George S. Patton (1885-1945)

“I would rather have a good plan today than a perfect plan two weeks from now.”

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”

“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

“Always do more than is required of you.”

“Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”

“If everybody’s thinking alike, somebody isn’t thinking.”

“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”

“A man must know his destiny… if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder… if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it.”

“If man does his best what else is there?”

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”

“It seems to me a certainty that the fatalistic teachings of Mohammed and the utter degradation of the Arab women are the outstanding causes for the arrested development of the Arab. He is exactly as he was around the year 700, while we have been developing.”

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”

“We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”

“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.”

“I do not fear failure. I only fear the “slowing up” of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, “Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?””

“If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you’ll be amazed at the results.”

“There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.”

“Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader.”

“Pressure makes diamonds.”

“I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.”

“If I do my full duty, the rest will take care of itself.”

“No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country.”

“Give me an army of West Point graduates and I’ll win a battle. Give me a handful of Texas Aggies, and I’ll win the war.”

“An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.”

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man.”

“Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.”

“You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.”

“Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn’t give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war.”

“Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

“Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”

“Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time.”

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.”

“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”

“I’m damned glad to be here…”

“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.”

“God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever lead us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me to my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.”

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.”

“Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.”

“A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow.”

“There is no such thing as a successful defence.”

“The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!”

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

“If you can’t get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country?”

“Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.”

“I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.”

“In case of doubt, attack.”

 

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