Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964): Army general
That was a bad-looking mob. It was animated by the essence of revolution.
(Commenting on his dispersal of the "Bonus Army," World War I veterans demonstrating in Washington on behalf of pensions, July 1932)
I shall return.
(Message on leaving the Philippines, 11 March 1942)
This is the Voice of Freedom, General MacArthur speaking. People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil.... The hour of your redemption is here.... Rally to me.
(On landing at Leyte Island in the Philippines, 20 October 1944)
We are no longer fearful of their intervention.
(Report on the Korean War to President Truman, Wake Island, October 1950)
There is no substitute for victory.
(Message to Congressman Joseph W. Martin, March 1951)
When I joined the army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all my boyish hopes and dreams.... Like the old soldier of the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away.
(Address to Congress, 19 April 1951)
Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.