Favorite Quotes?

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  1. victoriaxx

    victoriaxx New Member

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    Just wondering if anybody had a favorite quote. Personally, I love:

    "The greatest mistake you can make in life is fearing you will make one."

    I have a tendency to not try new things because I'm scared of messing up. This reminds me to not let that fear stop me.

    So, what's yours?
     
  2. Livinlarger

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    "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." -
    -- William Jennings Bryan
     
  3. jbrown

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    Here are a few!

    I of course have some Pro-Marine ones here, so to be fair, I added a few quotes from Army and Navy officers.

    “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.” John Wayne

    “If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.” Also, John Wayne.

    The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' Ronald Reagan

    There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.
    Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army

    I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f__k with me, I'll kill you all. Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders

    The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight! MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952

    Marines know how to use their bayonets. Army bayonets may as well be paper-weights. Navy Times; November 1994

    Why in hell can't the Army do it if the Marines can. They are the same kind of men; why can't they be like Marines. Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, USA; 12 February 1918

    I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world! General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur; Korea, 21 September 1950

    We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on? Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., USA, Chairman of the the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the assault on Grenada, 1983

    Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem. Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985

    Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat. RAdm. "Jay" R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995
     
  4. rksUSNA2013

    rksUSNA2013 Candidate Appointee

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    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and , who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
    -Theodore Rooseveldt

    Greastest quote ever.

    These two are pretty good too.

    “When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.” – Native American Proverb

    “My toughest match is not on the mat. Its at the dinner table and at fast food restaurants. It's hearing about the party i can never go to. It's realizing that being a great wrestler isn't just a sport. It's a life." - Stephen Neal
     
  5. SemperExcelsius

    SemperExcelsius USAFA Cadet

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    A few of my favorites:

    "Confront the dark places of yourself, and work to banish them with illuminations and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength." -August Wilson-

    -- I actually think the last sentence of the one from above would be good for an I-Day t-shirt :wink: --

    "This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure" -Winston Churchill-

    "If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that had rolled under the radiator, striving for it as the goal itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of each day." -W. Beran Wolfe-

    I think I have some more saved somewhere... I'll see if I can post them later.
     
  6. Gonzo15

    Gonzo15 USAFA Cadet

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    "If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking" -Gen. George S. Patton, US Army

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!" -Benjamin Franklin

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -Abraham Lincoln

    "It's OK, we're on a mission from God." -Elwood Blues
     
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    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and a lot of b$@#ing."

    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." --Thomas Jefferson

    "Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation." --Henry Kissinger

    "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." --Thomas Jefferson

    "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." -Winston Churchill

    "You ask, What is our policy? I will say it is to wage war by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us. That is our policy. You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival." -Winston Churchill, 1940

    "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill

    "We're like one of those classic famous teams. He's like Mozart and I'm like Mozart's friend. No, I'm like Butch Cassidy and Michael is like Mozart. You try and hurt Mozart, you're gonna get a bullet in your head, courtesy of Butch Cassidy." -Dwight Schrute

    "These are our demands, this is what we want...... our balls are in your court."
    -Michael Scott



    Had to throw a few Office quotes in there...:wink:
     
  8. hockeyguy21

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    Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received. Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD

    He who spares the wicked injures the good.
    Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)



    At one point I used many Winston Churchill quotes. But as I get older, it becomes harder to forgive some of his errors.
     
  9. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    "In the absence of orders, go find something and kill it!"--Erwin Rommel. (And we wonder how he did so well--aggressive actions people!)

    "Don’t be a deer caught in the headlights of the Kenworth of life!"--Clint Smith

    "The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend."
    --Abraham Lincoln

    "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."--
    Nelson Mandela

    “I would rather be your friend, but if you are not interested in that, I am prepared to be a capable and efficient enemy.” -- Jeff Cooper
     
  10. zaatarmonster

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    My two favorites...

    "This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

    I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

    I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." - George Bernard Shaw

    and the last verse of the National Anthem:

    "O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
    Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
    Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
    Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
    Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
    And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!" -- Francis Scott Key, Last verse of the National Anthem
     
  11. zfam

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    Fav quotes

    Love the quotes, thanks all, I have enjoyed reading your words of wisdom!

    A few of our family favorites,

    "Life's tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid." John Wayne

    "I'd rather be lucky than good." Chuck Yeager

    and my own little one, "On On" Hash House Harriers
     
  12. Sandbar

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    Famous Quotes

    There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.

    ~ William F. Halsey ~
     
  13. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    "One shot, one kill"

    "There are 52 words in the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, 179 words in the Ten Commandments, and 286 words in the Gettysburg Address. If you have a point to make and it takes you longer to articulate than one or all of the previously stated rhetoric, I generally stop listening"

    "I know not what weapons will be used in World War 3, but I do know that World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones."
     
  14. -Bull-

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    "Leadership is an action, not a position"

    "People demand Freedom of Speech to make up for the Freedom of thought which they avoid"

    "Saepe Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas"
    "Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever"


    more to come
     
  15. jbrown

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    "One shot, 2 Kills" Marine Sniper after his first .50 issue

    I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams
     
  16. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    "If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."--Thomas Paine

    "It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it." --Robert E. Lee

    ...and one of my all-time favorites:
    "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."--Theodore Roosevelt
     
  17. AF6872

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    All men make mistakes, married men just find out sooner.

    If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

    Animals generally taste better than they look.

    She settled for a little less to get a little more...and ended up with me.

    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

    While their nails are drying women are practicaly defenseless.

    You miss one hundred percent of the shots you never take.

    Tracers work both ways.
     
  18. AF6872

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    One of the best from "Men In Black":

    "Elvis isn't dead. He just went home":yllol:
     
  19. toddman10

    toddman10 USMMA Midshipman

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    "Today is a new day, yesterday is gone forever, and tomorow may never come."

    Unknown
     
  20. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    Back in Black is better. :biggrin:
     

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