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1885 - 1945, General of the US Army during World War II

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

You must be single-minded. Drive for the one thing on which you have decided.
George S. Patton

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

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

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

Qualities of a great general:
1. Tactically aggressive (loves a fight)
2. Strength of character
3. Steadiness of purpose
4. Energy
5. Good health and strength
George S. Patton, 1909

Do your duty as you see it, and damn the consequences!
George S. Patton

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

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
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

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

Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.
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

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

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

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

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

It is the unconquerable nature of man and not the nature of the weapon he uses that ensures
victory.
George S. Patton

If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking.
George S. Patton

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

Pressure makes diamonds.
George S. Patton

My men can eat their belts, but my tanks have gotta have gas.
George S. Patton

My flanks are something for the enemy to worry about, not me. Before he finds out where my
flanks are, I'll be cutting the bastard's throat.
George S. Patton

Make your plans to fit the circumstances.
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

An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.
George S. Patton

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?
George S. Patton

Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competence.
George S. Patton

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

It is absurd to believe that soldiers who cannot be made to wear the proper uniform can be
induced to move forward in battle. Officers who fail to perform their duty by correcting small
violations and in enforcing proper conduct are incapable of leading.
George S. Patton

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

You're never beaten until you admit it.
George S. Patton

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

There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at
hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the
minimum amount of time.
George S. Patton

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