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19,033.  It’s all sentimental … and Tinkerbell’s life goes out and she dies.  The love of our troops: the ultimate in fake patriotism.  The troops?  Are you kidding?  We pay them like shit, we fuck them and trick them on deployments, we nickel and dime them on medical care when they get home, not to mention the stupid wars that we send them to.  (United States of America & Comedy & Soldiers & Patriotism)   Bill Maher: But I’m Not Wrong, Sky Comedy 2021

 

 

76,278.  I think that you can honour the sacrifices of a common soldier without glorifying war.  (Honour & War & Soldier)  Geraldine Brooks

 

 

95,723.  ‘Forward the light bridage!’

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldiers knew

Some one had blundered:

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die:

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.  (Soldier & Battle & Bravery)  Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charge of the Light Brigade

 

 

87,289.  Despite the killings the demonstrations continued.  Back at the barracks the soldiers were becoming increasingly angry at what had happened, and when their officer tried to force them back on to the streets again, they let their feelings known.  (Russia & Solidarity & Revolution & Bread & Strike & Demonstration & Soldier)  The Russian Revolution in Colour

 

 

87,002.  The destiny of the soldier is death.  (Rome & Soldier)  Caesar the Conqueror 1962 starring Cameron Mitchell & Rick Battaglia & Dominique Wilms & Ivo Pajer & Raffaella Carra & Carlo Tamberlani & Bruno Tocci & Lucia Randi & Cesare Fantoni & Giulio Donnini & Piero Palermini & Aldo Pini & Fedele Gentile et al, director Tanio Boccia, Caesar

 

 

78,583.  The Duke of Wellington was the most famous Briton in the first half of the nineteenth century.  His victory over Napoleon in 1815 changed the course of history.  (Great Britain & Soldier)  Wellington: The Iron Duke Unmasked, BBC 2015

 

78,584.  ‘The mark of a great general is to know when to retreat and have the courage to do it.’  (Great Britain & Soldier)  ibid.   

 

 

18,864.  Soldiers don’t go to Hell.  It’s War ... It’s business.  (Gangs US: New Jersey & Soldiers & War & Mafia & Mafia: US)  The Sopranos: From Where to Eternity s2e9 starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Tony to Dr Melfi

 

 

20,496.  History remembers kings not soldiers.  (GBH Films & Greeks & Troy & History & King & Soldier)  Troy 2004 starring Brad Pitt & Eric Bana & Orlando Bloom & Rose Byrne & Peter O'Toole & Diane Kruger & Brian Cox & Sean Bean & Julie Christie & Saffron Burrows et al, director Wolfgang Petersen, Agamemnon to Achilles

 

 

21,877.  Soldiers don’t have anywhere to go unless you tell them where to go.  (GBH Films & Soldiers & Film Noir)  Crossfire 1947 starring Robert Ryan & Robert Mitchum & Robert Young & Gloria Grahame & Paul Kelly & Sam Levene & Jacqueline White & Steve Brodie et al, director Edward Dmytryk, Mitchell

 

 

24,852.  None of you belonged on Bajor: it wasn’t your world.  For fifty years you raped our planet and you killed our people.  You lived on our land and you took the food out of our mouths.   And I don’t care if you held a phaser in your hand ... You were all legitimate targets.  I was a soldier!  You’re just a bitter man out for revenge.  (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine & Soldier)  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Darkness and the Light s5e11, Kira to deformed Cardassian 

 

 

26,140.  You are ordered abroad as a soldier of the King to help our French comrades against the invasion of a common enemy … In this new experience you may find temptations both in wine and women.  You must entirely resist both temptations, and while treating all women with perfect courtesy, you would avoid any intimacy.  Do your duty bravely.  Fear God.  Honour the King.  (World War I & Soldier & Temptation)  Lord Kitchener, The Times 19th August 1914

 

 

28,915.  A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.  More than that no man is entitled to, and less that no man shall have.  (United States of America & Soldier)  Theodore Roosevelt 4th July 1903

 

 

29,650.  They’re an extraordinary group, mostly volunteers.  Blacks escaping the ghetto, and poor whites weaned on John Wayne.  Day and night they were pounded with artillery, mortar and rockets.  They lay in their trenches, in their own blood, and dirt and with their frustrations.  I should say that few soldiers have endured such conditions and have resisted so bravely and suffered so long in the cause of nothing.  (Vietnam & Soldiers)  John Pilger, Do You Remember Vietnam?    

