quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Why in hell can't the Army do it if the Marines can.

They are the same kind of men; why can't they be like Marines.

They're on our right, they're on our left, they're in front of us, they're behind us; they can't get away from us this time.

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I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General.

And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

Old breed? New breed? There's not a damn bit of difference so long as it's the Marine breed.

We still wading in the water... Cocaine, blunts, marinating in the water. Lean and took a puff, and then she gave it to my father, Used to take the bullets out so I could play with the revolver. Satan serenading ever since I was a toddler, Tell 'em talk is cheap...niggas living for the dollar.

The Marine Corps has just been called by the New York Times, 'The elite of this country.' I think it is the elite of the world.

For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation.

We make Marines, and we win battles.

I earned my stripes as a Marine, and the Corps gets full credit for straightening me out. At 17, I was young, I was unhappy and most of all, I was undisciplined. The Marine Corps was the right service in the right place at the right time.

Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there.

The Marines fought almost solely on esprit de corps, I was certain.

It was inconceivable to most Marines that they should let another Marine down, or that they could be responsible for dimming the bright reputation of their Corps. The Marines simply assumed that they were the world's best fighting men.

I've always been proud of being a Marine. I won't hesitate to defend the Corps.

I selected an enormous Marine Corps emblem to be tattooed across my chest.

It required several sittings and hurt me like the devil, but the finished product was worth the pain. I blazed triumphantly forth, a Marine from throat to waist. The emblem is still with me. Nothing on earth but skinning will remove it.

We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!

We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess.

The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.

My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.

Your Marines having been under my command for nearly six months, I feel that I can give you a discriminating report as to their excellent standing with their brothers of the army and their general good conduct.

I wanted to be a marine biologist my whole life until I graduated high school.

But then my mother, who's a very selfless, stoic person from a family of Marines, would tell us that what was good for our father was good for us - he would make more money; therefore, we'd be able to get better educations.

I'm going to fight my way out, I'm going to take all my equipment and all my wounded and as many dead as I can. If we can't get out this way, this Division will never fight as a unit again.

Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.

The American Marines have it [pride], and benefit from it.

They are tough, cocky, sure of themselves and their buddies. They can fight and they know it.

The male role models I had all seemed to have been in the military.

My father served in the army. My uncle was in the Marine Corps. Both of my grandfathers served in WWII. There weren't any career soldiers in my family, but when I was young it seemed like a way of arriving at adulthood.

Ensure that no Marine who honorably wore the eagle, globe and anchor is lost to the Marine Corps family.

I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company.

We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold.

A Marine should be sworn to the patient endurance of hardships, like the ancient knights; and it is not the least of these necessary hardships to have to serve with sailors.

My four years in the Marine Corps left me with an indelible understanding of the value of leadership skills.

I love my country more than anything.

I spent 12 years in the United States Marine Corps. I know what it means to defend this country.

The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand.

A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.

This is my voice. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste.

.. The only redeeming factors were my comrades' incredible bravery and their devotion to each other. Marine Corps training taught us to kill efficiently and to try to survive. But it also taught us loyalty to each other - and love. That espirit de corps sustained us.

MY REGRETS ARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE I COULDN’T SAVE—Marines, soldiers, my buddies. I still feel their loss. I still ache for my failure to protect them.

I placed the Marines where the hardest work was to be accomplished, and I never once found my confidence in them misplaced.