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Douglas Macarthur Quotes


American military leader.
(1880 - 1964)

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A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.
 

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

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
 

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.
 

Americans never quit.
 

And in the end, through the long ages of our quest for light, it will be found that truth is still mightier than the sword.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
[History]
 

Defensive strategy never has produced ultimate victory.
[Risks]
 

Duty, Honor, Country - those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.
 

I address you with neither rancor nor bitterness in the fading twilight of life, with but one purpose in mind: to serve my country. The issues are global and so interlocked that to consider the problems of one sector, oblivious to those of another, is but to court disaster for the whole.
 

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.
 

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

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.
 

I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil.
 

I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.
[Age]
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I said, to the people of the Philippines whence I came, I shall return. Tonight, I repeat those words: I shall return!
 

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

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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