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Douglas MacArthur quotes (39)

A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.
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A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.
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Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
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Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.
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Americans never quit.
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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.
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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.
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Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.
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Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.
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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.
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I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
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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.
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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?
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I've looked that old scoundrel death in the eye many times but this time I think he has me on the ropes.
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In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.
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In war there is no substitute for victory.
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In war, you win or lose, live or die - and the difference is just an eyelash.
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It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.
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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.
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Life is a lively process of becoming.
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Like the old soldier of the 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 light to see that duty. Goodbye.
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My first recollection is that of a bugle call.
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Never give an order that can't be obeyed.
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Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
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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.
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Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.
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Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear.
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Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency.
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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.
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The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.
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The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
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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.
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There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
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There is no substitute for victory.
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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.
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We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.
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Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
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Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
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You are remembered for the rules you break.
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