41 Navy SEAL Inspirational Quotes and Sayings – Never Quit. Never Consider It.

41 Navy SEAL Inspirational Quotes and Sayings – Never Quit. Never Consider It.

Do you want to succeed online as desperately as young Navy SEAL trainees who are trying to earn their SEAL badges? If so, you need some tremendous motivation boost.

Because otherwise, in those low moments, you might be tempted to throw it in the bush and quit.

You don’t want that, do you?

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Therefore, this post here should skyrocket your determination into the stratosphere.

Really? Really.

By the way, this is Part 2 of my Navy SEAL quotes. You can find part 1 here: “33 Navy SEAL quotes that keep you going.”

The reason why I found these quotes so crucially important is that (as you will see below), everything starts in our minds. You will win or lose in your mind.

And therefore, being mentally strong is so awfully critical, if you ever want to succeed in life and business. Because both of these offer you plenty of challenging situations.

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” – Seneca, 50 A.D.

As for the quotes below, I highlighted certain parts in some of them – those that I found particularly insightful. I hope you will find them as well.

Also, I have handpicked all these Navy SEAL inspirational quotes with bloggers and internet marketers in mind.

Let’s face it – achieving a breakthrough in the internet world requires hard work and perseverance. There will come times where you will hit low points…

… Points where everything seems to be covered with darkness and hopelessness.

How you get through when you are in those lowest points in your business life?

… Give up and quit?

If you don’t want to quit, you need to find ways to motivate yourself to keep going. It is as simple as that.

And that’s why I have written these posts about Navy SEAL quotes that keep you going.

Note! There are two things that I want to mention before coming to the quotes:

  1. I have included only those Navy SEAL quotes that are useful for bloggers and internet marketers.
  2. To make it simpler, I have grouped those quotes into four sections:

  • 6 Navy SEAL Sayings for bloggers
  • 17 Navy SEAL Instructor Quotes for bloggers
  • 7 Navy SEAL Hell Week Quotes
  • 9 Quotes From “The Navy SEAL Training Guide: Mental Toughness”
  • 2 Navy Seals Quotes on God

Read and see how SEALS keep their spirits soaring high:


1. Navy SEAL Sayings

1. “Cowards never start. The weak never finish. Winners never quit.”

2. “You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.”

3. “Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.”

4. “Stay positive. Stay fighting. Stay brave. Stay ambitious. Stay focused. Stay strong.”

5. “I lead by example in all situations.”

6. “My strength didn’t come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up every time I was knocked down.”


2. Navy SEAL Instructor Quotes

1. “The only easy day was yesterday.”

2. “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”

3. “It May, or May Not, Pay to be a Winner.”

4. “Pain is weakness leaving the body” (Meaning: Training to be a Navy SEAL is painful. But as you get stronger, you don’t feel as much pain.)

5. “You need to train harder and longer than your enemies to survive. It’s not luck that makes Navy SEALS the most elite combat unit in the world – It’s hard work on a daily basis.”

Navy SEAL instructor quotes
By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

6. “You Don’t Have to Like It, You Just Have to Do It.”

7. “It’s All Mind Over Matter, If I Don’t Mind, Then it Doesn’t Matter.”

8. “Nothing Lasts Forever”

9. “If You Ain’t Cheating, You Ain’t Trying” (Meaning: In combat, the larger force dictates the rules… and Navy SEALS are ALWAYS the smaller force. To win they need to break the rules.)

10. “It Pays to be a Winner”

11. “There Are Two Ways to Do Something … the Right Way, and Again”

12. “All in, all the time.”

13. “It’s all mind over matter. If I don’t mind, then it doesn’t matter.”

14. “If you work together as a team and put out as hard as you can for a short period of time, you’ll get to rest while everyone else pays for not working so hard.”

15. “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.”

16. “Anybody want to quit?”

17. “Nobody remembers a loser or a quitter.”

3. Navy SEAL quotes of Hell Week Training

Just in case you did not know (I did not), Hell Week is a grueling five and 1/2 day-long training. It is the ultimate test for SEAL trainees, designed to separate “the wheat from the chaff.” It includes brutal physical conditions – cold, wet, and devastatingly hard operational training on fewer than four hours of sleep.

