[Responding to restrictive attack orders]
General Douglas MacArthur: In my all my fifty years of military service, I have never learned how to bomb HALF a bridge!
Gen. Douglas MacArthur: The days of the frontal attack are over. Only a mediocre commander would use it. Your good commanders do not turn in heavy losses.
President Sergio Osmena: You see, General, my people are going to laugh if I fell in deep water. I cannot swim!
General Douglas MacArthur: That's not so bad, Mr. President. Everyone's about to see that I can't walk on water.
Soldier: He's the greatest General since Sergeant York!
Lt. Gen. Richard K. Sutherland: Inchon has some of the highest tides in the world, but only once a month do they reach a height sufficient for our largest landing craft to go in. There are maybe two three-hour periods when MacArthur can put troops ashore. Which is not enough time for a major amphibious landing.
Gen. Sampson: Exactly. This is little more than a trench in the mudflats. If every possible handicap were listed, Inchon has them all.
Lt. Gen. Richard K. Sutherland: However, gentlemen, MacArthur claims that these very handicaps are what he's counting on. He feels that the enemy won't believe that anyone would try to surmount such obstacles. The element of surprise will be his most valuable ally.
President Harry S. Truman: [Looks at Gen. George C. Marshall] What do you think of His Majesty's plan?
Gen. George C. Marshall: It's daring... it's brilliant... and it's dangerous.
Soldier: [MacArthur arrives at front lines and starts to get out of jeep] General, sir! Excuse me, sir, but we just killed a Jap sniper here not five minutes ago!
Gen. Douglas MacArthur: Fine, son! That's the best thing to do with 'em!
President Harry S. Truman: Look at him, he's not in uniform, he's in costume.
General Douglas MacArthur: [Upon receiving the Medal of Honor] My father received the Congressional Medal of Honor when he was 19... It took me just a little bit longer... Right now, I'd gladly swap it for one trained division.
General Douglas MacArthur: [to President Roosevelt during a meeting about the Philippines] I said I was going back, and I'm going to do it even if I have to row in a boat.