The 14 Best Prepper Quotes of All Time

Great writers can sum up entire blocks of information into easily consumable snippets of words. Sometimes all you need is a quick punchy line to absorb the philosophy and understand the true nature of a subject. Here I have assembled a list of the best prepper quotes that accurately sum up the philosophy of the modern day prepper.


Civilized man is only 9 missed meals away from total anarchy – unknown

It’s all fun and games until the food trucks stop running. At work, your coworker Joe is one nice chap. Let’s just see how nice Joe is when he makes a run to the store only to see the shelves have been completely wiped out due to a power outage that spooked the local population. Extend the power outage to 3 days and watch Joe and the rest of your city/town go planet of the apes mode. Never underestimate the depths a man can sink to when his own survival is on the line. Don’t be like Joe, invest in long term food storage.


Without weapons you are simply collecting resources for the strongest ape on the block – unknown

So you have yourself a healthy stockpile of food and water. Good stuff. Now, how are you going to protect it when Tryone and his gang of cronies come to your place looking for goods? You think he’s going to leave just because you asked nicely? I bet if you shoved a 12 gauge in his face he might think twice. I bet if you came at him with a pair of crazy eyes and a fully loaded AK-47 Tyrone might just find an easier target. It’s good you have the proper SHTF gear but now it’s time to start thinking about protecting what you collected.


Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying. – Bear Grylls

While I don’t consider Bear Grylls the leading expert in prepping and survival he makes a good point here. Survival is built in to the heart of man. When you haven’t eaten in weeks the only thing keeping you alive is hope. It’s this ferocious sense of duty to make it through any situation and come out on top that will see you through. You’re as good as dead if you lose hope and lose heart. More and more people today despite living in the first world have lost hope. You can see in their eyes their soul has shriveled. The only thing keeping them alive is the daily sustenance of their eating habits. Throw this person into a true survival situation and you have a recipe for death.


The greatest detriment to your survival is to depend on others for your safety and security – unknown

As civilization becomes more cushy and less threatening we have grown accustom to relying on others for the things we need. When there’s a civil dispute we call the cops. When we run out of food we get on food stamps. We take advantage of everything the first world provides. Millennials (my generation) now expect free school and free medical. It’s funny to think of how we will survive in a true SHTF scenario. My guess is most will not. When they pick up the phones and don’t have a dial tone, well, that’s the makings for a 21st century horror scene. In what ways are you relying on others to meet your needs? It is the duty of the prepper to become as self sufficient as possible. That doesn’t mean you refuse help if you need it. It only means do as much as you can so you aren’t at the mercy of someone else. Get yourself a proper SHTF plan and put your mind at ease. That is true freedom.


Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. -Winston Churchill

For Winston, victory was everything. It was the ultimate goal. To achieve victory is to survive. To survive is to achieve victory. It’s getting to the top of the mountain and proudly looking at the hard path you forged behind you. Victory is a mindset that once cultivated makes you invincible.


You can’t defend your home from your home – unknown

Home security. How hard would it be for Tyrone to bust into your house? How secure are your doors and windows. Where are all the places of potential entry and how can you fortify them? At the bare minimum get yourself some heavy duty doors and solid locks. Look into a home security camera system to monitor the area from the inside.


All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar. – Grace Paley

What Grace is trying to say is simple – those with a thirst for life will seek a way to preserve their survival even in the toughest times. Have you lost your passion for living? Are you simply fading away and going through the motions? If you consider your life boring and not worth it what will motivate you when you’re in a full blown survival situation? A renewed interest in life will naturally lead into learning skills which preserve the human vehicle.


Not all who wander are lost – J.R.R Tolkien 

From a certain perspective, this quote is about people who travel the world with no real plan or agenda. They like to see new things and this fulfills them. From a preppers perspective, it’s the stranger in a new town who’s creeping around with a malicious agenda. Be wary of people you don’t know all of the sudden showing up in the neighborhood. Chances are they know exactly why they are there. If Tyrone thinks he can target you or your place he better think twice.


All real communities grow out of a shared confrontation with survival. Communities are not produced by sentiment or mere goodwill. They grow out of a shared struggle. Our situation in the desert is an incubator for community – Larry Harvey

On the flip side to the previous quote, great communities can be forged out of a common struggle. Despite the violence we are used to seeing on TV I believe most people are generally decent and will do what they can to help their fellow man. Perhaps you too can learn to create a fellowship of preppers who have each others back. Make sure each is putting in their dues and the group can grow stronger as a result.


If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree I’d spend the first 6 sharpening the axe – Abraham Lincoln

Here’s a classic quote speaking to the essence of prepping. You prep for the hard times ahead of you by stocking food, water, and supplies. Taken more literally, it’s also about maintaining your tools and using the right tool for the job.


Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable. – General George S. Patton

A basic principle for learning and preparing for anything – look at how somebody else did it. Want to build a 6 figure business? Go to someone who’s done it. Want to learn and prep for hard times? Look at how your great grandparents made it through the great depression. The past is rich with lessons if you spend the time digging through the tomes of forgotten knowledge.


Make preparations in advance. You never have trouble if you’re prepared for it. – Ted Roosevelt

Another simple one. Prepare people ahead of time people!


Anybody worth shooting is worth shooting twice – Joe Fox (Viking Preparedness)

Sounds like a violent quote but let’s not have a failure of the imagination. This quote speaks directly to finishing the job you set out to do. It’s about setting your intention and seeing something through to the end.


The prudent see danger and take refuge, the simple keep going and pay the penalty – Proverbs 27:12

Smart people see problems and take action. Simple minds either can’t see problems or do nothing to reverse the course of the future. Prepping is about knowing that times might not always be that easy. It’s about preparing you and your family for the rough times ahead. Man was born unto a world rich with problems and solutions. See the problem and then find the solution.

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