Quotes / The Cavalry

"Arise! Arise, Riders of Théoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... ere the sun rises!"
Théoden, Lord of the Rings

"Venimus, vidimus, deus vicit."note 
Jan III Sobieski after lifting the Turkish Siege of Vienna

"I have seen war in all its forms. I have seen feral world savages braining each other with stones, and I have monitored the death of a whole planet at the hands of a virus bomb. I have seen Space Marines drop to certain death, and win. I have seen Titans crush whole platoons underfoot. But there is no more stirring sight in war than the charge of massed cavalry."
Dravin Gratz, 14th Tharinga Regiment, Imperial Guard, Warhammer 40,000

"We stood at the edge of destruction and would have fallen, if not for the might of the God Emperor and his angels of death."
Sgt. Mudir, after the Battle for Inner City Five, Warhammer 40,000

"I would say that was the cavalry, but... I've never seen a line of horses crash into the battlefield from outer space before."
Agent Washington, Red vs. Blue: Revelation

"Tell the men the cavalry's arrived!"
Baneblade commander, Dawn of War

"I think the cavalry's here!"

"Alliance ships, move in, save the Destiny Ascension!"
Admiral Hackett, Mass Effect 1

Woman: Who are you?
Eliot: Well ma'am, we'd be the cavalry.

The cavalry's here. Cavalry's a frightened guy with a rock, but it's here.
Xander Harris, Buffy the Vampire Slayer season two finale

Arizona Kid: Colonel I hope you're not too late.
Colonel: Son, never in the history of motion pictures has the United States Calvary been too late.
The Three Stooges in Out West

"The cavalry has arrived!"
Jimmy, Ed, Edd n Eddy

After courage and valor have long since fled, the day will be won by the guy who remembered to bring reinforcements to the party.

There is a rich history behind the terms used by those who conduct war. Consider "cavalry." On Earth, warriors on horseback played a significant part in the rise of numerous empires. Cavalry had such an impact on Terran warfare that the term remained in use far longer than the horse did. Fleets of armored limousines might be called "cavalry corps." Tank divisions were often called "armored cavalry." And "orbital cav" patrolled Lunar skies. In popular entertainment, "cavalry" became synonymous with rescue of some sort.
We might ask what the ancient warriors would think of the modern units bearing the name they made famous.
Sergeant Schlock has no horse, no armor, and no sword. But even the mightiest Mongol horse-warrior would see in him a fit heir.