George S. Patton

George S. Patton

General George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a senior officer of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European theaters of World War II, but is best known for his leadership of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

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Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.

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.

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

A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.

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

Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time.

Don't tell people how to do things tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.

A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood.

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!

Better to fight for something than live for nothing.

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

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.

Always do everything you ask of those you command.

There is only one sort of discipline perfect discipline.

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.

If you tell people where to go but not how to get there you'll be amazed at the results.

If everyone is thinking alike then 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.

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

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

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

The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated.

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

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

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

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

Battle is an orgy of disorder.

If a man does his best what else is there?