General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”

“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.”

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

“You are remembered for the rules you break.”

“There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.”

“Americans never quit.”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.”

“There is no substitute for victory.”

“Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.”

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation”

“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”

“The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.”

“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.”

“Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.”

“Life is a lively process of becoming.”

“In war, you win or lose, live or die-and the difference is just an eyelash.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier in that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the sight to see that duty.”

“Last, but by no means least, courage – moral courage, the courage of one’s convictions, the courage to see things through. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle – the roar of the crowd on one side and the”

“They died hard, those savage men-like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them.”

“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.”

“I shall return.”

“I suppose, in a way, this has become part of my soul. It is a symbol of my life. Whatever I have done that really matters, I’ve done wearing it. When the time comes, it will be in this that I journey forth. What greater honor could come to an American, and a soldier?”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”

“By profession I am a Soldier and take pride in that fact, but I am prouder to be a father.”

“I see that old flagpole still stands. Have your troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down.”

“No army has ever done so much with so little.”

“A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.”

“Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would gladly yield every honor which has been accorded me in war.”

“In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.”

“I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!”

“In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.”

“I can recall no parallel in history where a great nation recently at war has so distinguished its former enemy commander.”

“Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.”

“A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.”

“The inescapable price of liberty is an ability to preserve it from destruction”

“I realize that advice is worth what it costs — that is, nothing.”

“It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”

“On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory”

“Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.”

“I’ve looked that old scoundrel death in the eye many times but this time I think he has me on the ropes.”

“Security lies in our ability to produce”

“It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.”

“The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other.”

“If you must fire do a good job-a few casualties become martyrs, a large number an object lesson. …When a mob starts to move keep it on the run… use a bayonet to encourage its retreat. If they are running, a few good wounds in the buttocks will encourage them. If they resist, they must be killed.”

“A better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past.”

“The holy mission has been completed.”

“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.’”

“We are bound no longer by the straitjacket of the past and nowhere is the change greater than in our profession of arms. What, you may well ask, will be the end of all of this? I would not know! But I would hope that our beloved country will drink deep from the chalice of courage.”

“My first recollection is that of a bugle call.”

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