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  • Inspirational Quotes

    I apologize in advance if this is better suited for the Off Duty forums, but here goes: Can everyone add a few quotes, verses, something someone told you that have really motivated them to their call to service. Perhaps its cheesy, but sometimes I think its really good to hear what people have to say about what we do, and why it makes a difference. The following isnt specific to LE per se, but the message still applies

    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." - John Stewart Mill

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    "It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out where the strong man stumbled, or where a doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, and who comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. The man who at best knows the triumph of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with those cold timid souls who never knew victory or defeat."

    ---Teddy Roosevelt

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    • #3
      "Look no further than yourself, for all of the good and all of the evil that exist in this world, resides in the heart of man and his propensity to use it".


      Quote by "Me".
      "We have enough youth, how about a fountain of smart?"

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      • #4
        "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

        English philosopher Edmund Burke
        Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice. Barry Goldwater

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        • #5
          No man in the wrong stand stand up to a man in the right who just a keeps on a coming.

          Motto of the Texas Rangers.
          You can now follow me on twitter.

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          • #6
            Can't remember where I heard this, but I will always remember it. Its is my view and way of life that I will never give up and I will always overcome.

            "If I get knocked down 6 times, I will get up 7"

            I love this saying, because that is the way I live life. I will never ever give up on anything!

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            • #7
              I have always loved this story

              You're Not A Cop Until You Taste Them

              --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

              The department was all astir, there was a lot of laughing and joking due to all the new officers, myself included, hitting the streets today for the first time. After months of seemingly endless amounts of classes, paperwork, and lectures we were finally done with the Police Academy and ready to join the ranks of our department.

              All you could see were rows of cadets with huge smiles and polished badges. As we sat in the briefing room, we could barely sit still anxiously awaiting our turn to be introduced and given our beat assignment or, for the lay person, our own portion of the city to "serve and protect."

              It was then that he walked in. A statue of a man - 6 foot 3 and 230 pounds of solid muscle, he had black hair with highlights of gray and steely eyes that make you feel nervous even when he wasn't looking at you. He had a
              reputation for being the biggest and the smartest officer to ever work our fair city. He had been on the department for longer than anyone could remember and those years of service had made him into somewhat of a legend.

              The new guys, or "rookies" as he called us, both respected and feared him. When he spoke even, the most seasoned officers paid attention. It was almost a priviledge when one the rookies got to be around when he would tell one of his police stories about the old days. But we knew our place and never interrupted for fear of being shooed away. He was respected and revered by all who knew him.

              After my first year on the department I still had never heard or saw him speak to any of the rookies for any length of time. When he did speak to them all he would say was, "So, you want to be a policeman do you hero?"
              I'll tell you what, when you can tell me what they taste like,
              then you can call yourself a real policeman."

              This particular phrase I had heard dozens of times. Me and my buddies all had bets about "what they taste like" actually referred to. Some believed it referred to the taste of your own blood after a hard fight. Others thought it referred to the taste of sweat after a long day's work. Being on the
              department for a year, I thought I knew just about everyone and everything.

              So one afternoon, I mustered up the courage and walked up to him. When he looked down at me, I said "You know, I think I've paid my dues. I've been in plenty of fights, made dozens of arrests, and sweated my butt off just like everyone else. So what does that little saying of yours mean anyway?" With that, he merely stated, "Well, seeing as how you've said and done it all, you tell me what it means, hero." When I had no answer, he shook his head and snickered, "rookies," and walked away.

              The next evening was to be the worst one to date. The night started out slow, but as the evening wore on, the calls became more frequent and dangerous. I made several small arrests and then had a real knock down drag out fight. However, I was able to make the arrest without hurting the suspect or myself. After that, I was looking forward to just letting the shift wind down and getting home to my wife and daughter.

              I had just glanced at my watch and it was 11:55, five more minutes and I would be on my way to the house. I don't know if it was fatigue or just my imagination, but as I drove down one of the streets on my beat, I thought I saw my daughter standing on someone else's porch. I looked again but it was not my daughter as I had first thought but merely a small child about her age. She was probably only six or seven years old and dressed in an oversized shirt that hung to her feet. She was clutching an old rag doll in her arms that looked older than me.

