43 Most Famous General Patton Quotes

43 Most Famous General Patton Quotes

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George Smith Patton was a general in the United States Army from 1909 to 1945. He is most famously known for his outlandish methods of command during World War II. Along with his military background, Patton also participated in the 1912 Olympics. He died in Germany on December 21, 1945 at the age of 60.

“A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later.”

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

“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”

“Always do everything you ask of those you command.”

“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.”

“An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.”

“Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader.”

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”

“Don’t ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain.”

“Every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he’s not, he’s a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching
men fight who are just as scared as they are. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared.”

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man.”

“I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”

“I do not fear failure. I only fear the “slowing up” of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, “Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?”

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

“I would rather have a good plan today than a perfect plan two weeks from now.”

“If man does his best what else is there?”

“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.”

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

“It is rather interesting how you get used to death.”

“It is the cold glitter of the attacker’s eye not the point of the questing bayonet that breaks the line.”

“Let’s shoot the works and win! Yes win it all.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”

“Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally.”

“My men don’t dig foxholes. I don’t want them to. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving. And don’t give the enemy time to dig one either.”

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

“No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country.”

“Pressure makes diamonds.”

“So let us do real fighting, boring in and gouging, biting.”

“Sometimes I think your life and mine are under the protection of some supreme being or fate, because, after many years of parallel thought, we find ourselves in the positions we now occupy.”

“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.”

“The publicity I have been getting, a good deal of which is untrue, and the rest of it ill considered, has done me more harm than good.”

“There are four hundred neatly marked graves somewhere in Sicily. All because one man went to sleep on the job. But they are German graves, because we caught the bastard asleep before they

“There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and by praying. ”

“There is a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and much less prevalent.”

“There is no proof nor yet any denial. We were, We are, and we will be.”

“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 the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.”

“We have the finest food, the finest equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world. Why, by God, I actually pity those poor sons-of-bitches we’re going up against. By God, I do.”

“We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”

“When I want my men to remember something important, to really make it stick, I give it to them double dirty.”

“You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.”