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Quotes of George S. Patton



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

"Do everything you ask of those you command."

"Do more than is required of you."

"Do not fear failure."

"Do not make excuses, whether it s your fault or not."

"Do not take counsel of your fears."

"Give credit where it s due."

"In case of doubt, attack."

"It's the unconquerable soul of man, and not the nature of the weapon he uses, that insures victory."

"Lack of orders is no excuse for inaction."

"Make your plans to fit the circumstances."

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

"Say what you mean and mean what you say."

"Take calculated risks."

"The duties of an officer are the safety, honor, and welfare of your country first; the honor, welfare, and comfort of the men in your command second; and the officer s own ease, comfort, and safety last."

"You're never beaten until you admit it."

"God deliver us from our friends, we can handle the enemy."

"Give an army of West Point grads and I'll win a battle, give me a handful of Texas Aggies and I'll win a war."

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

"Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competance."

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

" Battle is not a terrifying ordeal to be endured. It is a magnificent experience wherein all the elements that have made man superior to the beasts are present: courage, self-sacrifice, loyalty, help to others, devotion to duty."

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

"If you treat a skunk nicely he will not piss on you - as often."

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

"The only way to win a war is to attack and keep on attacking and after you have done that keep attacking some more."

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

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






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