Military Quotes

Most popular military quotes

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.

peace war

Discipline is the soul of an army.


Cogito ergo boom.
Soldiers in peace are like chimneys in summer.


I think women are too valuable to be in combat.

women's rights

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.
Soldiers ought to fear their general more than the enemy.
Military justice is to justice as military music is to music.


Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.
— Slogan of US army service force


The atomic bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.


They talk about conscription as a democratic institution. Yes; so is a cemetary.
Every soldier in the course of time, exists only in the breath of written words.


Retreat hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction.
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
Resource-constrained environment' are fancy Pentagon words that mean there isn't enough money to go around.
People often become scholars for the same reason they become soldiers: simply because they are unfit for any other station.

scholarship soldiers

When I first went into the active army, you could tell someone to move a chair across the room-now you have to tell him why.
No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in a time of peace or ensure it of victory in time of war.
It is impossible to give a soldier a good education without making him a deserter. His natural foe is the government that drills him.

government soldiers

The soldier, be he friend or foe, is charged with the protection of the weak and unarmed.  It is the very essence and reason for his being.


I am convinced that the best service a retired general can perform is to turn in his tongue along with his suit and to mothball his opinions.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

America spiritual

For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank.


The professional military mind is by necessity an inferior and unimaginative mind; no man of high intellectual quality would willingly imprison his gifts in such a calling.