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Quotations about Veterans Day

But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they
wrought for,
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.
~José Narosky
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
~Elmer Davis
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."

~Philip Freneau
Freedom is never free.
~Author Unknown
I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.
~Gary Hart
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
~George Canning
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?"
~Eve Merriam
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
~Cynthia Ozick
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!
~Maya Angelou
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
~Chinese Proverb
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.
~G.K. Chesterton
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