Quotations About / On: SOLDIER

  • 21.
    I used to think of death ... like I suppose soldiers think of it: it was a possible thing that I could well avoid by my skill.
    (Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Fabrizzio, in The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. XXII, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King). Fabrizzio is speaking of death.)
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  • 22.
    Bravery in simple soldiers is a dangerous trade, to which they have bound themselves to get their livelihood.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 215 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
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  • 23.
    The scholar, without good breeding, is a pedant; the philosopher, a cynic; the soldier, a brute; and every man disagreeable.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Oct. 9, 1747, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. I, p. 281, London (1774).)
  • 24.
    As soldiers we have few saving graces. Perhaps our willingness to die for what we believe in is all that matters.
    (Leo V. Gordon, U.S. screenwriter, and Arthur Hiller. Col. Harker (Nigel Green), Tobruk, about to commit a suicidal act of bravery (1967).)
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  • 25.
    Take it easy, soldier. Everybody gets a little "noivous" in the "soivice."
    (Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn), Objective Burma, reassuring a nervous soldier on a parachute jump (1945).)
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  • 26.
    By and by when each nation has 20,000 battleships and 5,000,000 soldiers we shall all be safe and the wisdom of statesmanship will stand confirmed.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "More Maxims of Mark," p. 941, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1891-1910, Library of America (1992).)
  • 27.
    The winter is to a woman of fashion what, of yore, a campaign was to the soldiers of the Empire.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in The Imaginary Mistress, original title La fausse maötresse, in Le Siècle (December, 1831).)
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  • 28.
    You can make children believe whatever you want, and the children of today are the soldiers and mothers of tomorrow.
    (Dudley Nichols, U.S. screenwriter. Jean Renoir. Major Von Keller (Walter Slezak), This Land Is Mine (1943).)
  • 29.
    There are few men more superstitious than soldiers. There are, after all, the men who live closest to death.
    (Mary Stewart (b. 1916), British novelist. The Last Enchantment, bk. 2, ch. 3 (1979).)
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  • 30.
    We can beat all Europe with United States soldiers. Give me a thousand Tennesseans, and I'll whip any other thousand men on the globe!
    (Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Life of Andrew Jackson, vol. III, p. 634, Parton.)
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