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Obesity is now a problem in the navy. They've created a new rank: Really Big Rear Admiral.
David Letterman

I didn't particularly want to go into the Army – I didn't fancy walking much.
Prince Philip, on why he joined the Navy

Why does the New Italian navy have glass bottom boats? To see the Old Italian Navy!
Henry Youngman

I believe that when we overdo our military aggressiveness, it actually weakens our national
defense. I mean, we stood up to the Soviets. They had 40,000 nuclear weapons. Now we're
fretting day in and day and night about third-world countries that have no army, navy or air
force.
Ron Paul

Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.
Sir Winston Churchill

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century
what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and
satisfaction: "I served in the United States Navy."
John F. Kennedy

The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will
remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.
Harry Truman

If we get chased out of Iraq with our tail between our legs, that will be the fifth consecutive
Third-world country with no hint of a Navy or an Air Force to have whipped us in the past 40
years.
Hunter S. Thompson

The Navy can lose us the war, but only the Air Force can win it. The fighters are our
salvation, but the bombers alone provide the means of victory.
Sir Winston Churchill

If there is one basic element in our constitution, it is civilian control of the military. Politics are
to be made by the elected political officials, not by generals or admirals.
Harry Truman

In this country (England) it is useful from time to time to kill one admiral in order to
encourage the others.
Voltaire

The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its
ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.
William Blackstone

The trouble with military rule is that every colonel or general is soon full of ambition. The
navy takes over today and the army tomorrow.
Yakubu Gowon