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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1726
AUTHOR: Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964)
QUOTATION: I have every confidence in the ultimate success of our joint cause; but success in modern war requires something more than courage and a willingness to die: it requires careful preparation. This means the furnishing of sufficient troops and sufficient material to meet the known strength of a potential enemy. No general can make something out of nothing. My success or failure will depend primarily upon the resources which the respective governments place at my disposal. My faith in them is complete. In any event I shall do my best. I shall keep the soldier’s faith.
ATTRIBUTION: General DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, first public statement upon arriving in Australia, March 1942.—A Soldier Speaks, Public Papers and Speeches of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, ed. Vorin E. Whan, Jr., p. 115 (1965).
SUBJECTS: Soldiers