Quotations About / On: SOLDIER
When the soldier is hit by a cannon-ball, rags are as becoming as purple.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, pp. 28-29, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ross, in Macbeth, act 5, sc. 9, l. 5.
On Young Siward, killed in battle.)
Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.
(John Dryden (1631-1700), British poet, dramatist, critic. Alexander's Feast.)
God had made some soldiers. Society is a battlefield.
(Spiritual warfare, Christians)
Those who send drones to bomb soldiers and civilians see a field of their dead rivals merely as the rubble of rebel rabble
Instead of being a brave soldier, dying at my post with my gun to my neck, i'ld rather be a writer, dying on my table with my pen to my hand.
(A die-hard writer)
The schoolmaster is abroad! And I trust to him armed with his primer against the soldier in full military array.
(Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), British philosopher, political theorist, jurist. speech, Jan. 29, 1828, to House of Commons, on educational reform.)
I am not willing to risk the lives of German soldiers for countries whose names we cannot spell properly.
(Volker Rühe (b. 1942), German politician, defense minister. Independent (London, Aug. 28, 1992).)
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.)
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).)