The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!— John J. Pershing
Competitive United States Military quotations
Defeat is a state of mind: no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.
The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!
Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankful for the storms as well as smooth sailing.
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.
**** the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!
The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.
Paradise is not a place, its a state of mind.
My solution to the problem would be to tell [the North Vietnamese Communists] frankly that they've got to draw in their horns and stop their aggression or we're going to bomb them into the Stone Age. And we would shove them back into the Stone Age with Air power or Naval power - not with ground forces.
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.
I've received many honors and I'm grateful for them;
but I've already received the highest award I'll ever receive, and that has been the privilege and honor of serving very proudly in the United States Navy.
Ancient lovers believed a kiss would literally unite their souls, because the spirit was said to be carried in one's breath.
For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation.
We make Marines, and we win battles.
It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.
Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning.
All oppression creates a state of war.
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.
Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.
Defeat is a state of mind! No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality.
I've always been proud of being a Marine. I won't hesitate to defend the Corps.
In the first six to twelve months of a war with the United States and Great Britain I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success.
A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such thing as a former Marine. You're a Marine, just in a different uniform and you're in a different phase of your life. But you'll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There's no such thing as a former Marine.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
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.
Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.
They (Women Marines) don't have a nickname, and they don't need one.
They get their basic training in a Marine atmosphere, at a Marine Post. They inherit the traditions of the Marines. They are Marines.
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.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
We have met the enemy and they are ours.
In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.
I guess the language that Justice Ginsburg used at the closing of the VMI (United States v. Virginia Military Institute) case is an important thing; it resonates with me: 'A prime part of the history of our Constitution is the story of the extension of constitutional rights to people once ignored or excluded.'
Wealth breeds a class of people for whom human beings are disposable commodities. Once oligarchs achieve unchecked economic and political power, as they have in the United States, the citizens too become disposable.
The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand.
A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.
The difference between a good and great officer is about ten seconds.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
I can imagine no more rewarding a career.
And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.
A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.
As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan.
The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was enacted in 1865 by martial law. The Fourteenth Amendment was enacted in 1868 by martial law. The Fifteenth Amendment was enacted in 1870 by martial law. Military occupation of the Southern states did not end until 1877, twelve years after the end of the Civil War.
It is God's job to forgive Osama Bin Laden. It is our job to arrange a face to face meeting.