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“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”
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“You are remembered for the rules you break.”
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“It is fatal to enter an war without the will to win it.”
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“Age wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul.”
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“Give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world.”
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“We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction”
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“Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away”
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“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.”
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“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”
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“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.”
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“There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.”
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“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!”
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“I had learned one of the bitter lessons of life: never try to regain the past, the fire will have become ashes.”
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“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“Last, but by no means least, courage of one's convictions, the courage to see things through. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It's the age-old struggle_ the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.”
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“This does not mean that you are warmongers. On the contrary, the soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, that wisest of all philosophers: "Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
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“I Shall Return”
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“You don't win wars by dying for your country you win wars by making the other son of a bitch die for his”
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“On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days, on other fields will bear the fruits of victory.”
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“Americans never quit.”
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“I realize that advice is worth what it costs--that is, nothing.”
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“Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind”
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“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.”
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“People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil—soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples. We have come dedicated and committed to the task of destroying every vestige of enemy control over your daily lives, and of restoring upon a foundation of indestructible strength, the liberties of your people.”
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tags: hubris
“And like the old soldier in that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the sight to see that duty.”
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“Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won...
A new era is upon us. Even the lesson of victory itself brings with it profound concern, both for our future security and the survival of civilization. The destructiveness of the war potential, through progressive advances in scientific discovery, has in fact now reached a point which revises the traditional concepts of war.
Men since the beginning of time have sought peace... Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn have failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. We have had our last chance. If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our matchless advances in science, art, literature and all material and cultural developments of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”
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“The history of the failure of war can almost be summed up in two words: too late.”
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“Few names have left a firmer imprint upon the pages of the history of American times than has that of Ty Cobb... he seems to have understood that in the competition of baseball, just as in war, defensive strategy never has produced ultimate victory.”
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