141+ Best George S. Patton Quotes: Exclusive Selection

George Smith Patton Jr. was a General of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. He set his sights on becoming a war hero. Profound General George Smith Patton quotes will make you feel unstoppable and inspire you to be a better leader.

Most Famous George S. Patton Quotes

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. – George S. Patton

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. – George S. Patton

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. – George S. Patton

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. – George S. Patton

Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man. – George S. Patton

Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching. – George S. Patton

Always do everything you ask of those you command. – George S. Patton

Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men – George S. Patton

Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack. – George S. Patton

Discipline can only be obtained when all the officers are imbued with the sense of their awful obligation to their men and to their country that they cannot tolerate negligence. Officers who fail to correct errors or to praise excellence are valueless in peace and dangerous misfits in war. – George S. Patton

Never let the enemy pick the battle site. – George S. Patton

An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body. – George S. Patton

You must be single minded. Drive for the one thing on which you have decided. – George S. Patton

To be a successful soldier, you must know history. – George S. Patton

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. – George S. Patton

There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time. – George S. Patton

When everyone agrees, someone is not thinking. – George S. Patton

Do not make excuses, whether it’s your fault or not. – George S. Patton

Wars are not won by fighting battles; wars are won by choosing battles – George S. Patton

If a man does his best, what else is there? – George S. Patton

There are three ways that men get what they want: by planning, by working, and by praying. – George S. Patton

When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead! – George S. Patton

In case of doubt, push on just a little further and then keep on pushing. – George S. Patton

You fight like you train. – George S. Patton

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. – George S. Patton

Let us not mourn that such men died but rejoice that such men lived. – George S. Patton

Duty is the essence of manhood. – George S. Patton

You shouldn’t underestimate an enemy, but it is just as fatal to overestimate him. – George S. Patton

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair. – George S. Patton

Pressure makes diamonds – George S. Patton

Always do more than is required of you. – George S. Patton

You’re never beaten until you admit it – George S. Patton

Fear kills more people than death. – George S. Patton

Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader. – George S. Patton

I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight. – George S. Patton

Make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. – George S. Patton

The more I see of Arabs the less I think of them. By having studied them a good deal I have found out the trouble. They are the mixture of all the bad races on earth, and they get worse from west to east, because the eastern ones have had more crosses. – George S. Patton

The courageous man is the man who forces himself, in spite of his fear, to carry on. – George S. Patton

The supreme measure of a man is what he would risk his life for. – George S. Patton

Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you? – George S. Patton

I have studied the enemy all my life. I have read the memoirs of his generals and his leaders. I have even read his philosophers and listened to his music. I have studied in detail the account of every damned one of his battles. I know exactly how he will react under any given set of circumstances. And he hasn’t the slightest idea of what I’m going to do. So, when the time comes, I’m going to whip the hell out of him. – George S. Patton

When in doubt, observe and ask questions. When certain, observe at length and ask many more questions. – 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

The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. – George S. Patton

Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy. – George S. Patton

If I could have three wishes, one would be to take an ’88 and shove that barrel up Hitler’s ass so that cocksucker can cry like the little god-damned girl he is. And hell, after that, I wouldn’t need two more wishes. – George S. Patton

Don’t fall victim to what I call the ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire. – George S. Patton

Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more. – George S. Patton

Often I have encountered in life that great disappointments have proved to be the road to future successes. – George S. Patton

Achievers are resolute in their goals and driven by determination. Discouragement is temporary, obstacles are overcome, and doubt is defeated, yielding to personal victory. You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals. Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. – 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

Do not try to make circumstances fit your plans. Make plans that fit the circumstances. – George S. Patton

To me it seems certain that the fatalistic teachings of Muhammad and the utter degradation of women is the outstanding cause for the arrested development of the Arab. He is exactly as he was around the year 700, while we have kept on developing. – 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

Urge all of your men to pray, not alone in church, but everywhere. Pray when driving. Pray when fighting. Pray alone. Pray with others. Pray by night and pray by day. Pray for the cessation of immoderate rains, for good weather for Battle.Pray for the defeat of our wicked enemy whose banner is injustice and whose good is oppression. Pray for victory. Pray for our Army, and Pray for Peace. We must march together, all out for God. – George S. Patton

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

Better to fight for something than live for nothing. – George S. Patton

When I want my men to remember something important, to really make it stick, I give it to them double dirty. It may not sound nice to some bunch of little old ladies at an afternoon tea party, but it helps my soldiers to remember. You can’t run an army without profanity; and it has to be eloquent profanity. An army without profanity couldn’t fight its way out of a piss-soaked paper bag. As for the types of comments I make, sometimes I just, By God, get carried away with my own eloquence. – George S. Patton

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. – George S. Patton

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. – George S. Patton

May God have mercy for my enemies because I won’t. – George S. Patton

When there is fear of failure, there will be failure. – George S. Patton

A civil servant is sometimes like a broken cannon – it won’t work and you can’t fire it. – George S. Patton

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

When a decision has to be made, make it. There is no totally right time for anything. – George S. Patton

The most difficult thing about being humble is not being able to brag about it. – George S. Patton

The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is bearing arms. – George S. Patton

A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances. – George S. Patton

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. – George S. Patton

You cannot be disciplined in great things and undisciplined in small things. – George S. Patton

Plans must be simple and flexible. They must be made by the people who execute them. – 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

The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead! – 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

