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A Few Good Men Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from A Few Good Men
  1. #1
    “You don’t need to wear a patch on your arm to have honor.”
  2. #2
    “You’re like seven of the strangest women I’ve ever met.”
  3. #3
    “We’re in the business of saving lives, Matthew. With every degree that we allow ourselves to move off the mark of perfection as officers, more people die- that’s a responsibility that I take pretty seriously. ‘Cause I absolutely believe that simply taking a Marine who’s not yet up to the job and packing him off to another assignment is the same as sending a kid into the jungle with a weapon that backfires.”
  4. #4
    “We live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a great responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. The luxury of the blind. The luxury of not knowing what I know: That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and uncomprehensible to you, saves lives. You can’t handle it. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about, you want me on that wall. You need me there. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as a backbone to a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I’d prefer you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I’d suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post.”
  5. #5
    “I did my job. I’d do it again.”
  6. #6
    “My methods of leadership are what brought me to this base.”
  1. #7
    “I want a Yoo-Hoo, is that such a big deal? He asks for a Yoo-Hoo and it’s like he’s asking for the correct time. I ask for a Yoo-Hoo and the world is coming to an end. I’m gonna get myself a Yoo-Hoo, okay? Can we drop it now? I want a Yoo-Hoo.”
  2. #8
    “You don’t even know me. Normally it takes someone hours to discover I’m not fit to handle a defense.”
  3. #9
    “I think you thought you were gonna walk in here and flash a badge and that was gonna mean something. I eat breakfast seventy yards away from three thousand Cubans who are trained to kill me. Danny, believe this. I’d kill you. I’d kill everyone in this room. I’d kill anyone to protect what I am paid to protect.”
  4. #10
    “You can’t handle the truth. You can’t handle the sad but historic reality.”
  5. #11
    Kaffee “Do you disagree?”
    Jessup “Certainly not in principle. I disagree only inasmuch as I disagree that a paraplegic is entitled to foxtrot. It’d be nice, it just ain’t possible.”
  6. #12
    “Oh, nothin’, sir. The Navy’s been great, sir. Everytime we gotta go someplace and fight, you boys give us a ride.”

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  1. #13
    “I hate casualties Matthew. A Marine smothers a grenade and saves his platoon, that Marines doing his job. There are casualties. Even in victory. The fabric of this base, the foundation of the unit, the spirit of the Corps, these things are worth fighting for. And there’s no one who doesn’t know that who’s ever made the choice to put on the uniform.”
  2. #14
    “We live by a Code, sir. Either we were right or we were wrong. We don’t make deals.”
  3. #15
    “I’m not going to trip him. I’m gonna lead him right where he’s dying to go. ”
  4. #16
    “Sir, a Code Red is a disciplinary action brought against a Marine who’s fallen out of line.”
  5. #17
    “Jo, if this goes to court, they won’t need a lawyer, they’ll need a priest.”
  6. #18
    “Unit, Corps, God, Country, sir. That’s our Code.”
  7. #19
    “We didn’t join the Corps ‘cause we felt like it, we joined ‘cause it was a life decision. We wanted to live by a code, sir. And we found it in the Corps. And now you’re asking me to sign a piece of paper that says we have no honor. We have no Code. You’re asking us to say we’re not Marines.”
  8. #20
    “Lieutenant Kaffee, I believe in God, and in His son, Jesus Christ. And because I do, I can say this: Private Santiago isn’t dead because of a Code Red. He’s dead because he had no honor. He’s dead because he had no Code. And God was watching.”
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