Saving Private Ryan Quotes : 15 Great Steven Spielberg Movie Quotes

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Saving Private Ryan” was released in 1998, starring Tom Hanks as John Miller. Film portrays the efforts of  Captain John Miller and his squad during invasion of Normandy in World War II, in search of James Francis Ryan(Played by Matt Damon) who is the only surviving brother in the family of 4 brothers. Rest of the three brothers lost their life in action while serving for their country. John mission is to bring him back safely to his family. Steven Spielberg has beautifully portrayed the war scenes especially when movie starts where US troops are getting slaughtered by Germans at Omaha Beach.

Saving Private Ryan is a kind of movie which will deeply touch your heart with powerful emotional scenes in the middle of ongoing war as well as leave you inspired by the efforts 8 servicemen who risks their life just to save one of their fellow countrymen. Saving Private Ryan  was a huge success and earned more than $400 million dollars worldwide. Film was nominated for another 11 Academy Awards and Steven Spielberg won his second Academy Award for Best Director.

Tom Hanks mesmerizing performance and Steven Spielberg direction makes you watch this movie again and again. Let’s take a look at some of the best Saving Private Ryan  movie dialogues.

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List of Saving Private Ryan Quotes : 15 Great Steven Spielberg Movie Quotes

1. “This Ryan better be worth it. He better go home and cure some disease, or invent a longer-lasting light bulb, or something. Because to tell you the truth, I wouldn’t trade ten Ryans for one Vecchio or one Caparzo”

~Saving Private Ryan 

2. “You see, when you end up killing one of your men, you tell yourself it happened so you could save the lives of two or three or ten others. Maybe a hundred others”

~Saving Private Ryan 

3. “Sometimes I wonder if I’ve changed so much, my wife is even gonna recognize me whenever it is I get back to her, and how I’ll ever be able to tell about days like today. Aw, Ryan. I don’t know anything about Ryan, I don’t care. The man means nothing to me; he’s just a name. But if, you know, if going to Ramelle, and finding him so he can go home, if that earns me the right to get back to my wife, well then, then that’s my mission”

~Saving Private Ryan 

4. “I just know that every man I kill, the farther away from home I feel”

~Saving Private Ryan 

5. “War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man”

~Saving Private Ryan 

6. “My dear Mrs Ryan:

It’s with the most profound sense of joy that I write to inform you your son, Private James Ryan, is well and, at this very moment, on his way home from European battlefields. Reports from the front indicate James did his duty in combat with great courage and steadfast dedication, even after he was informed of the tragic loss your family has suffered in this great campaign to rid the world of tyranny and oppression. I take great pleasure in joining the Secretary of War, the men and women of the U.S. Army, and the citizens of a grateful nation in wishing you good health and many years of happiness with James at your side. Nothing, not even the safe return of a beloved son, can compensate you, or the thousands of other American families, who have suffered great loss in this tragic war. I might share with you some words which have sustained me through long, dark nights of peril, loss, and heartache. And I quote: “I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the alter of freedom.”

-Abraham Lincoln.

Yours very sincerely and respectfully, George C. Marshall, General, Chief of Staff”

~Saving Private Ryan 

7. “She’d stand in the doorway looking at me and I’d just keep my eyes shut. And I knew she just wanted to find out about my day – that she came home early, just to talk to me. And I still wouldn’t move,I’d still pretend to just be asleep. I don’t know why I did that”

~Saving Private Ryan 

8. “I don’t know. Part of me thinks the kid’s right. What’s he done to deserve this? He wants to stay here, fine. Let’s leave him and go home. But another part of me thinks, what if we stay, and by some miracle we actually make it out of here alive? Someday we might look back on this and decide that saving Private Ryan was the one decent thing we were able to pull out of this whole godawful, shitty mess.Like you said, Captain, maybe we do that, we all earn the right to go home”

~Saving Private Ryan 

9. “Tell her that when you found me, I was here, and I was with the only brothers that I have left. And that there’s no way I was gonna desert them”

~Saving Private Ryan 

10. “Nobody’s where they’re supposed to be!”

~Saving Private Ryan 

11. “It isn’t going to be easy trying to find one soldier in the middle of this whole goddamn war.

Like trying to find a needle in a stack of needles”

~Saving Private Ryan 

12. “And another thing, every time you salute the captain you make him a target for the Germans. So do us a favor, don’t do it”

~Saving Private Ryan 

13. “If God is for us, who could be against us?”

~Saving Private Ryan 

14. “The mission is a man”

~Saving Private Ryan 

15. “To be honest with you, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel coming back here. Every day I think about what you said to me that day on the bridge. And I’ve tried to live my life the best I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that at least in your eyes, I’ve earned what all of you have done for me”

~Saving Private Ryan 

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Last thing to my readers , I would like to hear from you…

Let me know in comments, Which of the  above  Saving Private Ryan quotes you like the most ?

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Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes articles which motivates/inspire people to achieve their goals. He also writes about software's, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides on his another Blog

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