George S. Patton, fully George Smith Patton, Jr.

George S.
Patton, fully George Smith Patton, Jr.
1885
1945

American Army General in command of the U.S. Third Army who advanced farther, captured more enemy prisoners and liberated more territory in less time than any other army in military history. Nicknamed Bandito, Old Blood and Guts and The Old Man.

Author Quotes

Take not counsel of your fears.

There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again... You can look him straight in the eye and say, Son your Granddaddy rode with the Great Third Army and a Son of a Goddamned Bitch named Georgie Patton.

When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a German will get to him eventually. The hell with that idea. The hell with taking it. 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. We'll win this war, but we'll win it only by fighting and by showing the Germans that we've got more guts than they have; or ever will have. We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun cocksuckers by the bushel-fucking-basket. War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts. When shells are hitting all around you and you wipe the dirt off your face and realize that instead of dirt it's the blood and guts of what once was your best friend beside you, you'll know what to do!

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

There is only one sort of discipline, perfect discipline.

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.

Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

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.

When in doubt, ATTACK!

The difficulty in understanding the Russians is that we do not take cognizance of the fact that he is not a European, but an Asiatic, and therefore thinks deviously. We can no more understand a Russian than a Chinaman or a Japanese, and from what I have seen of them, I have no particular desire to understand them, except to ascertain how much lead or iron it takes to kill them. In addition to his other Asiatic characteristics, the Russian have no regard for human life and is an all-out son of bitch, barbarian, and chronic drunk.

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

The leader must be an actor.

This individuality stuff is a bunch of bullshit.

You must do your damdest and win.

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.

To be a successful soldier, you must know history.

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

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

Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.

You shouldn't underestimate an enemy, but it is just as fatal to overestimate him.

The obvious thing for the cavalryman to do is to accept the fighting machine as a partner, and prepare to meet more fully the demands of future warfare.

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

You're never beaten until you admit it.

The publicity I have been getting, a good deal of which is untrue, and the rest of it ill considered, has done me more harm than good. The only way you get on in this profession is to have the reputation of doing what you are told as thoroughly as possible. So far I have been able to accomplish that, and I believe I have gotten quite a reputation from not kicking at peculiar assignments.

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First Name
George S.
Last Name
Patton, fully George Smith Patton, Jr.
Birth Date
1885
Death Date
1945
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American Army General in command of the U.S. Third Army who advanced farther, captured more enemy prisoners and liberated more territory in less time than any other army in military history. Nicknamed Bandito, Old Blood and Guts and The Old Man.