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The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.

Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war.
When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.
There are few men more superstitious than soldiers. They are, after all, the men who live closest to death.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be never so vile. This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Tis the soldier's life to have their balmy slumbers waked with strife.
The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.
Valor, glory, firmness, skill, generosity, steadiness in battle and ability to rule -- these constitute the duty of a soldier. They flow from his own nature.
In this country it's a good thing to kill an admiral now and then to encourage the others.
That's what an army is -- a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers.
If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.
History shows that there are no invincible armies.
How happy is the sailor's life, from coast to coast to roam; in every port he finds a wife, in every land a home.
An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.
Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.
Making the world safe for hypocrisy.
Standing armies can never consist of resolute robust men; they may be well-disciplined machines, but they will seldom contain men under the influence of strong passions, or with very vigorous faculties.
O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.
The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done, he wasn't really going to do very much with his life anyway. The example usually is: he wasn't going to compose Beethoven's Fifth.
Visit the Navy-Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts -- a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already, as one may say, buried under arms with funeral accompaniments.
The military mind is indeed a menace. Old-fashioned futurity that sees only men fighting and dying in smoke and fire; hears nothing more civilized than a cannonade; scents nothing but the stink of battle-wounds and blood.
The army is the true nobility of our country.
No profession or occupation is more pleasing than the military; a profession or exercise both noble in execution (for the strongest, most generous and proudest of all virtues is true valor) and noble in its cause. No utility either more just or universal than the protection of the repose or defense of the greatness of one's country. The company and daily conversation of so many noble, young and active men cannot but be well-pleasing to you.
There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen.
Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?
When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier.
Now, you mummy's darlings, get a rift on them boots. Definitely shine em, my little curly-headed lambs, for in our mob, war or no war, you die with clean boots on.
No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company.
Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.
Conscription may have been good for the country, but it damn near killed the army.
We are as near to heaven by sea as by land.
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
Rogues, would you live forever?
The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.
Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.
The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.
I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.
Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?
I must have the gentleman to haul and draw with the mariner, and the mariner with the gentleman. I would know him, that would refuse to set his hand to a rope, but I know there is not any such here.
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
War is too important a matter to be left to the military.
The General Order is always to maneuver in a body and on the attack; to maintain strict but not pettifogging discipline; to keep the troops constantly at the ready; to employ the utmost vigilance on sentry go; to use the bayonet on every possible occasion; and to follow up the enemy remorselessly until he is utterly destroyed.
Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right. The fact is obvious. The might is in the hundred men who obey. The right (or what is held to be right) is in the one man who commands them.
What makes a regiment of soldiers a more noble object of view than the same mass of mob? Their arms, their dresses, their banners, and the art and artificial symmetry of their position and movements.
In the weakness of one kind of authority, and in the fluctuation of all, the officers of an army will remain for some time mutinous and full of faction, until some popular general, who understands the art of conciliating the soldiery, and who possesses the true spirit of command, shall draw the eyes of all men upon himself. Armies will obey him on his personal account. There is no other way of securing military obedience in this state of things.
If I should die, think only this of me: that there's some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England.
The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.
Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.
I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me.
We have in the service the scum of the earth as common soldiers.
There is something about going to sea. A little bit of discipline, self-discipline and humility are required.