              I immediately stopped my patrol car to see what she was doing outside her house at such an hour by herself. When I approached, there seemed to be a sigh of relief on her face. I had to laugh to myself, thinking she sees the hero policeman come to save the day. I knelt at her side and asked what she was doing outside.

              She said "My mommy and daddy just had a really big fight and now mommy won't wake up." My mind was reeling. Now what do I do? I instantly called for backup and ran to the nearest window. As I looked inside I saw a man standing over a lady with his hands covered in blood, her blood. I kicked
              open the door, pushed the man aside and checked for a pulse, but unable to find one. I immediately cuffed the man and began doing CPR on the lady.

              It was then I heard a small voice from behind me, "Mr. Policeman, please make my mommy wake up." I continued to perform CPR until my backup and medics arrived but they said it was too late. She was dead.
              I then looked at the man. He said, "I don't know what happened. She was yelling at me to stop drinking and go get a job and I had just had enough. I just shoved her so she would leave me alone and she fell and hit her head."
              As I walked the man out to the car in handcuffs, I again saw that little girl. In the five minutes that has passed, I went from hero to monster. Not only was I unable to wake up her mommy, but now I was taking daddy away too.

              Before I left the scene, I thought I would talk to the little girl. To say what, I don't know. Maybe just to tell her I was sorry about her mommy and daddy. But as I approached, she turned away and I knew it was useless and I would probably make it worse.

              As I sat in the locker room at the station, I kept replaying the whole thing in my mind. Maybe if I would have been faster or done something different, just maybe that little girl would still have her mother. And even though it may sound selfish, I would still be the hero.

              It was then that I felt a large hand on my shoulder. I heard that all too familiar question again, "Well, hero, what do they taste like?"

              But before I could get mad or shout some sarcastic remark, I realized that all the pent up emotions had flooded the surface and there was a steady stream of tears cascading down my face. It was at that moment that I realized what the answer to his question was.

              Tears.

              With that, he began to walk away, but he stopped. "You know, there was
              nothing you could have done differently," he said. "Sometimes you can do
              everything right and still the outcome is the same. You may not be the
              hero you once thought you were, but now you ARE a police officer."

              Rick Monticello of Somersdale PD, New Jersey

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              • #8
                "A cop is someone who is too lazy to work and too scared too steal"

                I heard that on an old gangster movie

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                • #9
                  lifesaving123
                  Wow, that is quite a story... I dont even know what to say. When I made this thread, I was very interested to hear what people had to say, and that by far is definetly one that will stick with me.

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                  • #10
                    This is not a quote but rather something I do when neccessary (unfortunatley at least 3 times last year). There is a bank down the street where I live that had our Flag hanging at full mass in tatters! After about a week (which should have been long enough for someone there to address the situation) I walked in to the bank and asked for the manager. I asked him to follow me outside. Without saying a word I began taking pictures of Old Glory and made every attempt to get a pic with the name of the bank in it. The manager was adamantly trying to explain that he "had tried for weeks to get maintenance to change it, The bldg. was leased and it was 'someone else's job, etc." The list of excuses went on and on and I never said a word. I didn't even look at him. I just kept snapping pictures. I said "Thank you." and left. I drove by the next day to see a brand new flag waving proud in the wind. Long live the Stars and Stripes!!

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                    • #11
                      "The reason your badge is tapered, is so it doesn't hurt when it is shoved up your *&^."

                      ...from "The Choirboys" and the best advice we can give to recruits. In other words, just when you think you're tough, bend over and learn your humanity.
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                      • #12
                        Not exactly a quote, but something I learned in the Navy. Always leave your job better for the next guy because that next guy could be you.
                        "Respect for religion must be reestablished. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of public officials must be curtailed. Assistance to foreign lands must be stopped or we shall bankrupt ourselves. The people should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence." - Cicero, 60 B.C.

                        For California police academy notes go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CABasicPolice/

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                        • #13
                          "F#*k 'em if they can't take a joke"

                          Bette Midler

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                          • #14
                            "People live life with the intent to arrive at the end in a pretty and well preserved package. Police officers skid on broadside, arrive thouroghly used up, and loudly proclaiming "Wow, What a ride.""

                            --Unknown

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                            • #15
                              See my signature...

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