portrait of George S. Patton

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Quotes of the Day for 11 November 2003 – George S. Patton

George Smith Patton was born at San Gabriel, California on this day in 1885 in a family with deep military roots. After graduating from West Point, Patton represented the US in the pentathlon competition of the 1912 Olympic Games at Stockholm. He stayed in Europe for several years, studying and teaching sword skills. Patton fought on horseback against Pancho Villa, and was the first member of the US Tank Corps. He advocated an expanded role for the new armored cavalry, but Congress didn't provide the funds he wanted until the German Blitzkrieg made his point. A demanding and inspiring military leader, it's appropriate that his birthday coincides with Veterans Day (US) or Remembrance Day (Canada).

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The quotes:

A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow.

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

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

A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood.

If a man does his best, what else is there?
     - All from George S. Patton, 1885 - 1945

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