26 Thought-Provoking Trenches Quotes

Kripal Thapa
Mar 14, 2023 By Kripal Thapa
Originally Published on Feb 28, 2023
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Trenches quote by Aaron Judge

The word Trench is derived from the Latin word 'truncare.'

According to Collins dictionary, a trench is a narrow channel that penetrates the ground. It is tranche in old French and truncates in middle English.

During World War I, especially on the West Front, trench warfare was the most prevalent scene. They were dispersed across numerous European nations. Following the start of the Race to the Sea in September 1914, trench warfare came to be viewed as being exclusively a part of World War I.

In the trenches, much of World War I was fought. They serve as a symbol of those turbulent earlier times today. Even the Trench coat trend, which British soldiers wore throughout the conflict, was inspired by the war.

Here are some trenches quotes that shed the light on World War I, invoke some thought and maybe inspire.

Thought-provoking Trenches Quotes

When you are in trenches, here are quotes to provide you thought:

"If your team is in the trenches, you've got to be in the trenches with them. "

- Aaron Judge

"I do believe there's a heaven. I do believe that God has given me the resilience and the survival skills to withstand the chiffon trenches."

- Andre Leon Talley

"Spiritual growth thrives in the midst of our problems, not in their absence. Spiritual growth occurs in the trenches of life, not in the classroom."

- Mike Yaconelli

"Stated as an English sentence, of course, this is just a banal platitude - but the fact is that, in the day-to-day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have life-or-death importance. That may sound like hyperbole, or abstract nonsense. "

- David Foster Wallace

"I'm in the trenches; I do the best work I can always do. Having said that, the way that what I do converges with the outside world is fascinating to me. Because it ebbs and flows. People's interest and understanding, it changes all the time."

- Daryl Hall

"The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason."

- Hunter S. Thompson

"Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Famous Trenches Quotes

These are some of the famous trenches quotes:

"Battles are won in the trenches, in the grit and grime of courageous determination; they are won day by day in the arena of life."

- Charles R. Swindoll

"Love is like trench warfare - you cannot see the enemy, but you know he is there and that it is wiser to keep your head down. "

- Lawrence Durrell, Warfare (2012).

“If we feel incarcerated in the trenches of viral wars, let us not give way to a defensive ‘fear’ reflex or offensive ‘rage’ reflex but let us follow our orienting ‘adventure’ reflex and explore the numerous paths to a new reality. ("Corporeal prison")”

- Erik Pevernagie

"The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain."

- Peggy Noonan

"Most of the people who call me a sellout were 7 when I was down face-first in the punk trenches."

- Henry Rollins

Quotes about WW1 Trenches

Trenches quotes from World War I to provide you with a glimpse of the bygone war times:

(Many of the battles were fought in the Trenches during World War I. Find trenches quotes about WWI. )

“Poor fellows shot dead are lying in all directions. Trenches, bits of equipment, clothing (probably blood-stained), ammunition, tools, caps, etc., etc., everywhere. Everywhere the same hard, grim, pitiless sign of battle and war. I have had a belly full of it.”

- Captain James Patterson

"How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing."

- Neville Chamberlain

"However, the fact that the tanks had now been raised to such a pitch of technical perfection that they could cross our undamaged trenches and obstacles did not fail to have a marked effect on our troops."

- Paul von Hindenburg

“For God's sake, don't enlist and come to this war in Europe. Cannons, machine guns, rifles, and bombs are going day and night. In my company, there are only 10 men left.”

- Havildar Abdul Rahman, an Indian soldier serving with the British forces in the trenches of World War I

"Hardly one soldier in a hundred was inspired by religious feeling of even the crudest kind. It would have been difficult to remain religious in the trenches even if one had survived the irreligion of the training battalion at home."

- Robert Graves

"Once war consisted of individual combats between armed men. Later it was waged between lines of men in opposing trenches. Now it is organized slaughter of whole populations."

- Kirby Page, "What is War?" (1924)

"Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners. A new arrival who talked patriotism would soon be told to cut it out."

- Robert Graves

Best Trenches Quotes

Here are some of the best Trenches quotes:

"I'm hardly digging trenches for a living. I'm getting to tap into my boyhood fantasies of being a larger-than-life character."

- Joel Edgerton

"The Bahamas are gorgeous. The deep trench in the ocean floor called the Tongue of the Ocean, which comes between the islands, is the most beautiful deep indigo colour."

- Chris Hadfield

"Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless."

- Audre Lorde

"No one is going to stick their head out of the trenches for someone they don't respect or trust. You can get shot doing that. "

- Gordon Bethune

"I'm hardly digging trenches for a living. I'm getting to tap into my boyhood fantasies of being a larger-than-life character."

- Joel Edgerton

"Indicting red squiggly lines in our thoughts may besiege our mind at some point. Before they take possession of the framework and the outlines of our lives, we must endeavor, from the outset, to track down the upsetting causes in the blurred trenches of our inner selves."

- Erik Pevernagie, 'Unfulfilled meeting'

"I had wanted to make a film about World War II for some time, but I didn't really want to do something that was set in the trenches, so to speak."

- Michael Apted

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Written by Kripal Thapa

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Sociology, Master of Science specializing in Fashion Management

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Kripal ThapaBachelor of Arts specializing in Sociology, Master of Science specializing in Fashion Management

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from North Bengal University and a Master's degree in Fashion Management from MAKAUT, Kripal is an accomplished marketing specialist. Through hands-on experience and industry-specific certifications, she has developed a strong expertise in various marketing domains. Kripal's skill set includes brand management, ad creativity, copywriting, content curation, Google Ads, pay-per-click advertising, and social media optimization and management. In her spare time, Kripal actively contributes to a transgender awareness project where she raises awareness about the complexities of transition, pre-trauma, and post-trauma of transition, trans mental health, and transgender rights.

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