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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.
Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.
The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.
Give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world.
Even when opportunity knocks, a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door.
For those to whom much is given, much is required. It is not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up. There is no substitute for victory.
Have a good plan, execute it violently, and do it today.
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.
There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.
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!
Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.
Preparedness is the key to success and victory.
It is my earnest hope, and 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...
I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
Years wrinkle the skin. Giving up wrinkles the soul.
Beware not the enemy from 'without' but the enemy from 'within'.
I had learned one of the bitter lessons of life: never try to regain the past, the fire will have become ashes.
Worry, doubt, fear and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground and turn us to dust before we die.
Americans never quit.
Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
Life is a lively process of becoming.
Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.
The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training - sacrifice.
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.
They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them.
It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.
Never give an order that can't be obeyed.
War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war there is no substitute for victory.
In many situations that seemed desperate, the artillery has been a most vital factor.
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.
Wars are caused by unprotected wealth.
The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.
A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.
There are no atheists in the foxholes of Bataan.
Optimism is denial, so face the facts and move on
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.
Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.
No plan ever survives its first encounter with the enemy.
One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.
I came out of Bataan and I shall return!
However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.
If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.
Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.
I have every confidence in the ultimate success of our joint cause; but success in modern war requires something more than courage and a willingness to die: it requires careful preparation.
Defensive strategy never has produced ultimate victory.
The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of government power.