Hell Week is the one single event that forces the majority of SEAL hopefuls “ring the bell” and quit.

Read the quotes of SEALS who made it through Hell Week. And read how they made it through:

Here we go:

Hell Week Quotes


1. “They could beat you, run you, make you endure untold cold and pain, and kill you……but they could never make you quit.” – Walter Diaczenko, BUD/S Class 48

2. “You don’t ever let quitting enter your mind as it is a sickness that will weaken you. /…/ Never quit, never consider it!” – Ron Seiple, BUD/S Class 34

Navy SEAL inspirational quotes
By U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Logsdon [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

3. “The trick was to just get through whatever was happening.” – John Gulick, BUD/S Class 45

4. “I didn’t know if I could finish the run, but I knew I could take one more step. I did it. And then I took another, and another, and another. A couple hours later the sun came up as we finished the run. I had made it.” – Al Horner, BUD/S Class 45

5. “The only thing that got me through was my classmates. They were pulling me while I was pulling them. No one gets through training alone, no one!” – John Roat – BUD/S Class 29

6. “As one of my more famous teammates is known to say, “Can’t Quit, Not Dead!” That is the kind of motivation you need to get through training!” – Roger Guerra – BUD/S Class 48

7. Denny Johnson, BUD/S Class 42:

  1. Make up your mind to do it.
  2. Proceed one step, one hour, one evolution at a time.
  3. Help your teammates whenever you can.
  4. Keep going.”


9 Quotes From “The Navy SEAL Training Guide: Mental Toughness”

1. The common denominator among these men was the fact that they all had a very strong competitive personality, and they really enjoyed competing against challenges most others found too difficult or even impossible to overcome.

2. I saw many people quit at BUDS who had all the necessary attributes and traits required to serve as a SEAL, except one — the ability to remain mentally focused when faced with continuous and very stressful challenges or situations.

I also saw many make it through the course who were quite ordinary from a physical standpoint, yet they kept going day after day, evolution after evolution. At some point, they seemed to arrive at a mental state that basically said, “Others have made it through this course, and I can too!”

3. Most planning experts agree that the majority of people, organizations, etc., that fail to reach their goals do so because they did not apply an adequate form of measurement to keep track of their progress.

4. Mental toughness in this situation means consciously noticing the things that you are able to do well and honoring your efforts with positive thoughts.

5. The guys that start BUDS thinking that they won’t make it… DON’T MAKE IT! Those who begin BUDS with an “I will die before I quit” mentality are the guys who are standing tall on graduation day!

Navy SEAL Training
United States Navy SEALs [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

6. Toughness involves having control over your thoughts. In a situation where your fitness level is not where you want it to be, and your negative thoughts are getting the best of you, you have a choice. You can let the negative thoughts take over and drain you of energy, or you can consciously choose positive thoughts that empower you and push you to press on.

7. Instead of thinking about the entire six-month course, the week’s training schedule or even the daily schedule, many trainees focus on literally getting by one small event at a time, be it getting dressed, eating breakfast, running to the obstacle course, completing the obstacle course within standards, etc. — the focus is one successive micro-evolutions or time frames.

8. In the SEAL culture, winning and accomplishing the mission at hand is to be done at all costs.

9. Addictions: People lacking confidence often resort to destructive behavior such as overeating, abuse of alcohol, or drugs in order to cope with their feelings of inadequacy.


Navy Seals Quotes on God

Marcus Luttrell (the author of the quotes) was the only SEAL who survived SEAL Team 10 Operation Red Wing in Afganistan (June 2005). On that tragic day for SEALS, 3 SEALS and 16 Special Ops were killed.

Here’s what Michael Luttrell says about God:

1. “I had no answer to those questions, only hope. With absolutely no one to turn to, no Mikey, no Axe, no Danny, I have to face the final battle by myself, maybe lonely, maybe desolate, maybe against formidable odds. But I was not giving up.

