My Favorite Veterans Day Quotes

Veterans Day_1Here is a short list of some of my favorite quotes that fit the spirit of Veterans Day.

The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
~ Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (Indian diplomat and politician, 1900-1999)

Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.
~ Bernard Malamud (American author, 1914-1986)

Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.
~ Carol Lynn Pearson (American poet and author, b. 1939)

In war there are no unwounded soldiers.
~ Jose Narosky (Argentine notary public and writer, b. 1930)

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, “Mother, what was war?“
~ Eve Merriam (American author and poet, 1916-1992)

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
~ Cynthia Ozick (American-Jewish short story writer and novelist, b. 1928)

Freedom is never free.
~ Unknown

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.
~ William Shakespeare (English poet and playwrite, ?-1616)

So many in our world today are suffering from isolation, war and oppression. So much money is spent on the construction of armaments. Many, many young people are in despair because of the danger of nuclear war. Today as never before, we need communities of welcome; communities that are a sign of peace in a world of war. There is no point in praying for peace in the Middle East, for example, if we are not peacemakers in our own community; if we are not forgiving those in our community who have hurt us or with whom we find it difficult to live. Young people, as well as those who are older, are sensitive to this vision of peace. It must continually be announced so that hearts and minds are nourished.
~ Jean Vanier (Canadian philosopher and humanitarian, b. 1928)

May we remember that Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day, was really a prayer for peace.

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