Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine, but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist.
George Marshall (1880–1959), U.S. general, Democratic politician. Speech, June 5, 1947, Harvard University. quoted in The Harper Book of American Quotations, eds. Gorton Carruth and Eugene Ehrlich (1988).
Describing what became known as the Marshall Plan for recovery in post-war Europe.