111 Vietnam Quotes to Inspire and Uplift Your Spirit

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Top 10 Vietnam Quotes (BEST)

  1. The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace. But in the face of United States aggression they have risen up, united as one man. — Ho Chi Minh
  2. I'm looking to be shot any time I step out of my car... If I die, it will be in a good cause. I've been fighting for America just as much as the soldiers in Vietnam. — Medgar Evers
  3. Today we have two Vietnams, side by side, north and south. — Sheila Jackson Lee
  4. Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation. — Lyndon B. Johnson
  5. In point of fact all Americans are automatically turned down by China these days because of the escalation of Johnson's war in Vietnam, which several times has intruded into China. — Anna Louise Strong
  6. I'm not a pacifist. I was very much for the war against Hitler and I also supported the intervention in Korea, but in this war we went in there to steal Vietnam. — Benjamin Spock
  7. No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. — Richard M. Nixon
  8. When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner. — Lyndon B. Johnson
  9. If we'd lost the war, we'd all have been prosecuted as war criminals. And I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals. — Robert McNamara
  10. I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy. — William Westmoreland

The Most Famous Vietnam Quotes

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I only follow one party: the Vietnamese Party. — Ho Chi Minh

My solution to the problem would be to tell the North Vietnamese Communists frankly that they've got to drawn in their horns and stop their aggression or we're going to bomb them into the stone age. — Curtis LeMay

Because the GIs were sent massively to South Vietnam, maybe it's a good idea to have a broadcast for them. — Hanoi Hannah

When I die, my only wish is that Cambodia remain Cambodia and belong to the West. It is over for communism, and I want to stress that. — Pol Pot

Part of my heritage being Korean, it's going to be interesting going to Korea and answering these questions dealing with North and South Korea. — Rick Yune

We asked Jane Fonda if she would like to meet American pilots in Hanoi, but she refused, she didn't want to. — Hanoi Hannah

The fact is that the Vietnamese held Americans after 1973. — Bo Gritz

Getting to places like Bangkok or Singapore was a hell of a sweat. But when you got there it was the back of beyond. It was just a series of small tin sheds. — David Attenborough

All the wrong people remember Vietnam. I think all the people who remember it should forget it, and all the people who forgot it should remember it. — Michael Herr

The first time I heard of Tuol Sleng, it was on the Voice of America. I listened twice. — Pol Pot

Short Vietnam Quotes

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  • Exterminate the 50 million Vietnamese and purify the masses of the [Cambodian] people. — Pol Pot
  • Vietnamese must be made to feel that they are racial inferiors with no right to national identity. — Wilfred Burchett
  • I would really love to go to Thailand as so many people have told me how wonderful it is. — Pixie Lott
  • Why should American atrocities be merely unsettling, but a trip to Hanoi unconscionable? — Tom Hayden
  • I went to Philippines and I literally had the time of my life. — Christina Grimmie

Nixon Vietnam Quotes

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The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it. — Henry A Kissinger

Nixon did have a secret plan, and I knew that it involved making threats of nuclear war to North Vietnam. — Daniel Ellsberg

Let me make my point about Vietnam. When the Nixon initiation came into office, there were 550,000 Americans in combat. And ending the war was not a question of turning off a television channel. And so, debating on how we got there and what judgments were made was not going to help us. — Henry A. Kissinger

Mr. President, I love you, but you're wrong. (To Richard Nixon, on the Vietnam War) — Paul Harvey

Nixon's genius was that he was able to portray himself as the toughest of the anti-communists, and yet run on a platform that he had a plan to end the Vietnam War. And, of course, his plan was to prolong it until his second election - but he didn't tell us that then. — Harry Shearer

Lyndon Johnson may have escalated the war, but when I was drafted and shipped off to Vietnam, the signature on my orders was Nixon's. — Bob Gunton

[democrats] hated Richard Nixon, and no wonder. It was Nixon who sent Alger Hiss to jail, and Nixon who waged the Vietnam War after the Democrats gave up. — David Frum

Vietnamese Quotes

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Whoever wishes to blame or attack me is entitled to do so. I regret I didn't have enough experience to totally control the movement. On the other hand, with our constant struggle, this had to be done together with others in the communist world to stop Kampuchea becoming Vietnamese. — Pol Pot

The object of my relationship with Vietnam has been to heal the wounds that exist, particularly among our veterans, and to move forward with a positive relationship,... Apparently some in the Vietnamese government don't want to do that and that's their decision. — Ho Chi Minh

We want only peace, to build up our country. World opinion is paying great attention to the threat against Democratic Kampuchea. They are anxious, they fear Kampuchea cannot oppose the Vietnamese. This could hurt the interests of the Southeast Asian countries and all of the world's countries. — Pol Pot

The war was won on both sides: by the Vietnamese on the ground, by the Americans in the electronic mental space. And if the one side won an ideological and political victory, the other made Apocalypse Now and that has gone right around the world. — Jean Baudrillard

