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General George S. Patton, Jr. Quotes


- "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."

- "An army is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, fights as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of bullshit."

- "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.

- "It is absurd to believe that soldiers who cannot be made to wear the proper uniform can be induced to move forward in battle. Officers who fail to perform their duty by correcting small violations and in enforcing proper conduct are incapable of leading.”

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

- "War is an art and as such is not susceptible of explanation by fixed formula."

- "If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."

-"Infantry must move forward to close with the enemy. It must shoot in order to move…. To halt under fire is folly. To halt under fire and not fire back is suicide. Officers must set the example"

- "Few men are killed by the bayonet, many are scared by it. Bayonets should be fixed when the fire fight starts"

- "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."

- "Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."

- "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."

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

- "Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."

- "Pressure makes diamonds."

- "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't."

- "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? "

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

- "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack."

- "Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time."

- "Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men."

- "I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight."

- "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."

- "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. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I'd shoot a snake!"

- "Make your plans to fit the circumstances."

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

- "Take calculated risks."

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

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

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

- "A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood."

- "All glory is fleeting."

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

- "Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competence."

- "Perpetual peace is a futile dream."
- "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."

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

- "If I win I can't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead."

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

- "Audacity, audacity, always audacity."

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

- "A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future."

- 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."

- "Go forward until the last round is fired and the last drop of gas is expended...then go forward on foot!"

- "It is the unconquerable nature of man and not the nature of the weapon he uses that ensures victory."

- "Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man."

- "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 is never tired if the mind is not tired."

- "I dont give a damn about the color of your skin, just kill as many sons of bitches wearing green as you can."

- "Just drive down that road, until you get blown up"

- "You must do your damdest and win."




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