"We signed up knowing the risk. Those innocent people in New York didn't go to work thinking there was any kind of risk. ~ Pvt. Mike Armendariz-Clark, USMC; Afghanastan, 20 September 2001,As reported on page 1 of the New York Times

"Hell, these are Marines.  Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima. Bagdad ain't shit. ~ Marine Major General John F. Kelly

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

"A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such thing as a former Marine. You're a Marine, just in a different uniform and you're in a different phase of your life. But you'll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There's no such thing as a former Marine. ~ General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps

"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

"There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and those who have met them in battle. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion." - Unknown

"Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the AMERICAN MARINES." - CAPTURED NORTH KOREAN MAJOR

"Teufelhunde! (Devil Dogs)" - GERMAN SOLDIERS, WW1 at BELLEAU WOOD

"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a MARINE CORPS for the next 500 years." - JAMES FORRESTAL, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - GEORGE ORWELL

"Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning." - Colonel David M. Shoup, USMC, Tarawa, 21 November 1943.

"I can't say enough about the two Marine divisions. If I use words like brilliant, it would really be an under-description of the absolutely superb job they did in breaching the so-called impenetrable barrier. . .Absolutely superb operation, a textbook, and I think it'll be studied for many, many years to come as the way to do it." - General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 February 1991.

"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!" - Captain Henry P. "Jim" Crowe, USMC, Guadalcanal, 13 January 1943

"Come on, you sons of bitches-do you want to live forever?" - Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, USMC, Belleau Wood, June 1918.

"Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there." - Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, USMC, April 1965

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!" - GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY

"I can never again see a UNITED STATES MARINE without experiencing a feeling of reverence."- GEN. JOHNSON, U.S. ARMY

"I have just returned from visiting the MARINES at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!"- GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, U.S. ARMY

“The boys we took from the farm, the factory, the school, and the office became the best amphibious troops in the world.”  — Gen. Holland M. Smith

“The most deadly thing on a battlefield is one well-aimed shot.”  — Sgt. Carlos Hathcock | USMC Sniper

“We go forward with our heads held high, but look back and remember where we come from.” — Col. Michael Hudson | USMC

“Old breed? New breed? There's not a damn bit of difference so long asit's the Marine breed.” — Lt. Gen. “Chesty” Puller

"We're not retreating, Hell! We're just attacking in a different direction!" — Gen. Oliver Smith | USMC

"So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those bastards won't get away this time!" - CHESTY PULLER, USMC

"Our Country won't go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't be any AMERICA because some foreign soldier will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!" - LT. GEN. LEWIS "CHESTY" PULLER, USMC

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem." - PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, 1985

“For me, the Eagle, Globe and Anchor is a symbol for the entire Corps, something in common and a bond between new Marines and old.” — Staff Sgt. Charles E. Fessler | World War II veteran

"Marines don't know how to spell the word defeat" — Gen. James N. Mattis | U.S. Central Command

"We had a war to win and a world to make safe for democracy." — Pvt. Elton E. Mackin, 1918

“The more Marines I have around, the better I like it.”  — U.S. Army Gen. Mark Clark | World War II, Korean War