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26 Inspirational Quotes to Set the Tone for Your Military Appreciation Month

There aren’t enough words in the English Dictionary to properly describe how Americans should feel about the men and women that serve the United States in the Armed Forces.

May is Military Appreciation Month, and we thought it appropriate to take a moment and honor those who have served and/or currently serve with a collection of military quotes to share. We’d keep the list tight, but with all we feel for our soldiers, guardsmen, sailors, airmen, and Marines,we struggled to hold the list below 30. Therefore, without further ado, here are 27 quotes that help us to say how much we appreciate our heroes:

  1. “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.” — Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

  2. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis

  3. “Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic.” — John A. Logan

  4. “He loves his country best who strives to make it best.” — Robert G. Ingersoll

  5. “On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.” — Dan Lipinski

  6. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick

  7. “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” — John F. Kennedy

  8. “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” — Gen. Douglas MacArthur

  9. “The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.” — Minot J. Savage

  10. “The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.” — Judd Gregg

  11. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

  12. “There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” — Gen. James H. Doolittle

  13. “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” — Gen. Douglas MacArthur

  14. “When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death — that is heroism.” — Robert Green Ingersoll

  15. “Word to the nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.” — President John F. Kennedy

  16. “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” — Winston S. Churchill

  17. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” — Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

  18. “I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.” — John F. Kennedy

  19. ”Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” — Mary Roach

  20. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.” — William Shakespeare

  21. “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” — General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

  22. “We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.’” — Allen West

  23. “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” — G.K. Chesterton

  24. “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.

  25. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” — Colin Powell

  26. “The hand of the aggressor is stayed by strength — and strength alone.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Quote sources: University of Southern California,, and Everyday Power