Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Oliver North, fully Lt. Colonel Oliver Laurence North

American U.S. Marine, National Security Council Aide, Politician, Soldier, Military Historian and Author

"We are not here to predict the future but to change it for the good."

"I am here to accept responsibility for that which I did. I will not accept responsibility for that which I did not do."

"Today, only 2 percent of the people know the name of someone serving in uniform. That means 2 percent of your listeners can actually conjure up the image of someone wearing the uniform of the military of the United States."

"The corruption at the UN didn't begin with the Oil for Food scandal and it certainly doesn't end there. The United Nations is nothing more than bureaucracy piled atop waste, wrapped in fraud, covered with abuse -- all of it funded by American taxpayers who foot 22 percent of UN dues -- more than any other nation. We also pour billions of dollars more into the coffers of its related agencies."

"God knows, we don't want prayer. "

"There is no moral middle ground. Indifference is not an option.... For the sake of our children, I implore each of you to be unyielding and inflexible in your opposition to drugs."

"A Commander-in-Chief needs to do two things. One - tell us who the enemy is. And two - say we are fighting to win."

"A moment of silence is nothing more than a code word for prayer."

"And of course there is so much of World War II that is documented that we never have seen."

"Didn't you notice, mate? You got the wrong one. He's Iraqi!"

"All of my high school male teachers were WWII and/or Korean War veterans. They taught my brothers and me the value of service to our country and reinforced what our dad had shown us about the meaning of service."

"He will be regarded as one of the greatest leaders this country has ever had, ... He knew who he was, who we are as a people, and had an enthusiasm -- a great confidence for the innate goodness of this nation."

"I came here to tell you the truth, the good, the bad and the ugly."

"I can remember as a young lieutenant being sent into the DMZ in the divided Vietnam, from North Vietnam."

"I don't think there is another person in America that wants to tell this story as much as I do."

"I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America, ever violated an order - not one."

"I like to tell people that I have the best job in the media. All I do is hang around with heroes. I do that every week for my 'War Stories' documentary series - and when FOX News wants - I go off and cover the young Americans we send to places like Afghanistan or Iraq."

"And so, the youngsters you have today, even though there are far fewer of them - in World War II 16.5 million men and women in uniform, today roughly a million in uniform in spite of the fact that the country is almost twice as large a population as we had in World War II."

"As a Marine officer in combat, I was responsible for the lives and safety of all the Marines who served with me."

"Bill Clinton is not my commander-in-chief."

"I never considered myself a fall guy. I know what I did. I know why I did it. I'm not ashamed of it."

"I think as a rifle platoon and company commander your view is about 1,000 meters in front of you and you hope you can cover that ground and not have to back up and give it up again."

"I thought using the Ayatollah's money to support the Nicaraguan resistance was a neat idea."

"I want to make it clear that I honestly answered every question put to me during the so-called Iran-Contra hearings. But if they didn't ask me about something, I wasn't about to reveal things that would put other people in jeopardy."

"I was authorized to do everything that I did"

"I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version."

"I would not trade you a billion dollars for the kids I led to combat in Vietnam or in fact any of the Marines that I served with for a quarter of a century."

"If you could have imagined that someone is happy that Obama is president, it has to be Jimmy Carter because he is no longer the worst president in our history."

"I'm a military guy. I'm not a political character."

"I'm still in touch with a lot people who continue to serve our country well."

"I'm trusting in the Lord and a good lawyer."

"In my first book, Under Fire, I wrote that I revered Ronald Reagan. That was a dozen years ago. I still feel that way. I think he changed the world for the better for my children and my children's children."

"In North Korea, grass is a vegetable eaten by the people, and they've got nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. So, something more stringent than what's been done to North Korea is going to have to work; otherwise, a military strike is the only option."

"In uniform, I had to make judgments about the best course of action in combat when the only choices were 'bad' or 'worse.' As a member of the media, I only had to decide how to get the best 'shot' - preferably without getting shot."

"In World War II, the book you have in front of you, it was said and it is probably true, that there was not a single American who did not know the name of somebody serving in uniform."

"It drove reporters nuts... What was on the card?"

"It's not just talking the talk. ? It's walking the walk. The word of God inspires in ways you can't even imagine. Don't wait until the age of 35 to figure it out like I did."

"It's one thing to say don't commit atrocities on the battlefield. It's another thing to say don't get caught doing atrocities."

"My mom told me a long time ago, 'Never get in a fight with a lady.'"

"My wife said to me... you never understood what we were going through back home, did you? And I didn't. And I have to confess that."

"Nothing is going to change the fact that I believe Ronald Reagan is the greatest president in my lifetime - may well be the greatest president this nation ever had."

"One of the great upsides to a national book tour is the chance to break out of television's cocoon and interact directly with the American people."

"President Reagan didn't always know what he knew."

"Sullivan was right... The card had the answers."

"The American people need to tell their member of Congress that we need a strong defense to protect us and to prevent wars. We can't get away with simply leading from behind and gutting our defenses."

"The corpsman put the wounded man in the helicopter and made a gesture."

"The good Lord gave me eight grandchildren, and I am convinced that through schools like Desert Christian that we are going to overwhelm the adversaries, not just with bombs and bullets, but with the demonstration of Christian principles,"

"The lesson of Pearl Harbor ought never to be forgotten, and of course the motto that came from that, 69 years ago, the war which my dad fought, was 'Remember Pearl Harbor, never again.' We need to keep that to mind."

"The National Security Council's real role is to coordinate the various activities of the government of the United States in the furtherance of American foreign policy."

"The Obama administration has turned a blind eye to radical Islam since before they came to office. If you look at everything that's transpired since the famous Cairo speech in 2009, it's all been an embrace of those who are the most radical elements in that part of the world. That is not a good sign for America's foreign policy."