Salute Veterans Day with These 25 Patriotic Quotes

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Look back in history to read the names of our famous veterans. Their selfless sacrifice paved the way for our continued freedom. Our children can gain inspiration by reading about the sacrifices of our honorable veterans. Let us sow the seeds of equality and unity in the minds of our children and teach them to cherish their freedom. Let us also teach them the merits of voluntary service and sacrifice. No sacrifice is too small for acknowledgment, and nobody is greater than a patriot. In these famous Veterans Day quotes, noble men and women of the world have saluted to the spirit of patriotism.

  • Mark Twain
    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 Bismark
    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.
  • General Douglas
    We are not retreating -- we are advancing in another direction.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.
  • Ronald Reagan
    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.
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Never has there been a good war or a bad peace.
  • G. K. Chesterton
    Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
  • Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
    We have met the enemy and they are ours!
  • Adapted from Henry G. Bohn
    A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general.
  • Ernest Miller Hemmingway
    Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
  • Charles Edward Montague
    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.
  • George Orwell
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
  • Ferdinand Foch
    Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking.
  • Allen West
    As a 22-year Army Veteran who served in Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, and as a Civilian Advisor to the Afghan Army in Operation Enduring Freedom, I understand both the gravity of giving the order, and the challenge of carrying it out.
  • Elmer Davis
    This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
  • Dick Cheney
    It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
  • Alexander the Great
    I do not fear an army of lions, if they are led by a lamb.
    I do fear an army of sheep, if they are led by a lion.
  • Tao-te Ching
    He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. He who conquers others has physical strength. He who conquers himself is strong.
  • Rudyard Kipling
    When you're wounded out on Afghanistan's plains
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Then just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
    And die like a good British soldier!
  • Giulio Douhet
    You'll be scared! Sure you'll be scared. Who wouldn't fear having their head completely blown off.
  • Sir Philip Sydney
    A brave captain is as a root, out of which, as branches, the courage of his soldiers doth spring.
  • Richard Gabriel, No More Heroes
    Nations customary measure the "cost of war" in dollars, lost production, or the number of soldiers killed or wounded. Rarely do military establishments attempt to measure the cost of war in terms of individual human suffering. Psychiatric breakdown remains one of the costly items of war.
  • Karl von Clausewitz
    War should never be thought of as something autonomous, but always as an instrument of policy.
  • Themistocles
    He who has command of the sea has command of everything.
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