98+ Best Veteran Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational veteran quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Veteran Quotes

The only war is the war you fought in. Every veteran knows that. ― Allan Keller

Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause. ― Abraham Lincoln

A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart. ― Hercules

The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation. ― George Washington

Killing people is easier than it should be.” Dad put on his beret. “Staying alive is harder. ― Laurie Halse Anderson

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

In World War One, they called it shell shock. Second time around, they called it battle fatigue. After ‘Nam, it was post-traumatic stress disorder. ― Jan Karon

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

To be a veteran, one must know and determine one’s price for freedom. ― unknown

America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago. ― Steve Buyer

On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. ― Dan Lipinski

The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn’t who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies. ― Robert Koger

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

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’ That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it. ― unknown

This dog had shown more courage than I. This great, powerful, beautiful dog was willing to take a chance on me – a broken, depressed, lonely Marine. ― Mary Alice Monroe

For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do so we can safely do what we’re free to do.

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ― Mark Twain

The tree had become our unspoken symbol of that important Christmas when we had all dug deep and fought for one another–for our survival. For our family. For our happiness. And in the process, discovering the true meaning of Christmas. ― Mary Alice Monroe

In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country, can change it. ― Barack Obama

Duty, honor, country. those three Hallowed Words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. ― Douglas Macarthur

The world doesn’t owe anyone a living—including veterans. ― Frank D. Gilroy

n this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. ― Dan Lipinski

The soldier Above all other’s pray’s for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest Wounds scars of war. ― Douglas Macarthur

I slowly dug a stand-up foxhole up to my neck using my helmet. I don’t think any of us slept that night. It was the first time in my tour when I wasn’t sure I would make it. I’m not ashamed to say I did a lot of thinking about home and a lot of praying to the man upstairs. ― Lanny Starr

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place — police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces. ― Sidney Sheldon

For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do so we can safely do what we’re free to do. ― Unkown

All of these things about America—the independent spirit; freedom and liberty to think, express, and act; the promise of the potential for prosperity—have all been delivered to American citizens by our Founders and Framers, and secured by American soldiers, sailors, and airmen. ― Daniel Rundquist

To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.

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

Battling for our Wounded Warriors to have a better tomorrow for what they battled for US yesterday. ― Roxanne Ward

The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. ― Jeff Miller

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them. ― Napoleon Bonaparte

A Veteran is the one who takes up arms to save you before the ones who take up arms to kill you can succeed. ― Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu

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

Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death! ― Sun Tzu

For soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home is more lethal than being in combat. From the invasion of Afghanistan to the summer of 2009, the US military lost 761 soldiers in combat in that country. Compare that to the 817 who took their own lives over the same period, and this number does account for deaths related to violence, high-risk behaviors, and addiction. ― Brené Brown

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ― Michel de Montaigne

I looked at the two enemy prisoners. They were on their stomachs, face down and shaking like everything. I can only imagine the fear they must have felt in their hearts. Thank God we had air superiority on the battlefield. ― Lanny Starr

American without her soldiers would be like God without his angels. ― Claudia Pemberton

America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world. ― John Doolittle

Not all days in the field were unhappy ones. You had to have fun sometimes or you would go crazy. ― Lanny Starr

Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men. ― Richard Watson Gilde

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

We owe our World War II veterans – and all our veterans – a debt we can never fully repay. ― Doc Hastings

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. ― Thucydides

The most persistent sound, which reverberates through men’s history, is the beating of war drums. ― Arthur Koestler

We should be saying, “Thank you and your family for your service. They make tremendous sacrifices so those veterans can serve.” ― Neil Leckman

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ― John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Damn the wars but bless the soldier. ― T.L. Moffitt

The vast majority of initial disability applications are denied. ― Steven Magee

You’d have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our veterans have done for all of us. ― Jim Davis

They said love is blind. Well, I was blinder than a bat. It is a shame this cat could not see. ― Sparkles A Summers

Never was so much owed by so many to so few. ― Winston Churchill

Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go. ― Bernard Malamud

Those of us who have never been in the military don’t understand what it is like to serve in the military. ― Gina Barreca

Caring for veterans shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It should an American one. ― Jennifer Granholm

Veterans are who make our land safe. They sacrifice their lives, so that we may enjoy ours. Without them, our lives; those of our children and of our grandchildren would be totally different.

