Guest Post by Maggie Stokes
General George Smith Patton Jr. was considered to be one of the most successful combat generals is U.S. History. He was known for his overwhelming and ruthless personality along with his daring attack and defense techniques. Patton was nicknamed ‘Old Blood and Guts’ due to his lust for battle and his iron-fisted drive.
Below is a list of my top ten General George S. Patton quotes along with a brief description of what they mean to me.
1. “There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.”– George S. Patton
My Take: Fear is something everyone battles with and at times it can be your worst enemy. Fear can also be used by your enemies as a means to control you. This quote is ranked number one because of the fact that at times it can be beneficial to look inward and seek wisdom from your fears. For example, you may have a fear of being reprimanded therefore you would follow all rules. Other times it is more beneficial to ignore your fear in order to better yourself and others. For example a victim of domestic abuse may be fearful to leave their partner because of threats made to them. It would be more beneficial for the victim to ignore that fear and leave their partner anyway bettering themselves and their family. It all comes down to timing.
2. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their ingenuity.” –George S. Patton (War As I Knew It, 1947)
My Take: This quote really spoke to me. When you are in any sort of leadership position odds are you are going to have a task that needs to be delegated. Micromanagement is tedious, time consuming and leads your followers to dislike you. When you give someone the goal of a project and let them use their own thoughts and ideas you are more likely to get a finished product that everyone enjoyed being a part of, and is proud of the end result.
3. “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” –George S. Patton
My Take: We all have those moments when we just want to let go. This quote is brilliant; it goes to show that courage is attainable even in the darkest of places. If you hold on and keep pushing forward you can overcome the darkest of fears.
4. “In case of doubt, push on just a little bit further.”–George S. Patton
My Take: All goals are attainable. At times it may seem like the universe is working against you but if you are persistent and you push on, anything is possible.
5. “If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking.”– George S. Patton
My Take: The mind is a wonderful thing. It is unique to each individual. I like this quote because it sends the message of originality. Great minds may think alike but no two thoughts should ever be exactly the same, ever.
6. “Pressure makes diamonds.” –George S. Patton
My Take: Ever hear someone say they work better under pressure? I know it’s true for me. Some of my best work has been produced under the pressure to meet a deadline or the pressure to simply produce the best product possible. Patton was right with this one not only metaphorically but physically as well. Natural diamonds are said to be one of the strongest natural resources. They are made from coal that has been placed under high pressure at high. Temperatures 87 to 120 mi into the Earth’s mantle. That goes to say a lot about pressure.
7. “Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic among men.” –George S. Patton
My Take: Courage comes in many forms. Moral courage or the courage to stick up for what is right is the type of courage that is hard to come by. Situations where you have the choice between doing the right thing or doing what has been conveyed as the right thing to do is often the time when moral courage comes into play. It is important to remember the value of morality and not to allow yourself to be defeated.
8. “A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.” –George S. Patton
My Take: This quote made the top 10 list because it reminds us that a little elbow grease goes a long way. If we take our time to think things through and put in our all we can avoid making any mistakes.
9. “Success is how high you bounce back when you hit the bottom.” –George S. Patton
My Take: Anyone can be successful in anything. True success comes from failure. If you fail at something, don’t allow yourself to be defeated. The only way to go from the ground is up. If you had everything and then lost it you are a more successful person once you have climbed back up to the top.
10. “By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.”-George S. Patton
My Take: Like I have mentioned before, anyone can be successful in anything. If you really want something you can have it, you just have to work for it. Don’t give up on your dreams just because you feel you are unworthy. If you have the drive and desire to learn and the ability to keep pushing yourself when motivation is low you can become great in everything you do.
Thanks for reading my top 10 General George S. Patton quotes.
Margaret Elizabeth is an aspiring author currently in her junior year at Valencia College. Besides being an active member of the student body and Vice President of leadership for her Phi Theta Kappa Chapter, Chi Epsilon, she works at home as a freelance writer writing articles on leadership and self development. Being a survivor of domestic abuse she wanted to do something to give back to the community. She just recently launched her Etsy shop, SecretStashDIY, where she sells custom hats and accessories. One third of her proceeds goes towards starting a non-profit organization to help victims of domestic violence find safe homes and receive the counseling needed to lead a healthy life.