Originally Posted at The Desk of Brian, www.deskofbrian.com: http://sites.google.com/site/thedeskofbrian/notable-quotes/gen-george-patton-quotes
I just don't think we have men like this anymore.
A good plan, violently executed now, is better
than a perfect plan next week.
A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution
applied ten minutes later.
America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser, this is why
America has never, and will never, lose a war.
A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.
By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.
Do everything you ask of those you command.
Do more than is required of you.
Fixed fortifications are monuments to man's stupidity.
Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy
even the best strategy.
I always believe in being prepared, even when I'm dressed in white
tie and tails
I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.
If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
If I do my full duty, the rest will take care of itself.
In case of doubt, attack.
It’s the unconquerable soul of man, not the nature of the weapon
he uses, that insures victory.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
Live for something rather than die for nothing.
May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.
Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic
Never let the enemy pick the battle site.
No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Success is how you bounce on the bottom.
The leader must be an actor.
The soldier is the army.
There is only one type of discipline, perfect discipline.
War is simple, direct, and ruthless.
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.
You’re never beaten until you admit it.
You shouldn't underestimate an enemy, but it is just as fatal to overestimate
Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and
hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tire, more hungry. Keep punching.
In landing operations, retreat is impossible, to surrender is as
ignoble as it is foolish. above all else remember that we as attackers
have the initiative, we know exactly what we are going to do, while the
enemy is ignorant of our intentions and can only parry our blows. We
must retain this tremendous advantage by always attacking rapidly,
ruthlessly, viciously, and without rest.
An Army is a team; lives, sleeps, eats, fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is a lot of crap.
War is the supreme test of man in which he rises to heights never approached in any other activity.
No sane man is unafraid in battle, but discipline produces in him a form of vicarious courage.
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.
In war the only sure defense is offense, and the efficiency of the
offense depends on the warlike souls of those conducting it.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
Wars might be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who leads that gains the victory.
Many, who should know better, think that wars can be decided by
soulless machines, rather than by the blood and anguish of brave men.
Tanks are new and special weapon-newer than, as special, and certainly as valuable as the airplane.
An incessant change of means to attain unalterable ends is always
going on; we must take care not to let these sundry means undue
eminence in the perspective of our minds; for, since the beginning,
there has been an unending cycle of them, and for each its advocates
have claimed adoption as the sole solution of successful war.
Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.
The obvious thing for the cavalryman to do is to accept the fighting machine
as a partner, and prepare to meet more fully the demands of future warfare.
Many soldiers are led to faulty ideas of war by knowing too much about too little.