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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1728
AUTHOR: Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964)
QUOTATION: The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious teaching—sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when He created man in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instincts can take the place of the divine annunciation and spiritual uplift which will alone sustain him.
ATTRIBUTION: General DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, speech at the annual reunion of veterans of the Rainbow (42d) Infantry Division of World War I, Washington, D.C., July 14, 1935.—MacArthur, A Soldier Speaks, p. 69 (1965).
SUBJECTS: Soldiers