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  • 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)

  • Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
    (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)

  • A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.
    (George S. Patton)

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


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

  • If a man has done his best, what else is there?
    (George S. Patton)

  • Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
    (George S. Patton)

  • Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.
    (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)

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

  • Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired. . . .
    (George S. Patton)

  • One does not plan and then try to make circumstances fit the plans. One tries to make plans fit the circumstances.
    (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)


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