Top 25 Memorial Day Quotes by Famous Personalities

by Dibyayan_Chakravorty | created - 15 Feb 2016 | updated - 07 Feb 2017 | Public

Which of these 25 Memorial Day quotes by famous personalities do you consider as the most inspirational?

After voting, you may discuss the poll here.

1. Barack Obama

Producer | The Fifth Risk

U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was a white American from Wichita, Kansas. His father, Barack Obama Sr., who was black, was from Alego, Kenya. They were both young college students at the University of Hawaii. When his father left...

"Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice."

2. Albert Einstein

Self | Champagne for Caesar

Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, to a German Jewish family. He was the son of Pauline (Koch) and Hermann Einstein, a featherbed salesman. Albert began reading and studying science at a young age, and he graduated from a Swiss high school when he was 17. He then attended a ...

"We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart."

3. Bill Clinton

Writer | The President Is Missing

Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III in Hope, Arkansas, to Virginia Dell (Cassidy) and William Jefferson Blythe, Jr., a traveling salesman. His father died in a car crash three months before Bill was born. He was raised by his grandparents for four years while his mother was in ...

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."

4. Mark Twain

Writer | Lionizing Murderers

Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835, grew up in Hannibal. He was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Throughout his career, Twain served as a writer, lecturer, reporter, editor, printer, and prospector. Twain took his pen name from an alert cry used on his...

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."

5. Nelson Mandela

Writer | Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013) was the former leader of the African National Congress (ANC). He was known for his lifelong struggle against apartheid (enforced racial separation), which was instituted in South Africa in 1948. The ANC was soon declared a terrorist ...

"There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires."

6. Benjamin Disraeli

Writer | Sybil

Served as Prime Minister of United Kingdom in 1868 and 1874-1880.

"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example."

7. James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield was born on November 19, 1831 in Moreland Hills, Ohio, USA as James Abram Garfield. He was married to Lucretia Rudolph. He died on September 19, 1881 in Elberon, New Jersey, USA.

"For love of country they accepted death."

8. George Washington

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, British America. He was married to Martha Dandridge. He died on December 14, 1799 in Mount Vernon, Virginia, USA.

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."

9. Plato

Writer | Der Tod vom Sokrates

One of the greatest Greek philosophers (considered the greatest Greek writer of prose by some), Plato, was born into an aristocratic Athenian family. He met Socrates around 407 BC and became his disciple in philosophy. Socrates was executed in 399 BC. Plato and fellow disciples took refuge under ...

"Only the dead have seen the end of war."

10. Bergen Evans

Actor | It's About Time

Dr. Bergen Evans was a disseminator of knowledge to thousands on the Northwestern U. Campus before serving as the chairman of the board of editors for the CBS television "The $64,000. Question". Dr. Evans was born in 1904 in Franklin, Ohio and was the son of a physician. his father entered the U.S....

"Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt."

11. John F. Kennedy

Writer | Profiles in Courage

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Rose Kennedy (née Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald) and Joseph P. Kennedy. John was named after his maternal grandfather, John "HoneyFitz" Fitzgerald, the mayor of Boston. John was very ill as a child and was given the last ...

"Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."

13. Bob Marley

Soundtrack | Strange Days

Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, to Norval Marley and Cedella Booker. His father was a Jamaican of English descent. His mother was a black teenager. The couple planned to get married but Norval left Kingston before this could happen. Norval died in 1955, ...

"Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life."

"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."

"True freedom is tolerant. It gives people the right to live and think in new ways."

16. Ronald Reagan

Actor | The Killers

Ronald Reagan had quite a prolific career, having catapulted from a Warner Bros. contract player and television star, into serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, the governorship of California (1967-1975), and lastly, two terms as President of the United States (1981-1989).

Ronald Wilson ...

"I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world."

17. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Self | Nazi Concentration Camps

Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on Tuesday, October 14, 1890, as Dwight David Eisenhower, in Denison, Texas. He was the third of seven sons born to David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover. Both parents were of German descent. Eisenhower studied at the West Point Military Academy from 1911-...

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."

18. Norman Schwarzkopf

Self | The American President

Norman Schwarzkopf was born on August 22, 1934 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA as Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. He was an actor, known for The American President (2000), Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002) and Brats: Our Journey Home (2006). He was married to Brenda Holsinger. He died on December 27, ...

"It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle."

19. Maya Angelou

Actress | Madea's Family Reunion

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Marguerite Annie Johnson. She was an actress and writer, known for Madea's Family Reunion (2006), How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and Poetic Justice (1993). She was married to Paul Du Feu and Thomas J. (Tosh) Angelos. She ...

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"

20. George S. Patton

Self | Nazi Concentration Camps

George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ...

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."

21. Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Writer | Judith of Bethulia

Poet, essayist, editor (of the Atlantic Monthly from 1881 to 1890), and author of three rather Gothic mystery volumes: "Out of His Head" (1862), "Marjorie Daw and Other People" (1873), and "The Stillwater Tragedy" (1880).

"Decoration Day is the most beautiful of our national holidays ... The grim cannon have turned into palm branches, and the shell and shrapnel into peach blossoms."

22. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Writer | The President's Mystery

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, to James and Sara Roosevelt. His father was 54 at the time of FDR's birth and already had a grown son, nicknamed "Rosy". Sarah was only 27 when FDR was born. Growing up, FDR had a happy but sheltered childhood. His ...

"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."

23. Calvin Coolidge

Self | Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 14

Though three U.S. Presidents have died on the Fourth of July, John Calvin Coolidge was the first and only one to have been born on that date, in 1874. He is also the only President to have had the oath of office administered by his father, a justice of the peace, who swore him in when the Coolidges...

"Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion."

24. Jim Morrison

Soundtrack | Forrest Gump

Jim Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, to Clara Virginia (Clarke) and George Stephen Morrison, a U.S. Naval Officer who fought in World War II. Jim eventually became so estranged from his parents that he would later claim that they were dead. Not much is known about his ...

"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free."

25. Helen Keller

Writer | Whirlpool

Helen Keller contracted a virulent childhood disease which resulted in complete loss of sight and hearing at nineteen months. Her parents futilely sought help for her, as did family friend Alexander Graham Bell. Finally, when Keller was seven, Annie Sullivan, a young teacher, was hired by the ...

"What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."



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