141+ Best Soldier Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational soldier quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Powerful Collection of Most Famous Soldier Quotes

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

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

Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. – Douglas Macarthur

Soldiers are citizens of death’s grey land, drawing no dividend from time’s tomorrows. – Siegfried Sassoon

Soldiers are citizens of death’s grey land, drawing no dividend from time’s tomorrows. – Siegfried Sassoon

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.

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

The courage of a soldier is heightened by his knowledge of his profession. – Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace. – Ulysses S. Grant

To be a soldier one needs that special gene, that extra something, that enables a person to jump into one on one combat, something, after all, that is unimaginable to most of us, as we are simply not brave enough. – Rupert Everett

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. – Douglas Macarthur

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

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

Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you’re not a good soldier. – Curtis LeMay

The soldier’s heart, the soldier’s spirit, the soldier’s soul, are everything. Unless the soldier’s soul sustains him he cannot be relied on and will fail himself and his commander and his country in the end. – George Marshall

Soldiers willingly, sometimes foolishly, risk their own lives to keep their comrades out of enemy hands. – Alex Berenson

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

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

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away. – Douglas Macarthur

Soldiers, when committed to a task, can’t compromise. It’s unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it’s been done. – John Keegan

A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments. – Georg C. Lichtenberg

Everyone knows what can happen to soldiers who are in front line units. – Richard Engel

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

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

I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight. – General George S. Patton

Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for. – Norman Schwarzkopf

Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin they think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives. – Siegfried Sassoon

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

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 soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. – Douglas Macarthur

Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right. – G. K. Chesterton

Soldiers are men…most apt for all manner of services and best able to support and endure the infinite toils and continual hazards of war. – Henry Knyvett

Soldiers, when committed to a task, can’t compromise. It’s unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it’s been done. – John Keegan

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

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

With courage and character, American soldiers continue to put themselves on the line to defend our freedom, and so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice. – Dan Lipinski

Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin they think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives. – Siegfried Sassoon

A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general. – Henry G. Bohn

Soldiers are not policemen, and it’s very unfair, even for those soldiers who have some police training, to burden them with police duties. It’s not what they’re trained for, or equipped for. – P. J. O’Rourke

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

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

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

One doesn’t become a soldier in a week – it takes training, study and discipline.There is no question that the finest Army in the world is found in the United States. – Daniel Inouye

Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head. – Euripides

If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity. – Sun Tzu

Fortune favors the brave. – Terence

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

The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence, utter, complete and bumptious. – George Patton

Good soldiers never pass up a chance to eat or sleep. They never know how much they’ll be called on to do before the next chance. – Lois McMaster Bujold

To be a soldier one needs that special gene, that extra something, that enables a person to jump into one on one combat, something, after all, that is unimaginable to most of us, as we are simply not brave enough. – Rupert Everett

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. – Alexander Hamilton

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

You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges: the old ones, grub. – George Bernard Shaw

If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army. – Frederick The Great

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. – Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

Our soldiers have nobly fought to protect freedom since our country’s birth, and have fought to protect those that could not protect themselves, even in foreign lands when called upon. – John Linder

I mean the only thing us dead soldiers got in common is that none of us was good enough or lucky enough to survive the fight. We’re a host of failures. – Steven Erikson

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

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

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

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

Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He’s the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war. – Allan Massie

My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend. – Tiger Woods

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

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

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

With courage and character, American soldiers continue to put themselves on the line to defend our freedom, and so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice. – Dan Lipinski

Soldiers are not policemen, and it’s very unfair, even for those soldiers who have some police training, to burden them with police duties. It’s not what they’re trained for, or equipped for. – P. J. O’Rourke

Here’s a news flash: No soldier gives his life. That’s not the way it works. Most soldiers who make a conscious decision to place themselves in harm’s way do it to protect their buddies. They do it because of the bonds of friendship – and it goes so much deeper than friendship. – Eric Massa

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

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

The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth. – Stonewall Jackson

One doesn’t become a soldier in a week – it takes training, study and discipline.There is no question that the finest Army in the world is found in the United States. – Daniel Inouye

The courage of a soldier is heightened by his knowledge of his profession. – Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

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

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

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

This conflict is one thing I’ve been waiting for. I’m well and strong and young – young enough to go to the front. If I can’t be a soldier, I’ll help soldiers. – Clara Barton

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. – Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs. – Desmond Morris

Soldiers willingly, sometimes foolishly, risk their own lives to keep their comrades out of enemy hands. – Alex Berenson

All soldiers who serve their country and put their lives at risk need to know that if something happens to them, their families will be well taken care of. That’s the bond we have with our military men and women and their families. – Jeff Sessions

The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism. – Huey Newton

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

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

South Korea first allowed women into the military in 1950 during the Korean War. Back then, female soldiers mainly held administrative and support positions. Women began to take on combat roles in the 1990s when the three military academies, exclusive to men, began accepting women. – Kim Young-ha

That soldiers do terrible things during wartime should not surprise us. – Nick Flynn

You cannot expect soldiers to change people’s minds. That has to be done in other ways. – Mike Jackson

We know what the birth of a revolution looks like: A student stands before a tank. A fruit seller sets himself on fire. A line of monks link arms in a human chain. Crowds surge, soldiers fire, gusts of rage pull down the monuments of tyrants, and maybe, sometimes, justice rises from the flames. – Nancy Gibbs

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

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

Standing beside each one of our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines is a loving, supportive, and dedicated family whose sacrifice is a true service to our great nation. – Elise Stefanik

I think soldiers are not just one homogenous group, just like Americans aren’t. They all have different feelings about the war. – Emily Robison

Being a soldier, fighting for this country, is neither Republican nor Democrat. – Max Cleland

Our redneck reputation back then was originally just because we had long hair. Back in the ’60s and the early ’70s, in the South that was kind of a no-no. At all the Army and Navy bases we’d play, we would get into fights with the soldiers over our hair. But I think our music overshadowed everything else. – Gary Rossington

A safe army is better than a safe border – B.R. Ambedkar

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

No man is a man until he has been a soldier. – Louis de Bernières

When I was 5 years old, we had nothing in the village. One day, in front of my house, some soldiers in a big Cadillac started to do a picnic. I looked at them like they were coming from the moon. I remember they gave me a box of rice pudding – that, for me, was the American Dream. – Renzo Rosso

Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down. – Malcolm X

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

Freedom is never free. – Anonymous

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

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. – Norman Schwarzkopf

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 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

There’s something about an American soldier you can’t explain. They’re so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them. – Marlene Dietrich

The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature. – Edward Gibbon

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

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

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

Austrian soldiers are like horses: brave but easily frightened. – Franz Grillparzer

When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will. – Frederic Bastiat

I believe German soldiers are good and decent, and if they did anything wrong it was because of military necessity. – Wilhelm Keitel

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.

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

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

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

I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight. – General George S. Patton

The soldier’s main enemy is not the opposing soldier, but his own commander. – Ramman Kenoun

Self-denial and self-discipline, however, will be recognized as the outstanding qualities of a good soldier. – William Lyon Mackenzie King

To the soldier, luck is merely another word for skill. – Patrick MacGill.

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

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

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

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

Surprise is an event that occurs in the mind of an enemy commander. – Jerry Pournelle

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell

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

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

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

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

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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