Soldiers Quotes


Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world's problems?

Army    Fighting    Peace    Soldiers    War

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

Anti war    Battle    Death    Old men    Peace    Soldiers    War    Youth

We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.

All Quiet on the Western Front

Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front
Children    Forlorn    Lost    Old    Soldiers    Sorrow    War

The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country

Air force    Army    Country    Marines    Military    Navy    Patriotism    Service    Soldiers

That's a nice song," said young Sam, and Vimes remembered that he was hearing it for the first time.
"It's an old soldiers' song," he said.
"Really, sarge? But it's about angels."
Yes
, thought Vimes,
and it's amazing what bits those angels cause to rise up as the song progresses. It's a real soldiers' song: sentimental, with dirty bits.
"As I recall, they used to sing it after battles," he said. "I've seen old men cry when they sing it," he added.
"Why? It sounds cheerful."
They were remembering who they were not singing it with
, thought Vimes.
You'll learn. I know you will.

Battle    Comrades    Death    Singing    Soldiers

We came to realise - first with astonishment, then bitterness, and finally with indifference - that intellect apparently wasn't the most important thing...not ideas, but the system; not freedom, but drill. We had joined up with enthusiasm and with good will; but they did everything to knock that out of us.

All Quiet on the Western Front

Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front

Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they've been given.

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

Look now -- in all of history men have been taught that killing of men is an evil thing not to be countenanced. Any man who kills must be destroyed because this is a great sin, maybe the worst we know. And then we take a soldier and put murder in his hands and we say to him, "use it well, use it wisely." We put no checks on him. Go out and kill as many of a certain kind or classification of your brothers as you can. And we will reward you for it because it is a violation of your early training.

East of Eden

John Steinbeck

East of Eden

Look now -- in all of history men have been taught that killing of men is an evil thing not to be countenanced. Any man who kills must be destroyed because this is a great sin, maybe the worst we know. And then we take a soldier and put murder in his hands and we say to him, "use it well, use it wisely." We put no checks on him. Go out and kill as many of a certain kind or classification of your brothers as you can. And we will reward you for it because it is a violation of your early training.

Nowadays you have to be a scientist if you want to be a killer. No, no, I was neither. Ladies and gentleman of the jury, the majority of sex offenders that hanker for some throbbing, sweet-moaning, physical but not necessarily coital, relation with a girl-child, are innocuous, inadequate, passive, timid strangers who merely ask the community to allow them to pursue their practically harmless, so-called aberrant behavior, their little hot wet private acts of sexual deviation without the police and society cracking down upon them. We are not sex fiends! We do not rape as good soldiers do. We are unhappy, mild, dog-eyed gentlemen, sufficiently well integrated to control our urge in the presence of adults, but ready to give years and years of life for one chance to touch a nymphet. Emphatically, no killers are we. Poets never kill.

The Annotated Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov

The Annotated Lolita

There has seldom if ever a shortage of eager young males prepared to kill and die to preserve the security, comfort and prejudices of their elders, and what you call heroism is just an expression of this simple fact; there is never a scarcity of idiots.

Use of Weapons

Iain M. Banks

Use of Weapons

No soldier outlives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck.

All    Chance    Front    Quiet    Soldier    Soldiers    Western

Kropp on the other hand is a thinker. He proposes that a declaration of war should be a kind of popular festival with entrance-tickets and bands, like a bull fight. Then in the arena the ministers and generals of the two countries, dressed in bathing-drawers and armed with clubs, can have it out on themselves. Whoever survives the country wins. That would be much simpler and more than just this arrangement, where the wrong people do the fighting

All Quiet on the Western Front

Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front

Finally, I wish to remember the millions of Allied servicemen and prisoners of war who lived the story of the Second World War. Many of these men never came home; many others returned bearing emotional and physical scars that would stay with them for the rest of their lives. I come away from this book with the deepest appreciation for what these men endured, and what they scarified, for the good of humanity. It is to them that this book {Unbroken} is dedicated,

America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.

Military guys are rarely as smart as they think they are, and they've never gotten over the fact that civilians run the military.

Sweeney: I can just see all you tough young soldiers cuddling together.
Richard: Not cuddling, huddling. There's a difference.

Now You See Her

Linda Howard

Now You See Her

I have gone to war and now I can issue my complaint. I can sit on my porch and complain all day. And you must listen. Some of you will say to me: You signed the contract, you crying bitch, and you fought in a war because of your signature, no one held a gun to your head. This is true, but because I signed the contract and fulfilled my obligation to fight one of America’s wars, I am entitled to speak, to say, I belong to a fucked situation.

