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Quotes of the day: George C. Marshall

Published Tuesday, December 30, 2014 @ 7:13 PM EST
Dec 30 2014

Uniontown, PA native George Catlett Marshall, Jr. (December 31, 1880 – October 16, 1959) was an American soldier and statesman famous for his leadership roles during World War II and the Cold War. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Secretary of State, and the third Secretary of Defense. Hailed as the "organizer of victory" by Winston Churchill for his leadership of the Allied victory in World War II, Marshall served as the United States Army Chief of Staff during the war and as the chief military adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was appointed Secretary of State by President Harry Truman, who insisted the European Recovery Program, which rebuilt Europe, be named "The Marshall Plan." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

As to my political faith- I have never voted. My father was a Democrat, my mother a Republican, and I am an Episcopalian.

Avoid trivia.

Don't fight the problem, decide it.

Go right straight down the road, to do what is best, and to do it frankly and without evasion.

If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.

It is hard to believe that a man familiar with the history of the centuries could fail to guide his course somewhat by the lessons of the past.

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.

Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.

Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos.

Passive inactivity, because you have not been given specific instructions to do this or to do that, is a serious deficiency.

Sincerity, integrity, and tolerance are, to my mind, the first requirements of many to a fine, strong character.

The day for bickering has passed... These are days for courageous men with unselfish purpose.

The maintenance of large armies for an indefinite period is not a practical or a promising basis for policy.

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

The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.

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

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

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