The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.
The Navy is much more than a job; much more than service to country. It is a way of life. It gets in your blood.
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.
Don't give up the ship!
I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.
There are no extraordinary men... just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
The US Navy has several people on every ship that can navigate by the stars. They don't fool with that.
It is the function of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy so that it will not be fought on U.S. soil.
**** the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!
Events of October 1962 indicated, as they had all through history, that control of the sea means security. Control of the seas can mean peace. Control of the seas can mean victory. The United States must control the seas if it is to protect your security.
You may fire when you are ready Gridley.
I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.
Pink is the navy blue of India.
Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?
The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.
Visit the Navy-Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts - a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already, as one may say, buried under arms with funeral accompaniments.
Neither the Army nor the Navy is of any protection, or very little protection, against aerial raids.
No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company.
Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.
The contention that a standing army and navy is the best security of peace is about as logical as the claim that the most peaceful citizen is he who goes about heavily armed.
I have not yet begun to fight!
There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen.
The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength, - the floating bulwark of our island.
To compel the nation with challenge the traditional American doctrine of freedom of the seas, every man and every ship in the navy is solemnly pledged.
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