The Words of George C. Marshall

Drawing from the Marshall Foundation’s archival records of George Marshall’s own papers and those of his contemporaries, we have prepared this first collection of quotes of some of his most important writings and public utterances.

As you read, you will gain an appreciation for the man, his thinking, his management and leadership styles, his values and principles, and his approach toward other generals, soldiers, armies, the Congress, presidents, foreign leaders, and even Miss Craig’s class in Roanoke, Virginia.

Subjects of Quotes

  • Character & Resolve
  • Leadership & Selflessness
  • Humility
  • Efficiency & Simplicity
  • Discipline & Team Work
  • Care for the Troops & Morale
  • Duty & Sacrifice
  • Democracy & Freedom
  • Politics, Public Opinion & A Free Press
  • Value of History & Education
  • Vision, Readiness & Planning
  • Citizen-Soldiers & Military Training
  • Logic & Rational Thinking
  • Action & International Cooperation
  • War
  • Peace
  • Faith & Spirit

Sample Quotes

“Sincerity, integrity and tolerance are, to my mind, the first requirements of many to a fine, strong character.” – Letter to Peter R. DuPont, March 8, 1950

“But I’ve been trying my best to influence young people whenever I came in contact with them in public talks to do one thing: to make a practice of searching for the facts….” – Interview with Edward R. Murrow, May 24, 1953

“If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.” – Biennial Report of the Chief of Staff of the US Army, July 1, 1943 to June 30, 1945

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