Remembrance Day Quotes

Celebrate Patriotism

Arlington National Cemetery and US Flag
Arlington National Cemetery. (narvikk/E+/Getty Images)

Life is precious. Yet, every year, thousands of soldiers are sent to far-off battlegrounds to fight wars. Honor patriotism with these Remembrance Day quotes.

Rose Kennedy

"It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone."

William Shakespeare

"Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear."

Alexander Henry

"On what rests the hope of the republic? One country, one language, one flag!"

Michel de Montaigne

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."

H. L. Mencken

"Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists."

Bill J. Clinton

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America."

Cynthia Ozick

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."

Arthur Koestler

"The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums."

Bill Vaughan

"We learn something every day, and lots of times it's that what we learned the day before was wrong."

Antonio Porchia

"One lives in the hope of becoming a memory."

Michael N. Castle

"These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor—and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror."

Philip James Bailey

"Man is a military animal, glories in gunpowder, and loves parade."

Maya Angelou

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"

Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace."

Kathleen Kent, The Heretic's Daughter

"There is no death in remembrance.

Remember me, Sarah. Remember me, and a part of me will always be with you."

George William Curtis

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle."

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."

Thomas Dunn English

"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye."

Jeannette Rankin

"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."

Czeslaw Milosz, The Issa Valley

"The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them."

Sara Zarr

"When the remembering was done, the forgetting could begin."

Thomas Campbell

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."

Robert Reich

"True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going."

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

"The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war."

Gary Hart

"I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot."

Eve Merriam

"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?'"

Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

"Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?"

G. K. Chesterton

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."