Patton.... best quote ever. - Page 3

July 2nd, 2004  
I like this one too.

"Go forward until the last round is fired and the last drop of gas is expended...then go forward on foot!"
- General George Patton Jr
July 6th, 2004  
Patton owns me
August 23rd, 2004  

Topic: Patton

I've surfed a site which purports to have "THE" speech, in it's entirety. I tend to think it's legit. Here it is, folks...

July 15th, 2010  
Ye Olde Goate

Topic: Patton's most "self-serving" quote.

"Give me an army of Citadel men [supposed reference to Gen. Mark Clark] and I'll win the battle; give me a handful of VMI men and I'll win the G__ D___ War." (circa 1944-45)

Supposedly said to "make points" with his boss's Boss, General George C. Marshall, a "VMI man" and author of the post-war Marshall Plan to rebuild Germany, Europe and Japan -- and the World Economy. Patton attended VMI for 1 year (The "Rat Line") before transferring to USMA, West Point. He is arguably the 3rd most famous "VMI man" after Marshall and Stonewall Jackson (not saying who is 1st, but Marshall is the only VMI graduate of the three).

Ye Olde Goate
"Olde Goates don't 'fade away', they just 'butt out'."
July 15th, 2010  
Ye Olde Goate

Topic: Patton would not have said the "MF" word.

It did not become a popular expletive until well after WW-II ('60s - '70s for "white folks").

I believe the correct quote is "meanest Son of a B____ in the Valley" -- that was one of his favorite expletives. I believe it translates in Russian to "Secum Sum" or something that sounds like that.

Not a quote, but just as good: On March 24, 1945 (my date of birth, BTW), on his initial crossing of "his" pontoon bridge across the Rhine, the first "assault crossing" of the Rhine since Julius Caesar, "Old Blood and Guts" stopped in the middle of the bridge to "piss in the Rhine", a custom supposedly, according to Patton, passed down from Caesar.

Ye Olde Goate
July 15th, 2010  
Ye Olde Goate

Originally Posted by PaladinChief
The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his. General George S. Patton

I have to say when I think of quotes this one is at the top!
I like this one, too -- but it's "the other POOR DUMB bastard".

Ye Olde Goate, VMI '67
July 15th, 2010  
Ye Olde Goate

Originally Posted by FutureRANGER
My favorite quote by Gen. Patton is a toss up between these three.

May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.
- General George Patton Jr

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. -
General George Patton Jr

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
- General George Patton Jr

I try to live by all three of these, especially the last one.
Not sure, but I believe Patton actually said: "Either LEAD, FOLLOW, or Get the H___ out of my way."

If you "clean up" a Patton quote by removing the expletives, it's no longer a quote, is it? And not nearly as endearing with the originality and emphasis removed. Best you can do is "dress it up", so that it's still "recognizable".

Ye Olde Goate
March 11th, 2011  
great quotes!
August 28th, 2011  
Gen. Geo S. Patton:
You name them. I’ll shoot them. (to Eisenhower)

Any jackass can make a good decision. making the right bad decision - now, that’s an art!

I love war and responsibility and excitement. Peace is going to be hell on me.

God deliver us from our friends. We can handle the enemy.

Wars are won by people who actually go out and do things.

The best way to defend is to attack and the best way to attack is to attack. At Chancellorsvilly, Lee was asked why he attacked when he was outnumbered three to one. He said he was too weak to defend.

Reporter: Will the Nazis go underground when the Allies get to Germany?
Patton: Hell yes, Six feet under!

On Field Marshal Montgomery crossing the Rhine river “Monty is scheduled to attack on the 24th (March 1945) but first, he has to make sure every truck in England is parked in a straight line, he has to put every man in a perfect new uniform, oil every damn rifle, and make sure the King has his breakfast. Then he may attack. Unless somebody shoots at him first. Then he’ll have to start all over”.
May 19th, 2012  
As told to me by my granddad. "I don't give a dump if it smells off. It's booze, and you've earned it! Now drink up Soldier!"