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    You are remembered for the rules you break.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: rules 
     
    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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: evil  fear  power  real  patriotic 
     
    This does not mean that you are warmongers. On the contrary, the soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, that wisest of all philosophers: "Only the dead have seen the end of war.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: peace  people  pray  war 
     
    The enemy is in front of us, the enemy is behind us, the enemy is to the right and to the left of us. They can't get away this time!
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: enemies  right  enemy 
     
    Have a good plan, execute it violently, and do it today.
    — 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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: faith  courage  hope  fail  honor 
     
    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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: war 
     
    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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: present  opinion  war 
     
    Even when opportunity knocks, a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: men  opportunities 
     
    Give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: world 
     
    Youth is not entirely a time of life; it is a state of mind. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubts; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: time  people  youth  living  young  despair  faith  mind  hope  year 
     
    Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: honor 
     
    For those to whom much is given, much is required. It is not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up. There is no substitute for victory.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: men  freedom  blessing 
     
    Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense. Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions - those institutions we proudly called the American way of life.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: peace  pray  war 
     
    History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    Wars are caused by unprotected wealth.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: war  wealth 
     
    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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: fear  war 
     
    Years wrinkle the skin. Giving up wrinkles the soul.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: soul  giving  year 
     
    War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war there is no substitute for victory.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: victory  war  substitute 
     
    I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: fighting 
     
    If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.
    — 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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: humanity  peace 
     
    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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes... But once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: men  living  friends  war 
     
    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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    I had learned one of the bitter lessons of life: never try to regain the past, the fire will have become ashes.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: lessons  past  fire 
     
    Preparedness is the key to success and victory.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: key  victory  success 
     
    Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: lazy  broken  rules 
     
    Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: live  die  afraid 
     
    Competitive sports keep alive in us a spirit and vitality. Sports teach the strong to know when they are weak and the brave to face themselves when they are afraid; to be proud and unbowed in defeat, and yet humble and gentle in victory; to master ourselves before we attempt to master others; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; and to give the predominance of courage over timidity.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: master  strong  learn  courage  spirit 
     
    Beware not the enemy from 'without' but the enemy from 'within'.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: enemies  enemy 
     
    We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    Worry, doubt, fear and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground and turn us to dust before we die.
    — Douglas MacArthur
    tags: enemies  fear  despair  doubt  worries  enemy  die 
     
    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.
    — Douglas MacArthur
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