Military quotes in war have as much of an effect on a countries change of winning as their military strength, maybe going a bit too far? well it is a huge factor at least. Moral in war time is critical to success and becomes even more critical as time goes on. At the start people are naturally rallied and behind there troops and unless the war was widely opposed to start with the will be pro war and pro military. This does not last and as people feel the strain of wartime in their daily lives and the news is filled with death day after day after day the moral of the country deteriorates. When this happen you risk losing the war from within, people will start to oppose the war and the people in charge will be toppled or voted out. Enlistment will drop and soldiers fighting moral will be decimated knowing the people back home are not behind them. This can and has lost wars. World war II Britain showed how the strength of a good leader could rally the people and strengthen their moral even over an extended conflict with high death tolls and the enemy at the doorstep. Winston Churchill's quotes have become world famous for the strength they carry and the effect they had on the people of Britain to inspire a nation to fight till the end.
"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
This perhaps one of Churchill's most well known and well loved quotes and still today can give goosebumps.
The effect quotes like this can have on a people in wartime should not be underestimated and people are emotional and run on emotions, moral is the fuel that keeps people running in tough time and when moral and hope fade there is no victory to be had.