Quotes from the Movie Born on the Fourth of July

People say that if you don't love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America.

Ron Kovic

I had a mother; I had a father, things - things that made sense. Do you remember things that made sense? Things you could count on? Before we all got so lost? What are we gonna do, Charlie? What am I gonna do?

Ron Kovic

Not everybody can become United States Marines. We want the best and we settle for nothing but the best because there is nothing prouder, nothing finer, nothing standing as straight as a United States Marine. Now they got the Air Farce, they got the Navy, they got the Army, they got the Coast Guard - and if you want to join them, go ahead. They got plenty of room. But if you want a challenge, if you want to try something difficult, try to achieve the impossible - try 13 weeks of hell at Parris Island, South Carolina and find out if you got what it takes, find out if you really are a man, then the Marines might be what you are looking for. Tarawa...Iwo Jima...Belleau Wood. First to fight, we have never lost a war. We have always come when our country has called.

Marine Sergeant

It wasn't your fault, goddamn it! They got in the goddamn way!

Lieutenant

[to a news camera, outside the 1972 Republican Convention] I'm here tonight to say that this war is wrong, that this society lied to me, lied to my brothers. They've deceived the people of this country, tricked them into going 13,000 miles to fight a war against a poor, peasant people who have a proud history of resistance, who have been struggling for their own independence for 1,000 years - the Vietnamese people. I can't find the words to express, and the leadership of this government sickens me. People say that if you don't love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America. We love the people of America very much, but when it comes to the government, it stops right there. The government is a bunch of corrupt thieves, they are rapists and robbers. And we are here to say that we don't have to take it anymore. We are here to say that we are here to tell the truth; they are killing our brothers in Vietnam! We want them to hear the truth tonight!

Ron Kovic

People say that if you don't love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America.

Ron Kovic

It's my leg! I want my leg, you understand? Can't you understand that? All's I'm sayin' is that I want to be treated like a human being! I fought for my country! I am a Vietnam veteran! I fought for my country!

Ron Kovic

[to Charlie] I had a mother; I had a father, things - things that made sense. Do you remember things that made sense? Things you could count on? Before we all got so lost? What are we gonna do, Charlie? What am I gonna do?

Ron Kovic

[to high school boys] Not everybody can become United States Marines. We want the best and we settle for nothing but the best because there is nothing prouder, nothing finer, nothing standing as straight as a United States Marine. Now they got the Air Force, they got the Navy, they got the Army, they got the Coast Guard - and if you want to join them, go ahead. They got plenty of room. But if you want a challenge, if you want to try something difficult, try to achieve the impossible - try 13 weeks of hell at Parris Island, South Carolina and find out if you got what it takes, find out if you really are a man, then the Marines might be what you are looking for. Tarawa... Iwo Jima... Belleau Wood. First to fight, we have never lost a war. We have always come when our country has called.

Marine Sergeant

I'm serious, man, you gotta read some books. There's a revolution going on, Kovic. Brothers are gettin' it together, and if you ain't part of the solution, man, then you're part of the problem.

Willie

[to Ron] It wasn't your fault, goddamn it! They got in the goddamn way!

Lieutenant

[to Ron] The bitch thinks it's funny I can't move my dick!

Charlie

Why did the Russians beat us into space, Dad?

Ron Kovic

Well, the Russians, they don't even bother feeding their people. They put all their money into weapons and things like that.

Mr. Kovic

But we're supposed to be the best, right, Dad?

Ron Kovic

You bet we are, but we've been pretty stupid too. We put the Russians back on their feet after World War II and they took Hungary, Poland, half of Europe - and they still want more.

Mr. Kovic

Communism is an insidious evil, Ronnie. They don't believe in God and if we don't watch out, they're gonna take over this country someday.

Mrs. Kovic

But don't people know? Why don't we stop them? We're supposed to be the best. We can't let them take over our country, Dad, what's wrong?

Ron Kovic

Well, people are scared of 'em... I think everybody's scared of 'em these days.

Mr. Kovic

I'm not. I'm not scared of 'em! I hate the Communists. I really hate them. We're gonna come back and beat them someday.

Ron Kovic:

[entering Ron's room, beaming] Ronnie, Ronnie, you're doing the right thing! Communism has to be stopped! It's God's will

Mrs. Kovic

[entering Ron's room, beaming] Ronnie, Ronnie, you're doing the right thing! Communism has to be stopped! It's God's will that you go, and I'm proud of you. [gently pats his shoulder] Just be careful, that's all.

Mrs. Kovic

Don't you know what it means to me to be a Marine, Dad? Ever since I was a kid I've wanted this - I've wanted to serve my country - and I want to go. I want to go to Vietnam - and I'll die there if I have to.

Ron Kovic

How are you?

Chaplain

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