Smile, breathe and go slowly." - Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen monk, author and peace activist. — Nhat Hanh

The Vietnamese... wanted to assassinate me because they knew without me they could easily swallow up Cambodia. — Pol Pot

If the United States wants access to Chinese, Indian or Vietnamese markets, we must get access to theirs. U.S. protectionism is very subtle but it is very much there. — Azim Premji

I'm not so much against the war as I am for a Vietnamese victory. I'm not so much for peace as for a U.S. defeat. — Bill Ayers

The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country? — John Rocker

I hated my part in the charade of murder and horror. My efforts were contributing to the deaths, to the burning alive of children - especially the children. The photographs of young Vietnamese children burned by napalm destroyed me. — Ralph McGehee

Viet Cong Quotes

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You will kill ten of us, we will kill one of you, but in the end, you will tire of it first. — Ho Chi Minh

It became very clear that Hanoi was in effect strategically running the Viet Cong operation. — William Westmoreland

Ignore their heathen prayers and help us blow those little bastards straight to Hell. Amen. — Sayings

I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. — Muhammad Ali

The will must be stronger than the skill. — Muhammad Ali

Hillary Clinton will travel to Vietnam with the president this Friday. It's a fact that at the height of the war in 1971, she tried to enlist in the Marines, but they turned her down. Apparently we weren't that mad at the Viet Cong. — Argus Hamilton

My idea was that the role of the special forces were to train Vietnamese to behave as guerrillas, harassing the supply lines down through the mountains of the, ah, the Viet Cong. And the special American special forces were to train their special forces to do that. — Roger Hilsman

The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. — Eddie Adams

I got booted out third, but to me [Last Comic Standing] was a lot like Rambo II...I don't really remember much...there was rats, people bombing, screaming, yelling, and a middle aged guy with a shaved chest got beat by somebody from the Viet Cong. — Rob Cantrell

I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a >. — Muhammad Ali

Viet Quotes

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I asked this heroic pet lover how it felt to have died for a schnauzer named Teddy. Salvador Biagiani was philosophical. He said it sure beat dying for absolutely nothing in the Viet Nam War. — Kurt Vonnegut

Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I'm going to Viet Nam's aid! — Lyndon B. Johnson

The Communist leaders in Moscow, Peking and Hanoi must fully understand that the United States considers the freedom of South Viet Nam vital to our interests. And they must know that we are not bluffing in our determination to defend those interests. — Gerald R. Ford

Before Watergate and Viet Nam, the American public, as a whole, believed everything it was told, and since then it doesn't believe anything, and both of those extremes hurt us because they prevent us from recognizing the truth. — Daniel Keys Moran

I played with English and Sociology in college but dropped out to work in the anti-war movement. I was going around denouncing the Viet Nam war as immoral but one day it dawned on me that I didn't know what that meant. I signed up for an ethics class at San Francisco State to find out the answer. — Dale Jamieson

We had much more imagery from Vietnam war. The media was not controlled. The storyline, the master narrative was not controlled. I thin it was some those images really radicalized people and shifted things to some extent. And the Viet Cong also, their tenacity. — Anne Waldman

I don't know why I am internally a violent person. I don't have the normal nerve endings most people do, which was very good for me as a pilot in Viet Nam. When most people are afraid, I'm actually quite excited about things. The more dangerous something is, the happier I am. — Robert Kiyosaki

If wars create vast sums of money for the global elite, is it possible the Soviets, the Viet Cong and Muslim extremists were, or are, also fabricated enemies of the West along with North Korea? Or at least exaggerated threats? — James Morcan

Throughout his life, General Wesley Clark has stood up to some tough opponents. He battled the Viet Cong, and went toe-to-toe with Slobodan Milosevic. But today the retired four-star general capitulated to the fiercest enemy he's ever confronted: the American voter. — Jon Stewart

Hanoi Quotes

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Twice the Republicans in the California legislature tried to block my seating because of my trips to Hanoi. — Tom Hayden

Our objective in South Vietnam has never been the annihilation of the enemy. It has been to bring about a recognition in Hanoi that its objective - taking over the South by force - could not be achieved. — Lyndon B. Johnson

The important point was that whatever errors America had made [in Vietnam] "we are so powerful [according to Secretary Kissinger] that Hanoi is simply unable to defeat us militarily" and must therefore eventually be forced to compromise. — William Shawcross

This is the voice of Vietnam Broadcasting from Hanoi, capitol of the Democratic republic of Vietnam. — Hanoi Hannah

Curtis Le May wants to bomb Hanoi and Haiphong. You know how he likes to go around bombing. — Lyndon B. Johnson

People Writing About Vietnam

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More Vietnam Quotes

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Henry Kissinger is the greatest living war criminal in the world today, with the blood of millions of people in Vietnam and Cambodia and Laos and Chile and East Timor on his hands. He will never appear in a court or be behind bars. — George Galloway

