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    His [Gen. Douglas MacArthurs] twenty-two medals-thirteen of them for heroism-probably exceeded those of any other figure in American history. He seemed to seek death on battlefields.
    — William Manchester
    tags: death  american 
     
    An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold, and her preparations for viewing were awesome.
    — William Manchester
    tags: wonder 
     
    He [Gen. Douglas MacArthur] was a great thundering paradox of a man, noble and ignoble, inspiring and outrageous, arrogant and shy, the best of men and the worst of men, the most protean, most ridiculous, and most sublime.
    — William Manchester
    tags: men  inspiring  noble 
     
    Japanese naval officers in dress whites are frequent guests at Pearl Harbor's officers' mess and are very polite. They always were. Except, of course, for that little interval there between 1941 and 1945.
    — William Manchester
    I came to a dead stop and began major revisions. Sometimes these entailed the shredding of all existing manuscript for a fresh start - an inefficient way to write a book, though I found it exciting.
    — William Manchester
    tags: book  write 
     
    I realized that the worst thing that could happen to me was about to happen to me.
    — William Manchester
    The colors of the underwater rock [are] as pale and delicate as those in the wardrobe of an 18th-century marchioness.
    — William Manchester
    To the medieval mind the possibility of doubt did not exist.
    — William Manchester
    tags: doubt  possibility  mind 
     
    I try to be as ruthless as possible. I ask myself of each sentence, "Is it clear? Is it true? Does it feel good?" And if it's not, then I rewrite it.
    — William Manchester
    One strange feeling, which I remember clearly, was a powerful link with the slain, particularly those that had fallen within the past hour or two. There was so much death around that life seemed almost indecent. Some men's uniforms were soaked with gobs of blood. The ground was sodden with it. I killed, too.
    — William Manchester
    tags: death  past  powerful  blood 
     
    They fought on with a devotion which would puzzle the generation of the 1980s. More surprising, in many instances it would have baffled the men they themselves were before Pearl Harbor. Among MacArthur's ardent infantrymen were cooks, mechanics, pilots whose planes had been shot down, seamen whose ships had been sunk, and some civilian volunteers.
    — William Manchester
    tags: men 
     
    He [Gen. Douglas MacArthur] never went to church, but he read the Bible every day and regarded himself as one of the world's two great defenders of Christendom. (The other was the pope.)
    — William Manchester
    tags: world  bible  church  read 
     
    It was his [Gen. Douglas MacArthur's] relationship with the administration In Washington which became poisoned by his egomania. Link upon link the bond between events on the battlefield and his own ruin was forged, and, as is essential in genuine tragedy, the gods used the victim himself to forge the links.
    — William Manchester
    The sum of a million facts is not the truth.
    — William Manchester
    tags: truth  facts 
     
    The coconut trees, lithe and graceful, crowd the beach like a minuet of slender elderly virgins adopting flippant poses.
    — William Manchester
    Actors who have tried to play Churchill and MacArthur have failed abysmally because each of those men was a great actor playing himself.
    — William Manchester
    tags: men 
     
    A man's task is to find himself, and if he fails in this, it doesn't much matter what else he finds.
    — William Manchester
    tags: fail 
     
    But there are no loners. No man lives in a void. His every act is conditioned by his time and his society.
    — William Manchester
    tags: time  men  society  live 
     
    Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. And if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity.
    — William Manchester
    tags: men  age  fight  dignity 
     
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    william manchester
    Birth    : April 1, 1922
    Death  : June 1, 2004
    Occupation  : Author

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