Soldiers Quotes

Many soldiers are led to faulty ideas of war by knowing too much about too little.

Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon’s mouth. (As You Like It)

O love, they die in yon rich sky, They faint on hill or field or river: Our echoes roll from soul to soul, And grow for ever and for ever. Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying, And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying.

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 wounds, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.

The painful warrior famoused for fight, After a thousand victories, once foil’d, Is from the books of honor razed quite, And all the rest forgot for which he toil’d. (Sonnet 258)

Lonely men are we, Rangers of the wild, hunters – but hunters ever of the servants of the Enemy; for they are found in many places, not in Mordor only. If Gondor, Boromir, has been a stalwart tower, we have played another part. Many evil things there are that your strong walls and bright swords […]

It was difficult being a conscientious objector in the 1940s, but I felt I had to stick to my guns.

Underneath this wooden cross there lies A Christian killed in battle. You who read, Remember that this stranger died in pain; And passing here, if you can lift your eyes Upon a peace kept by a human creed, Know that one soldier has not died in vain.

Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met. (inscription on Korean War memorial in Washington D.C.)

There were other opportunities, making a lot more money than I am now. Every time I have faced up to this choice, I just find the satisfaction of being a soldier and the love of my profession overwhelming and more important to me than making a great deal of money or doing something I may […]