Quotations About / On: SOLDIER

  • 21.
    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.)
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  • 22.
    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).)
  • 23.
    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.)
  • 24.
    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.)
  • 25.
    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).)
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  • 26.
    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).)
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  • 27.
    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).)
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  • 28.
    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).)
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  • 29.
    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).)
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  • 30.
    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).)
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