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

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Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.


No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.


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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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.


Give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world.


Even when opportunity knocks, a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door.


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.


You are remembered for the rules you break.


"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.


Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.


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.


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.


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.


About Douglas MacArthur

Quotes 153 sayings
Nationality American
Profession General
Birthday January 26, 1880

Age wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul.


We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.


Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.


Preparedness is the key to success and victory.


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.


It is my earnest hope, and indeed the hope of all mankind, that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past...


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


I had learned one of the bitter lessons of life: never try to regain the past, the fire will have become ashes.


Worry, doubt, fear and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground and turn us to dust before we die.


We are bound no longer by the straitjacket of the past and nowhere is the change greater than in our profession of arms. What, you may well ask, will be the end of all of this? I would not know! But I would hope that our beloved country will drink deep from the chalice of courage.


Americans never quit.


Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war there is no substitute for victory.


In many situations that seemed desperate, the artillery has been a most vital factor.


Never give an order that can't be obeyed.


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


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.


It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.


Optimism is denial, so face the facts and move on


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.


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.


However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.


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


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.


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.


I have every confidence in the ultimate success of our joint cause;

but success in modern war requires something more than courage and a willingness to die: it requires careful preparation.


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.


Old soldiers never die, they just lose their grip on reality after traumatic brain injuries.


Expect only 5% of an intelligence report to be accurate.

The trick of a good commander is to isolate the 5%.


The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave.


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


I will defend Korea as I would my own country-just as I would California.