Douglas Macarthur Quotes & Wallpapers

Douglas Macarthur
Total Quotes: 182

It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh. Douglas Macarthur

We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war. A new era is upon us. Even the lesson of victory itself brings with it profound concern, both for our future security and the survival of civilization. The destructiveness of the war potential, through progressive advances in scientific discovery, has in fact now reached a point which revises the traditional concepts of war. Douglas Macarthur

It is my earnest hope - 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, a world found upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice. Douglas Macarthur

The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of government power. Douglas Macarthur

Preparedness is the key to success and victory. Douglas Macarthur

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

There is no security. Only opportunity. Douglas Macarthur

But in the evening of my memory always I come back to West Point. Always there echoes and re-echoes: Duty, honor, country. Douglas Macarthur

Today marks my final roll call with you. But I want you to know that when I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the corps, and the corps, and the corps. Douglas Macarthur

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. Douglas Macarthur

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

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

The powers in charge keep us in a perpetual state of fear keep us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real. Douglas Macarthur

In war, indeed, there can be no substitute for victory. Douglas Macarthur

I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil. Douglas Macarthur

It seems strangely difficult for some to realize that here in Asia is where the Communist conspirators have elected to make their play for global conquest, and that we have joined the issue thus raised on the battlefield; that here we fight Europe's war with arms while the diplomats there still fight it with words; that if we lose the war to communism in Asia the fall of Europe is inevitable, win it and Europe most probably would avoid war and yet preserve freedom. As you pointed out, we must win. There is no substitute for victory. Douglas Macarthur

The nations of the world will have to unite for the next war will be an interplanetary war. The nations of Earth must some day make a common front against attack by people from other planets. Douglas Macarthur

Never ask age of a woman. Douglas Macarthur


Years wrinkle the skin. Giving up wrinkles the soul. Douglas Macarthur

A Prayer For My Son - Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. Douglas Macarthur

On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory. Douglas Macarthur

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

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

I realize that advice is worth what it costs - that is, nothing. Douglas Macarthur

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. Douglas Macarthur

Life is a lively process of becoming. Douglas Macarthur

I've looked that old scoundrel death in the eye many times but this time I think he has me on the ropes. Douglas Macarthur

In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield. Douglas Macarthur

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. Douglas Macarthur

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

Training distinguishes an army from an armed mob. Douglas Macarthur

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

I came through and I shall return. Douglas Macarthur

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

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. Douglas Macarthur

The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. Douglas Macarthur

My staff was unanimous in believing that Japan was on the point of collapse and surrender. Douglas Macarthur

There are no atheists in the foxholes of Bataan... Douglas Macarthur

The great question is, can war be outlawed from the world? If so, it would mark the greatest advance in civilization since the Sermon on the Mount. Douglas Macarthur

Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world, and that God will preserve it always. Douglas Macarthur

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. Douglas Macarthur

No plan ever survives its first encounter with the enemy. Douglas Macarthur

A soldier plods and groans, sweats and toils, he growls and curses, and at the end he dies. Douglas Macarthur

We must offer the world leadership designed to advance the goal of universal progress and enduring peace. Douglas Macarthur

Competitive sports keep alive in us a spirit and vitality. Sports teach the strong to know when they are weak and the brave to face themselves when they are afraid; to be proud and unbowed in defeat, and yet humble and gentle in victory; to master ourselves before we attempt to master others; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; and to give the predominance of courage over timidity. Douglas Macarthur

Only those are fit to live who are not afraid of dying. Douglas Macarthur

It is a fatal error to enter any war without the will to win it. Douglas Macarthur

Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war. Douglas Macarthur

On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days, on other fields will bear the fruits of victory. Douglas Macarthur

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. Douglas Macarthur

By profession I am a Soldier & take pride in that fact, but I am prouder to be a father. Douglas Macarthur

While I was not consulted prior to the President's decision to intervene in support of the Republic of Korea, that decision from a military standpoint, proved a sound one, as we hurled back the invader and decimated his forces. Our victory was complete, and our objectives within reach, when Red China intervened with numerically superior ground forces. Douglas Macarthur

If I had one more division like this First Marine Division I could win this war. Douglas Macarthur

I'll come back as soon as I can with as much as I can. In the meantime, you've got to hold! Douglas Macarthur

Have a good plan, execute it violently, and do it today. Douglas Macarthur

Defensive strategy never has produced ultimate victory. Douglas Macarthur

The Puerto Ricans forming the ranks of the gallant 65th Infantry on the battlefields of Korea ... are writing a brilliant record of achievement in battle and I am proud indeed to have them in this command. I wish that we might have many more like them. Douglas Macarthur

Nothing would please me better than if they would give me three months and then attack here. Douglas Macarthur

Youth is not entirely a time of life; it is a state of mind. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubts; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. Douglas Macarthur

While Asia is commonly referred to as the Gateway to Europe, it is no less true that Europe is the Gateway to Asia, and the broad influence of the one cannot fail to have its impact upon the other. Douglas Macarthur

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. Douglas Macarthur

The President of the United States ordered me to break through the Japanese lines and proceed from Corregidor to Australia for the purpose, as I understand it, of organizing the American offensive against Japan, a primary object of which is the relief of the Philippines. I came through and I shall return. Douglas Macarthur

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

Americans never quit. Douglas Macarthur

The outfit soon took on color, dash and a unique flavor which is the essence of that elusive and deathless thing called soldiering. Douglas Macarthur

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

There are some who, for varying reasons, would appease Red China. They are blind to history's clear lesson, for history teaches with unmistakable emphasis that appeasement but begets new and bloodier war. It points to no single instance where this end has justified that means, where appeasement has led to more than a sham peace. Like blackmail, it lays the basis for new and successively greater demands until, as in blackmail, violence becomes the only other alternative. Douglas Macarthur

Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair; these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust. Whatever your years, there is in every being's heart the love of wonder, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what next, and the joy and the game of life. Douglas Macarthur

The inescapable price of liberty is an ability to preserve it from destruction. Douglas Macarthur

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