Top 14 Army Quotes Of All Time

I know the Army changed my life for the better and I would wager that many men and women who read this can say the same.

I love quotes!

I have decided to write a post with the top 14 Army quotes of all time.

These quotes are in no particular order, they are just the best Army quotes in my opinion. I will give you the quote and my take of it.

If you have any Army quotes you would add, feel free to tell us in the comments section at the end of this post.

Army Quotes #1: 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. – Alexander the Great

An Army is going to follow its leader. That Army is only as good as its leader. If you want to determine how strong any Army unit is, just examine its leader.

Army Quotes #2: People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. – George Orwell

We owe our freedom and safety to the men and women of the United States military. It is these people in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines who keep us in peace and free.

Army Quotes #3: The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country – General George Patton Jr.

It is the soldier who is the backbone of our military. We can not give tanks, helicopters, planes or anything else this designation… It is the soldier!

Army Quotes #4: They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards. – General Creighton Abrams

Face it, even if you think you have the U.S. Army wrapped up, you will still have a huge fight on your hands.

Army Quotes #5: Discipline is the soul of an Army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to all of the weak, and esteem to all. – George Washington

It is no wonder the United States has the most powerful Army in the world. It isn’t the equipment, it is the discipline!

Army Quotes #6: None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important. – Thomas Jefferson

When I ever hear any politician stating that we need to “cut” our military, I must admit I get angry as I remember these words by the great President Jefferson.

Army Quotes #7: No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country. – General George Patton Jr.

I have always loved this quote by the great General Patton. Why we are willing to die for our country, it is more important that we live and kill for our country.

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Army Quotes #8: The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight Eisenhower

As Army leaders, integrity is essentially everything you have. You will be remembered more for your integrity, be it good or bad, than anything else.

Army Quotes #9: Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men. – Sun Tzu

Training is ever so important. It was recognized many years ago by this Chinese master. We can never neglect Army training.

Army Quotes #10: I can’t expect loyalty from the army if I do not give it. – General George Marshall

Is there really anything I can say to this magnificent quote?

Army Quotes #11: The army teaches boys to think like men. – Elvis Presley

Yes, even the great Elvis Presley was in the United States Army. What a great nation we live in.

Army Quotes #12: A great deal of the capability of an army is its dedication to its cause and its will to fight. You can have the best equipment in the world, you can have the largest numbers in the world, but, if you’re not dedicated to your cause, if you don’t have the will to fight, then, you are not going to have a very good army. – General Norman Schwarzkopf

No matter what you have, if you don’t believe in what you are doing, it will probably be a failure.

Army Quotes #13: In the army, we do two things every day. We train our soldiers, and then we grow them into leaders, because frankly, we don’t hire out. We grow our own leaders. – Eric Shinseki

A leader gets much more respect if he/she came from within than from the outside.

Army Quotes #14: A person like myself, born and raised in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia, to lower-middle-class parents. But I had the opportunity to get an education, to go and earn a commission in the United States Army, to serve for 22 years, to lead men and women in combat. – Allen West

It matters not where you come from or how much money your family has… The Army is an equal opportunity leader maker.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed these top 14 Army quotes.

Do you have any quotes that you favor?

Do you know of any other quotes that should be here?

You can leave your comments and questions below. Thank you.



About The Author

Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at

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