Talk:Douglas MacArthur

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  • My first memory was of the sound of bugles.
  • This is where I came from, and I thank a merciful God that I am able to return.
    • Upon returning to his old school, T.M.I.-Episcopal in San Antonio
  • You only grow old by deserting your ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, giving up wrinkles the soul.
  • You are remembered for the rules you break.
    • Variant: we are known for the rules we break not the rules we follow.
  • Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.
  • commenting retrospectively on General Eisenhower, his Chief of Staff in the Philippines prior to WWII- "He was the best clerk I ever had."
  • after hearing of the appalling high casualties on the European front compared to his SW Pacific front " Good commanders don't turn in heavy casualties"
  • "Never get involved in a land war in Asia."


  • We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction. (recte: Maj. Gen. Oliver Prince Smith)

"Anyone wanting to commit American ground forces to the mainland of Asia should have his head examined."[edit]

Did he say it? Fxm12 03:55, 27 February 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Indeed he did --

  • And James W. Douglass would never misquote anyone, right?