Soldiers Sayings and Quotes

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


Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.

Douglas Macarthur

Soldiers, when committed to a task, can't compromise. It's unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it's been done.     

John Keegan

With courage and character, American soldiers continue to put themselves on the line to defend our freedom, and so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice.     

Dan Lipinski

Soldiers are not policemen, and it's very unfair, even for those soldiers who have some police training, to burden them with police duties. It's not what they're trained for, or equipped for.     

P. J. O'Rourke

One doesn't become a soldier in a week - it takes training, study and discipline.There is no question that the finest Army in the world is found in the United States.     

Daniel Inouye

Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land, drawing no dividend from time's tomorrows.     

Siegfried Sassoon

The courage of a soldier is heightened by his knowledge of his profession.     

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

To be a soldier one needs that special gene, that extra something, that enables a person to jump into one on one combat, something, after all, that is unimaginable to most of us, as we are simply not brave enough.     

Rupert Everett

Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you're not a good soldier.

Curtis LeMay

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

Douglas Macarthur

Soldiers willingly, sometimes foolishly, risk their own lives to keep their comrades out of enemy hands.

Alex Berenson

Everyone knows what can happen to soldiers who are in front line units.

Richard Engel

All soldiers who serve their country and put their lives at risk need to know that if something happens to them, their families will be well taken care of. That's the bond we have with our military men and women and their families.

Jeff Sessions

A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.     

Georg C. Lichtenberg

Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.

Norman Schwarzkopf

That soldiers do terrible things during wartime should not surprise us.     

Nick Flynn

You cannot expect soldiers to change people's minds. That has to be done in other ways.

Mike Jackson

Every soldier should learn survival on land, sea, and in the air.

Louis Zamperini

Our soldiers and their families are benefiting. They deserve good, quality housing and they need it.     

Jim Walsh

I think soldiers are not just one homogenous group, just like Americans aren't. They all have different feelings about the war.     

Emily Robison

Being a soldier, fighting for this country, is neither Republican nor Democrat.

Max Cleland

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.

Napoleon Bonaparte

A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers.

Norman Schwarzkopf

There's something about an American soldier you can't explain. They're so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them.

Marlene Dietrich

The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.

Edward Gibbon

Soldiers are men...most apt for all manner of services and best able to support and endure the infinite toils and continual hazards of war.     

Henry Knyvett

A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general.

Henry G. Bohn

Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right.     

G. K. Chesterton

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