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.


An army is, by its nature, traditional and conservative...To kill is part of the job. This is true for all soldiers, especially of the elite units of the world.     

John Banks

...the temper of soldiers, habituated at once to violence and to slavery, renders them very unfit guardians of a legal or even a civil constitution. Justice, humanity, or political wisdom, are qualities they are too little acquainted with in themselves to appreciate them in others.     

Edward Gibbon

When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of the battle-field, they all have one rank in my eyes.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

An army without culture is a dull-witted army and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.     

Mao Zedong

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a great deal afterward.      

Theodore Roosevelt

Then, a soldier, / Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, / Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel / Seeking the bubble reputation / Even in the cannon's mouth.     

William Shakespeare

A monument for the Soldiers! / And what will ye build it of? / Can ye build it of marble, or brass, or bronze, / Outlasting the Soldiers' love? / Can ye glorify it with legends / As grand as their blood hath writ / From the inmost shrine of this land of thine / To the outermost verge of it?     

James Whitcomb Riley

Tis but a soldier stricken in the fight, / A youth who flung his passion into life, / Flung scorn at Death, fought true for Freedom's might, / Till Death did close his vision in the strife.     

John William Street

Any song for the soldier that will harmonize with the life-throbs; / For he has laved in the mystical sea by which men are one; / His pulse has thrilled into blinding tune with the vaster anthems / Which God plays on the battle-fields when he sweeps the strings of nations.     

John Boyle O'Reily

Soldiers who wish to be a hero / Are practically zero. / But those who wish to be civilians, / Jesus, they run into millions.     

Anonymous Americas

A brave little soldier / I'm a brave little soldier / I must fight, I must win / I'm a brave little soldier / Through hell and back again / I'm a brave little soldier.     

Dolly Parton

I know what I'm capable of; I am a soldier now, a warrior. I am someone to fear, not hunt.     

Pittacus Lore

...It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self-confidence born of demonstrated ability.     

George S. Patton Jr.

A soldier lives always for the next battle because he knows that before it arrives impossible changes can occur in his favor.     

James A. Michener

A soldier is someone willing to lay down their life for their beliefs. There is no greater calling.     

Peter Tieryas

I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.     

Lucius Annaeus Seneca