William Manchester Quotes.

1. "The sum of a million facts is not the truth."
- Quote by William Manchester

2. "He was a thundering paradox of a man, noble and ignoble, inspiring and outrageous, arrogant and shy, the best of me and the worst of men, the most protean, most ridiculous, and most sublime. No more baffling, exasperating soldier ever wore a uniform. Flamboyant, imperious, and apocalyptic, he carried the plumage of a flamingo, could not acknowledge errors, and tried to cover up his mistakes with sly, childish tricks. Yet he was also endowed with great personal charm, a will of iron, and a soaring intellect. Unquestionably he was the most gifted man-at arms- this nation has produced. -William Manchester on Douglas MacArthur"
- Quote by William Manchester

3. "But there are no loners. No man lives in a void. His every act is conditioned by his time and his society."
- Quote by William Manchester

4. "The hero acts alone, without encouragement, relying solely on conviction and his own inner resources. Shame does not discourage him; neither does obloquy. Indifferent to approval, reputation, wealth, or love, he cherishes only his personal sense of honor, which he permits no one else to judge.[…] Guided by an inner gyroscope, he pursues his vision single-mindedly, undiscouraged by rejections, defeat, or even the prospect of imminent death."
- Quote by William Manchester

5. "One strange feeling, which I remember clearly, was a powerful link with the slain, particularly those that had fallen within the past hour or two. There was so much death around that life seemed almost indecent. Some men’s uniforms were soaked with gobs of blood. The ground was sodden with it. I killed, too."
- Quote by William Manchester

6. "Research, of course, is no substitute for wisdom. The sum of a million facts is not the truth."
- Quote by William Manchester

7. "I realized that the worst thing that could happen to me was about to happen to me."
- Quote by William Manchester

8. "There was nothing green left; artillery had denuded and scarred every inch of ground. Tiny flares glowed and disappeared. Shrapnel burst with bluish white puffs. Jets of flamethrowers flickered and here and there new explosions stirred up the rubble. While I watched, an American observation plane droned over the Japanese lines, spotting targets for the U.S. warships lying offshore. Suddenly the little plane was hit by flak and disintegrated. The carnage below continued without pause. Here I was safe, but tomorrow I would be there. In that instant I realized that the worst thing that could happen to me was about to happen to me."
- Quote by William Manchester

9. "Where men wound up largely depended upon how athletic their wives were."
- Quote by William Manchester

10. "I have always held… that the skin of the bear must not be distributed until the bear has been killed."
- Quote by William Manchester

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