You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals. – George S. Patton

Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. – George S. Patton

A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end. – George S. Patton

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable. – 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

Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets. – George S. Patton

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. – George S. Patton

There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear. – George S. Patton

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

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood. – George S. Patton

All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated. – George S. Patton

Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. – George S. Patton

Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time. – George S. Patton

I would rather have a good plan today than a perfect plan two weeks from now. – George S. Patton

Give me an army of West Point graduates and I’ll win a battle. Give me a handful of Texas Aggies, and I’ll win the war. – George S. Patton

Politicians are the lowest form of life on earth. Liberal Democrats are the lowest form of politicians. – George S. Patton

There is no such thing as a successful defence. – George S. Patton

It seems to me a certainty that the fatalistic teachings of Mohammed and the utter degradation of the Arab women are the outstanding causes for the arrested development of the Arab. He is exactly as he was around the year 700, while we have been developing. – George S. Patton

I have pissed in the Rhine, now send me gas! – George S. Patton

If man does his best what else is there? – George S. Patton

I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed! Gen. – George S. Patton

So as through a glass, and darkly – The age long strife I see – Where I fought in many guises, – Many names, but always me. – George S. Patton

I wonder if I could have been here before as I drive up the Roman road the Theater seems familiar – perhaps I headed a legion up that same white road… I passed a chateau in ruins which I possibly helped escalade in the middle ages. There is no proof nor yet any denial. We were, We are, and we will be. – George S. Patton

I have the utmost confidence that through your efforts we will eventually beat the hell out of those bastards – You name them; I’ll shoot them! – George S. Patton

Take not counsel of your fears – George S. Patton

When we land against the enemy, don’t forget to hit him and hit him hard. When we meet the enemy we will kill him. We will show him no mercy. – George S. Patton

I am the best damn ass-kicker in the whole U.S. Army! – George S. Patton

Coward: someone who in a bad situation thinks with his feet – George S. Patton

Do as I have taught you, and you will stay alive. – George S. Patton

Never in history has the navy landed an army at the planned time and place. But if you land us anywhere within 50 miles of Fedela and within 1 week of D-Day. I’ll go ahead and win. – George S. Patton

Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. – George S. Patton

If you can’t get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country? – George S. Patton

Tanks are new and special weapon-newer than, as special, and certainly as valuable as the airplane. – George S. Patton

Many, who should know better, think that wars can be decided by soulless machines, rather than by the blood and anguish of brave men. – George S. Patton

Let’s shoot the works and win! Yes win it all. – George S. Patton

The soldier is the army. – George S. Patton

Battle… brings out all that is best. – George S. Patton

In my opinion, the M1 rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised – George S. Patton

I’d rather have a German Division in front of me than a French one behind. – George S. Patton

My men don’t dig foxholes. I don’t want them to. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving. And don’t give the enemy time to dig one either. – George S. Patton

Have taken Trier with two divisions. What do you want me to do? Give it back? – George S. Patton

We want to get the hell over there. The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit. – George S. Patton

Prisoner of War guard companies, or an equivalent organization, should be as far forward as possible in action to take over prisoners of war, because troops heated with battle are not safe custodians. Any attempt to rob or loot prisoners of war by escorts must be dealt strictly with. – George S. Patton

Every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he’s not, he’s a liar. Some men are cowards, but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared. – George S. Patton

A man must know his destiny. – George S. Patton

Now in war we are confronted with conditions which are strange If we accept them, we will never win. Since being realistic, as in mundane combats fistic We will get a bloody nose and that’s a sin. – George S. Patton

You just wait and see. The lily-livered bstards in Washington will demobilize. They’ll say they’ve made the world safe for democracy again. The Russians are not such dmned fools. They’ll rebuild, and with modern weapons. – George S. Patton

Sometimes I think your life and mine are under the protection of some supreme being or fate, because, after many years of parallel thought, we find ourselves in the positions we now occupy. – George S. Patton

I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood. – George S. Patton

For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting. – George S. Patton

Remember wars are won by killing people. The more we kill, the quicker we’ll get out of this war. – George S. Patton

The reason there are so many tree-lined boulevards in Paris is so the German army can march in the shade. – George S. Patton

Take calculated risks. – George S. Patton

I read the Bible – every goddamn day. – George S. Patton

You must do your damdest and win. – George S. Patton

In the space of two days I had evolved two plans, wholly distinct, both of which were equally feasible. The point I am trying to bring out is that one does not plan and then try to make circumstances fit those plans. One tries to make plans fit the circumstances. – George S. Patton

So let us do real fighting, boring in and gouging, biting. – George S. Patton

I am convinced that much more emphasis should be placed on history. The purpose of history is to learn how human beings react when exposed to the danger of wounds or death… – George S. Patton

Do your duty as you see it, and damn the consequences. – George S. Patton

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. – George S. Patton

Each man must not think only of himself, but also of his buddy fighting beside him. We don’t want yellow cowards in this Army. They should be killed off like rats. If not, they will go home after this war and breed more cowards. The brave men will breed more brave men. Kill off the Goddamned cowards and we will have a nation of brave men. – George S. Patton

War is very simple, direct, and ruthless. It takes a simple, direct, and ruthless man to wage war. – George S. Patton

Most battles are won before they are ever fought. – George S. Patton

There is only one sort of discipline – PERFECT DISCIPLINE. Men cannot have good battle discipline and poor administrative discipline. – George S. Patton

All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened. – George S. Patton

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

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