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Patton Quotes

  • A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later.

  • Do everything you ask of those you command.

  • Do more than is required of you.

  • Do not fear failure.

  • Do not make excuses, whether it is your fault or not.

  • Do not take counsel of your fears.

  • Give credit where it is due.

  • In case of doubt, attack.

  • It's the unconquerable soul of man, and not the nature of the weapon he uses, that insures victory.

  • Lack of orders is no excuse for inaction.

  • Make your plans to fit the circumstances.

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

  • Say what you mean and mean what you say.

  • Take calculated risks.

  • 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.

  • The soldier is the army.

  • 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.

  • There is only one type of discipline, perfect discipline.

  • 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.

  • Maybe there are 5 000, maybe 10 000 Nazi bastards in their concrete foxholes before the Third Army. Now if Ike stops holding Monty's hand and gives me the supplies, I'll go through the Siegfried Line like shit through a goose.

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

  • When this war is over, I am going to remove my medals and stars and leave only my jacket on and they all can kiss my ass.


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

  • Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself and the American way.

  • God deliverus from our friends, we can handle the enemy.

  • Give an army of West Point grads and I'll win a battle, give me a handful of Texas Aggies and I'll win a war.

  • As I walk through the valley of death I fear no one, for I am the meanest motherfucker in the valley!

  • A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.

  • Give me 10 days and I'll start a war with those God damn Reds and make it look like their fault. Then we can push the motherfuckers back into Moscow where they belong!

  • All glory is fleeting.

  • And I would be proud to lead you son of bitches into battle, anytime, anywhere.

  • I always believe in being prepared, even when I'm dressed in white tie and tails.

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

  • Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competance.

  • Perpetual peace is a futile dream.

  • My men can eat their belts but, my tanks gotta have gas!

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

  • Do as I have taught you, and you will stay alive.

  • Battle is not a terrifying ordeal to be endured. It is a magnificent experience wherein all the elements that have made man superior to the beasts are present: courage, self-sacrifice, loyalty, help to others, devotion to duty.

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

  • War is very simple, direct, and ruthless.

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

  • The U.S. must win - not as an Ally, but as a conquerer.

  • If you treat a skunk nicely he will not piss on you - as often.

  • I certainly love war.

  • Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will suprise you with their

  • A commander, once ashore, must conquer or die.

  • The only way to win a war is to attack and keep on attacking and after you have done that keep attacking some more.

  • When we get to Berlin, I am going to personally shoot that paper-hanging goddamned son of a bitch just like I would a snake.

  • Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.

  • If you want an army to fight and risk death, you've got to get up there and lead it. An Army is like spaghetti. You can't push a piece of spaghetti, you've got to pull it.

  • If you believe in your defeat, then do not back down but stand up and lead your ass's up the
    goddamn hill.

  • I have trouble with the a,b, and- what do you call the other letter?

  • If they send enough one and a half ton trucks to send the dogtags back, we'll make her!

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

  • No man ever won a war by dieing for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb
    bastard die for his country.



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