A good soldier, like a good horse, cannot be of a bad color.
Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
I made all my generals out of mud.
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war.
There are few men more superstitious than soldiers.
They are, after all, the men who live closest to death.
I could have become a soldier if I had waited;
I knew more about retreating than the man who invented retreating.
Making the world safe for hypocrisy.
Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.
But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility.
Humanity has been institutionalized and we are all the products of commercial and institutional life. We are now born in institutions called hospitals. We are raised in institutions called schools. We are trained for institutional corporate life in institutions called universities. We serve in institutions called corporations. We exist under the master institutions of military and government. We die in institutions called hospitals or nursing homes. From birth to the grave, mankind is an institutional creature.
I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.
Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me.
The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.
Pressed into service means pressed out of shape.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.