George S. Patton, Jr. Quotations

George Patton

A civil servant is sometimes like a broken cannon: it won't work and you can't fire it.

A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future.

A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.

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.

A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood.

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

Fixed fortifications are monuments to man's stupidity.

If a man does his best, what else is there?

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

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.

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.

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

I want you to remember that 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.

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.

May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.

Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.

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

There's a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and is much less prevalent. One of the most frequently noted characteristics of great men who have remained great is loyalty to their subordinates.

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

War is an art and as such is not susceptible of explanation by fixed formula.

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.

Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.

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?