Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair.— R. Lee Ermey
The most emotional R. Lee Ermey quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
Without discipline, there is no Marine Corp.
I always love to come to Austin.
I firmly believe that you live and learn, and if you don't learn from past mistakes, then you need to be drug out and shot.
It's my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can.
Everybody respects the Vietnam Veterans of America.
I'm never, like I say, I'm never happy, I'm never satisfied, it's never good enough.
The bad news motivated the drill instructors that much more.
Back in those days intimidation was the greatest tool the drill instructor had.
Without that tool, he would not have had control.
Kubrick ate it up. He loved it. He just let me go crazy.
Even though I disagree with many of the changes, when I see the privates graduate at the end of the day, when they walk off that drill field at the end of the ceremony, they are still fine privates; outstanding, well motivated privates.
I don't have any respect at all for the scum-bags who went to Canada to avoid the draft or to avoid doing their fair share.
The best part about the movie, and everybody seems to rave about it, is the boot camp part.
There was a huge, tremendous amount of disabled veterans and the Veteran's Administration just wasn't geared up for it. I know for a fact that it's getting better and better.
I got space from Travis Air Force Base, went back to the Philippine Islands and made it a point to meet the only American casting director in the Philippines. I was off and running.
I disagree with a lot of those changes, however at the end of the day - I go down to recruit graduation at least once or twice a year.
Back in the old Corp, we weren't training those privates to infiltrate into the peacetime Marine Corp. We were training those privates to go to Vietnam.
I go the VA Hospital when I have a problem and the doctor jumps on me.
Finally, mutually, and completely, they released all doubts, abandoned all fears, unwilling and unable to deny this overpowering love.
I've never had to spend any time in the VA hospital, so I really can't speak for those guys.
Drill instructors worked seven days a week, fifteen to seventeen hours a day in many cases, with no time off in between platoons.
Try as you may, you can never defy love.
Every character I've ever played, I always try to take him right to the edge and not allow him to fall over, but directors have a tendency to pull me back a little bit.
A day without blood is like a day without sunshine!
America's trying to do the best for its veterans.
We had times in '66 and '67 when we would pick up a platoon of privates out of the receiving barracks the week before we even graduated the platoon that we were on!
I play well with everybody.
There have been a lot of changes in recruit training in the past twenty years.
I got to write most of everything I said.
I spend a lot of time with my characters.
I was stationed at a marine recruit depot in San Diego from 1965 to 1967.
When you try to find funding for a VVA function, it doesn't seem like it's any trouble at all. People come out of the woodwork with their money to help out because we went over and fought a war.
That's all I cared about too, was getting it right.
Kubrick's films have life - they just never die.
You'd be surprised how many kids and young people come to the website and send me email that they are actually going into the Marine Corp because of something that I said or did.
It's been a pretty fun ride, to tell you the truth.
I don't have to be concerned about everybody else's character.
I honestly do feel that I am a role model for young people.
This is for fighting, this is for fun.
The biggest problem was the politicians knew nothing about fighting a war.
There's a lot of whiners in every crowd.
The drill instructor must have total and complete control. Mindless obedience is what he's after.