Regardless of your opinion of war, both Veterans day in the US, and Remembrance day in Commonwealth countries around the world, should be observed with dignity, reflection and reverence. War is hell. And those who come back from service should be celebrated for making such a great sacrifice for the freedom we all are so lucky to enjoy. We’ve been touched by the many news stories today of soldiers young and old, and their experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Eastern Europe.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a collection of freedom, war, courage and liberty focused quotes to inspire you on this day.
We hope these quotes will motivate you to find your own personal courage and overcome the difficulties life throws at you.
25 Remembrance Quotes On Freedom,War, Courage and Liberty:
1) “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” – Unknown
2) “Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” – Susan Gale
3) “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” – Tony Robbins
4) Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
5) “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
6) “Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, “Get the hell out of my way, I’ve got things to do.” – Unknown
“In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” ― Drew Barrymore
7) “Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.” – Coretta Scott King
8) “The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
9) “Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.” – Vernon Howard
10) “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.” – Pericles
11) “There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.” – Walter Cronkite
12) “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson
13) “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
14) “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” – John F. Kennedy
15) “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
16) “Where liberty is, there is my country.”- Benjamin Franklin
17) “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” – Henry David Thoreau
18) “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
19) “War is what happens when language fails.” ― Margaret Atwood
20) “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” ― Mahatma Gandhi
21) “Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.” ― Malcolm X
22) “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” ― Sun Tzu
23) “The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.” – Albert Einstein
24) “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” – John F. Kennedy
Do you have any remembrance quotes we may have missed? Let us know in the comments.