United States Marine Corps Quotes by James L. Jones, David M. Shoup, David Dixon Porter, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George F. Kennan, Chester W. Nimitz and many others.
We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess.
Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning.
If the Marines are abolished half the efficiency of the Navy will be destroyed. They are as necessary to the well being of a ship as the officers. Instead of decreasing the Corps, I would rather hope to see a large increase, for we feel the want of Marines very much.
…Since 1775 the United States Marines have upheld a fine tradition of service to their country. They are doing so today. I am confident they will continue to do so.
Heroism is endurance for one moment more.
By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.
Leadership is the sum of those qualities of intellect, human understanding, and moral character that enables a person to inspire and control a group of people successfully.
The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!
Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.
The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.
Lying offshore, ready to act, the presence of ships and Marines sometimes means much more than just having air power or ship’s fire, when it comes to deterring a crisis. And the ships and Marines may not have to do anything but lie offshore. It is hard to lie offshore with a C-141 or C-130 full of airborne troops.
There was always talk of espirit de corps, of being gung ho, and that must have been a part of it. Better, tougher training, more marksmanship on the firing range, the instant obedience to orders seared into men in boot camp.
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 am convinced that there is no smarter, handier, or more adaptable body of troops in the world.
The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.
Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there.
Any officer can get by on his sergeants. To be a sergeant you have to know your stuff. I’d rather be an outstanding sergeant than just another officer.