George Smith Patton
"An army is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, fights as a team.
This individuality stuff is a bunch of bullshit."
“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.”
“You cannot be disciplined in great things and indiscipline
in small things. Brave undisciplined men have no chance against the
discipline and valour of other men. Have you ever seen a few policemen
handle a crowd?”
"War is an art and as such is not susceptible of explanation
by fixed formula"
"If a man does his best, what else is there?"
"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."
"Infantry must move forward to close with the enemy. It must
shoot in order to move…. To halt under fire is folly. To halt
under fire and not fire back is suicide. Officers must set the example"
"Few men are killed by the bayonet, many are scared by it. Bayonets
should be fixed when the fire fight starts"
"All men are timid on entering any fight. Whether it is the
first or the last fight, all of us are timid. Cowards are those who
let their timidity get the better of their manhood."
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
Pressure makes diamonds.
May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.
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?
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they
will surprise you with their ingenuity.
Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what
Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time.
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.
I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.
"Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest
way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it.
The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest
way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin, I
am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler.
Just like I'd shoot a snake!"
"Make your plans to fit the circumstances."
"Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent
characteristic in men."
"Take calculated risks."
"You're never beaten until you admit it."
"It is only by doing things others have not that one can advance."
"A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood."
"All glory is fleeting."
"A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances."
"Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational
"Perpetual peace is a futile dream."
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we
should thank God that such men lived."
"If I win I can't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead."
"Magnificent! Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor
shrink to insignificance.
"A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed
at some indefinite point in the future."
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."
"Go forward until the last round is fired and the last drop
of gas is expended...then go forward on foot!"
"It is the unconquerable nature of man and not the nature of
the weapon he uses that ensures victory."
"Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man."
"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 is never tired if the mind is not tired."
"Just drive down that road, until you get blown up"
"You must do your damdest and win."