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Top 20 Douglas MacArthur Quotes

Douglas MacArthur Quotes
Douglas MacArthur

Douglas MacArthur graduated from West Point with the highest honors in his class. Brilliant and controversial, he carried his ambition and lust for achievement through posts in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

During the course of World War I, MacArthur was promoted to full general and became army chief of staff. MacArthur battled the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II and served as the Allied commander of the Japanese occupation.


The Korean War began in 1950, and MacArthur was soon selected to command United Nations forces there. After initial success, he then encountered massive Chinese resistance and entered into a bitter dispute with President Truman. Despite Truman’s insistence on limited war, MacArthur persisted in initiating the offensive. He was relieved of command by Truman for insubordination in 1951.

Later he became chairman of the board of Remington Rand. Ever aloof and enigmatic, MacArthur retired to private life, the symbol of zealous dedication to duty, honor, and country. Here are our Top 20 Douglas MacArthur Quotes for you.


Top 20 Douglas MacArthur Quotes



I came through and I shall return.

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

In war there is no substitute for victory.

Americans never quit.

Douglas MacArthur Quotes
AMERICANS NEVER QUIT.

Once war is forced upon us, there is no alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War’s very object is victory-not prolonged indecision.

The history of failure in war can almost be summed up in two words: too late.

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

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

Douglas MacArthur Quotes
WE ARE NOT RETREATING - WE ARE ADVANCING IN ANOTHER DIRECTION.

You are remembered for the rules you break.

Moral courage, the courage of one’s convictions, the courage to see things through the eyes of the world— is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It is the age- old struggle— the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.

Age wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul.

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

Douglas MacArthur Quotes
OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE; THEY JUST FADE AWAY.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. 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. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away.

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

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

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

Douglas MacArthur Quotes
I REALIZE THAT ADVICE IS WORTH WHAT IT COSTS--THAT IS, NOTHING.

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.

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

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

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

Douglas MacArthur Quotes
THERE IS NO SECURITY ON THIS EARTH; THERE IS ONLY OPPORTUNITY.

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