Captain America is not only a true American superhero, he is the embodiment of all that is American. A true soldier who fought for his country back in World War II, he was revived in the modern era and he became one of Marvel’s most important superheroes, even becoming the leader of the Avengers, which is certainly not an irrelevant achievement!
This article is going to include a list of the 15 best and most memorable quotes by Captain America, as we’ve heard them within Marvel’s fictional canon universe. We have found some great lines from the movies, as well as the TV shows so we hope you’ll enjoy them!
15. “We run around, calling ourselves Avengers… yet, when this man comes before us with something to avenge — a wrong that shrieks to heaven for vengeance — we turn a deaf ear — because his cause isn’t world-shattering enough for us! We forget that the world can end with a whimper — as well as with a bang!”
Coming from Avengers #80, this quote illustrates just how determined Captain America was to honor the Avengers’ code. When the Red Wolf asked the Avengers for help, they initially refused, after which Captain America, the legendary First Avenger, made this speech to remind his teammates just why they exist in the first place.
14. “I can still feel the world, Thor, and there’s been too much pain and death because of what happened that day. I won’t add to it. I have no debts you need to settle, and no regrets.”
Captain America was a truly good guy and he held true to his ideals from the very beginning. Now, when he died during the Superhuman Civil War, Thor, who had just found out about it, summoned the ghost of his comrade to speak to him. He offered to avenge him, but Steve, being the good guy he is, told Thor that the cycle of pain had to stop.
13. “Every one of us has been where you are right now. This place, this is where we come when the monsters we face are too powerful or too plentiful… From the moment you stepped in here… you were never alone.”
Another classic Cap, this time while talking to Spider-Girl, or Araña, who was helping the Avengers in the Avengers Assemble series. Spider-Girl was shocked and under pressure because of the constant threats and dangers, she faced as an Avenger, so Captain America offered some reassuring thoughts before he offered her a permanent spot on the team.
12. “I know who I am. I rescue the helpless. I raise up the hopeless. I don’t measure people’s lives… I save them.”
And this was completely true. Out of all the Avengers, Captain America was always portrayed as the most idealistic member of the Avengers. This line came from when he fought Kang the Conqueror, with him telling the time-manipulating supervillain that he would remain true to his ideals despite everything.
11. “I will not tolerate–I will not allow–any talk of the necessity of necessary evil. I have spent my life on that line and every time I’ve seen someone cross it, death and horror and shame was what followed. So I refuse to entertain it…”
In this infamous Avengers storyline, several “Incursions” have been occurring between different Earths. Now, the Avengers managed to stop one with the Infinity Gauntlet, but it broke down so the Illuminati discussed the possibility of sacrificing some Earths to save their own. Captain America, of course, wouldn’t have any of it and that gave birth to this legendary quote.
10. “A single individual who has the right heart and the right mind, that is consumed with a single purpose… that one man can win a war.”
The Skrulls invaded Earth and Norman Osborn became a very powerful man. This, of course, meant that the Earth was in trouble. And there came Captain America, with one single sentence that showed just how determined he was and how firm he was in his beliefs. One man is enough to win a war and that man was certainly Captain America.
9. “Because in America we have the freedom to speak out about what we believe in, to offer up new ideas about how to do things. The freedom to make changes and to make a difference. To make ourselves better… and hopefully make things better for everyone else in the process.”
This one was imparted on Spider-Man during the Marvel Age: Spider-Man Team-Up, where Spider-Man and Captain America fought some A.I.M. agents in New York. Although you wouldn’t really expect it from him, Captain America was a very wise character and he liked sharing his wisdom with other characters, with Spider-Man being an ideal candidate because of his age.
8. “I can do this all day.”
This is Cap’s most famous line from the MCU and it has been used on several occasions in different movies. We first hear it in Captain America: The First Avenger, later in Captain America: Civil War, and ultimately in Avengers: Endgame. The point? No matter how much you hit him, Captain America won’t give up.
7. “The world must never again mistake compassion for weakness!”
In The Avengers #6, the Avengers faced the powerful Masters of Evil and Captain America fought Baron Zemo, who would go on to become one of his most persistent enemies. The two had very opposing worldviews and Captain America vehemently defended his point of view once again, just as he always does, because that’s what makes Captain America so special.
6. “I protected America. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Democracy.”
In 1602, this, along with this quote – “Not something you people have seen much of yet. But it’s worth fighting for…” – might have sounded strange. But even in Elizabethan England, a monarchical period without democracy, a time-warped Captain America fought for the same ideals and would vehemently protect them, even in spite of Queen and Country.
5. “Together, you and I will identify and confront America’s problems. Together, we will figure out what we are and what we can be. Together, we will define the American Dream and make it an American Reality. Now and forevermore, I am a man of the People.”
Captain America renounced his superhero role in Captain America #7. What?! Okay, okay, he didn’t exactly do it, but he decided to remain a hero, while also being a human. He was “created” to be a protector of the people and that is exactly what he did, stating in this famous line that he would be one of the people he protected and that they would make their ideas a reality. Together. And forever.
4. “It’s tempting to want to live in the past. It’s familiar, it’s comfortable. But it’s where fossils come from.”
Captain America: Man Out of Time used the same origin for Captain America, but instead of the 20th century, he was reborn in the 21st century. Now, Captain America always had a very strong connection to the past and it should not come as a surprise that he had something to say about time, the passing of time, and whatnot. This is one of his memorable quotes in which he confirms that one has to keep looking forward in life.
3. “Courage. Honor. Loyalty. Sacrifice. You’re braver than you think.”
Corporal James Newman had his doubts before going to Afghanistan in Captain America: The Chosen, similar to how Steve Rogers had his doubts before going to fight in World War II. Now, Steve Rogers never had anyone to help him so he learned his lessons by himself, while James Newman had Captain America, who helped the young corporal to see his true worth. Okay, he kind of went to war to kill people but still, it worked.
2. “I don’t want to kill anyone. I don’t like bullies; I don’t care where they’re from.”
Another MCU classic, this line illustrates that Steve Rogers remained the same even after becoming Captain America, with his undying idealism already having been present from an early age. Steve did kill in the end, but those circumstances were far different from the ones in which he would have had to kill in combat.
1. “This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world – ‘No, YOU move.’”
And finally, a quote from The Amazing Spider-Man #537, in which Captain America told Spider-Man the true values of heroism, democracy, and liberty. All of it was in the midst of the Civil War event. Cap is known for his speeches and talks, but this one remains one of the best ones ever.