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General of the Army Douglas MacArthur Quotes

"It is my earnest hope - indeed the hope of all mankind - that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past, a world found upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice."
- General Douglas Macarthur

"In war there is no substitute for victory."
- Gen Douglas MacArthur

"I Shall Return"
- Gen Douglas MacArthur

"The President of the United States ordered me to break through the Japanese lines and proceed from Corregidor to Australia for the purpose, as I understand it, of organizing the American offensive against Japan, a primary objective of which is the relief of the Philippines. I came through and I shall return."

"Nine times of ten an army has been destroyed because its supply lines have been severed"
- Macarthur, August 1950 to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

"There is no security in this life. There is only opportunity."
- Gen Douglas MacArthur

"In war, you win or lose, live or die - and the difference is an eyelash."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"The powers in charge keep us in a perpetual state of fear keep us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"I have just returned from visiting the MARINES at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!"
- General Douglas MacArthur

"By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder -- infinitely prouder -- to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle field but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, 'Our Father Who Art in Heaven.'"
- General Douglas MacArthur

"No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation"
- General Douglas MacArthur

"A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"You are remembered for the rules you break."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"There's no security on this earth, only opportunity."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"I have known war as few men now living know it. It's very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"The history of the failure of war can almost be summed up in two words: too late.
* Too late in comprehending the deadly purpose of a potential enemy.
* Too late in realizing the mortal danger.
* Too late in preparedness.
* Too late in uniting all possible forces for resistance.

* Too late in standing with one's friends."
- General Douglas Macarthur

"Beware not the enemy from 'without' but the enemy from 'within'."
- General Douglas Macarthur
 

" Wars are caused by unprotected wealth."
-
General Douglas Macarthur  

"One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"In no other profession are the penalties for employing untrained personnel so appalling or so irrevocable as in the military."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seed that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory."
- General Douglas MacArthur

"I have known war as few men now living know it. It's very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes."
- General Douglas MacArthur

 

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