George S. Patton Quotes

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  • An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.

  • Plans must be simple and flexible....They must be made by the people who execute them.

  • This is a hell of a way to die.

  • A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later.

    Military   War  
    "The Unknown Patton". Book by Charles M. Province, p. 165, 1983.
  • Take calculated risks.

  • Officers must be made to care for their men. That is the sole duty of all officers.

  • To me it seems certain that the fatalistic teachings of Muhammad and the utter degradation of women is the outstanding cause for the arrested development of the Arab. He is exactly as he was around the year 700, while we have kept on developing.

    "War as I Knew it". Book by George S. Patton. Part 1, Chapter 1, 1947.
  • Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. Always do more than is required of you. If a man has done his best, what else is there?

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

  • Death can be more exciting than life.

  • continue to advance until you run out of ammunition. Then, dig in.

  • Battle... brings out all that is best.

  • Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself and to American tradition.

  • Do your duty as you see it, and damn the consequences.

  • When in doubt, observe and ask questions. When certain, observe at length and ask many more questions.

  • There is no proof nor yet any denial. We were, we are, and we will be.

    Letter to his mother from Chamlieu, France, November 20, 1917.
  • 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.

  • All glory is fleeting.

    "Fictional character: General George S. Patton Jr". "Patton", 1970.
  • May God have mercy for my enemies because I won't.

    "Biography/ Personal Quotes".
  • Duty is the essence of manhood.

    Bad Ass  
  • Always do more than is required of you.

  • No sane man is unafraid in battle, but discipline produces in him a form of vicarious courage.

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

  • 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

  • Coward: someone who in a bad situation thinks with his feet

  • So as through a glass and darkly The age long strife I see Where I fought in many guises, Many names - but always me.

    "Through a Glass, Darkly". Poem by George S. Patton, 1918.
  • 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.

    "The True Story of The Patton Prayer" by James H. O'Neill. Review of the News, October 06, 1971.
  • Tanks are new and special weapon-newer than, as special, and certainly as valuable as the airplane.

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

    Speech at the Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, on June 07, 1945. "Patton, ordeal and triumph". Book by Ladislas Farago, 1963.
  • Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge.

    Speech to the Third Army on June 05, 1944. "The Unknown Patton". Book by Charles M. Province, p. 32, 1983.
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    George S. Patton

    • Born: November 11, 1885
    • Died: December 21, 1945
    • Occupation: Military Commander