Top 35 Pearl Harbor Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Pearl Harbor Quotes from famous people such as Michael Bay, Barney Ross, Olivia De Havilland, John Lasseter, Jerry Bruckheimer, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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A lot of directors don’t want the pressure of a movie the size of Pearl Harbor. But I love it. I thrive on it.
Michael Bay
I was 20 years old at Pearl Harbor. I was in the Navy about a year and four months before the war.
Barney Ross
I was naturalized right before Pearl Harbor. Nine days later, I would have been classified as an enemy alien. I might have been sent to a camp.
Olivia De Havilland
My father pulled into Pearl Harbor four days after the bombing, and he said, everything was still burning. He said they never told the public how bad it was. It was really bad.
John Lasseter
Our military thought that they couldn’t get to Pearl Harbor, that it was too long a journey from Japan to get there, and they proved us wrong.
Jerry Bruckheimer
I had just turned 10-years-old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and plunged America into World War II.
Dan Rather
My ‘Pearl Harbor’ story is that I’ve never seen it, and I suspect that I was cut completely from the movie, but my name is fairly high in the credits at the end. So, anybody that’s ever said that they saw me in Pearl Harbor, I think they just saw the list of credits at the end of the movie.
Sean Gunn
Richard M. Helms, the first director of Central Intelligence to rise from the ranks, was fond of saying that the CIA had been founded to make sure that there would never be another Pearl Harbor. Underlying this mission impossible was the wishful supposition that an America that knew everything could prevent anything.
Charles McCarry
Pearl Harbor caused our Nation to wholeheartedly commit to winning World War II, changing the course of our Nation’s history and the world’s future.
Joe Baca
By all means, let someone else have Pearl Harbor.
Charles A. Lockwood
Shortly after Pearl Harbor, FDR committed a most visionary act: He appointed a Harvard historian to write the official account of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Samuel Eliot Morison was given the rank of lieutenant commander, with the right to interview anyone of whatever status.
Alistair Horne
Today, the US spends less on defense as a percentage of our economy than we did at any time since he Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. For the world’s only superpower, that is an invitation to very serious trouble.
Steve Forbes
The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor led to many very good things. If you follow the trail, it led to kicking Europeans out of Asia – that saved tens of millions of lives in India alone.
Noam Chomsky
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, the United States would enter, in a formal way, what had been up to that date strictly a European conflict. Marcus Garvey’s prophecy about the European scramble to maintain dominance over the whole world was now a reality.
John Henrik Clarke
‘Pearl Harbor’ is definitely about December 7, 1941, but it is not of December 7, 1941. It’s not even really of our age, either. It has more of the feel of a film from, roughly, mid-war.
Stephen Hunter
I was in Shanghai when the Japanese invaded China. I was there in Shanghai when, the morning after Pearl Harbor, they seized Shanghai.
J. G. Ballard
As long as ‘Pearl Harbor’ stays in the past, it’s perfect; when it wretchedly changes gears in the late going, it becomes the wrong kind of same old story: Hollywood stupidity and callowness, writ large across the sky.
Stephen Hunter
Today, war of necessity is used by critics of military action to describe unavoidable response to an attack like that on Pearl Harbor that led to our prompt, official declaration of war, while they characterize as unwise wars of choice the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the current war in Iraq.
William Safire
After Barbarossa and Pearl Harbor, the war tide slowly turned against the Axis.
Alexander Dubcek
I was four years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941 by Japan, and overnight, the world was plunged into a world war. America suddenly was swept up by hysteria.
George Takei
The parallels between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor are striking. In each instance there were warning signs before the attack, and in each instance our government failed to connect the dots.
Diane Watson
Some calamities – the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, 9/11 – have come like summer lightning, as bolts from the blue. The looming crisis of America’s Ponzi entitlement structure is different. Driven by the demographics of an aging population, its causes, timing and scope are known.
George Will
After the Battle of Midway there was a week in a rest camp at Pearl Harbor.
Jack Adams
Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this amazing American heroism.
Michael Bay
Millions of people gave their lives fighting fascism and imperialism, but Pearl Harbor was the event that forever changed the course of human history.
Sam Graves