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Each time I write a letter to my recruit, I try to include one or two motivational quotes to help him keep the faith and strive towards his dream of becoming a Marine.  I've seen many threads for questionnaires but none for motivational quotes, so here are some that I think would encourage our recruits.


When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible.
- Nido Qubein

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. - Henry David Thoreau

Success is waking up in the morning, whoever you are, wherever you are, however old or young, and bounding out of bed because there's something out there you love to do, that you believe in, that you're good at — something that's bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again today.
- Whit Hobbs

There isn't a ruler, a yard stick or a measuring tape in the entire world long enough to compute the strength and capabilities inside you.

- Paul J. Meyer

Cherish your visions and your dreams. They are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
- Napoleon Hill

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.

- Helen Keller

Vision enables you to glimpse into the future, to sense its hope and power, because you yourself are the means for that future's creation."

- Sara Paddison

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal -- a commitment to excellence -- that will enable you to attain the success you seek.

- Mario Andretti

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
-Norman Vincent Peale

Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
-Victor Kiam

I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.
-Mia Hamm

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.
-George S. Patton

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.

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I've been doing the same thing! Every letter ends with a quote. Hopefully some are clicking with him. Thanks for some new ones! Here's some of mine:







"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have."


“When you feel you’re going through hell, keep going”


“True strength is being able to hold it all together, when no one would blame you for falling apart.”


I don't fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is saying, "Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?"-Gen. Patton

Nobody ever drowned in sweat


"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." -William Arthur Ward

"you were created to be a champion, don't settle for anything less"

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. - Colin Powell

"Well I won't back down; No I won't back down; You can stand me up at the gates of hell; But I won't back down" - Tom Petty

"You can't beat someone who won't quit." -John McCain


Never ever ever ever give up!- Winston Churchill

  1. Train like a pitbull on Starbucks!- Steve Auxier
  2. Every day is a new day. Take one step at a time-Steve Auxier
  3. Failure is not an option! - U.S Navy Seals
  4. No one ever drowned from their own sweat- Lou Holtz
  5. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will!- Vince Lombardi
  6. It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.-Mark Twain

Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent. Marilyn von Savant


Pain is temporary, pride is forever.


Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs.


Resistance and obstacles crumble under the relentless pressure of constant, determined effort.

Tracy Brinkmann


Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.

Robert Collier


The cause of the confusion prevailing in your mind that weakens your thoughts is the false belief that there is a power or powers outside you greater than the power within you.

The Message of a Master by John McDonald


The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.

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Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

Nice to meet you too Mary! I agree with you, anything to encourage them and help keep them strong. :)
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it... You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Here are a few more to add to the list... I'm loving the other ones... Thank you :)


"All things splendid have been achieved by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance"  --Bruce Barbon


"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm"  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Kulia i ka nu'u.... Strive to reach the highest"  Motto of Queen Kapi'olani



love this


These are a couple of my favorites (don't know who said them though):


"Some men make a circle of protection around their families,
Some men make a larger circle that includes their community,
Others - GREAT MEN - make a much wider circle around many, many people.
You, my son, are one of those men."


"Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do.  But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength."

In addition to inspiration phrases for my son, I've also included comics, newspaper aricles, bible verses, anything I can think of that I think he might be slightly interested in.


Thank you for starting this thread!  There was a really good thread on on the old site, but it's nice to have everything right here on MFN. 


Isaiah 41:10 "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you"

thank you ladies for being so encouraging i too have been sending quotes and scripture to my son but as the mother, i find myself struggling sometimes too my son has only been in 18 days and i feel like im going crazy not being able to comfort him in person... so thank you...this stuff helps
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. (Harriet Tubman) Here is one I would like to add that my Daughter sent to her brother.Thanks so much for posting I will love to use some of these for my son also

These are amazing quotes! Thanks for sharing :]

I'm saving them all for when my son goes to boot camp.


Here are some quotes specific to the Marines:


Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985


Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat.
RAdm. "Jay" R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995


For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles.
Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997


We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess.
Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (CMC); 10 November 2000


There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.
Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army


Courage is endurance for one moment more…
Unknown Marine Second Lieutenant in Vietnam


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, 1st Marine Division Chaplain, Korean War


The Marine Corps has just been called by the New York Times, 'The elite of this country.' I think it is the elite of the world.
Admiral William Halsey, U.S. Navy


The American Marines have it [pride], and benefit from it. They are tough, cocky, sure of themselves and their buddies. They can fight and they know it.
General Mark Clark, U.S. Army


They (Women Marines) don't have a nickname, and they don't need one. They get their basic training in a Marine atmosphere, at a Marine Post. They inherit the traditions of the Marines. They are Marines.
LtGen Thomas Holcomb, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps, 1943


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, worshiping 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


To observe a Marine is inspirational, to be a Marine is exceptional. ~ Unknown

lol! Hi, CTMom, nice to meet you too :]


I just finished pasting all of the quotes from this thread into a word document...thanks for the heads up, maybe I'll just delete the quote from my list after I use it!

I pasted all mine into a word doc too but instead of deleting them as I use them, I do a "strike through" of the text. This way I can save them and still know what I sent to my son.


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