Today is the 244th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. If you're close to anyone who ever served in the Marines, you might know this already.

Yes, the other services -- the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard -- celebrate their birthdays each year (June 14, October 13, September 18, and August 4).

But no other U.S. military organization observes its birthday like the Marines.

So, in honor of the Marine Corps, 244 years after it was formed, according to tradition, at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775, here are 17 Marine Corps quotes inspire you.

1. "I do not believe I could have built FedEx without the skills I learned from the Marine Corps." 
-- Frederick W. Smith, Marine veteran and founder of FedEx

2. "I can't say enough about the two Marine divisions. If I use words like brilliant, it would really be an under-description of the absolutely superb job they did..."
-- General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army

3. "We think of the Marine Corps as a military outfit, and of course it is, but for me, the U.S. Marine Corps was a four-year crash course in character education. It taught me how to make a bed, how to do laundry, how to wake up early, how to manage my finances." 
-- J. D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy"

4. "I'm not scared of very much. I've been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years." 
-- Lee Trevino, Hall of Fame golfer

5. "I loved being in the Marine Corps, I loved my job in the Marine Corps, and I loved the people I served with. It's one of the best things I've had a chance to do." 
-- Adam Driver, actor

6. "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem." 
― President Reagan

7. "In the Marine Corps, I was used to people doing what they said and saying what they mean. There was a higher purpose and calling in the Corps. Everyone works toward accomplishing something together, and there's a common goal. In entertainment, the same isn't always true. You're in it for yourself in Hollywood."
--  Rob Riggle, actor and comedian

8. "You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and the amusing thing about it is that they are." 
-- Father Kevin Keaney, chaplain who served with Marines in Korea

9. I've always been proud of being a Marine. I won't hesitate to defend the Corps. 
-- Jonathan Winters, World War II Marine veteran, later actor and comedian

10. "The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle." 
-- Gen. John Pershing, U.S. Army

11. "'Hardness,' I was learning, was the supreme virtue among recon Marines. The greatest compliment one could pay to another was to say he was hard. Hardness wasn't toughness, nor was it courage, although both were part of it. Hardness was the ability to face an overwhelming situation with aplomb, smile calmly at it, and then triumph through sheer professional pride." 
― Nathaniel Fick, author

12. "The Marine Corps was the first father figure I had ever known." 
-- Art Buchwald, Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper columnist

13. "We have a saying in the Marine Corps and that is 'no better friend, no worse enemy, than a U.S. Marine.' We always hope for the first, friendship, but are certainly more than ready for the second."
-- John F. Kelly, retired Marine general and former chief of staff to President Trump

14. "Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." 
-- Ned Dolan, Marine veteran and CIA officer

15. "Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. And if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity." 
-- William Manchester, author and World War II Marine

16. "I'm probably more comfortable inside a Marine Corps rifle company than I am anywhere in my life." 
-- Jim Webb, former U.S. senator, Marine Corps Vietnam veteran

17. "A Marine is a Marine.  I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such thing as a former Marine."
-- General James F. Amos, (First aviator to serve as U.S.M.C. Commandant, 2008 to 2010)

Published on: Nov 10, 2019
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