Marines Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old marines quotes, marines sayings, and marines proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one's country     

George S. Patton Jr.

Your soul may belong to Jesus, but your ass belongs to the marines.     

Eugene B. Sledge

The only easy day was yesterday.     

U.S. Navy SEALs

Old breed? New breed? There's not a damn bit of difference so long as it's the Marine breed     

Chesty Puller

Look, many of us here are regular marines... I will die as a marine because that is my dream.      

Jerry Jones

It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don't regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn't save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I'm not naive, and I don't romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.     

Chris Kyle

If you're coming from America to Iraq, then how are you supposed to be objective? I mean, you could pay lip service to being objective, but how are you going to objective when you're embedded with the Marines? The Marines are saving your life every day and they're protecting you.     

Shane Smith

There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.     

Gen. William Thornson

I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all.     

Marine General James Mattis

Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there.     

Lt.Gen Victor H. Krulak

Marines die, that's what we're here for. But the Marine Corps lives forever. And that means YOU will live forever.     

The mythical GySgt. Hartman

The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle     

Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing,

The MARINES have landed and have the situation well in hand     

Richard Harding Davis

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.     

George Orwell

A ship without MARINES is like a garment without buttons.     

Adm. David Porter

Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat     

RAdm. "Jay" R. Stark

A Marine should be sworn to the patient endurance of hardships, like the ancient knights; and it is not the least of these necessary hardships to have to serve with sailors.     

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery

The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.     

General Alexander A. Vandergrift

I am convinced that there is no smarter, handier, or more adaptable body of troops in the world.     

Prime Minister of Britain

Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat.      

RAdm. Jay R. Stark

For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles.      

Gen. Charles C. Krulak

The Marines have landed, and the situation is well in hand.     

Richard Harding Davis

In space, no one can hear you scream-unless it's the battle cry of the United States Marines!     

Sgt. Major Frank Bougus

If our country continues to provide us with great young Marines like that, we can go anywhere and do anything that this nation asks.     

Commandant James Conway

They had to make alot of decision's in those six seconds and one of them was to die. They wouldn't have stood there and done what they did unless they were Marines right down to their DNA.     

Major General John Kelly

Even by the standards expected of Marine grunts their bravery was exceptional.     

Major General John Kelly

When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.     

US Marine Corps

Without discipline, there is no Marine Corp.     

R Lee Ermey

Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. And if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity.     

William Manchester

It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.     

Horace