George S. Patton

(George Smith Patton Jr.)

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.d. Second World War;, Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American. War & Peace
A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later. Management & Managing Government
All conquerors have made up to the priests of the conquered War & Peace
Always do everything you ask of those you command. Leaders & Leadership
America needs some honest men who dare to say what they think, not what they think people want them to think. Leaders & Leadership
Americans are the pick of the more adventurous and people of all races. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Any idea that you can have a league for security is nuts, and all people who favor it are potential murderers… as long as man is man, there will be war and the only way to avoid trouble is to have the best army and navy, which we now have. United Nations
As a result of this war, I’ve had… changes of heart -- I believe in female nurses. Minorities & Women
Could anything be more magnificent. Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance. War & Peace
Courage is largely habits and self confidence. Human Nature
Few men in high places will admit a mistake. Leaders & Leadership
For years, before coming here, I had read of the quiet dignity of the Arab. He is quiet, but is the lity, in my opinion, is pure dumbness. His aquiline face, which in the pure bred ones is quite impressive, is really the face of a dumb man Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Harrison and his ilk believe that the Displaced Person is a human being, which he is not, and this applies particularly to the Jews, who are lower than animals. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Human rights are being exalted over victory. War & Peace
I don't know what you think you're trying to do, but the krauts ought to pin a medal on you for helping them mess up discipline for us. Military & Veterans
I don't want to get any messages saying, "I am holding my position." We are not holding a Goddamned thing. Let the Germans do that. We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy's balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all of the time. War & Peace
I fear that the public at home expect too prompt results. Public Opinion & Polling
I hate to change leaders in battle, but the new leader is better than a timid one. Military & Veterans
I have no more gifts for politics than a cow has for fox hunting, and I’m not interested in it… personally I’ve never voted and do not intend to. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I will leave the beach a hero or a corpse. War & Peace
Ike is bitten with the presidential bug and is also yellow. He has convinced himself that he did me a favor by getting me out of the really grave risks of being a governor. He will never be president!… Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It is a sacred duty to see that each of our dead comrades is escorted through the pearly gates by a large, a very large number of enemy dead. It is up to us now and here after to produce these escorts for the heroic slain. War & Peace
It is always awfully easy to say what she would have done after you haven’t done it War & Peace
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. Religion & God ;Military & Veterans
It is futile to go against human nature. Human Nature
It is the evident destiny of the British and Americans, and of course the Russians to rule the world. Power
It is the style of an office seeker rather than that of a soldier. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Kill all the Germans you can, but do not put them up against the wall and kill them. Do your killing while they’re still fighting. After a man has surrendered, he should be treated exactly in accordance with the Rules of Land Warfare, and just as you would hope to be treated if you were fool enough to surrender… Americans do not kick people in the teeth after they are down. War & Peace
Leadership of lapses is the thing that wins battles. I have it – I’ll be damned if I can define it. Leaders & Leadership
Mongolian Savages Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Officers who fail to correct errors or to praise excellence are valueless in peace and dangerous misfits in war. Military & Veterans
Should we attempt to Occidentalize the Arab, we would make a mistake. Despite the complete difference in our outlook on life, he is, in his filth and poverty, contented and perhaps happy. Our clamorous. urge for a more generous life is unknown to him. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The difficulty in understanding the Russian is that we do not take cognizance of the fact that he is not a European but an Asiatic and therefore thinks deviously. We can no more understand a Russian than a Chinaman or a Japanese and, from what I’ve seen of them, I have no particular desire to understand them except to ascertain how much lead or iron it takes to kill them. In addition to his other amiable characteristics, the Russian has no regard for human life and is an all out son of a bitch, a barbarian, and a chronic drunk. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The fatalism attributable to the Koranic law may well be the basis for Mohammedan decadence. If the man is unsuccessful, he does not look to himself. It is the will of Allah. If the murder was committed, that’s who was preordained. It is the same with sickness; it is the same with everything -- it is Kismet! Religion & God
The justice of our cause and not the greatness of our race makes us confident. But we are not ruthless enough, not vicious, not aggressive, therein lies a weakness. Children of a free and sheltered people who have lived the generous life, we have not the poor nations’ disposition of those oppressed beasts, our enemies who must fight or starve War & Peace
The more I see of Arabs the less I think of them. By having studied them a good deal I have found out the trouble. They are the mixture of all the bad races on earth, and they get worse from west to east, because the eastern ones have had more crosses. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The primary function of war has not within storage time in which he really changed by the advent of new weapons. The unchanging principle of combat is to inflict on the enemy the maximum amount of wounds and death in a minimum of time and as cheaply as possible. War & Peace
There are a lot of starry eyed State Department boys busting to raise the standard of living of Arabs who should be all killed off… no State Department people should be permitted in a theater of war, nor at the peace treaty War & Peace
There is nothing democratic about war. It’s a straight dictatorship. The use of force to attain an end desired. We the armed forces of the USA have put a government in the position to dictate the peace. We did not come over here to acquire jurisdiction over either the people or their countries. We came to give them back the right to govern themselves. War & Peace ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
They are a bunch of cheap detectives, always smiling of drink Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
They are a scurvy race and simply savages. We could beat hell out of them. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
This plan is subject to change without notice as all plans are. Management & Managing Government
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. War & Peace
We don't want yellow cowards in this Army. They should be killed off like rats. If not, they will go home after this war and breed more cowards. The brave men will breed more brave men. Kill off the Goddamned cowards and we will have a nation of brave men. Military & Veterans
We had better look out for ourselves and make the rest of the world look out for themselves. If we tried to feed the world, we will starve and perhaps destroy America… Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. Leaders & Leadership
We must have universal military training because the one hope for a peaceful world is a powerful America… with adequate means to instantly check aggressors. Military & Veterans
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. Motivation
A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end.
A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood. War & Peace
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. Motivation
All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated.
Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;History
Battle is an orgy of disorder.
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. War & Peace
Better to fight for something than live for nothing.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time. Time
Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
If a man does his best, what else is there?
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
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.
If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. Success
Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. War & Peace
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! Time ;War & Peace
There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear. Time
There is only one sort of discipline, perfect discipline.
Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.
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. Citizenship & Patriotism
Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.
You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals. Motivation