'Do not fear failure': The best pieces of life advice from General George S. Patton

George S. PattonUS Army Signal CorpsLieutenant General George S. Patton Jr., 1943. (pictured before his promotion to full General).

Few generals have had the lasting impact that Gen. George S. Patton has had.

Patton, who commanded the US’s 7th Army in Europe and the Mediterranean during World War II, is perhaps just as well known for his amazing insight into what makes for excellent and successful leadership.

Showcasing Patton’s most memorable and poignant quotes is author Charles M. Province in “Patton’s One-Minute Messages.”

Here’s a few of our favourites quotes from America’s “Ol’ Blood and Guts.”

'Do everything you ask of those you command.'

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Sgt. Maj. Scott T. Pile speaks to 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines and sailors embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island parked pierside at Naval Base San Diego Aug. 9.

Source: Patton's One Minute Messages

'No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.'

US Marine Corps

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'Any man who thinks he's indispensable, ain't.'

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'As long as man exists, there will be war.'

'Do more than is required of you.'

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Source: Patton's One Minute Messages

'Take calculated risks.'

US Marines

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'Do not make excuses, whether it's your fault or not.'

US Marine Corps
Drill Instructor Sgt. Jonathan B. Reeves inspects and disciplines recruits with Platoon 1085, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina.

Source: Patton's One Minute Messages

'Fame never yet found a man who waited to be found.'

US Air Force

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'A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.'

'You're never beaten until you admit it.'

Sgt. William Wickett, 2nd Radio Battalion, performs a rescue drill during the Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Johnson, N.C., March 5, 2013.

Source: Patton's One Minute Messages

'It's the unconquerable soul of man, and not the nature of the weapon he uses, that ensures victory.'

'Genius comes from the ability to pay attention to the smallest detail.'

'Do your duty as you see it and damn the consequences.'

A US Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Battalion Landing Team, Alpha Company 1/4, throws a training grenade during a live fire and movement grenade training exercise at Arta Range, Djibouti, Feb. 18, 2014.

Source: Patton's One Minute Messages

'It's better to fight for something in life than to die for nothing.'

US Marine Corps

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'Success is how you bounce on the bottom.'

US Marines and Sailors competed in the 2015 Commanding General's Cup Mud Run at Camp Pendleton, California, June 12, 2015.

Source: Patton's One Minute Messages

'Know what you know, and know what you don't know.'

'Never make a decision too early or too late.'

'No one is thinking if everyone is thinking alike.'

US Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Farris, an Artillery Cannoneer assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Alpha Battery, carries a round back to his gun to resupply before a fire mission aboard Pohakuloa Training Are, Hawaii, Sept. 5, 2014.

Source: Patton's One Minute Messages

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