Memorial Day is upon us. What shall we say to each other as we think about those brave enough to put on the uniform? How about words from a great General. These are words to live by in war-time and peace-time AND in politics-time.
General George Smith Patton:
"All glory is fleeting."
"Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."
"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men."
"Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the ********** who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging ********** Hitler. Just like I'd shoot a snake!"
"You're never beaten until you admit it."
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank GOD that such men lived."
"Go forward until the last round is fired and the last drop of gas is expended...then go forward on foot!"
"You just wait and see. The lily-livered ********* in Washington will demobilize. They'll say they've made the world safe for democracy again. The Russians are not such ******** fools. They'll rebuild; and with modern weapons."
(After being told by General Omar Bradley that the Russians were going to be allowed to occupy Prague in order to avoid "complications")
"Brad, it seems to me that a great nation like America should let others worry about the complications."
"Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn't give a hoot ******** for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war."
"I don't want to get any messages saying that, "We are holding out position." We're not holding anything! Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we're not interested in holding on to anything except the enemy. We're going to hold on to him by the nose and we're going to kick him in the *****; we're going to go through him like crap through a goose."
"Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle."
"Men, all this stuff you've heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in *** for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost, and will never lose a war... because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans."
"This is a barracks; it's not a bordello."
“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
"Better to fight for something than live for nothing."
"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."
Captain Jenson: "They haven't spotted our positions yet."
The General: "They will get some education in about 10 seconds when they get a dose of our artillery fire."