"Here's a news flash: No soldier gives his life. That's not the way it works. Most soldiers who make a conscious decision to place themselves in harm's way do it to protect their buddies. They do it because of the bonds of friendship - and it goes so much deeper than friendship."
"The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue courage is only the second virtue."
"Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace."
"Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war."
"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."
"The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office."
"The warrior may fight for gold or for an immediate gain, or for something to take home for the winter to feed the family. The soldier is part of a more complex society. He's fighting for a group ethic of some sort."
"On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind."
"The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature."
"I was a soldier in WWII. The last couple of months of the war I was actually in combat."