Marine Corps Quotes

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Karl Marlantes
“He ran as he'd never run before, with neither hope nor despair. He ran because the world was divided into opposites and his side had already been chosen for him, his only choice being whether or not to play his part with heart and courage. He ran because fate had placed him in a position of responsibility and he had accepted the burden. He ran because his self-respect required it. He ran because he loved his friends and this was the only thing he could do to end the madness that was killing and maiming them.”
Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn

Leon Uris
“Huxley: "Tell me something Bryce, do you know the difference between a Jersey, a Guernsey, a Holstein, and an Ayershire?"
Bryce: "No."
Huxley: "Seabags Brown does."
Bryce: "I don't see what that has to do..."
Huxley: "What do you know about Gaelic history?"
Bryce: "Not much."
Huxley: "Then why don't you sit down one day with Gunner McQuade. He is an expert. Speaks the language, too."
Bryce: "I don't..."
Huxley: " What do you know about astronomy?"
Bryce: "A little."
Huxley: "Discuss it with Wellman, he held a fellowship."
Bryce: "This is most puzzling."
Huxley: "What about Homer, ever read Homer?"
Bryce: "Of course I've read Homer."
Huxley: "In the original Greek?"
Bryce: "No"
Huxley: "Then chat with Pfc. Hodgkiss. Loves to read the ancient Greek."
Bryce: "Would you kindly get to the point?"
Huxley: "The point is this, Bryce. What makes you think you are so goddam superior? Who gave you the bright idea that you had a corner on the world's knowledge? There are privates in this battalion who can piss more brains down a slit trench then you'll ever have. You're the most pretentious, egotistical individual I've ever encountered. Your superiority complex reeks. I've seen the way you treat men, like a big strutting peacock. Why, you've had them do everything but wipe your ass.”
Leon Uris, Battle Cry

Sebastian Junger
“War is life multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of.”
Sebastian Junger, War

Josh Rushing
“In the simple moral maxim the Marine Corps teaches

— do the right thing, for the right reason

— no exception exists that says: unless there's criticism or risk. Damn the consequences.”
Josh Rushing, Mission Al-Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World

Tiffany Madison
“As a civilian, I know nothing about combat, the Marine Corps experience or modern man's struggle adjusting to peace after war. I only know what's been shared with me; confidences I would never betray, nor use as details in a novel.”
Tiffany Madison

Gregory Boyington
“Show me a hero and I'll show you a bum.”
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, Baa Baa Black Sheep

“Let those other women marry bankers. I've got myself a Marine.”
Mollie Gross, Confessions of a Military Wife

Philip Caputo
“The essence of the Marine Corps experience, I decided, was pain.”
Philip Caputo, A Rumor Of War

“Hanna started to laugh uncontrollably. "Now," Bobby told her, "say, 'I'm a dying cockroach.'"
Again Hanna stopped and rolled over. "Do what?" she asked.
"You were doing good, Girl. Don't stop. Please don't stop. Quick, get back on your back."
It was his patience with her that finally convinced her to go on with the foolishness.
"That's it. Wiggle. Wiggle. Now, say, 'I'm a dying Cockroach.'"
"I cant."
"Yes you can. Say it. Say it."
Hanna started laughing so hard she could not stop.
"I'm a dying cockroach." she managed to say.
"I'm a dying cockroach, " Bobby repeated. "Say it again. Say it over and over. I'm a dying cockroach, I'm a dying cockroach. Say it."
"I'm a dying cockroach," Hanna began.
"Keep wiggling. Wiggle. Wiggle. I'm a dying cockroach."
"I'm a dying cockroach. I'm a dying fucking cockroach!"
Bobby spent nearly half an hour putting Hanna through the exercise he had experienced in the Marine Corps. He was satisfied when finally she began to scream uncontrollably as she flailed about the floor hysterically in absolute absurdity. Tears were pouring over her face. It was then that Bobby fell over her and began to hug and hold her and kiss her cheeks. "You did it!" Girl, you did it. See?" After she came back to her senses and calmed down, Bobby explained why he put her through the ordeal. "How do you feel?" he asked her.
Hanna smiled and said. "Weird. I made a fucking fool of myself."
"Great," said Bobby. "That was the point. See, you got outside yourself. You lost your ego."
Hanna was starting to understand. "I did, didn't I? I let go. I honestly let go of everything. I didn't care. I didn't give a shit for nothing. It felt great. Shiiiitttt!" she screamed into her hands. "I'm a fucking dying cockroach. And I don't give a shit about nothing."
"Anything," Byron said from the kitchen.”
Ronald Everett Capps, Off Magazine Street

