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.
[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!
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!
Mrs. MacArthur: [on Eisenhower's GOP nomination for president] What kind of president do you think he's gonna make?
General Douglas MacArthur: I think he'll make a fine president. He was the best clerk who ever served under me.
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.
Soldier: He's the greatest General since Sergeant York!
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.
President Harry S. Truman: [Truman arrives on Wake Island, and MacArthur isn't there to meet him] He can do this to Harry Truman, but he can not do this to his Commander-In-Chief!
Army corporal: [at the front line on Corregidor] I don't believe it. That's the first I've ever seen a commander-in-chief take the point.
Soldier: Yeah, he's the greatest general since Sergeant York.
General Douglas MacArthur: I requested permission to bomb the Yangtze bridges to keep the Chinese out of Korea. They said, "You might bomb the southern half of the bridges only." In my 50 years of military service, I have never learned how to bomb half a bridge.
General Douglas MacArthur: For the first time in military history, a commander has been denied the use of his military power to safeguard the lives of his soldiers and the safety of the Army. It leaves me with a sense of irrepressible... shock.
General Douglas MacArthur: [on appeasement in Korea] This isn't war. It's half war. It's an immoral compromise with evil.
General Douglas MacArthur: I couldn't substitute my policy for Mr. Truman's, because Mr. Truman doesn't have a policy.
General Douglas MacArthur: [to cadet corps at West Point] Today marks my final roll call with you. I want you to know that when I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the corps... and the corps... and the corps. I bid you farewell.
General Douglas MacArthur: [to the U.S. Congress] But, once war has been forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war, there can be no substitute for victory. For history teaches us, with unmistakable emphasis, that appeasement but begets new and bloodier war. Like blackmail, it lays the basis for new and increasingly greater demands until, as in blackmail, violence becomes the only alternative. "Why? Why... ," my soldiers asked of me, "surrender military advantages to an enemy in the field?" I could not answer. The magnificence and the courage and fortitude of the Korean people defies description. They have chosen to risk death rather than slavery.
General Douglas MacArthur: [to the U.S. Congress] I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day... that "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." Like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away. An old solider who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Goodbye!