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Quotes of the day: George S. Patton

Published Sunday, December 20, 2015 @ 8:03 PM EST
Dec 20 2015

George Smith Patton, Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a senior officer of the United States Army, who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of World War II, but is best known for his leadership of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.

Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.

Always do everything you ask of those you command.

Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time.

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

Do your damndest in an ostentatious manner all the time.

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

If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.

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

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

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

Practically everyone but myself is a pusillanimous son of a bitch.

Remember, there's a short distance between a pat on the back and a kick in the ass.

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

War is simple, direct, and ruthless. It takes a simple, direct, and ruthless man to wage it.

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

You can't run an army without profanity; and it has to be eloquent profanity. An army without profanity couldn't fight it's way out of a piss-soaked paper bag.

Your job is not to die for your country, but to make the other poor, dumb bastard die for his.


(December 21 is also the birthday of Benjamin Disraeli, Rebecca West, and Frank Zappa.)

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