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27 Powerful U.S. Marine Quotes – Doing The Right Thing

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These powerful and inspirational U.S. Marine quotes demonstrate how important it is to have integrity as a person.

Integrity shapes the character of each marine and is demonstrated daily in all that they say and do. To a Marine, there is a code of honor that they will not breach.

These quotes are a reflection of that honor, and I would urge you all to look for the meaning behind the words and the strong integrity on display.

“If I charge, follow me. If I retreat, kill me. If I die, revenge me.” – USMC

U.S. Marine Quotes – Doing the right thing

“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.”

 – Ronald Reagan.

“In the Marine Corps, I was used to people doing what they said and saying what they mean.”

 – Rob Riggle.

“We’re not accustomed to occupying defensive positions. It’s destructive to morale.”

 – LtGen H.M. Smith – Iwo Jima, 1945.

“In the simple moral maxim the Marine Corps teaches, – Do the right thing for the right reason, – no exception exists that says: unless there’s criticism or risk. Damn the consequences.”

  – Josh Rushing.

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“There are no heroes. Only those that accomplish incredible feats under incredible amounts of pressure.”

 – Brendan Bigney.

 “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.”

He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

 – Gen Douglas MacArthur

“Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

 – Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, 16 March 1945.

“I would not trade you a billion dollars for the kids I led to combat in Vietnam or in fact any of the Marines that I served with for a quarter of a century.”

 – Oliver North.


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“To Marines, love of liberty is not an empty phrase…

Rather, it’s displayed by blood, sweat, and tears for the fallen.”

 – Jim Mattis.

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

 – Elmer Davis.

“Marine Corps Integrity is doing that thing which is right when no one is looking.”

 – Col. Colin Lampard. USMC

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”

John F Kennedy.


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“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
 – Harry S Truman.

“Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.”

 – Ned Dolan.

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

“There’s likely a place in paradise for people who tried hard, but what really matters is succeeding. If that requires you to change, that’s your mission.”

 – General Stanley McChrystal.


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“The Marine Corps represented honor more than he could ever express. He went into the Marine Corps because it meant honor to him.”

  – John Broughton.

“It was easy to make fun of the Marines when they weren’t listening.

In Holden’s navy days, making fun of the jarheads was as natural as cussing. But four marines had died getting him off the Donnager, and three of them had made a conscious decision to do so.

Holden promised himself that he’d never make fun of them again.”

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“Always do everything you ask of those you command.”
– Gen George S. Patton.

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

  – Gen Norman Schwarzkopf.


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“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable”

 – Dwight D Eisenhower.

“I knew many Marines had done brave deeds that no one saw and for which they got no medals at all.

I was having a very hard time carrying those medals and didn’t have the insight or the maturity to know what to do with my combination of guilt and pride.”

  – Karl Marlantes.

In Summary

I hope you liked the quotes and agree with me that these U.S. Marine quotes are more than just a sum of their parts.

However, if you do not, consider the following quote by Colin Powel, former U.S. General, Secretary of State, and National Security Advisor, as you go through life.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

A proud father of two boys, an amateur actor, and a green living enthusiast, Mark has been sharing hints, tips, and sustainable living content on his website Sustainability Dad since august 2019.

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