I had only one Teammate. And He moved, as ever, in mysterious ways. But I was a Christian, and He had somehow saved me from a thousand AK-47 bullets on that day. No one had shot me, which was well nigh beyond all comprehension.” ― Marcus Luttrell

2. “My God had not spoken again. But neither had He forsaken me. I knew that. For damned sure, I knew that” ― Marcus Luttrell

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How About You?

Now that you have read these Navy SEAL inspirational quotes, I am curious about what impression you came away with.

Did they boost your motivation to another level? And which one did you like the most? Leave me a comment below, please.



  1. Brian says:

    My life has been racked with illness, blindness, severe pain, amputations, death of my daughter and siblings; but I get up each day full of enthusiasm, because I took $20.00, and turned it into a $100,000.00 company, little by little, because I still had one good eye, and a sharp mind.

    I picked up electrical engineering online, invented a very useful device that I make 2,300% profit on. I only need to work about 200 hours/year. Little by little, and I never gave up.

    When I’m in pain, I block it out with the help of narcotics, and persevere. Life is what it is. It’s mental attitude that makes it the best life can be.

    I don’t depend on anyone for my job. I actually have 4 military defense contractors on my client list which spans 45 nations. God made it all possible. He cleared a path. He inspired me. He loved me when there was no one else.

    He made me self-sufficient, mentally tough; and I am living testimony that anyone can make it in the Nation Under God.

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  3. Rui says:

    Thank you so much for these quotes! I want to be a Navy SEAL when I graduate college. These quotes are so inspiring and can definitely be applied to my life. I plan on going into BUD/s with the best attitude and one clear mindset: not quitting and only winning. Again thank you, these will be reminded in my head throughout my life and dream career.

  4. patrick jenkins says:

    Never give up the fight

    • Hey, Patric, and thank you for the feedback. I liked many of them, but I remember when I wrote the article I kept talking myself, “”Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”


  5. After a long time, I am found some thought that really I loved …

    I like to read one more time

    • Hey, Jimmy, and thank you for the comment. I am happy to hear you found the list of these Navy SEAL inspirational quotes helpful. Awesome!

      And thank you for letting me know. :)

      God bless you, sir

  6. Michael Ertl says:

    Former Navy Seal, Robert O’Neill said his CO told his class to “Everything I tell you to do will be the hardest thing you have ever done, but it is not impossible. You keep your head down, move forward, and never quit.” “If your going to quit, quit tomorrow. “

    • Thank you for the comment, Michael. Hey! What an awesome quote! I like it. Thank you very much for sharing, sir :)


  7. Gary Woodfield says:

    Hi there, truly inspirational stuff. The fact that all of the above really does apply to everyday life situations, whether playing with your kids or doing your daily job routines at work and home. As many people out there would certainly agree, civilian life can be very daunting and sometimes , overwhelming to the point of despair. The will to push onward day after day, is much like an obstacle course, beating yourself up to try and do better. But just a few precious words of encouragement can have a great impact on ones’ self-esteem…to do better for yourself and others.
    Many thanks, Gary.

    • Hey, Gary,

      Thank you for the comment and your kind words. It’s true, again and again we need empower ourselves with encouragement. Or, like Zig Ziglar has famously said: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – That’s why we recommend it daily.”

      Very well said, do you agree?

      God bless you, Gary,

  8. J C Arteiro says:

    “In a World of Compromise, some men don’t” – BUDS Class 162

    • Hey, J.C. Arteiro,
      Thank you for sharing your thougths. It’s encouraging to read that comment again. It’s true – in the world today, there are so much compromise… And therefore, it’s encouraging to know, there are people who don’t compromise.

      Thank you again,

  9. KED says:

    Thanks for the quotes! I think they are very inspiring and definitely useful for my presentation coming up next month about Navy Seals, particularly during Hell Week. After going through all that training, were you more resilient? And did you find that it was crucial to clarify your priorities throughout the training?

    • Hey, KED, and thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am glad to hear you found the post helpful for you. And no, I have never gone through Navy SEALs training or its Hell Week myself. I just disovered that these Navy SEALs quotes can be extremely motivating for bloggers and online marketers. That’s why I collected them here.

