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Marine George C. Scott as Patton: CLIP – I Won’t Have Cowards in My Army

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Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr., 1943.

Famous quotes, bio from Gen. Patton’s website

Quotes

“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”

“America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser, this is why America has never, and will never, lose a war.”

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

“Do everything you ask of those you command.”“Fixed fortifications are monuments to man’s stupidity.”

“Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.”

“I always believe in being prepared, even when I’m dressed in white tie and tails.”

“I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.”

“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

“In case of doubt, attack.”

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

“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. ”

“Live for something rather than die for nothing.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”

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

“The soldier is the army.”

“War is simple, direct, and ruthless.”

“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.”

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

“You shouldn’t underestimate an enemy, but it is just as fatal to overestimate him.”

“Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching.”

“No sane man is unafraid in battle, but discipline produces in him a form of vicarious courage.”

“A man must know his destiny. if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder. if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it.”

“In war the only sure defense is offense, and the efficiency of the offense depends on the warlike souls of those conducting it.”

George C. Scott in Patton

About the Actor George C. Scott enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and served from 1945 to 1949. He was assigned to 8th & I Barracks in Washington, D.C.. His primary duty was serving as honor guard at military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. Scott portrayed George S. Patton in the film Patton (1970). He researched extensively for the role, studying films of General Patton and speaking to those who knew and worked with the general.

For his work on the film, Scott was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He had previously warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that he did not believe in the awards on philosophical grounds. However, he won for his performance as Patton, and became the first actor to refuse the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Scott believed that every dramatic performance was unique and could not be compared to others. He stands out as a leader, and is one of many that resembles General Patton’s leadership legacy. The Patton Museum and our Foundation are proud to showcase George C. Scott’s brick paver in our Paths of Heroes, and honor his service as well as his performance.

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