George S. Patton Best Quotes

George Smith Patton, Jr. was a United States Army general, best known for his flamboyant character and his command of the Seventh United States Army, and later the Third United States Army, in the European Theater of World War II. Enjoy George S. Patton’s best quotes below.

George S. Patton
“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”
“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”
“If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you’ll be amazed at the results.”
“The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
“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.”
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
“You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.”
“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”
“Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.”
“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.”
“Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.”
“Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time.”
“Always do everything you ask of those you command.”
“Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”
“If a man does his best, what else is there?”
“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.”
“There is only one sort of discipline, perfect discipline.”
“Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.”
“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.”
“A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end.”
“There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.”
“Battle is an orgy of disorder.”
“All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated.”

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