Soldiers Sayings and Quotes

Being a soldier is a selfless and courageous act. They endure long hours and sleepless nights in unfavorable conditions, and are often faced with making the ultimate sacrifice. Honor those who serve with the list of wise and insightful soldiers quotes below.


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

Alex Berenson

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

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

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

Austrian soldiers are like horses: brave but easily frightened.     

Franz Grillparzer

When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will.     

Frederic Bastiat

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

Wilhelm Keitel

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

Soldiers always die in war and those who survive must somehow make sense of those deaths and of their own survival.     

Fred Anderson

The infantry doesn't change. We're the only arm of the military where the weapon is the man himself.     

Maj. Gen. C.T. Shorts

The first qualification of a soldier is fortitude under fatigue and privation. Courage is only the second; hardship, poverty, and want are the best school for a soldier.     

Napoleon I

The broken soldier, kindly bade to stay, / Sat by his fire, and talk'd the night away; / Wept o'er his wounds, or, tales of sorrow done, / Shoulder'd his crutch, and show'd how fields were won.     

Oliver Goldsmith

Sooner or later, all soldiers face a final battle, whether they 'die with their boots on,' or live to a tranquil or garrulous and crotchety old age.     

Lamar Underwood

In the final choice, a soldier's pack is not so heavy a burden as a prisoner's chains.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier.     

Samuel Johnson

It is not set speeches at the moment of battle that renders soldiers brave. The veteran scarcely listens to them, and the recruit forgets them at the first discharge.     

Napoleon I

Either come back from battle carrying your shield or being carried on your shield.     

Creed of the Spartan Soldiers

Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away.     

J. Foley

Roman soldiers were the strongest, best-trained. and best-armed soldiers in the world.     

Jonathan Green

Men acquainted with the battlefield will not be found among the numbers that glibly talk of another war.      

Dwight David Eisenhower

By profession, I am a soldier and take great pride in that fact, but I am also prouder, infinitely prouder, to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys.      

Douglas Macarthur