Today’s post celebrates our nation’s independence by reflecting upon the words of past and present American leaders. Some of the quotes included are amusing, some are sobering, and some are inspirational, but they are all part of the American spirit that has helped form our great nation. We wish you a wonderful Independence Day!
20 Military Quotes
Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.
General Douglas MacArthur
You are remembered for the rules you break.
General Douglas MacArthur
Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.
General George Marshall
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
General George S. Patten
There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.
General George S. Patton
No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
General George S. Patton
Military glory – that attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.
Army: A body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats.
This nation will remain the land of the free, only so long as it is the home of the brave.
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.
History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
General Dwight Eisenhower
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
General Dwight Eisenhower
If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.
General Ulysses S. Grant
In war there is no second prize for the runner-up.
General Omar Bradley
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.
President George Washington
Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers.
It is God’s job to forgive Osama Bin Laden. It is our job to arrange a face to face meeting.
General Norman Schwarzkopf
Now therefore, be it Resolved by the Fiftieth Annual Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, That we hereby declare that we are unalterably opposed to any program which would entail the surrender of any part of the sovereignty of the United States of America in favor of a world government.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Copyright 1970, 2005 Charles M. Province
20 Presidential Quotes
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
A decent and manly examination of the acts of the government should not only be tolerated, but encouraged.
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.
Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson
Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.
A splendid storehouse of integrity and freedom has been bequeathed to us by our forefathers. In this day of confusion, of peril to liberty, our high duty is to see that this storehouse is not robbed of its contents.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
Gerald Rudolph Ford
We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
If anyone tells you that America’s best days are behind her, they’re looking the wrong way.
George Herbert Walker Bush
There is nothing wrong in America that can’t be fixed with what is right in America.
(A great poem that resonates with me is One Warrior’s Creed, from my friend, Retired Special Forces Colonel Randy Watt. It was written when he was leaving a tour in Iraq and was asked, “Why Do You Guys Do What You Do?”)
If today is to be THE DAY, so be it.
If you seek to do battle with me this day
you will receive the best that I am capable of giving.
It may not be enough,
but it will be everything that I have to give
and it will be impressive
for I have constantly prepared myself for this day.
I have trained, drilled and rehearsed my actions
so that I might have the best chance of defeating you.
I have kept myself in peak physical condition,
schooled myself in the martial skills
and have become proficient in the application of combat tactics.
You may defeat me, but you will pay a severe price
and will be lucky to escape with your life.
You may kill me, but I am willing to die if necessary.
I do not fear Death,
for I have been close enough to it on enough occasions
that it no longer concerns me.
But I do fear the loss of my Honor
and would rather die fighting
than to have it said that I was without Courage.
So I WILL FIGHT YOU,
no matter how insurmountable it may seem,
and to the death if need be,
in order that it may never be said of me
that I was not a Warrior.
© Steven R. Watt, All Rights Reserved.
2 final quotes that seem appropriate for the day:
If you don’t have a sword, sell your extra cloak and go buy one
Jesus in Luke 22:36
Put your sword back in it’s place
Jesus in Matthew 26:52
Do you have a favorite military or presidential quote or remembrance to add? Please sound off by posting below!
by Mike Ox
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