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Patrick MacGill Quotes and Sayings

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The soldiers' last meal is generally served out about
five o'clock in the afternoon,
sometimes earlier; and a stretch of fourteen hours
intervenes between then and breakfast.
- Patrick MacGill

Even the distribution of rations leaves much to be desired;
the fatigue party,
well-intentioned and sympathetic though it be,
often finds itself short of provisions.
- Patrick MacGill

Divisional exercise is a great game of make-believe.
- Patrick MacGill

A clock struck out the hour of twelve,
and the bird in the hedgerow was still singing as we
marched out to the roadway,
and followed our merry pipers home to town.
- Patrick MacGill

 

I am one of the million or more male residents of the United Kingdom,
who a year ago had no special yearning towards military life,
but who joined the army after war was declared.
- Patrick MacGill

Every battalion has its marching songs.
- Patrick MacGill

To the soldier, luck is merely another word for skill.
- Patrick MacGill

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There comes a moment on a journey when something sweet,
something irresistible and charming as wine raised to thirsty lips,
wells up in the traveller's being.
- Patrick MacGill

Marching thus at night, a battalion is doubly impressive.
The silent monster is full of restrained power;
resolute in its onward sweep,
impervious to danger, it looks a menacing engine of destruction,
steady to its goal, and certain of its mission.
- Patrick MacGill

Save for minor ailments and accident,
my battalion is practically immune from sickness;
colds come and go as a matter of course,
sprains and cuts claim momentary attention,
but otherwise the health of the battalion is perfect.
- Patrick MacGill

Few men could explain why they enlisted,
and if they attempted they might only prove that they
had done as a politician said the electorate does,
the right thing from the wrong motive.
- Patrick MacGill

Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
- Euripides

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

The Wedding March always reminds me of the music
played when soldiers go into battle.
- Heinrich Heine

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast
possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov

Discipline is simply the art of making the soldiers
fear their officers more than the enemy.
- Claude Adrien Helvetius

Soldiers of Israel, we have no aims of conquest.
Our purpose is to bring to naught the attempts of the
Arab armies to conquer our land.
- Moshe Dayan

We are all happy when U.S.
soldiers are killed week in and week out.
The killing of U.S.
soldiers in Iraq is legitimate and obligatory.
- Walid Jumblatt

My son is not wild about going back to Iraq,
but he'd sure rather do that than sacrifice all that
he and his fellow soldiers have accomplished by leaving
too early and inviting chaos.
- Kit Bond

I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations,
and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I am a general.
My soldiers are the keys and I have to command them.
- Vladimir Horowitz

Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land,
drawing no dividend from time's tomorrows.
- Siegfried Sassoon

When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field,
they have all one rank in my eyes.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Children play soldier.
That makes sense.
But why do soldiers play children?
- Karl Kraus

We made them drink poison last night and Saddam Hussein's
soldiers and his great forces gave the Americans a
lesson which will not be forgotten by history.
Truly.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
- Thomas Paine

Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Firefighters are indispensable foot soldiers here at home.
- Christopher Dodd

Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs.
- Desmond Morris

Christians, like slaves and soldiers,
ask no questions.
- Jerry Falwell

The Roman legions were formed in the first instance of citizen soldiers,
who yet had been made to submit to a rigid discipline,
and to feel that in that submission lay their strength.
- Goldwin Smith

We're quickly moving to the point where we will have
no military bases in the Northeast,
and this undermines support for the military.
We are a nation of citizen soldiers.
- Rob Simmons

A few regular troops from old France,
weakened by hunger and sickness, who,
when fresh, were unable to withstand the British soldiers,
are their general's chief dependence.
- James Wolfe

I think that some of our soldiers die in the battlefield
and some come home to bad health and die prematurely,
just by the nature of the kind of business they're in.
- Christopher Shays

The worst...
was what the Pakistani soldiers did to the Bengali
women after their failed rebellion.
- Iris Chang

Our main battle has always been against Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers.
- Ahmed Yassin

U.S.
soldiers, with whom I now have more than a passing acquaintance,
joke that they track my movements in order to know
where they will be deployed next.
- Christiane Amanpour

How can faceless bureaucrats in an intelligence agency
deny brave soldiers a chance to tell the truth?
- Curt Weldon