Jarhead

Anthony Swofford

Jarhead

poor boy! I never knew you, Yet I think I could not refuse this moment to die for you, if that would save you

Bravery    Civil war    Compassion    Comrade    Comradeship    Death    Friendship    Hero    Life    Loyal    Medical    Sacrifice    Save    Soldier    Soldiers    War

War is the greatest evil Satan has invented to corrupt our hearts and souls. We should honor our soldiers, but we should never honor war.

Evil    Honor    Soldiers    Soul    War

That is what death is like. It doesn't matter what uniforms the soldiers are wearing. It doesn't matter how good the weapons are. I thought if everyone could see what I saw, we would never have war anymore.

Death    Soldiers    War    Weapons

All around them were the bodies of dead Chinese soldiers. They lined the verges of the roads and floated in the canals, jammed together around the pillars of the bridges. In the trenches between the burial mounds hundreds of dead soldiers sat side by side with their heads against the torn earth, as if they had fallen asleep together in a deep dream of war.

Every November of my boyhood, we put on red poppies and attended highly patriotic services in remembrance of those who had 'given' their lives. But on what assurance did we know that these gifts had really been made? Only the survivors—the living—could attest to it. In order to know that a person had truly laid down his life for his friends, or comrades, one would have to hear it from his own lips, or at least have heard it promised in advance. And that presented another difficulty. Many brave and now dead soldiers had nonetheless been conscripts. The known martyrs—those who actually, voluntarily sought death and rejoiced in the fact—had been the kamikaze pilots, immolating themselves to propitiate a 'divine' emperor who looked (as Orwell once phrased it) like a monkey on a stick. Their Christian predecessors had endured torture and death (as well as inflicted it) in order to set up a theocracy. Their modern equivalents would be the suicide murderers, who mostly have the same aim in mind. About people who set out to lose their lives, then, there seems to hang an air of fanaticism: a gigantic sense of self-importance unattractively fused with a masochistic tendency to self-abnegation. Not wholesome.
The better and more realistic test would therefore seem to be: In what cause, or on what principle, would you
risk
your life?

Within the soul of each Vietnam veteran there is probably something that says Bad war, good soldier. Only now are Americans beginning to separate the war from the warrior.

If you think your scars bother me, you're wrong. In my eyes, you're a hero. Your scars are just proof of that.

The music at a wedding procession always reminds me of the music of soldiers going into battle.

Marriage    Music    Soldiers    War

He who is ready to die for his country is a fool. For he didn’t choose where he was born; and where he was born didn’t choose him.

A lady who sets her heart upon a lad in uniform must prepare to change lovers pretty quickly, or her life will be but a sad one.

Love    Soldiers    War

The army consists of the first infantry division and eight million replacements.

Army    Combat    Infantry    Soldiers    War

What I learned in this tragedy was the eternal lesson of good people going bad.

Chaos    Cheated    Contagion    Crazies    Dead    Death    Drunk    Hell on earth    Horde    Hordes    Horror    Horror fantasy    Na    New adult    Novel    Paramilitary    Paranormal thriller    Quarantine    Revenge    Soldier    Soldiers    Thriller    Undead thriller    Weapon    Weapons    Zombie    Zombie apocalypse    Zombie horror    Zombie thriller    Zombies

I have watched them all day and they are the same men that we are. I believe that I could walk up to the mill and knock on the door and I would be welcome except that they have orders to challenge all travelers and ask to see their papers. It is only orders that come between us. Those men are not fascists. I call them so, but they are not. They are poor men as we are. They should never be fighting against us and I do not like to think of the killing.

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

For Whom The Bell Tolls

No man is a man until he has been a soldier.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Louis de Bernieres

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Men    Soldiers    War

We are born. We die. Somewhere in between we live. And how we live is up to us. That’s it.

Chaos    Cheated    Contagion    Crazies    Dead    Death    Drunk    Hell on earth    Horde    Hordes    Horror    Horror fantasy    Na    New adult    Novel    Paramilitary    Paranormal thriller    Quarantine    Revenge    Soldier    Soldiers    Thriller    Undead thriller    Weapon    Weapons    Zombie    Zombie apocalypse    Zombie horror    Zombie thriller    Zombies

I see you have returned, my love; and your mood is as dark as ever. Did your soldiers not adore you to your complete satisfaction?

A common and natural result of an undue respect of law is, that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys, and all, marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart.

Law    Respect    Soldiers    War

Our enemies are Medes and Persians, men who for centuries have lived soft and luxurious lives; we of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. Above all, we are free men, and they are slaves. There are Greek troops, to be sure, in Persian service — but how different is their cause from ours! They will be fighting for pay — and not much of at that; we, on the contrary, shall fight for Greece, and our hearts will be in it. As for our foreign troops — Thracians, Paeonians, Illyrians, Agrianes — they are the best and stoutest soldiers in Europe, and they will find as their opponents the slackest and softest of the tribes of Asia. And what, finally, of the two men in supreme command? You have Alexander, they — Darius!

