- Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.
in Cavalry Journal September 1933
- Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
letter to his son, 6 June 1944 [D day]; Brian Sobel The Fighting Pattons ch. 16
- This is a first-class case of man's monument to stupidity!
on encountering the Maginot line, 1944
Paul D. Harkins When the Third Cracked Europe: the story of Patton's incredible army (1969), frequently quoted in the form ‘Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man’ as in the 1970 film Patton
- A good plan violently executed Now is better than a perfect plan next week.
War As I Knew It (1947)