When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective.

— George C. Marshall

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It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.

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Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist.

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Wars are bred by poverty and oppression.

Continued peace is possible only in a relatively free and prosperous world.

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Morale is the state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope.

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We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, Our Flag will be recognized throughout the World as a symbol of Freedom on the one hand and of overwhelming force on the other.

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Democracy is the most demanding of all forms of government in terms of the energy, imagination, and public spirit required of the individual.

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Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.

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The price of peace is eternal vigilance

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The one great element in continuing the success of an offensive is maintaining the momentum.

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When a general complains of the morale of his troops, the time has come to look at his own.

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The gallantry and aggressive fighting spirit of the Russian soldiers command the American army's admiration.

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Morale is the state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope. It is confidence and zeal and loyalty. It is élan, esprit de corps and determination.

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About George C. Marshall

Quotes 43 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Soldier
Birthday October 16

The choice is between acting with energy or losing by default.

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The great lesson to be learned in the battered towns of England and the ruined cities of Germany is that the best way to win a war is to prevent it from occurring.

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No compromise is possible and the victory of the democracies can only be complete with the utter defeat of the war machines of Germany and Japan.

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I was very careful to send Mr. Roosevelt every few days a statement of our casualties. I tried to keep before him all the time the casualty results because you get hardened to these things and you have to be very careful to keep them always in the forefront of your mind.

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You know, I know, all of us know that the time factor is the vital consideration - and vital is the correct meaning of the term - of our national defense program; that we must never be caught in the same situation we found ourselves in 1917.

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As to my political faith- I have never voted.

My father was a Democrat, my mother a Republican, and I am an Episcopalian.

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The patient is sinking while the doctors deliberate.

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The time has come when we must proceed with the business of carrying the war to the enemy, not permitting the greater portion of our armed forces and our valuable material to be immobilized within the continental United States.

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Discussions without end have been devoted to the subject of peace, and the efforts to obtain a general and lasting peace have been frequent through many years of world history.

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We are in the middle of a world revolution, and I don't mean Communism.

The revolution I'm talking about is that of the little, poor people all over the world. They're beginning to learn what there is in life, and to learn what they are missing.

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The refusal of the British and Russian peoples to accept what appeared to be inevitable defeat was the great factor in the salvage of our civilization.

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Don't fight the problem, decide it.

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The soldier's heart, the soldier's spirit, the soldier's soul, are everything.

Unless the soldier's soul sustains him he cannot be relied on and will fail himself and his commander and his country in the end.

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A political problem thought of in military terms eventually becomes a military problem.

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I must have assistants who will solve their own problems and tell me later what they've done.

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What other people do shouldn't affect you - we do things because of the kind of person we each want to be

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Regarding the air raid over Los Angeles it was learned by Army G2 that Rear Admiral Anderson...recovered an unidentified airplane off the coast of California...with no bearing on conventional explanation. This Headquarters has come to the determination that the mystery airplanes are in fact not earthly and, according to secret intelligence sources, they are in all probability of interplanetary origin.

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We must stop setting our sights by the light of each passing ship;

instead we must set our course by the stars.

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I find it hard even now not to look on your North African strategy with a jaundiced eye. Cross Channel operations for the liberation of France and advance on Germany, we should finish the war quicker. Yes, probably, but not the way we hope to finish it.

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The United States should do whatever it is able to do to assist in the return of normal economic health in the world, without which there can be no political stability and no assured peace.

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The soldier's heart, the soldier's spirit, the soldier's soul, are everything.

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I am certain that a solution of the general problem of peace must rest on broad and basic understanding on the part of its peoples. Great single endeavors like a League of Nations, a United Nations, and undertakings of that character, are of great importance and in fact absolutely necessary, but they must be treated as steps toward the desired end.

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I don't want you fellows sitting around asking me what to do. I want you to tell me what to do.

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If you get the objectives right, a lieutenant can write the strategy.

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The instruments of war can be manufactured .

.. human blood cannot be; and the lack of just one pint could mean the life of an American serviceman.

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An essential part of any successful action on the part of the United States is an understanding on the part of the people of America of the character of the problem and the remedies to be applied. ... It is virtually impossible at this distance merely by reading, or listening, or even seeing photographs or motion pictures, to grasp at all the real significance of the situation. And yet the whole world of the future hangs on a proper judgment.

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I said bluntly that if the president were to follow Mr.

Clifford's advice and if in the elections I were to vote, I would vote against the president.

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I think one difficulty is that the problem is one of such enormous complexity that the very mass of facts presented to the public by press and radio make it exceedingly difficult for the man in the street to reach a clear appraisement of the situation. It is virtually impossible at this distance to grasp at all the real significance of the situation.

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It seems to be hard wired into our pleasure centres to move to music.

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The one great element in continuing the success of an offensive is maintaining the momentum. This was lost last fall when shortages caused by the limitation of port facilities made it impossible to get sufficient supplies to the armies when they approached the German border.

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