The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!
The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!
For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles.
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.
Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess.
Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there.
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.
The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand.
Ensure that no Marine who honorably wore the eagle, globe and anchor is lost to the Marine Corps family.
Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning.
There's a mindset of flexibility and adaptability that comes with us. We don't mind hardship. We don't mind somebody saying, "Go in and do this nasty job." Whatever the job is, we can do it. That's why the nation has a Marine Corps.
I still need Marines who can shoot and salute. But I need Marines who can fix jet engines and man sophisticated radar sets, as well.
I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold.
They're on our right, they're on our left, they're in front of us, they're behind us; they can't get away from us this time.
Old breed? New breed? There's not a damn bit of difference so long as it's the Marine breed.
The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.
Tell that to the Marines!
We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!
Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. And if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity.
They (Women Marines) don't have a nickname, and they don't need one. They get their basic training in a Marine atmosphere, at a Marine Post. They inherit the traditions of the Marines. They are Marines.
I've always been proud of being a Marine. I won't hesitate to defend the Corps.
...We are intensely proud of their noble record and are glad to have had the whole world see how irresistible they are in their might when a cause which America holds dear is at stake. The whole nation has reason to be proud of them.
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