42 Best Military Retirement Quotes Can Refresh Your Mind

Last Updated on February 4, 2021 by Scott M. Thomas

This is an incredible writing about military retirement quotes and famous sayings about them. 

Military jobs are the most honorable and ideal jobs in the world. They are ready to do anything for the country. Soldiers are one step ahead of everyone else in strength, intelligence and knowledge. But like everything else, the soldiers have to retire one day. Who likes the farewell moment? In the past, many well-known army chiefs and military men have made remarkable sayings and poems about military retirement. We have tried to put them together here. Hope you’ll enjoy it. And besides, you can appreciate your military friend by using these quotes. Enjoy!

“Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.” – Unknown

“Retirement is not a life without purpose; it is the ongoing purpose that provides meaningfulness.” – Robert Rivers

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“To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization , and at present very few people have reached this level.” – Bertrand Russell

“Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.” – Susan Cain

“Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire.” – Margaret Mead

“They’re on our right, they’re on our left, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us; they can’t get away from us this time.” – General Chesty Puller

“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!” – Lieutenant Howell Maurice Forgy

“Now, when you boys get home, you’re gonna see a lot of war protestors. But don’t be bitter. Go up to one, shake his hand, and smile. Then wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she’s dating a pussy.” – Tommy Franks

“And like the old Soldier in that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old Soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the sight to see that duty.” – Douglas MacArthur

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“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and it forever.” – Albert Pike

“… A leader…is the quality of character, of soul. It is a matter of integrity and authenticity, of commitment both to a mission and to caring for everyone on the team, regardless of rank.” – Rev. Sam Lloyd III

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – E. Davis

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.” – Judd Gregg

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” – G.K. Chesterton

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“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” – Mark Twain

“I think there is one higher office than the president and I would call that patriot.” – Gary Hart

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” – Patrick Henry

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“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“Land of the free because of the brave.” – Bumper sticker

“Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire from his experience. He must use it.” – Bernard Baruch

military appreciation quotes

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” – Maya Angelou

“Thank God every day when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.” – Basil Carpenter

“Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for you. I never had the time before to notice the beauty of your grandkids, your wife, and the tree outside your very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself.” – Hartman Jule

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments but what is woven into the hearts of others.” – Pericles

“Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.” – George Burns

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.” – George S. Patton

“This flag may fade but these colors don’t run.” – Charles M. Province

“I always likened retirement to falling off a cliff, and then you have to kind of brush yourself off.” – Steve Young

military retirement quotes and sayings

“I never had the sense that there was an end: that there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot.” – Leonard Cohen

“Something pretty… that’s just the surface. People worry so much about aging, but you look younger if you don’t worry about it.” – Jeanne Moreau

“I have long been of the opinion that if work were such a splendid thing the rich would have kept more of it for themselves.” – Bruce Grocott

“Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I think that retirement is the first step towards the grave.” – Hugh Hefner

“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.” – James Mattis

“Sometimes it’s hard to tell if retirement is a reward for a lifetime of hard work or a punishment.” – Terri Guillemets

military retirement wishes quotes

“The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.” – Unknown

“The number of medals on an officer’s breast varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duties from the front line.” – Charles Edward Montague

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Military Retirement Poems

“It is the soldier, not the reporter,

Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,

Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer

Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer

Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier, like John, who salutes the flag,

who serves under the flag,

and whose coffin will be draped by the flag.”

“To be born free is an accident.

To live free is a privilege. To die free is a responsibility.” – Brig. Gen. James Sehorn

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