#1 Cortez: This is what life is about, boys! Fowler: She's a big bitch, Cortez! Cortez: She's not big, she's beautiful, and she's beautiful because she's pregnant! That's what life is about.
#2 Sgt. Siek: [to the Marines] The Bible says "Thou shalt not kill." But hear this: FUCK THAT SHIT!
#3 Fowler: [in showers, pointing at another marine] Hey, look! It's a cock, but smaller!
#4 Troy: Fuck politics. We're here. All the rest is bullshit. All Marines: Yeah.
#5 Fergus: [to the reporter] Yes, ma'am. I'm very happy to be here. I love my country. I miss my parents. Hey, Mom. Hey, Dad. They're treating me alright here. Ramon Escobar: [to the reporter] It was an opportunity for me to defend America, the country which has given freedom to me and to my family. And it is an honor to, to fight for that freedom.
#6 Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Sir, the Drill Instructor looks fabulous in his uniform, sir!
#7 Sgt. Siek: I don't give out too many special treats. But this morning we have a very special treat. Private Swofford here is going to play reveille for us. Okay, Swofford, play reveille. Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: I don't have a bugle, Staff Sergeant. Sgt. Siek: You don't have a what? Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: I don't have a bugle. Sgt. Siek: Oh no. No, no. Damn, damn. You better play it with your mouth. Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: What? Sgt. Siek: I said play it with your God damn mouth.
#8 Reporter: Are you scared? Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Look, I am twenty years old was and I was dumb enough to sign a contract. I can hear their fucking bombs already. I can hear their bombs and I'm fucking scared, yeah.
#9 Lieutenant Colonel Kazinski: [to the Marines] This is not Rambo time.
#10 [first lines] Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: A story: A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper; his hands remember the rifle.
#11 Marine in Barracks: Boot Motherfucker!
#12 D.I. Fitch: What the fuck are you even doing here? Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Sir, I got lost on the way to college, sir.
#13 Staff Sgt. Sykes: [Sgt. Sykes is directing the recruits on how to judge distances] You take what you know, and then you multiply. Please don't use your dicks. They're too small, and I can't count that high. I don't wanna hear, "400,000 inches."
#14 Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: [the Doors' "Break on Through" being played on a flying by helicopter] That's Vietnam music... can't we get our own music?
#15 Troy: We're the leopards... the lions. Those who will take our place will be jackals... hyenas - and all us leopards, lions, jackals, and sheep will go on thinking ourselves the salt of the earth.
#16 Sgt. Siek: [Yelling at a private, who is struggling to get into his protective gear during a gas drill] That's your fuckin' sleeping bag, you moron!
#17 Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: We call this friendly fire, friendly fucking, or getting friendly fucked.
#18 [last lines] Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: A story. A man fires a rifle for many years. and he goes to war. And afterwards he comes home, and he sees that whatever else he may do with his life - build a house, love a woman, change his son's diaper - he will always remain a jarhead. And all the jarheads killing and dying, they will always be me. We are still in the desert.
#19 Sgt. Siek: Will you shut the fuck up! There is no bugle program! You sizzle-dick motherfucker! Who do you think you are, some kind of Kenny G or some shit? Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: No, Staff Sergeant. Sgt. Siek: Good.
#20 Sgt. Siek: Swofford? Swofford? Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Yeah? Sgt. Siek: What the fuck? You sick? Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: No, sir. I just got this stomach-thing... Sgt. Siek: Staff Sergenat Siek. I'm with Surveillance and Target Acquisition. STA. I heard it took six guys to pull that little branding trick on you. And your file says that you ain't dumb either. So you better get unsick most motha fucking rikey-tick, cause' there's a chance that you could be a scout sniper! Sgt. Siek: [picks up Swofford's book] What the fuck is this? Sgt. Siek: "The stranger from Camus". That's some heavy dope right there, marine!