George C. Marshall

George C. Marshall

George Catlett Marshall, Jr. (December 31, 1880 – October 16, 1959) was an American statesman and soldier. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army under presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, and served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense under Truman.

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Passive inactivity because you have not been given specific instructions to do this or to do that is a serious deficiency.

I can't expect loyalty from the army if I do not give it.

The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.

I was very careful to send Mr. Roosevelt every few days a statement of our casualties. I tried to keep before him all the time the casualty results because you get hardened to these things and you have to be very careful to keep them always in the forefront of your mind.

Don't fight the problem, decide it.

Go right straight down the road to do what is best and to do it frankly and without evasion.

When a thing is done it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective.

If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.

I will give you the best I have.