"I don't have any respect at all for the scum-bags who went to Canada to avoid the draft or to avoid doing their fair share."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."R. Lee Ermey on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."R. Lee Ermey on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."R. Lee Ermey on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."R. Lee Ermey on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."R. Lee Ermey on Abraham Lincoln
"It's my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can."
"Even though I disagree with many of the changes, when I see the privates graduate at the end of the day, when they walk off that drill field at the end of the ceremony, they are still fine privates outstanding, well motivated privates."
"We had times in '66 and '67 when we would pick up a platoon of privates out of the receiving barracks the week before we even graduated the platoon that we were on!"
"I disagree with a lot of those changes, however at the end of the day - I go down to recruit graduation at least once or twice a year."
"When you try to find funding for a VVA function, it doesn't seem like it's any trouble at all. People come out of the woodwork with their money to help out because we went over and fought a war."