55 Inspirational Military Quotes and Sayings for Soldiers

Military personnel are well-known for their extraordinary heroism, demonstrate selfless dedication and unwavering courage.

They personify resilience and bravery amidst massive adversity, often risking their lives for others’ safety and freedom.

This resilience serves as an inspiring reminder that, irrespective of life’s challenges, we must remain steadfast.

Like soldiers, we’re called to face our personal battles with similar determination.


Their tales of courage motivate us to foster inner strength and resilience, highlighting that trials are inherent to life.

This resilience, akin to a soldier’s, is vital to navigate life’s labyrinth of tests and trials.

Inspirational Military Quotes


It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~ E.E. Cummings.


Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca.

The army is always the same. The sun and the moon change. The army knows no seasons. ~ Frank Nugent.

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job. ~ Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. ~ Jose Narosky.

The hand of the aggressor is stayed by strength and strength alone. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way. ~ General George S. Patton Jr.

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

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Inspirational Military Quotes on Courage

Who dares, wins. Who sweats, wins. Who plans, wins. ~ British Special Air Service (SAS).

America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels. ~ Claudia Pemberton.


It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it. ~ Douglas MacArthur.

A leader leads by example not by force. ~ Sun Tzu.

We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns. ~ Aaron Sorkin.


No guts, no glory. ~ Major Gen. Frederick C. Blessed.

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

If I charge, follow me. If I retreat, kill me. If I die, revenge me. ~ U.S. Marine Corps.


No man is a man until he has been a soldier. ~ Louis de Bernières.

This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave. ~ Elmer Davis.

Inspirational Military Quotes for Soldiers

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. ~ Thomas Paine.

Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid. ~ Colonel David Hackworth.


The only easy day was yesterday. ~ US Navy SEALs.

War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien.

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. ~ Nathan Hale.

Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy. Do not interfere with an army that is returning home. ~ Sun Tzu.


A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons. ~ Admiral David D. Porter.

Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men. ~ George S. Patton.


Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down. ~ Malcolm X.

Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they’ve been given. ~ Orson Scott Card.

Inspirational Military Quotes about Leadership

War is too important to be left to the generals. ~ Georges Clémenceau.

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. ~ Bill Mauldin.


To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. ~ Andre Malraux.

War is life multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of. ~
Sebastian Junger.

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

Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity. ~ Carl von Clausewitz.


I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight. ~ George S. Patton.

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. ~ Dean Hughes.

We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf. ~ George Orwell.


There is no honor in sending men to die for something you won’t even fight for yourself. ~ Mark Owen.

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.

Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back. ~ Heraclitus.


The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. ~ Thomas Campbell.

I am not afraid of an Army of lions lead by a sheep; I am afraid of sheep lead by a lion. ~ Alexander the Great.

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived. ~ George S. Patton Jr.

Best Inspirational Military Quotes

The Army is the true nobility of our country. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte.


Fortune favors the brave. ~ Terence.

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~ Elmer Davis.

A safe army is better than a safe border. ~ B.R. Ambedkar.


You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once. ~ Robert A. Heinlein.

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.

If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the first time in a long time, I felt like I had a purpose being in the Navy. It wasn’t about money and rank or prestige. It was about raising the flag. We do what we do because no one else can or will do it. We fight so others can sleep at night. And I had forgotten that. ~ Timothy Ciciora.

Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons. ~ Douglas MacArthur.

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