25 Inspiring Veterans Day Quotes

Veterans Day

These men and women have demonstrated undeniable courage and patriotism. So let’s listen to their voices — from authors to sports legends, poets to presidents — and remember with gratitude the soldiers and the families who continue the fight for freedom. Here are 25 inspiring Veterans Day quotes:

Veterans Day Quotes

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”

-Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln

“Perfect valor is to behave, without witnesses, as one would act were all the world watching.”

-Francois de la Rochefoucauld


Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

-Elmer Davis


Elmer Davis

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

-Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou

“America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.”

-Steve Buyer


Steve Buyer

“America’s veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.”

-John Doolittle


John Doolittle

“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.”

-Gary Hart


Gary Hart

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself in acts of bravery and heroism.”

-Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton

“It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

-Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf


Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.”

-Charles B. Rangel


Charles B. Rangel

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”

-Arthur Ashe


Arthur Ashe

“The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us.”

-Tom Clancy


Tom Clancy

“While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.”

-Randy Neugebauer


Randy Neugebauer

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”

-Patrick Henry


Patrick Henry

“In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.”

-Barack Obama


Barack Obama

“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”

-Winston Churchill


Winston Churchill

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

-John F. Kennedy


John F. Kennedy

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

-José Narosky


José Narosky

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

-George Washington


George Washington

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

-Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”

-Billy Graham


Billy Graham

“When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?”

-George Canning


George Canning

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

-Gen. Douglas MacArthur


Gen. Douglas MacArthur

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.”

-Dan Lipinski


Dan Lipinski

“The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

-Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln