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By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

It was close; but that's the way it is in war. You win or lose, live or die - and the difference is just an eyelash.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

Years wrinkle the skin. Giving up wrinkles the soul.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

Security lies in our ability to produce.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

A good soldier, whether he leads a platoon or an army, is expected to look backward as well as forward; but he must think only forward.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

While I was not consulted prior to the President's decision to intervene in support of the Republic of Korea, that decision from a military standpoint, proved a sound one, as we hurled back the invader and decimated his forces. Our victory was complete, and our objectives within reach, when Red China intervened with numerically superior ground forces.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil—soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples. We have come dedicated and committed to the task of destroying every vestige of enemy control over your daily lives, and of restoring upon a foundation of indestructible strength, the liberties of your people.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

From the Far East I send you one single thought, one sole idea - written in red on every beachhead from Australia to Tokyo - "There is no substitute for victory!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point?but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

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. Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know Thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge. Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail. Build me a son whose heart will be clean, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past. And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, "I have not lived in vain.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

No plan ever survives its first encounter with the enemy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

We must offer the world leadership designed to advance the goal of universal progress and enduring peace.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

Few names have left a firmer imprint upon the pages of the history of American times than has that of Ty Cobb... he seems to have understood that in the competition of baseball, just as in war, defensive strategy never has produced ultimate victory.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

Nothing would please me better than if they would give me three months and then attack here.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

I realize that advice is worth what it costs--that is, nothing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

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?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

Once war is forced upon us, there is no alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War’s very object is victory-not prolonged indecision.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

In war, as it is waged now, with the enormous losses on both sides, both sides will lose. It is a form of mutual suicide.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

There is no security. Only opportunity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious offering-sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death he discloses those divine attributes which his amke gave when he created in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instincts can take the place of the divine annunciation and spiritual gift which will alone sustain him.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

The Puerto Ricans forming the ranks of the gallant 65th Infantry on the battlefields of Korea … are writing a brilliant record of achievement in battle and I am proud indeed to have them in this command. I wish that we might have many more like them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

"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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

The great question is, can war be outlawed from the world? If so, it would mark the greatest advance in civilization since the Sermon on the Mount.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

In war there is no substitute for victory.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

Optimism is denial, so face the facts and move on

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

There are some who, for varying reasons, would appease Red China. They are blind to history's clear lesson, for history teaches with unmistakable emphasis that appeasement but begets new and bloodier war. It points to no single instance where this end has justified that means, where appeasement has led to more than a sham peace. Like blackmail, it lays the basis for new and successively greater demands until, as in blackmail, violence becomes the only other alternative.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

In short, is American life of the future to be characterized by freedom or by servitude, strength or weakness? The answer must be clear and unequivocal if we are to avoid the pitfalls toward which we are now heading with such certainty. In many respects it is not to be found in any dogma of political philosophy but in those immutable precepts which underlie the Ten Commandments.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

The hated system of land tenure, so contributory to general unrest in Asia, has been abolished. Every farmer is now accorded the right and dignity of ownership of the land he long has tilled.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

I came through and I shall return.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

Believe me, sir, never a night goes by, be I ever so tired, but I read the Word of God before I go to bed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

I know that this operation will be sort of helter-skelter. But the First Marine Division is going to win the war by landing at Inchon.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training - sacrifice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

While Asia is commonly referred to as the Gateway to Europe, it is no less true that Europe is the Gateway to Asia, and the broad influence of the one cannot fail to have its impact upon the other.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

WE HAVE HAD OUR LAST CHANCE. THE PROBLEM NOW IS BASICALLY THEOLOGICAL, AND INVOLVES SPIRITUALITY AND IMPROVEMENT OF human CHARACTER. IT MUST BE OF THE SPIRIT IF WE ARE TO SAVE THE FLESH.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

There is not one incident in the history of humanity in which defeatism led to peace which was anything other than a complete fraud.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

The outfit soon took on color, dash and a unique flavor which is the essence of that elusive and deathless thing called soldiering.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

It seems strangely difficult for some to realize that here in Asia is where the Communist conspirators have elected to make their play for global conquest, and that we have joined the issue thus raised on the battlefield; that here we fight Europe's war with arms while the diplomats there still fight it with words; that if we lose the war to communism in Asia the fall of Europe is inevitable, win it and Europe most probably would avoid war and yet preserve freedom. As you pointed out, we must win. There is no substitute for victory.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days, on other fields will bear the fruits of victory.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war. A new era is upon us. Even the lesson of victory itself brings with it profound concern, both for our future security and the survival of civilization. The destructiveness of the war potential, through progressive advances in scientific discovery, has in fact now reached a point which revises the traditional concepts of war.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Douglas Macarthur

There are no atheists in the foxholes of Bataan.