Humanities › Literature Honor the Brave With Happy Veterans Day Quotes Share Flipboard Email Print Pamela Moore/Getty Images Literature Quotations Quotations For Holidays Funny Quotes Love Quotes Great Lines from Movies and Television Best Sellers Classic Literature Plays & Drama Poetry Shakespeare Short Stories Children's Books By Simran Khurana Education Expert M.B.A, Human Resource Development and Management, Narsee Monjee Institution of Management Studies B.S., University of Mumbai, Commerce, Accounting, and Finance Simran Khurana is the Editor-in-Chief for ReachIvy, and a teacher and freelance writer and editor, who uses quotations in her pedagogy. our editorial process Simran Khurana Updated May 30, 2019 Veterans of combat have hurled grenades and bombs and shot bullets. They've defended their brothers in arms and sometimes watched them fall to the firepower of the enemy. They have gone onto the battlefield, in fighter planes and bombers, on ships and submarines prepared to give the last full measure of devotion. They deserve that same devotion from a grateful nation every day, but one day -- Veterans Day -- is set aside especially to show that appreciation.Some of these famous Veterans Day quotes will bring a tear to your eyes. Cherish these words of inspiration and if you know a veteran, let him or her know how much you appreciate their devotion to their country. Veterans Day Quotes Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address "... We cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract." Patrick Henry"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." Napoleon Bonaparte"Victory belongs to the most persevering." Thomas Jefferson"From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots." John F. Kennedy"A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living." George S. Patton"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his." George Washington"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 veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." Mark Twain"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." Sidney Sheldon "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." Jose Narosky"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." Sun Tzu "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!" Cynthia Ozick"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." Dwight D. Eisenhower"Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him." Thucydides"The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage." G. K. Chesterton"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." Michel de Montaigne"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul." Kevin Hearne, "Tricked""As any war veteran will tell you, there is a vast difference between preparing for battle and actually facing battle for the first time." Bernard Malamud"Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go." Carol Lynn Pearson"Heroes take journeys, confront dragons and discover the treasure of their true selves." James A. Autry"I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance." Benjamin Disraeli"Nurture your minds with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes."