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The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten. Calvin Coolidge

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I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me.

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We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be never so vile. This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day. William Shakespeare

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When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen. George Washington

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Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea. Samuel Johnson

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I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else. Oliver Cromwell

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Valor, glory, firmness, skill, generosity, steadiness in battle and ability to rule -- these constitute the duty of a soldier. They flow from his own nature.

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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. The fact is obvious. The might is in the hundred men who obey. The right (or what is held to be right) is in the one man who commands them. G. K. Chesterton

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An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy. Mao Zedong

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Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love. William Butler Yeats

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No profession or occupation is more pleasing than the military; a profession or exercise both noble in execution (for the strongest, most generous and proudest of all virtues is true valor) and noble in its cause. No utility either more just or universal than the protection of the repose or defense of the greatness of one's country. The company and daily conversation of so many noble, young and active men cannot but be well-pleasing to you. Michel de Montaigne

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There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea. Joseph Conrad

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Visit the Navy-Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts -- a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already, as one may say, buried under arms with funeral accompaniments. Henry David Thoreau

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The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Drinking is the soldier's pleasure. John Dryden

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No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company. Samuel Johnson

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Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking. Ambrose Bierce

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The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes. Napoleon Bonaparte

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If I should die, think only this of me: that there's some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England. Rupert Brooke

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There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay

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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

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'Tis the soldier's life to have their balmy slumbers waked with strife. William Shakespeare

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When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier. Rudyard Kipling

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Rogues, would you live forever? Frederick II of Prussia

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In the weakness of one kind of authority, and in the fluctuation of all, the officers of an army will remain for some time mutinous and full of faction, until some popular general, who understands the art of conciliating the soldiery, and who possesses the true spirit of command, shall draw the eyes of all men upon himself. Armies will obey him on his personal account. There is no other way of securing military obedience in this state of things. Edmund Burke

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O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent. Walt Whitman

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What makes a regiment of soldiers a more noble object of view than the same mass of mob? Their arms, their dresses, their banners, and the art and artificial symmetry of their position and movements. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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Making the world safe for hypocrisy. Thomas Wolfe

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The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash. Winston Churchill

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In this country it's a good thing to kill an admiral now and then to encourage the others. Voltaire

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

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The military mind is indeed a menace. Old-fashioned futurity that sees only men fighting and dying in smoke and fire; hears nothing more civilized than a cannonade; scents nothing but the stink of battle-wounds and blood. Seán O'Casey

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Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children? Karl Kraus

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The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done, he wasn't really going to do very much with his life anyway. The example usually is: he wasn't going to compose Beethoven's Fifth. Kurt Vonnegut

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That's what an army is -- a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. Mark Twain

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We have in the service the scum of the earth as common soldiers.

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War is too important a matter to be left to the military. Georges Clémenceau