Quotations About / On:
When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.
(George Washington (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. Address, June 26, 1775, to the New York legislature.)
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
(Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 3, ch. 26 (1776-1788).)
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
(Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898), Prussian statesman. speech, Aug. 1867, Berlin.)
I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. letter, Jan. 1, 1797, to James Madison, congressman and later president.)
Ain't nothing the matter with a soldier that ain't the matter with everyone else.
(Daniel Taradash (b. 1913), U.S. screenwriter. Prewitt (Montgomery Clift), From Here To Eternity (1953).)
As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle, so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.
(Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 35 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
When the soldier is hit by a cannon-ball, rags are as becoming as purple.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, pp. 28-29, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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 (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 3, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).)
Don't spend your time in drilling soldiers, who may turn out hirelings after all, but give to undrilled peasantry a country to fight for.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, September 26, 1855, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 260, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, April 10, 1776 (1791).)