United States Marine Corps
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- Semper Fidelis
- Anonymous, official motto of the USMC
- Always Faithful ~ English translation of Latin motto
- Semper Fi! ~ Abbreviated version
- From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country's battles,
in the air, on land, and sea.
- Anonymous, "The Marines' Hymn" (1920)
- Come on, you sons-o'-bitches! Do you want to live forever?
- First Sergeant Daniel Daly, 73rd Machine Gun Company, to the men in his company prior to charging the Germans during the Battle of Belleau Wood in World War I. This is the version popularly attributed to Daly and recorded by Floyd Gibbons in And They Thought We Wouldn't Fight (1918), p. 304, ISBN 9781417903719
- Variant: For Christ's sake men—come on! Do you want to live forever?
- First Sergeant Daniel Daly, 73rd Machine Gun Company. Alternative version claimed by Daly himself.
- A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.
- [I]nstitutions and communities need to be able to exploit their comparative advantages. It’s not just that the Marine Corps demands more from its members than the Peace Corps; it’s that the Marines demand different things. For some people, being a Marine would be a kind of living Hell; for others it is a reason to live. That’s what the individual pursuit of happiness means... You can’t choose to be a Marine if you do not meet the requirements, but you are free to try.
- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Marines die, that's what we're here for. But, the Marine Corps lives forever and that means you live forever.
- Full Metal Jacket (1987), by Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford, Warner Bros
- I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world.
- Douglas MacArthur, as quoted in The Marines, Counterinsurgency, and Strategic Culture: Lessons Learned, by Jeannie L. Johnson, p. 66
- The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle!
- John J. Pershing, as quoted in War: A Classic Collection of 56 Great War Stories of Our Time (1995), by Jon E. Lewis, p. 505
- Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. But the Marines don't have that problem.
- It was the fate of our Marines to be at the front at a moment when the destiny of the modern world hung in the balance, and to have played a part that will be gratefully remembered here in America, as well as in western Europe, through generations to come.
- They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.
- The Navy's police force.