to become a civilian. – Chris Kyle

A Purple Heart just proves that were you smart enough to think of a plan, stupid enough to try it, and lucky enough to survive. – unknown
America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor. – Paul Tsongas

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

The number of medals on an officer’s breast varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duty from the front line. – Charles Montague
True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going. – Robert Reich
The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet. – Attributed to Damon Runyon

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. – Winston Churchill, 1940
I was born as a soldier and will die as one. – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons – General MacArthur
We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and on the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender. – Winston Churchill
If you can’t get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country? – George Patton
I always give much attention to military character and to psychological and morale conditions. – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
“ – Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we’ve been bombing over the years been complaining? – George Wallace

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

You don’t have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight. – Barry Goldwater

I hear a lot of crap about what a glorious thing it is to die for your country. It isn’t glorious—it’s stupid! You don’t go into battle to die for your country. You go into battle to make the other bastard die for his country. – General George S. Patton

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. – Sir Winston Churchill

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

Son, if the Marines thought you needed a wife, we would have issued you one. – General Lewis B

Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity. if the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles. – Karl von Clausewitz

Uncommon valor was a common virtue. – Admiral Chester Nimitz

I will never quit. My nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down i will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my enemies and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight. – Marcus Luttrell

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

There can be no retreat when there’s no rear. You can’t retreat, or even withdraw, when you’re surrounded. The only thing you can do is to break out, and in order to do that you have to attack, and that is what we’re about to do. Heck, all we’re doing is attacking in a different direction. – Marine Major General Oliver P. Smith

America’s finest – our men and women in uniform, are a force for good throughout the world, and that is nothing to apologize for. – Sarah Palin

Fix bayonets! Charge! Everybody goes with me! – U.S. Army Capt. Lewis Millett

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

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

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

America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels. – Claudia Pemberton

There is always inequity in life. Some men are killed in a war, and some men are wounded, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It’s very hard in military or personal life to assure complete equality. Life is unfair. – President John F. Kennedy

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

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

The good company has no place for the officer who would rather be right than be loved, for the time will quickly come when he walks alone, and in battle no man may succeed in solitude. – Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall

In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children. – Herodotus