I salute you and wish you god speed in your determination to make this country proud and safe. Thank you. ― Anthony T. Hincks

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

The route had been renamed after the war, Sergeant Booth had told them in the taxi. Now it was known as the Road of Remembrance. To Billy, recalling Alf Dawkins with his crutches and his nervous tick, begging for half-crowns, it seemed more a case of how quickly people forgot. ― Rennie Airth

In the aftermath, we are because they were. ― RJ Heller

America is my mother and my mother is my responsibility. ― Abhijit Naskar

The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war. ― Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war. ― Otto von Bismarck

They were all in and they were all together, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. ― Bob Richardson

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

Beginner knows rules, but veterans know exceptions. ― Amit Kalantri

They may take away our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom! ― William Wallace

When the power of LOVE is more important than the love of money, religion and power, and people realize that the most important things in this life are NOT things, the world will finally know peace. ― Tanya Masse

Freedom is never free. ― Unknown

We are part of what society can’t bear to remember. Because if they really think about it, if they really look at us and realize the cost, we’ve paid to keep them safe. They can’t live with the guilt. ― Barbara Nickless

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it, it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. ― Unkown

You don’t get a purple heart for being mentally shot. ― J.M. Gillespie

But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye. ― Thomas Dunn English

The Marine Corps forced me to come home from Afghanistan. It’s up to me to allow myself to come home. ― Thomas J Brennan

May no soldier go unloved, May no soldier walk alone, May no soldier be forgotten, Until they all come home. ― Unknown

You’ve been so used to fighting Wars with a gun in your hand that you forget to put it down. Not every fight requires a weapon of some kind, and not everything is a fight. ― Lori Llewellyn

By 1989, the total number of Vietnam veterans who had died in violent accidents or by suicide after the war exceeded the total number of American soldiers who died during the war. ― Vladislav Tamarov

If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for. ― Unkown

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

From out of the ground a eulogy grows and becomes a poppy. ― Nanette L. Avery

As anyone who has experienced it will know, war is many contradictory things. There is brutality and heroism, comedy and tragedy, friendship, hate, love and boredom. War is absurd yet fundamental, despicable yet beguiling, unfair yet with its own strange logic. Rarely are people ‘back home’ exposed to these contradictions — society tends only to highlight those qualities it needs, to construct its own particular narrative. ― Tim Hetherington

Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day. ― Charles B. Rangel

As a business owner don’t think your limitations, think business; it’s all about business. ― Vernita Naylor

To be free and to have a choice and a voice means that veterans have been quieted through death. ― Byron Pulsifer

The number of medals on an officer’s breast varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duties from the front line. ― Charles Edward Montague

One difficulty that someone who has been in military/government service during war has, is reconciling his/her pride with their horror. ― Kari Martindale

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

The events of that day would forever be remembered, and they stood together as a united Marridon, a nation that would lead in innovation and liberality, taking up the thread that had been left for them, the essence of selfless love woven along a national loom. ― Michelle Franklin

The truth will set you free! ― Linda Diane Wattley

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. ― Norman Schwarzkopf

In the treaty were provisions for the hundred thousand veterans left maimed and irrevocably mute throughout the city. As is the way of things, their sacred places and comforts have dwindled to a lonely strip of shoreline and a polite nod whenever they are passed in the street. ― Catherynne M. Valente

While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms. ― Randy Neugebauer

If anyone was ever justified in being depressed, he decided, it was most of the people in the room. ― Taylor Grant

May fireworks fill your heart and independence be your way of life. ― Neil Leckman

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. ― Zell Miller

I’ve learned, Agent Sanders, most warriors feel the same way after they’ve come back from the battles where men in expensive suits and leather chairs send them. We keep asking and asking you to do the impossible and even when you succeed it seems the world doesn’t change all that much. Don’t let that diminish your sacrifice, and that of your family waiting at home. Your country is proud of you. ― CJ Hatch

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