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Top 20 George S. Patton Quotes

George S. Patton
George S. Patton

Relentless, hard-driving, and tenacious are only a few adjectives to describe George S. Patton Jr., one of the foremost American combat generals of World War II. He was also the general of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

He was the chief proponent of the adoption of mobile weapons and armored vehicles, and his bravery as a tank commander played a major role in halting the German counterattack at the Battle of the Bulge.

His ruthless sweep across France in the summer of 1944 defied conventional military wisdom but culminated in spectacular success. By January 1945, Patton’s forces had reached the German border, capturing thousands of German troops.

Patton was one of the most colorful and controversial figures in military history. Although his outspoken comments and unpredictable actions were often criticized by civilian authorities, he instilled exceptional pride in his men. His toughness earned him the nickname “Old Blood- and- Guts.” Here are our Top 20 George S. Patton Quotes for you.


Top 20 George S. Patton Quotes



By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.

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

The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.

There is no such thing as luck, merely opportunity meeting preparedness.

It is only by doing things others have not that one can advance.

George S. Patton Quotes
IT IS ONLY BY DOING THINGS OTHERS HAVE NOT THAT ONE CAN ADVANCE.

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

You cannot be disciplined in great things and undisciplined in small things. Brave undisciplined men have no chance against the discipline and valour of other men. Have you seen a few policemen handle a crowd?

Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.

Now 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 will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired... You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going.

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

George S. Patton Quotes
LEAD ME, FOLLOW ME, OR GET OUT OF MY WAY.

A real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood.

An army is a team. It lives, sleeps, eats, and fights as a team.

Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance. God help me, I do love it so.

A man must know his DESTINY… If he does not recognize it, then he is lost.

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

George S. Patton Quotes
COURAGE IS FEAR HOLDING ON A MINUTE LONGER.

No dumb bastard ever won a war by going out and dying for his country.

He won it by making some other dumb bastard die for his country.

I don’t fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is saying, ‘Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?

All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters either. Every single man in this Army plays a vital role. Don t ever let up. 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.

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

George S. Patton Quotes
MAY GOD HAVE MERCY FOR MY ENEMIES BECAUSE I WON'T.

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