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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964)
QUOTATION: No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.
ATTRIBUTION: DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, title of speech to the people of Japan, May 3, 1948, upon the first anniversary of the Japanese constitution.—MacArthur, A Soldier Speaks, p. 194 (1965).

Francis T. Miller, General Douglas MacArthur, Fighter for Freedom, p. 1 (1942), wrote, “[MacArthur] has said many times to friends: ‘The man who will not defend his freedom does not deserve to be free!’”

See also No. 1191.
SUBJECTS: Freedom—defense of