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.

Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.


If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.     

Sun Tzu

Good soldiers never pass up a chance to eat or sleep. They never know how much they'll be called on to do before the next chance.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Austrian soldiers are like horses: brave but easily frightened.     

Franz Grillparzer

The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence, utter, complete and bumptious.     

George Patton

You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges: the old ones, grub.     

George Bernard Shaw

When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will.

Frederic Bastiat

If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army.

Frederick The Great

Our soldiers have nobly fought to protect freedom since our country's birth, and have fought to protect those that could not protect themselves, even in foreign lands when called upon.     

John Linder

I mean the only thing us dead soldiers got in common is that none of us was good enough or lucky enough to survive the fight. We're a host of failures.

Steven Erikson

I believe German soldiers are good and decent, and if they did anything wrong it was because of military necessity.     

Wilhelm Keitel

The soldier's heart, the soldier's spirit, the soldier's soul, are everything. Unless the soldier's soul sustains him he cannot be relied on and will fail himself and his commander and his country in the end.     

George Marshall

Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.     

Ulysses S. Grant

Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin they think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives.

Siegfried Sassoon

I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.

General George S. Patton

The soldier's main enemy is not the opposing soldier, but his own commander.     

Ramman Kenoun

Self-denial and self-discipline, however, will be recognized as the outstanding qualities of a good soldier.     

William Lyon Mackenzie King

To the soldier, luck is merely another word for skill.     

Patrick MacGill

Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.     

Allan Massie

Every soldier must know, before he goes into battle, how the little battle he is to fight fits into the larger picture, and how the success of his fighting will influence the battle as a whole.

Bernard Law Montgomery