After all my years of playing soldiers,
and then of reading History, I have almost a mania to be in the East,
to see fighting, and to serve.
- Wilfred Owen

When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will.
- Frederic Bastiat

The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand.
They make the racist secure in his racism.
- Huey Newton

American soldiers had to guard prisoners on the inside
while receiving mortar and weapons fire from the outside.
Guantanamo is distant from any battlefield,
making it far more secure.
- John Yoo

Sacrificing American soldiers or innocent civilians
in an unprecedented preemptive attack on a separate
sovereign nation may well prove itself a most temporary medicine.
- Sean Penn

I want you to give all these chiefs of the soldiers
here to understand that we are for peace,
and that we have made peace, that we may not be mistaken by them for enemies.
- Black Kettle

Washington has thrown their soldiers on the fire.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty.
Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace.
Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.
- Lin Yutang

The war imbued my tin soldiers with quite a new interest.
It was impossible to have boxes enough of them.
- Georg Brandes

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it,
and while our soldiers can stand and fight,
I can stand and feed and nurse them.
- Clara Barton

Spending time with America's soldiers is always inspiring.
- John Boehner

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
- Douglas MacArthur

Soldiers and peasants lived together on friendly terms;
they knew each other and their everyday routines,
and trusted each other; they shook their heads together over the war.
- Ernst Toller

One or two of the trips were a bit scary.
Soldiers had me at gun point on one trip,
locked me in my van all night and escorted me in and
out of buildings when I wanted to wash.
- Joey Dunlop

The gigantic Gaul derided the Roman soldiers as a band of pigmies.
- John Lothrop Motley

The Indians were well mounted and felt proud and elated
because they had been made United States soldiers.
- Buffalo Bill

There was a military police brigade with over 3,400
soldiers getting ready to go home because their mission -
prisoner-of-war operations -
was finished.
- Janis Karpinski

Bin Laden, who was in his country, attacked and damaged our Pentagon,
and killed our soldiers right out here at the Pentagon.
But his pentagon no longer exists.
It is rubble.
- Jeff Sessions

The first song is called "London." It's about two Russian
soldiers who desert the Russian army and escape to London,
where they indulge in a life of crime.
- Neil Tennant

I just think it's my responsibility as a human being
and an entertainer to see the soldiers.
- Coolio

If we're going to spend more money, it should go to the soldiers,
Marines, and airmen to increase their salaries.
- David Hunt

There's always a reaction based on fear.
People assume if you're criticizing a decision to go to war,
then you're saying something against the soldiers-which is not the case.
- Ed Harris

Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin they think of firelit homes,
clean beds, and wives.
- Siegfried Sassoon

I had 16 other prisons that I needed to pay attention to,
and we did.
And I had 3,400 soldiers who were depending on me to take care of them,
and I did.
- Janis Karpinski

The soldiers never explained to the government when an Indian was wronged,
but reported the misdeeds of the Indians.
- Geronimo

The south produced statesmen and soldiers,
planters and doctors and lawyers and poets,
but certainly no engineers and mechanics.
Let Yankees adopt such low callings.
- Margaret Mitchell

I've had songs written during the Falklands war,
and during the first Gulf war I got letters from soldiers
saying they were listening to these songs,
like Island of no return.
- Billy Bragg

God has given such brave soldiers to this Crown that,
if they do not frighten our neighbours,
at least they prevent us from being frightened by them.
- Elizabeth I

I have done my duty by the laws of my people and I
am sorry my people were led this time by men who were
not soldiers and that crimes were committed of which I had no knowledge.
- Ernst Kaltenbrunner

I thought that that mission and the mission of taking
care of those soldiers were my priorities,
and I stand by the same today.
There wasn't a lot of support for those soldiers.
- Janis Karpinski

There are few men more superstitious than soldiers.
They are, after all, the men who live closest to death.
- Mary Stewart

This war is being played in the realm of public opinion
and has dire consequences for our soldiers in Iraq,
the future of our country, and freedom around the world.
- John Doolittle

I knew that if the feat was accomplished it must be
at a most fearful sacrifice of as brave and gallant
soldiers as ever engaged in battle.
- John B. Hood


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