Quotes by George S. Patton


If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
– George S. Patton
A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end.
– George S. Patton
A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.
– George S. Patton
Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhiliration of victory.
– George S. Patton
All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated.
– George S. Patton
Always do everything you ask of those you command.
– George S. Patton
Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.
– George S. Patton
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.
– George S. Patton
Battle is an orgy of disorder.
– George S. Patton
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.
– George S. Patton
Better to fight for something than live for nothing.
– George S. Patton
Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time.
– George S. Patton
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?
– George S. Patton
I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
– George S. Patton
If a man has done his best, what else is there?
– George S. Patton
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.
– George S. Patton
If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results.
– George S. Patton
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
– George S. Patton
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.
– George S. Patton
Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
– George S. Patton