portrait of Douglas MacArthur
At Manila, Phillipine Islands on 2 August 1945. Naval Historical Center

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Quotes of the Day for 19 April 2001 – Douglas MacArthur

It was on this day in 1951 that US general Douglas MacArthur made his farewell address to Congress, closing a brilliant and controversial 52-year career in the US Army. The speech included the famous "I now close my military career and just fade away." Here are some quotes from "Big Mac."

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The quotes:

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... Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.
     - Douglas MacArthur

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.
     - Douglas MacArthur

I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up wrinkles the soul.
     - Douglas MacArthur


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