Here is my quote for Day 3:
“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. ”
— General George S. Patton
Like yesterday’s quote source, General George S. Patton said a lot of very amazing and very brilliant things. I realize that General Patton is a controversial figure in history, but you cannot deny that he was colorful, brilliant, and a towering figure that looms large over the landscape of human history. I believe General Patton will be remembered long after most American history has faded from memory. He will most certainly be remembered more than most of our presidents, most of our military figures, and nearly anybody else. He stands with Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, and very few others as the most well-known figures in American history.
I first became aware of who General Patton was when I was 8 or 9 when I saw the movie “Patton” (directed by Franklin J. Schaffner from a script by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North). It was a brilliantly made and brilliantly acted movie that, even today, is considered one of the greatest American movies ever made.
To say that this movie and its subject made a profound impact on me is an understatement of the highest order. Even as young as I was, I was absolutely mesmerized by this mythic figure. Except he wasn’t mythic. He actually existed. The movie may have “Hollywood-ized” a few things here and there, but not much.
Patton believed he was predestined to lead the American army into the fray of WWII. He believed he had been reincarnated from either a military leader killed in action under Napoleon, or perhaps a Roman legionary. The opening scenes in the 1970 movie “Patton” will actually incite goosebumps as he ruminates on the nature of war and man’s seeming inability to avoid them. The German High Command and the German field commanders most certainly had a very high respect for General Patton and it is likely many feared facing him on the battlefield.
While it is easy to deplore some of his less “politically correct” actions during the war, there is no denying that he played a large part in bringing the war to an end sooner rather than later by his brilliant strategies and his ability to motivate his troops.
I encourage you to Google “George Patton quotes”. You won’t be disappointed. There is even a style of management based on Patton’s quotes and his strategic way of thinking (minus the foul language and slapping, of course).
My Nominees for Tonight:
(See rules below)
You are not required to participate if you don’t want to, but I hope you’ll join in the fun!
I chose these people because their blogs always inspire me, or lift my spirits when I’m feeling a little low, or just make me feel like I am a part of something wonderful. They are presented in no particular order.
- Thank the person that nominated you.
- Write one quote each day for three consecutive days (3 quotes total)
- Explain why the quote is meaningful for you.
- Nominate three bloggers each day to participate in the challenge
Who Nominated Me:
I’d like to thank Billy Mac for nominating me. Billy Mac is a huge inspiration to me and on days when I’m feeling a little whiny and complain-y I will think of the courage and strength he has to exhibit … every … single … day. But even more than that, he is a great writer and has a great sense of humor and it’s always a pleasure to visit his site. I invite you to check out his blog, Superman cant find a phone booth.