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Army And Navy Quotes

There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist

The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.

Author: Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

Profession: Thirtieth President of the USA

I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.

Author: Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)

Profession: Parliamentarian General, Lord Protector of England

Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?

Author: Daniel Daly


I must have the gentleman to haul and draw with the mariner, and the mariner with the gentleman. I would know him, that would refuse to set his hand to a rope, but I know there is not any such here.

Author: Sir Francis Drake

Profession: Elizabethan Seaman, Born in Crowndale, Devon

Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.

Author: John Dryden (1631-1700)

Profession: British Poet, Dramatist, Critic

The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.

Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Profession: British Historian

We are as near to heaven by sea as by land.

Author: Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1539-1583)

Profession: British Navigator

Conscription may have been good for the country, but it damn near killed the army.

Author: Sir Richard Hull


No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Now, you mummy's darlings, get a rift on them boots. Definitely shine em, my little curly-headed lambs, for in our mob, war or no war, you die with clean boots on.

Author: Gerald Kersh


When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier.

Author: Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Profession: British Author of Prose, Verse