World War II Tributes
The gallantry and aggressive fighting spirit of the Russian soldiers command the American army's admiration. - George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

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Quotes of World War II
WWII Tributes displays a random quote at the top of every page on the site. It currently draws upon a pool of 51 quotes from various individuals regarding World War II. The vast majority of these are courtesy of this WWII Quotes Archive. They house many more than we display here on our site, and they conveniently have them organized by the nationality of the author/speaker.

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  1. Don't fire until you can see the whites of their eyes. - Major Devereux (the battle of Wake Island, 1941)

  2. The mindless rejoicing at home is really appalling; it makes me fear that the first blow against Tokyo will make them wilt at once...I only wish that [the Americans] had also had, say, three carriers at Hawaii... - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander in Chief of the Japanese Navy (1942)

  3. Today we may say aloud before an awe-struck world: We are still masters of our fate. We are still captain of our souls. - Prime Minister Winston Churchill

  4. The work of a thousand years is nothing but rubble. - Dr. Carl Goerdeler (1943)

  5. Peace is absurd: Fascism does not believe in it. - Benito Mussolini, Fascist Dictator

  6. Three cheers for war, noble and beautiful above all. - Benito Mussolini, Fascist Dictator

  7. Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. - George Patton

  8. All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time. - Lieutenant General Lewis B.'Chesty' Puller (when surrounded by 8 enemy divisions)

  9. United in this determination and with unshakable faith in the cause for which we fight, we will, with God's help, go forward to our greatest victory. - General Dwight D. Eisenhower (1944)

  10. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival. - Prime Minister Winston Churchill

  11. Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world, and that God will preserve it always. - General Douglas Macarthur, Supreme Allied Commander of South-West Pacific (1945)

  12. It takes twenty years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only twenty seconds of war to destroy him. - Baudouin I, King of Belgium

  13. We shall go down in history as the greatest statesmen of all time, or as the greatest criminals. - Josef Goebbel, Minister of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda (before he committed suicide)

  14. Red-White-Red [the Austrian national colors] until we're dead! - Austrian Chancellor Dr. Kurt von Schuschnigg (in the last days of the Austrian Republic)

  15. With amazement and disappointment, we discovered in late October and early November that the beaten Russians seemed quite unaware that as a military force they had almost ceased to exist. - General Blumentritt

  16. I've had my fill of Hitler. These conferences called by a ringing of a bell are not to my liking; the bell is rung when people call their servants. And besides, what kind of conferences are these? For five hours I am forced to listen to a monologue which is quite fruitless and boring. - Benito Mussolini, Fascist Dictator (To his son in law on June 10th, 1941)

  17. They have given their sons to the military services. They have stoked the furnaces and hurried the factory wheels. They have made the planes and welded the tanks. Riveted the ships and rolled the shells. - President Franklin D. Roosevelt (addressing women's contributions to the war)

  18. The Bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives. - Admiral William Daniel Leahy (advising President Truman on the U.S. atom bomb project, 1945)

  19. The hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor. - President Franklin D. Roosevelt (speaking of when Italy invaded her neighboring country, France)

  20. The enemy holds every trump card, covering all areas with long-range air patrols and using location methods against which we still have no warning... The enemy knows all our secrets and we know none of his. - Grand Admiral Doenitz, Commander in Chief of the German Navy (1943)

  21. I like a man who grins when he fights. - Prime Minister Winston Churchill

  22. I shall return. - General Douglas Macarthur, Supreme Allied Commander of South-West Pacific (speaking about the Philippines, when he was forced to retreat to Austrailia, 1942)

  23. Before Alamein, we had no victories. After Alamein, we had no defeats. - Prime Minister Winston Churchill

  24. Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue - Admiral Nimitz

  25. The Eastern front is like a house of cards. If the front is broken through at one point all the rest will collapse. - General Heinz Guderian

  26. In the first six to twelve months of a war with the United States and Great Britain I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success. - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander in Chief of the Japanese Navy (1940)

  27. To die for the Emperor is to live forever. - Japanese Army Slogan

  28. History knows no greater display of courage than that shown by the people of the Soviet Union. - Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War

  29. When this war is over, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell. - Admiral Bill Halsey (December 7, 1941)

  30. Democracy has no convictions for which people would be willing to stake their lives. - Dr. Ernst Hanftstaengl

  31. I never worry about action, only inaction. - Winston Churchill

  32. An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Prime Minister Winston Churchill

  33. To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. Now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all!...Hitler's fate was sealed. Mussolini's fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder. - Prime Minister Winston Churchill (after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor)

  34. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender. - Winston Churchill

  35. No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. - General George S. Patton

  36. We and our allies owe and acknowledge an ever-lasting debt of gratitude to the armies and people of the Soviet Union. - Frank Knox, secretary of the Navy

  37. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. - Winston Churchill, about R.A.F fighter pilots

  38. I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. - Albert Einstein

  39. Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. - President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  40. The war goes on, but against Germany. For this war there is one means - popular insurrection. - Tancredi Galimberti, a member of the underground Action Party in Italy

  41. Blood alone moves the wheels of history. - Benito Mussolini, Fascist Dictator

  42. We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand, of overwhelming power on the other. - George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff

  43. The world must know what happened, and never forget. - General Eisenhower, while visiting nazi death camps, 1945

  44. I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. - Prime Minister Winston Churchill

  45. The gallantry and aggressive fighting spirit of the Russian soldiers command the American army's admiration. - George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

  46. A thousand years will pass and the guilt of Germany will not be erased. - Hans Frank, Governor General of Poland (before he was hanged for war crimes)

  47. A military man can scarcely pride himself on having 'smitten a sleeping enemy'; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander in Chief of the Japanese Navy (about Pearl Harbor, 1942)

  48. This is a fight between a free world and a slave world. - Vice President Henry A. Wallace

  49. Nuts - General MacAuliffe (when asked to surrender during the Battle of the Bulge, 1944)

  50. Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. -General George S. Patton

  51. Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning. - Colonel David M. Shoup (Tarawa, November 21, 1943)