« Douglas Adams
Home Page
Doug Mastriano »

Quotes of the day: Douglas MacArthur

Published Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ 4:58 AM EST
Jan 26 2014

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army who was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign, which made him and his father Arthur MacArthur, Jr., the first father and son to be awarded the medal. He was one of only five men ever to rise to the rank of General of the Army in the U.S. Army, and the only man ever to become a field marshal in the Philippine Army. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

Americans never quit.

Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.

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.

I have returned.

In no other profession are the penalties for employing untrained personnel so appalling or so irrevocable as in the military.

In war there is no substitute for victory.

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

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 was close; but that's the way it is in war. You win or lose, live or die- and the difference is just an eyelash.

It's the orders you disobey that make you famous.

Never give an order that can't be obeyed.

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

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

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. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.

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

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.

The issues are global and so interlocked that to consider the problems of one sector, oblivious to those of another, is but to court disaster for the whole.

There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

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

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

Categories: Douglas MacArthur, Quotes of the day


KGB Stuff   Commentwear   E-Mail KGB

Donate via PayPal

Older entries, Archives and Categories       Top of page

« Douglas Adams
Home Page
Doug Mastriano »