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George S. Patton
November 11, 1885 - December 21, 1945
Nationality: American
Category: Soldier
Subcategory: American Soldier

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


Battle is an orgy of disorder.


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


Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.


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!


Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.


Always do everything you ask of those you command.


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


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 everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.


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


The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.


Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

    Topics: Courage

I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.


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.


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.


All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated.


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