Tom Brokaw coined the term “The Greatest Generation” for the men and women that lived during this time , and there is truth to this statement because there are many “Pearls of Wisdom” shared and experienced by this generation.  In tribute to the greatest generation and some of the great leaders in world history, thought you might find some “pearls of wisdom” in the quotes these great icons shared during this time.  God Bless our veterans!

Franklin D. Roosevelt

We must be the great arsenal of democracy. For us this is an emergency as serious as war itself. We must apply ourselves to our task with the same resolution, the same sense of urgency, the same spirit of patriotism and sacrifice as we would show were we at war.

No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it. There can be no appeasement with ruthlessness.

Winston Churchill

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

George S. Patton

May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.

While John F. Kennedy didn’t make this quote during WWII, he definitely was influenced by his service during this time.  This lead to one of the most recognized quotes.

John F. Kennedy

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.