George S. Patton Jr. Quotes

It has come to my attention that a very small number of soldiers are going to the hospitals on the pretext that they are nervously incapable of combat. Such men are cowards, and they bring discredit to the Army and disgrace to their comrades, whom they heartlessly leave to endure the dangers of battle, while […]

General John A. Crane, to whose Brigade Private Bennet belongs, stated to me afterwards that the man was Absent Without Leave and that he had gone to the rear by falsely representing his condition to the Battery Surgeon. It is rather a commentary on justice when an Army commander has to soft soap a skulker […]

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

Many soldiers are led to faulty ideas of war by knowing too much about too little.

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 wounds, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.

I don’t know but I think it’s very dangerous when you start taking up absolutist positions and simplistic positions.

A good plan executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.

It may be of interest to future generals to realize that one makes plans to fit the circumstances, and does not try to create circumstances to fit plans.

Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor bastard die for his country.

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