“I found myself surrounded by really old veterans wearing hats that said, "Retired Marine - SEMPER FI." These hats didn't appear to fit on their heads, but instead seemed to hover over them.
At one point, I mistakenly tried to take the last box of crackers that a veteran also wanted. He started yelling, "I ran away from home at seventeen, lied about my age, and joined the Corps! I fought in World War II, Korea, and NAM! I have no cartilage in my right knee! It's bone-on-bone, but every morning I run six miles! I did not sacrifice my knee for this country to come here today and have you disrespect me at the commissary. Oooh-RAH!"
I dropped the crackers and walked away.”
Mollie Gross, Confessions of a Military Wife

William Styron
“I never said I hated the Marine Corps! I only said it was no place for a sensitive, civilized, self-respecting human being.”
William Styron, The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps

“Everyday US Marines make possible the impossible and then go about their business like it's just the way things are supposed to be.”
Mark W Boyer

“A Marine likes a good fight and respects a good fighter. You’ve got yourself one fine Marine for an escort and the whole Marine Corps behind you.”
Bud Rudesill, Hurricane Ginger

Pat Conroy
“I was raised in the Marine Corps and I was taught as a boy that you feed your own men before you feed yourself. It was my belief then, and it remains so today, that my platoon who loves and respect me will slaughter your platoon that hates you. But here is the great lesson I took from the plebe system—it let me know exactly the kind of man I wanted to become. It made me ache to be a contributing citizen in whatever society I found myself in, to live out a life I could be proud of, and always to measure up to what I took to be the highest ideal of a Citadel man—or, now, a Citadel woman. The standards were clear to me and they were high, and I took my marching orders from my college to take my hard-won education and go out to try to make the whole world a better place.”
Pat Conroy, A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life

Brendan Bigney
“There are no heroes
Only those that accomplish incredible feats
Under incredible amounts of pressure”
Brendan Bigney, War What Comes After

Pat Conroy
“Once The Boo roamed this campus fierce, alert, and lion-voiced, and his wrath was a terrible thing. He could scream and rant and call us “bums” a thousand times, but he could not hide his clear and overwhelming love of the Corps. The Corps received that love, took it in, felt it in the deepest places, and now, tonight, we give it back at the school where we started out and we give it to The Boo, as a gift, because once, many years ago, The Boo loved us first, when we were cadets of boys and when we needed it the most.”
Pat Conroy, A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life

Pat Conroy
“When we cuss each other out, call each other the vilest names on earth, and put each other down with thoughtless cruelty, it is the only way we know and the only language we have to express our ardent love for each other.”
Pat Conroy, A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life

Brendan Bigney
“Bite the dog too often
And you will tear it apart
Before it even has the chance to rise
Yet be too kind
And it will forget that it was bred for war
It will die in the killing fields
Everything you do must be with purpose and reason
All decisions must be made without emotion
With respect to the mission
And the currency of lives”
Brendan Bigney, War What Comes After

James Brady
“We ended up our talk by my asking Dennis his feelings now about the Marines. Any regrets for all those wounds? Or about having been sent to and having to fight an unpopular war?
"No. The Marine Corps meant a tremendous amount to me. And even today I gain momentum from it. The Corps is one of the prime reasons Marines are so successful in whatever we do - because we refuse to quit.”
James Brady, Why Marines Fight

“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.”
William Halsey

“Minnie Spotted Wolf from Butte, Montana, was the first Native American to enlist in the Marine Corps Womens' Reserve. Spotted Wolf joined in 1943. She commented that Marine Corps boot camp was "hard, but not that hard.”
Tom Holm

Carter F. Smith
“Members of every major street gang, outlaw biker, and domestic extremist group have been found in a number of military branches.”
Carter F. Smith, Gangs and the Military: Gangsters, Bikers, and Terrorists with Military Training

Sabrina Elkins
“Oh.
My.
GOD.
Julian is in full Marine dress. He's in uniform.”
Sabrina Elkins, Stir Me Up

James Bradley
“... [Howlin' Mad] Smith was the "Patton of the Pacific.”
James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima

James Bradley
“Unlike all the other combatants in World War II, including the U.S. Army, Smith and his Marines never lost a battle.”
James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima

Brendan Bigney
“Wars may be started by the failings of humanity
But they are won
By the craft
Of the keen and intelligent minds that fight them”
Brendan Bigney, War What Comes After

“There are some people who think you have to hate them in order to shoot them. I don’t think you do. It’s just business.”
James Mattis

“The only person I wouldn't want to fight is myself." -Kai Gug”
Kai Gug

Abhijit Naskar
“Those who do not appreciate the soldiers and instead pompously talk about peace, should try to live a single day without the soldiers.”
Abhijit Naskar, Sleepless for Society

William Gibson
“Guys, I’m gonna pretend like all of you are incapacitated or unconscious. And if none of you makes a move, I’ll be leaving you to your own resources. Otherwise, this drone’s detonating its onboard explosives. As the only one of us who’s not physically present, I’ve got zero fucks to give about how that goes. Your call. [Conner]”
William Gibson, Agency

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