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Where the rewards of valor are the greatest, there you will find also the best and bravest spirits among the people.
    —    Pericles’ Funeral Oration
(from Thucydides, 430 B. C. E.)
[This quote brought to mind General Patton’s famous quote: “Your job is not do die for your country.  Your job is to make the other poor, dumb, bastard die for his country.”    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Intricate And Subtle Order
2013 Attention To Detail
2012 Aequanimitas!
2011 Consider This

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Fame never yet found a man who waited to be found.
   —    General George S. Patton, Jr.
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On This Day In:
2013 Traditional Human Sacrifice
2012 A Division Of Men
2011 Miles, Legends and Superwoman
Got Tragedy?
2010 My Company For A Prince!!
On The Shoulders Of Titans

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The history of war is the history of warriors; few in number, mighty in influence.  Alexander, not Macedonia conquered the world.  Scipio, not Rome destroyed Carthage.  Marlborough, not the allies defeated France.  Cromwell, not the roundheads dethroned Charles …  Truly in war:  “Men are nothing, a man is everything” …  the leader must be an actor …  he is unconvincing unless he lives his part …  The fixed determination to acquire the warrior soul and having acquired it to conquer or perish with honor is the secret of victory.
    —    General George S. Patton, Jr.
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On This Day In:
2013 A Cult Of Ignorance
2012 Counting Valor
Understanding Faith
2011 I Can Hear You Now
2010 Inception

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By perseverance and study and eternal desire any man can be great.
    —    General George S. Patton, Jr.
[He seems to have forgotten “and luck”.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 We Are
2012 Utopian
2011 Seen Any Black Swans Lately?

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Never tell people how to do things.  Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
    —    General George S. Patton Jr.
[It’s all about allowing others to grow…     —    KMAB]
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Point:
No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country.  He won it by making the other poor bastard die for his country…
    —    General George S. Patton, Jr.
Counter-Point:
We have been progressively separating human courage from warfare, allowing wimps with computer skills to kill people without the slightest risk to their lives.
    —    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
From his book:  “The Bed Of Procrustes
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Fire from the rear is more deadly and three times more effective than fire from the front, but to get fire behind the enemy, you must hold him by frontal fire and move rapidly around his flank.
    —    General George S. Patton Jr.
[When I first read this quote as a child, I wondered how someone would KNOW how much more effective fire from a given direction would be.  Then I learned to play chess.  Upon a lifetime of reflection, this philosophy (engage and maneuver) has proven true in even the most unlikely of situations.  Success frequently goes to those who approach indirectly.    —    KMAB]
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Never yield ground.  It is cheaper to hold what you have than to retake what you have lost.
    —    General George S. Patton, Jr.
[The next time things NEED to get done by the government and Progressives feel the urge to compromise because the Conservative side won’t, remember this quote…  The next time you hear about the 1% getting more while the 99% get less, remember this quote…  The next time you have the opportunity to vote, remember this quote…  —  KMAB]
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Always do more than is required of you.
   —    General George S. Patton Jr.
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Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing.  You have to make the mind run the body.  Never let the body tell the mind what to do.  The body will always give up.  It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night.  But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.
     —     George S. Patton Jr.
 U.S. Army General
1912 Olympian in the modern pentathlon
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