 

 

56,825.  Old soldiers never die.  (Proverb & Soldier)  Early 20th century proverb

 

 

58,805.  There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general:

(1) Recklessness, which leads to destruction;

(2) cowardice, which leads to capture;

(3) a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults;

(4) a delicacy of honour which is sensitive to shame;

(5) over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble.  (Fault & Soldier)  Sun Tzu, The Art of War

 

 

63,786.  The soldier is the Army.  No army is better than its soldiers.  The Soldier is also a citizen.  In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.  (Army & Soldier & Citizen)  George S Patton junior

 

 

72,519.  Unsullied!  You have been slaves, all your life.  Today, you are free.  Any man who wishes to leave may leave, and no one will harm him – I give you my word.  Will you fight for me – as free men?  (Fantasy & Soldier)  Game of Thrones: And Now His Watch is Ended s3e4, Daenerys Targaryen

 

 

72,530.  Soldiers win wars.  Soldiers on the ground.  (Fantasy & Soldier)  Game of Thrones: Breaker of Chains s4e3, Davos

 

 

88,815.  The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.  G K Chesterton 

 

 

72,851.  Can our shrinking military keep Britain safe?  We ask if defence cuts have allowed Russia to move its forces ever closer to our coast.  A former head of special forces dismisses the government’s key plan to replace regular soldiers with part-timers.  (Defence & Military & Soldier & UK Foreign Relations)  Dispatches: Britain's Defence Squeeze, Channel 4 2015

 

72,852.  The Royal Navy seemed to be a little short of ships.  (Defence & Military & Soldier & UK Foreign Relations & Navy & Ship)  ibid.

 

72,853.  Almost as many admirals as there are warships.  (Defence & Military & Soldier & UK Foreign Relations & Navy & Ship)  ibid.

 

 

76,279.  Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle?  A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.  (Honour & Battle & Self & War & Soldier & Courage & Abyss)  William Butler Yeats

 

 

88,816.  O what is that sound which so thrills the ear

Down in the valley drumming, drumming?

Only the scarlet soldiers, dear,

The soldiers coming.  (Soldier & Sound)  W H Auden, O What is That Sound 1936

 

 

88,817.  Onward, Christian soldiers,

Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus

Going on before.  (Soldier & Christianity)  Sabine Baring-Gould 1834-1924, Onward Christian Soldiers, 1864 hymn

 

 

88,840.  I am a soldier and unapt to weep

Or to exclaim on fortune’s fickleness.  William Shakespeare, I Henry VI V iii 134

 

 

88,818.  Advantage is a better soldier than rashness.  (Soldier & Advantage)  William Shakespeare, Henry V III vi 121-122, Mountjoy to King Harry and court

 

 

88,819.  Then a soldier,

Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,

Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,

Seeking the bubble reputation

Even in the cannon’s mouth.  And then the justice,

In fair round belly with good capon lined.  William Shakespeare, As You Like It II vii 149

 

 

88,820.  You may relish him more in the soldier than in the scholar.  William Shakespeare, Othello II I 168-169, Cassio

 

88,821.  ’Tis the soldier’s life

To have their balmy slumbers waked with strife.  ibid.  II iii 251-252, Othello

 

 

88,841.  God’s soldier be he!

Had I as many sons as I have hairs,

I would not wish them to a fairer death:

And so his knell is knoll’d.  William Shakespeare, Macbeth V viii 47

 

 

88,822.  Oh, you are a very poor soldier – a chocolate cream soldier!  George Bernard Shaw, Arms and the Man 1898

 

 

88,837.  The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office.  George Bernard Shaw

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