Asia    Battle    Danger    Darius    Enemies    Free    Freedom    Greece    Greek    Luxury    Macedon    Medes    Persia    Persians    Slaves    Soldiers    Speech    Thracians    Training    War

You can’t get the blood out.

Chaos    Cheated    Contagion    Crazies    Dead    Death    Drunk    Hell on earth    Horde    Hordes    Horror    Horror fantasy    Na    New adult    Novel    Paramilitary    Paranormal thriller    Quarantine    Revenge    Soldier    Soldiers    Thriller    Undead thriller    Weapon    Weapons    Zombie    Zombie apocalypse    Zombie horror    Zombie thriller    Zombies

My mother used to say that rain here pours like a blessing, like a thick veil that parts to reveal the bride's face. But nearly every day, when this rain parted, it revealed a long line of soldiers, like you, like death, marching toward us, and we would scatter with a practiced silence and hide.

Burma    Death    Rain    Refugees    Soldiers    War

Wars damage the civilian society as much as they damage the enemy. Soldiers never get over it.

In the colonial countries, on the contrary, the policeman and the soldier, by their immediate presence and their frequent and direct action maintain contact with the native and advise him by means of rifle butts and napalm not to budge. It is obvious here that the agents of government speak the language of pure force

A soldier's life revolves around his mail. Like many others, I've been able to follow my kid's progress from the day he was born until now he is able to walk and talk a little, and although I have never seen him I know him very well.

If human beings weren’t ‘dumbable’ enough to be made soldiers, war would be nothing but an exchange of swear words between a handful of individuals.

You may hate the war, but never hate the ones that fight. For they do not choose when or where to fight. All they chose was to protect who they love and even the people they don't know.

Army    Home    Love    Marines    Military    Soldiers    War    Warrior

Lovely was my compliment. Could you not come up with your own?"
"Lord Paen said compliment her, he did not say we had to be creative about it," the second man pointed out with a shrug

They fought the enemy, we fight fat living and self-pity. Shine, o shine, unfalsifying sun, on this sick scene.

America    Soldiers    War

Say a king wishes to support a standing army of fifty thousand men. Under ancient or medieval conditions, feeding such a force was an enormous problem—unless they were on the march, one would need to employ almost as many men and ani­mals just to locate, acquire, and transport the necessary provisions. On the other hand, if one simply hands out coins to the soldiers and then demands that every family in the kingdom was obliged to pay one of those coins back to you, one would, in one blow, turn one's entire national economy into a vast machine for the provisioning of soldiers, since now every family, in order to get their hands on the coins, must find some way to contribute to the general effort to provide soldiers with things they want. Markets are brought into existence as a side effect.

Dear Beloved woman,
Time… so much time has passed since my love wrote his last words for me.
And yet I remember it as if it were yesterday. I remember writing back and for the first time since I had left home I told my love what kind of darkness surrounded me here. I forgot all the sweet things my father had said to my mother when he was away. I forgot how they got her through all those long and lonely nights.

Comfort    Dear john    Letters    Soldiers    War

No, amusing me only, I wonder if they realize how they are used?"
"Not a bit. They think they are the emperors of creation."
"Poor lambs."
"That's not how I'd describe them."
"I was thinking of animal sacrifice."
"Ah. That's closer.

Army    Lambs    Soldiers    Youngsters

A quick check on the platoon showed everyone more or less enjoying the flight.
"Whatever it is you're eating, Ressk, swallow it before we land," [said Staff Sergeant Kerr].
"No problem, Staff."
"More like whoever he's eating," Binti muttered beside him.
"You ought to count your fingers," he suggested. "You're too serley stupid to notice one missing."
"Maybe you ought to gren sa talamec to."
"That's enough, people."
When the Confederation first started integrating the di'Taykan and the Krai into what was predominantly a human military system, xenopsychologists among the elder races expected a number of problems. For the most part, those expectations fell short. After having dealt with the Mictok and the H'san, none of the younger races - all bipedal mammals - had any difficulty with each other's appearance. Cultural differences were absorbed into the prevailing military culture and the remaining problems were dealt with in the age-old military tradition of learning to say "up yours" in the other races' languages. The "us against them" mentality of war made for strange bedfellows.

For no matter how many battles had been won or lost, no matter how many friends and soldiers killed, every battle felt like the first. And I realized that it wasn't the training, nor the pain of seeing friends die, nor the will to win that made the men fight, but their will to survive that made them soldiers.

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