90+ Best Veterans Day Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational veterans day quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Veterans Day Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. – Josà Narosky

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 brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. – Abraham Lincoln

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

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

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. – Harry S. Truman

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

It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. It’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America. – Barack Obama

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

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

It was the transcendent fortitude and steadfastness of these men who in adversity and in suffering through the darkest hour of our history held faithful to an ideal. Here men endured that a nation might live. – Herbert Hoover

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

In valor there is hope. – Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Duty, honor, country. those threeHallowed Words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. – Douglas Macarthur

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. – John F. Kennedy

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

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 —honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle. – Abraham Lincoln

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

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

They, and we, are the legacies of an unbroken chain of proud men and women who served their country with honor, who waged war so that we might know peace, who braved hardship so that we might know opportunity, who paid the ultimate price so that we might know freedom. – Barack Obama

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

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

Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay. But we can honor their sacrifice, and we must. – Barack Obama

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

Within the soul of each Vietnam veteran there is probably something that says ‘Bad war, good soldier.’ Only now are Americans beginning to separate the war from the warrior. – Max Cleland

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

Perfect valor is to behave, without witnesses, as one would act were all the world watching. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

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 Gilder

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

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”

—Michel de Montaigne

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

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

Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease;Fold the whole earth in peace. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. – General George S. Patton

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

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

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

America’s veterans deserve the very best health care because they’ve earned it. – Jim Ramstad

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

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. – Ronald Reagan

Freedom is never free. – Unknown

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

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

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

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

We can’t equate spending on veterans with spending on defense. Our strength is not just in the size of our defense budget, but in the size of our hearts, in the size of our gratitude for their sacrifice. And that’s not just measured in words or gestures. – Jennifer Granholm

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

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

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

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

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

Either war is obsolete or men are. – R. Buckminster Fuller

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 former veteran, I understand the needs of veterans, and have been clear—we will work together, stand together with the Administration, but we will also question their policies when they shortchange veterans and military retirees. – Solomon Ortiz

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

War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. – J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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

Thank you for the sacrifices you and your families are making. Our Vietnam Veterans have taught us that no matter what our positions may be on policy, as Americans and patriots, we must support all of our soldiers with our thoughts and our prayers. – Zack Wamp

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 Gilder

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

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

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

I think there is one higher office than President and I would call that patriot. – Gary Hart

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

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

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