George S. Patton Quotes

“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“May God have mercy for my enemies because I won’t.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“No dumb bastard ever won a war by going out and dying for his country. He won it by making some other dumb bastard die for his country.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Pressure makes diamonds”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite time in the future.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

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

 

 

“Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself and to American tradition.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Do your duty as you see it, and damn the consequences.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“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.”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“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.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“…It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“When in doubt, ATTACK!”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he s not he s a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared.

Some men get over their fright in a minute under fire. For some it takes an hour. For some it takes days. But a real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor his sense of duty to his country and his innate manhood.

Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“If a man does his best, what else is there?”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one
thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the
body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up.
It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is
never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger
the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was
never tired… You’ve always got to make the mind take over
and keep going.”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“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 a war.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Rommel, you magnificent bastard! I read your book! ”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”
― George Patton

 

 

 

“To be a successful soldier, you must know history.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Do not make excuses, whether it’s your fault or not.”
― George Patton

 

 

“I don’t fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is saying, ‘Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

 

“Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

 

“A real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood. ”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Never draw a gun on a man unless you intend to kill him. And believe me, if you do intend to kill him he will already know it. Then he will feel the cold breath of the tomb.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

 

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“There are three ways that men get what they want: by planning, by working, and by praying. Any great military operation takes careful planning or thinking. Then you must have well trained troops to carry it out: that’s working. But between the plan and the operation there is always an unknown. That unknown spells defeat or victory; success or failure. It is the reaction of the actors to the ordeal when it actually comes. Some people call that getting the breaks. I call it God. God has His part or margin in everything. That’s where prayer comes in.”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

 

“You cannot be disciplined in great things and undisciplined in small things. Brave undisciplined men have no chance against the discipline and valour of other men. Have you seen a few policemen handle a crowd?”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“An Army is a team. It lives sleeps eats and fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is pure horse shit”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“Remember that the enemy is just as frightened as you are and probably more so. They are not supermen”
― George S. Patton

 

 

“continue to advance until you run out of ammunition. Then, dig in.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“A man is not measured by how much he can take and stand but by how fast he regains once fallen.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

 

“Coward: someone who in a bad situation thinks with his feet”
― George S. Patton Jr.

 

 

“Always do more than is required of you.”
― George Patton

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