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Quotes of the day: soldiers and veterans

Published Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @ 5:49 PM EST
Nov 10 2015

Bumper-sticker patriotism is no way to honor our veterans.
-Aaron Sorkin

How different the new order would be if we could consult the veteran instead of the politician.
-Henry Miller

If you can't afford to take care of your veterans, then don't go to war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about. We have a moral obligation to support them.
-Bernie Sanders

An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
-Thomas Paine

Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still, there are things worth fighting for.
-H. Norman Schwartzkopf, Jr.

At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.
-Stephen Ambrose

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

I only trust sad soldiers, as I only trust sad revolutionaries. Enthusiastic ones are always out to get someone.
-William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who gives us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the reporter, who gives us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us freedom to protest. It is the soldier who serves beneath the flag, who salutes the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives the demonstrator the right to burn the flag.
-Charles Province

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
-Douglas MacArthur

The flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.
-Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler USMC

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

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
-Thomas Paine

Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.
-Ulysses S. Grant

To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
-George Santayana

When Hitler declared war on the United States, he was betting that German soldiers, raised up in the Hitler Youth, would always out fight American soldiers, brought up in the Boy Scouts. He lost that bet. The Boy Scouts had been taught how to figure their way out of their own problems.
-Stephen Ambrose

Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together-what do you get? The sum of their fears.
-Winston Churchill

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