"Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he was a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They'll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockiest SOB's I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man's normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and , generally speaking, of the United States Marines I've come in contact with, are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have had the pleasure to meet." -- An Anonymous Canadian Citizen
"When the new recruit is standing in front of his D.I., he knows what he had to do, what his D.I. wants him to do, his Mama, his Daddy, his leader says to do. But what our whole recruit training program is heading towards is that Marine doing what he has been trained for when his leader, or any other "senior" is not there looking over him. Those moments when he is alone in combat, and he has to rely on one person, himself!" -- Chesty Puller's Rules of Success!
"When in doubt, empty the magazine." -- ???
"To ERR is human, to FORGIVE divine. HOWEVER, neither is Marine Corps Policy." -- ???
"Marines never die! They just go to hell and regroup." -- ???
"It seemed from the conversation that this fellow, despite his appearance, had flunked his physical examination and the officer was giving him the bad news. The blonde guy pleaded for an exception that would allow him to become a Marine. The captain listened quietly, staring straight ahead, thought for a moment, then said, "An exception could be made only if you have some special skills or training that the Corps needs. In that case, we might consider a waiver in order to take advantage of those skills." "Tell me, young man, what is your profession?" "Teach history, Sir." The captain stared into the blonde man's eyes, spoke slowly and deliberately. "Son, we don't teach history, we make it!" -- Stories From the Pacific
"Marines about to go into battle. Some were standing watch, some readied equipment, some slept or rested, but all were quiet. No nervous jabbering, no false bravado, no whining, no melodramatics... they were professionals." -- 2nd Lieutenant "Vic" Taylor, on "the Magnificent Bastards"
"Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there." -- Lieutenant General V.H. Krulak, USMC: To a Marine unit leaving for Vietnam, April 1965
"Private First Class Melvin E. Newlin was manning a key machine gun post with four other Marines in July 1967 when a savage enemy attack nearly overran their position. Critically wounded, his comrades killed, Private Newlin propped himself against his machine gun and twice repelled the enemy attempts to overrun his position. During a third assault, he was knocked unconscious by a grenade, and the enemy, believing him dead, bypassed him and continued their attack on the main force. When he regained consciousness, he crawled back to his weapon and brought it to bear on the enemy rear, inflicting heavy casualties and causing the enemy to stop their assault on the main positions and again attack his machine gun post. Repelling two more enemy assaults, Private Newlin was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous refusal to surrender his position or to cease fighting because of his wounds." -- Guidebook for Marines
"There to the North of us they're to the South of us, they're to the East and West of us... They can't get away from us now!" -- General Lewis B. "CHESTY" Puller 1950
"The Marines have never shone more brightly than this morning." -- General Douglas MacArthur 1950
"No-one can say that the Marines have ever failed to do their work in handsome fashion." -- Major General Johnson Hagood, U.S. Army