General George S. Patton Thoughts On Discipline

George Patton Quotes

"It is the common experience of mankind that in moments of great excitement the conscious mental processes of the brain no longer operate. All actions are subconscious, the result of habits."

"The purpose of discipline and training are first to insure obedience and orderly movement. Second, to produce synthetic courage. Third, to provide methods of combat. Fourth, to prevent or delay the breakdown of the first three due to the excitement of the battle."

"All human beings have an innate resistance to obedience. Discipline removes this resistance and, by constant repetition, makes obedience habitual and subconscious."

"Unless you do your best, the day will come when, tired and hungry, you will halt just short of the goal you were ordered to reach."

"Battle is an orgy of disorder. The sudden change from accustomed order to utter disorder, to chaos, but emphasizes the folly of schooling to precision and obedience where only fierceness and habituated disorder are useful."

"Discipline, which is but mutual trust and confidence, is the key to all success in peace or war."

"There is only one kind of discipline: perfect discipline."

"Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of battle."

"Personally, I am of the opinion that older men of experience, who have smelled the powder and have been wounded, are of more value than mere youthful exuberance, which has not yet been disciplined."

Colonel George S. Patton WW1
Colonel George S. Patton WW1
General George S. Patton WW11
General George S. Patton WW11

More Quotes by George Patton

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

"We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."

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

"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory."

"Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets."

"There is only one sort of discipline, perfect discipline."

"There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear."

"The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That's the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!"

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

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

"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."

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

"Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable."

"Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more."

"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."

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

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

"If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results."

"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."

"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

"If a man has done his best, what else is there?"

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

"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."

"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."

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

"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."

"Better to fight for something than live for nothing."

"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."

"Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn't give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war."

"Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle."

"Always do everything you ask of those you command."

"All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated."

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

"A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood."

"A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end."

"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week."

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

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