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‘Do not fear failure’: The best pieces of life advice from General George S. Patton

George S. Patton

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Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr., 1943. (pictured before his promotion to full General).

Few generals have had the lasting impact that Gen. George S. Patton has had. 

Patton, who commanded the US’s 7th Army in Europe and the Mediterranean during World War II, is perhaps just as well known for his amazing insight into what makes for excellent and successful leadership.

Showcasing Patton’s most memorable and poignant quotes is author Charles M. Province in Patton’s One-Minute Messages.”

Here’s a few of our favorites quotes from America’s “Ol’ Blood and Guts.”

“Do everything you ask of those you command.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Any man who thinks he’s indispensable, ain’t.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“As long as man exists, there will be war.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Do more than is required of you.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Take calculated risks.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Do not make excuses, whether it’s your fault or not.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Fame never yet found a man who waited to be found.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”

“You’re never beaten until you admit it.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“It’s the unconquerable soul of man, and not the nature of the weapon he uses, that ensures victory.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Genius comes from the ability to pay attention to the smallest detail.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Do your duty as you see it and damn the consequences.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“It’s better to fight for something in life than to die for nothing.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Success is how you bounce on the bottom.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Know what you know, and know what you don’t know.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Never make a decision too early or too late.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“No one is thinking if everyone is thinking alike.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages

“Do not fear failure.”

Source: Patton’s One Minute Messages


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