I couldn't be happier that President Bush has stood up for having served in the National Guard, because I can finally put an end to all those who questioned my motives for enlisting in the Army Reserve at the height of the Vietnam War. — Larry David

We've committed many war crimes in Vietnam - but I'll tell you something interesting about that. We were committing war crimes in World War II, before the Nuremberg trials were held and the principle of war crimes was stated. — George Wald

Every American should read this post mortem on Afghanistan. And every American politician —Republican and Democrat — and every Pentagon panjandrum who supported this catastrophe should hang their heads in shame. We learned nothing from Vietnam. The definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake again and again, and expecting different results. By this definition, the entire retinue of American leadership is insane. This observation answers the question What on earth are we doing in Ukraine? The inmates are running the asylum. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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. — Curtis LeMay

The industrial way of life leads to the industrial way of death. From Shiloh to Dachau, from Antietam to Stalingrad, from Hiroshima to Vietnam and Afghanistan, the great specialty of industry and technology has been the mass production of human corpses. — Edward Abbey

During the Vietnam War, which lasted longer than any war we've ever been in - and which we lost - every respectable artist in this country was against the war. It was like a laser beam. We were all aimed in the same direction. The power of this weapon turns out to be that of a custard pie dropped from a stepladder six feet high. — Kurt Vonnegut

I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service. — John F. Kerry

Within the soul of each Vietnam veteran there is probably something that says "Bad war, good soldier." Only now are Americans beginning to separate the war from the warrior. — Max Cleland

The Chinese are determined to have Taiwan but are nowhere near being able to challenge for it militarily. — Tim Marshall

But despite their heroic acts, the Vietnam Veterans of America continued to struggle to establish a combat badge in honor of these brave pilots and medics. — Tim Holden

On upholding openness and cooperation — Xi Jinping

Korea is OUR country, Thailand is MY country. — Lisa Manoban

I decided to come to the U.S. in the mid ’90s because the Internet, which I knew was the wave of the future, was red hot here, but hadn’t yet taken off in China. — Eric Yuan

Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike -- I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam. — Spiro T. Agnew

America has made no reparation to the Vietnamese, nothing. We are the richest people in the world and they are among the poorest. We savaged them, though they had never hurt us, and we cannot find it in our hearts, our honor, to give them help-because the government of Vietnam is Communist. And perhaps because they won. — Martha Gellhorn

When it came to the Vietnam War, Mr. McNamara was an early advocate of escalation but came to realize the flaws in the American approach earlier than many of his colleagues. Yet in public, he continued to defend the war. — Samantha Power

In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame and humiliation. It isn't happening now, but I will tell you, there has never been an American army as violent and murderous as our army has been in Iraq. — Seymour Hersh

What is this demilitarized zone? Whatever it is, I like it! Gets you on your toes better than a strong cup of cappuccino. — Robin Williams

I want to make sure that the Coast Guard people in Vietnam know that I am hearing about them often and that I am pleased with what I hear. — Wallace M. Greene

Since There are so many questions about what the president was doing over 30 years ago, what is it that he did after his honorable discharge from the National Guard? Did he make speeches alongside Jane Fonda denouncing America's racist war in Vietnam? — Jeff Gannon

Numbers have dehumanized us. Over breakfast coffee we read of 40,000 American dead in Vietnam. Instead of vomiting, we reach for the toast. Our morning rush through crowded streets is not to cry murder but to hit that trough before somebody else gobbles our share. — Dalton Trumbo

I believe one of the main roles of Government is to keep our economy free and fair. — Liz Truss

I had the good fortune to be able to right an injustice that I thought was being heaped on young people by lowering the voting age, where you had young people that were old enough to die in Vietnam but not old enough to vote for their members of Congress that sent them there. — Birch Bayh

We know there is a very powerful fan base for Liverpool in Asia. We are not embarrassed to say we want to exploit that. — John W. Henry

We are absolutely ready to go to Mars. It’s going to be a fantastic journey getting there and very exciting times. — Peggy Whitson

Maintaining confidence in international trade will be critical to the broader economic recovery in the post-Covid world. — Liz Truss

At my age, 85, I'm at age where I can look back and derive some conclusions about my actions. My rule has been try to learn, try to understand what happened. Develop the lessons and pass them on. — Robert McNamara

If FTX International were to reboot, there would be a real possibility of customers being made substantially whole. — Sam Bankman-Fried

Believe me, I do not go to Delhi, I do not know anybody in Delhi. — Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

FTX International was a non-US exchange. It was run outside the US, regulated outside the US, incorporated outside the US, and took non-US customers. — Sam Bankman-Fried

We’re going to be doing what we can to try to get news about FTX out there and get more eyeballs on it. — Sam Bankman-Fried

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