Monday, May 28, 2012

Words I Wish I Wrote: 25 Memorial Day Quotes

1)  "And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.~  President John F. Kennedy

2)  "Americans never quit."  ~  General Douglas MacArthur

3)  "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."  ~  Nathan Hale 

4)   "Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory."  ~  General George S. Patton

5)  "I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism."  ~  Bob Riley 

6)  "Patriotism [is] a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose."  ~  Frank Knox

7)  "Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be."  ~  General Douglas MacArthur

8)  "True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going."  ~  Robert Reich

9)  "Better to fight for something than live for nothing."  ~  General George S. Patton 

10)  "Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less."  ~  General Robert E. Lee

11)  "A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality."  ~  Winston Churchill 

12)  "Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory."  ~  General Douglas MacArthur

13)  "Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death."  ~  General Omar N. Bradley

14)  "History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they've answered the call in bravery and sacrifice."  ~  Tim Pawlenty

15)  "Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die."  ~  General Douglas MacArthur

16)  "It's my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can."  ~  R. Lee Ermey

17)  "This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live."  ~  General Omar N. Bradley 

18)  "The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."  ~  General Douglas MacArthur

19)  "The power of noble deeds is to be preserved and passed on to the future."  ~  Brigadier General Joshua Chamberlain

20)  "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."  ~  General George S. Patton 

21)  "It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.~  General Norman Schwarzkopf

22)  "Freedom is a right ultimately defended by the sacrifice of America's servicemen and women."  ~  Arnold Schwarzenegger

23)  "Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness."  ~  Napoleon Hill

24)  "They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them."  ~  General Douglas MacArthur

25)  "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
 ~  President Abraham Lincoln

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