A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dead upon the field of glory, Hero fit for song and story.
-John Randolph Thompason
Ah! never shall the land forget How gushed the life-blood of her brave - -William Cullen Bryant
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. Nathan Hale
You will never do anything in this world without courage. Aristotle
Green sods are all their monuments; and yet it tells A nobler history than pillared piles, Or the eternal pyramids. ~James Gates Percival
Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead! There's none of these so lonely and poor of old, But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold. ~Rupert Brooke
The patriot's blood is the seed of freedom's tree. - Thomas Campbell
We honor our fallen heroes today and everyday.
Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er, Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking: Dream of battled fields no more, Days of danger, nights of waking. Sir Walter Scott
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. – President George Washington
With the tears a Land hath shed Their graves should ever be green. ~Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism? ~Henry Ward Beecher
The hero dead cannot expire: The dead still play their part. Charles Sangster
The Flag still floats unblotted with defeat! But ah the blood that keeps its ripples red, The starry lives that keep its field alight. Rupert Hughes
And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave. – Joseph Rodman Drake
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. — General George S. Patton
Decoration Day is the most beautiful of our national holidays... The grim cannon have turned into palm branches, and the shell and shrapnel into peach blossoms. – Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored. – Daniel Webster
They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation. – Henry Ward Beecher
I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world. – President Ronald Reagan
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. G.K. Chesterton
Famous men have the whole earth as their memorial. Pericles
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering. Theodore Roosevelt
We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. – Francis A. Walker
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion. – President Calvin Coolidge
A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer. -Novalis
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
For love of country they accepted death... -James A. Garfield
In valor there is hope. ~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours. ~ Wallace Bruce
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. ~ Baltasar Gracian
National honor is the national property of the highest value. ~ James Monroe
So as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants. ~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. -From a headstone in Ireland
"The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men." -Minot J. Savage
They fell, but o'er their glorious grave Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save. -Francis Marion Crawford
And each man stand with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth; Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth... -Thomas Moore
"Bravery never goes out of fashion." -William Makepeace Thackeray
Is't death to fall for Freedom's right? He's dead alone who lacks her light! -Thomas Campbell
Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. -G. K. Chesterton
The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly. -Corra Harris
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. -Benjamin Disraeli
"And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." -Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave - Muhammed
Memorial Day Quotes And Sayings
On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!
-Thomas William Parsons
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. -Thucydides
Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back. - Publilius Syrus
Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
-Richard Watson Gilder
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
The purpose of all war is peace.
Great Memorial Day Quotes
A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!Oliver Wendell Holmes
-Henry Ward Beecher
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
- Jane Austen
Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Famous Memorial Day Quotes
A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them! Wendell Holmes
A human act once set in motion flows on forever to the great account. Our deathlessness is in what we do, not in what we are.
A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor. Seneca
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give
The boundaries between life and death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends and where the other begins?
Edgar Allen Poe
Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good.
I know death has ten thousand several doors for men to take their exits
It is not length of life, but depth of life. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life and death are but phases of the same thing, the reverse and obverse of the same coin. Death is as necessary for man's growth as life itself.
Say not in grief he is no more - but live in thankfulness that he was.
Sometimes, when one person is absent, the whole world seems depopulated Allphonse de Lamartine
Cowards die many times before their deaths: The valiant never taste of death but once.
Death is the veil which those who live call life: They sleep, and it is lifted. Percy Blysshe Shelley
Memorial Day Thank You Quotes
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
President Thomas Jefferson
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
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. President John F. Kennedy