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A collection of Douglas MacArthur quotes and sayings on country, achievements, war, army, character, defeat, dignity, enemy, leadership, liberty, military etc.

19 Douglas MacArthur Quotes On Leadership, War, Dignity & More

Quick Facts

Born On: January 26, 1880

Died On: April 5, 1964

Born In: Little Rock

Died At Age: 84

Douglas MacArthur was one of the only five men to ever rise to the rank of General in the US military. Subsequently, he represented the Philippine Army as a Field Marshall. He played a key role in the Pacific Theatre or the Asia-Pacific Wars during the World War II. He was felicitated with the prestigious French honors ‘Légion d'honneur’ and ‘Croix de guerre’, ‘the Order of the Crown’ of Italy, ‘the Order of Orange-Nassau’ from the Netherlands, and ‘the Order of the Rising Sun with Paulownia Flowers and Grand Cordon’ from Japan. In honor of this legendary soldier, The MacArthur Leadership Award at the Royal Military College of Canada is awarded to graduating officer cadet. Several public parks, streets and popular locations were named after MacArthur. Many Hollywood stars such as Liam Neeson, Tommy Lee Jones and Daniel von Bargen, have portrayed characters based on MacArthur in prominent talkies such as Operation Chromite, Truman and Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur. We have curated his thoughts, observations and quotes from his speeches, talks and life. Let us through some of the most powerful quotes from this legend.

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

Douglas MacArthur

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

Douglas MacArthur

You are remembered for the rules you break.

Douglas MacArthur

Age wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul.

Douglas MacArthur

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

Douglas MacArthur

We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction

Douglas MacArthur

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any treat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

Douglas MacArthur

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

Douglas MacArthur

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. Douglas MacArthur

Douglas MacArthur

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

Douglas MacArthur

The enemy is in front of us, the enemy is behind us, the enemy is to the right and to the left of us. They can't get away this time!

Douglas MacArthur

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

Douglas MacArthur

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.

Douglas MacArthur

I Shall Return

Douglas MacArthur

You don't win wars by dying for your country you win wars by making the other son of a bitch die for his

Douglas MacArthur

Americans never quit.

Douglas MacArthur

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

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

The soldier, above all others, prays for peace, for it is the soldier that must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.

Douglas MacArthur