Posts Tagged 'George S. Patton'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/18/20

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Take calculated risks.  That is quite different from being rash.”   —   George S. Patton

(Not the most likeable of guys, but he certainly did not lack for intelligence.  A great general.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/11/19

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Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.”   —   George S. Patton

(I always thought old George was a big time General in the U.S. Army.  I didn’t realize that he moonlighted as Captain Obvious!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/17/19

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We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people.  Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”   —   George S. Patton

(Splitting hairs?  I think George was just trying to make it sound a bit more noble when it comes to people.  All three can be lead to the slaughter.  Generals know that certain gains cannot be made without sacrifice.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/21/16

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A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”   —   George S. Patton

(Which is probably why he wasn’t involved in planning the D-Day Invasion of Normandy!  I don’t think this was meant to be a general statement.  It probably had more to do with the opportunity of the moment.  Element of surprise, and all that.  In this kind of context he is correct.  There are definitely times when “He who hesitates is lost” is sound advice.  He’s often portrayed as a bit of a coarse buffoon, but he was a very effective general.  Not nearly as cerebral as Eisenhower, but Patton had to contend with dyslexia, which gives most sufferers a feeling of inferiority.  This made him feel that he constantly had to prove himself.  That would be tough for anyone to contend with, but especially for a military leader.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/25/16

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Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”   —   George S. Patton

(I’m sure, when he said it, it must have ended with an exclamation point!  Mega type-A personality there.  Guys like that can be very effective, and there are definitely times when you want someone like him, doing what they do.  But, generally, people like that just piss the rest of us off!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/30/14

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Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”   —   George S. Patton

(Easy solve.  But, considering the source, kind of a strange quote.  Of course, big important generals – with very large egos – can’t be bothered by giving instructions . . . only orders.  But, then you have to be prepared for an outcome other than the one you were hoping for.  You might be pleasantly surprised, or you might be terribly disappointed.  The saving grace of this quote is that in the military everything is very regimented.  Everyone in his command should’ve been trained to do things pretty much the same way, and to an extent, even taught to think the same way.  In war you can’t really afford to micro-manage anything.  You have to have a certain/high amount of trust in your subordinates’ – and their subordinates’ – abilities.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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