      God bless you,

  10. ” I never saw a lonely dieing bird feel sorry for itself. ” The above sentiment was given to me by a learned military veteran who believed this lonely bird is the real deal from the Seal in the fight.

    • Hey, capt Anthony R Meurer. Thank you for the comment and input. How well said indeed. I like it.

      Thank you again, sir.


  11. Trulie Julie says:

    “I didn’t know if I could finish the run, but I knew I could take one more step. I did it. And then I took another, and another, and another. A couple hours later the sun came up as we finished the run. I had made it.” – Al Horner, BUD/S Class 45

    How true. Always being aware of where I am going but realizing I only need to see enough for a step at a time. Look forward, not back. Great encouragement from Al Horner. Thank you. Julie G

    • Hey, Trulie Julie,

      Thank you for the comment. This quote is a great encouragement to me as well – even now while reading your comment. So thank you for picking it.

      I don’t know about you but I have found that to succeed online you need to have perseverance. Sometimes (at least in my case) things don’t go as expected and I face tough times – psychologically tough times. These are the times when I feel a great temptation to give up and quit. And these are times when I need quotes like this one here most.

      And to tell the truth, that was the reason why I wrote so many *quote* posts in my early days – just to encourage myself and keep myself going. I collected motivational quotes about perseverance, goal setting, honesty, mental strength, procrastination, difficult times, anxiety, integrity, etc., etc., etc.

      Honestly, they have helped me a lot. Awesome!

      God bless you,

  12. Sha says:

    Thank you so much for these quotes! This is the motivation i needed at the moment. I am a woman and I am not affiliated with the army or any special unit. I live abroad alone,homesickness and stress from work gets the best of me alot of times. I consider myself a very strong person, but just like everyone else I need to “refill” and do things one at a time.

    • Thank you very much for the comment, Sha. I completely understand you, especially because I too have lived on the other side of the world – for years. It’s tough, I know. And you are right, we need to constantly refill because the motivation does not last. Was it Zig Ziglar who said, that motivation does not last? Yes, it was. He said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

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      Thank you again, Sha, and have a nice day.


  13. Take bits and pieces of what’s written here and apply them to one’s daily life, you’ll be a stronger person.

    • Hi, Raider man, and thank you for the comment. It’s true – these quotes have such high value. Sometimes when I found myself demotivated, I come here and read those Navy SEALS quotes – they really pump me up again.

      I have noticed that even the strongest and most successful people on Earth need motivational boost – again and again. It’s not like you fill yourself with these motivational quotes and then run the next 12 month full speed. In fact, what really happens is that you get a motivational boost but it is only for a short time. Soon you will discover that you have run out of gas and need to find a “gas station” to refill again.

      That’s why I collected these inspirational quotes – to help people ‘refill’ themselves again and again.

      Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it a lot.

      Stay safe!


  14. Briley says:

    Loved all of them, inspiring. Especially liked:
    2. I saw many people quit at BUDS who had all the necessary attributes and traits required to serve as a SEAL, except one — the ability to remain mentally focused when faced with continuous and very stressful challenges or situations.

    I also saw many make it through the course who were quite ordinary from a physical standpoint, yet they kept going day after day, evolution after evolution. At some point they seemed to arrive at a mental state that basically said, “Others have made it through this course and I can too!”

    • Hi Briley,

      Thank you very much for taking time and dropping some lines. It’s a great quote indeed. Good reminder for myself today :) Thank you for pointing it out!

  15. Joe says:

    Back in my younger days I was a support guy in an infantry company, nothing so elite as Navy SEALs. Still, these all ring true for my past life as a soldier and my current one as a blogger. I especially like the one from the SEAL Training Guide about focusing “one small event at a time” rather than overwhelming ones self by being distracted by the scope of the larger challenge.

    • I liked that one too, sir. It’s just so easy to get overwhelmed by the scope of whatever bigger challenge we face and we all know what happens next – we tend to give up and quit. That’s why it’s so important to divide that challenge into many micro challenges and then accomplish them one at a time.

      Thank you, Joe, for taking time and providing a comment :)

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