But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they
Is their monument to-day, and for aye.
~Thomas Dunn English
It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler
In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
But fame is theirs - and future days
On pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell - when cold neglect is dead -
"These for their country fought and bled."
Freedom is never free.
I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
~Michel de Montaigne
I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?"
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
Lord, bid war's trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums.
~Arthur Koestler, Janus: A Summing Up
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, much later adapted to "So shines a good deed in a weary
world" by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935