Navy Sayings and Quotes

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


Obviously I was challenged by becoming a Naval aviator, by landing aboard aircraft carriers and so on.     

Alan Shepard

The Navy speaks in symbols and you may suit what meaning you choose to the words.

Patrick O'Brian

A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.     

Theodore Roosevelt

The Navy has a custom-if a ship runs aground, the captain is relieved regardless of who is responsible. That's how Abu Ghraib should be handled.

Rand Beers

A powerful Navy we have always regarded as our proper and natural means of defense; and it has always been of defense that we have thought, never of aggression or of conquest. But who shall tell us now what sort of Navy to build? We shall take leave to be strong upon the seas, in the future as in the past; and there will be no thought of offense or provocation in that. Our ships are our natural bulwarks.

Theodore Roosevelt

Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.

Samuel Johnson

The Navy is a master plan designed by geniuses for execution by idiots. If you're not an idiot, but find yourself in the Navy, you can only operate well by pretending to be one.     

Herman Wouk

The US Navy has several people on every ship that can navigate by the stars. They don't fool with that.

Bill Nye

No matter what happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping.

Frank Knox

When you start to build a serious wardrobe, the navy blazer is the very first piece you should choose. It can be a building block for an entire work and casual wardrobe.

Derren Brown

Hearts of oak are our ships, Gallant tars are our men.

David Garrick

The Navy has both a tradition and a future and we look with pride and confidence in both directions.     

Arleigh Burke

Navy teams have reached the area to launch an operation for the recovery of survivors or of all the bodies.

Mohammed Salman

The Navy ship returned fire after being fired upon.

Charlie Brown

The Navy is very old and very wise.

Rudyard Kipling

In the Navy, the path is paved for you. Your job is to be a soldier and fit in. As long as you stick to your place, it's actually really easy.

Kiesza

The Navy credits me with more kills as a sniper than any other American service member, past or present.

Chris Kyle

The Navy will need congressional and administration leadership in finding creative solutions for the submarine program, or the current course will continue.     

Dan Blumenthal

I was a mechanic in the Navy. And mechanics in the Navy are like mechanics in airlines. You may have more stripes than I do, but you don't know how to fix the airplane.

Gordon Bethune

The navy is like a socialist country. Efficiency isn't part of the jargon.

James W. Blinn

We all know the Navy is never wrong, but in this case it was a little weak on being right.

Wendell Mayes

The Navy is much more than a job; much more than service to country. It is a way of life. It gets in your blood.

Albert F. Pratt

The United States Navy is the envy of every other navy in the world. They don't want to be like us--they want to be us.     

Leighton Smith

Nobody wants to see the ship go anywhere. The Navy likes it here, and I believe the city does as well.

Richard Conti

There's this misconception that the Navy is this cruise ship, and you get to go out and sail around, and every now and then, you have to swab the deck. But, no, it is a very impressive group of young people that live at sea, in this place that's very uncomfortable. They exude a pride that is well-deserved.     

Tom Hanks

The contention that a standing army and navy is the best security of peace is about as logical as the claim that the most peaceful citizen is he who goes about heavily armed.

Emma Goldman

The Navy has changed a great deal. Not that the officers of my day were bad, because I served under a lot of good officers, believe me. But there were a few bad ones, too.     

Ernest Borgnine

The Navy, from early on, knew this was important. They could have dumped it in the ocean. We don't know who decided this, but someone said let's keep it and preserve it.     

Daniel Martinez

Neither the Army nor the Navy is of any protection, or very little protection, against aerial raids.     

Alexander Graham Bel

The ship was masted according to the proportion of the navy; but on my application the masts were shortened, as I thought them too much for her, considering the nature of the voyage.

William Bligh

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