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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Quotes from Gen. Patton ~ Aug. 6, 2007
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Posted on 08/05/2007 3:30:55 PM PDT by StarCMC

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~ Hall of Heroes ~

Famous quotes of
Gen. George S. Patton

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"A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week."

“A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later.”

"America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser, this is why America has never, and will never, lose a war.”

“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”

“By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.”

“Do everything you ask of those you command.”

“Do more than is required of you.”

“Fixed fortifications are monuments to man's stupidity.”

“Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.”

“I always believe in being prepared, even when I'm dressed in white tie and tails.”

“I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.”

“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.”

“If I do my full duty, the rest will take care of itself.”

“In case of doubt, attack.”

“It’s the unconquerable soul of man, not the nature of the weapon he uses, that insures victory.”

“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. ”

“Live for something rather than die for nothing.”

"May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.”

“Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.”

“Never let the enemy pick the battle site.”

“No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.”

“Say what you mean and mean what you say.”

“Success is how you bounce on the bottom.”

“The leader must be an actor."

“The soldier is the army.”

“There is only one type of discipline, perfect discipline.”

“War is simple, direct, and ruthless.”

“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.”

“You’re never beaten until you admit it.”

“You shouldn't underestimate an enemy, but it is just as fatal to overestimate him.”

 

 

"Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tire, more hungry. Keep punching."

"In landing operations, retreat is impossible, to surrender is as ignoble as it is foolish… above all else remember that we as attackers have the initiative, we know exactly what we are going to do, while the enemy is ignorant of our intentions and can only parry our blows. We must retain this tremendous advantage by always attacking rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, and without rest."

"An Army is a team; lives, sleeps, eats, fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is a lot of crap."

"War is the supreme test of man in which he rises to heights never approached in any other activity."

"No sane man is unafraid in battle, but discipline produces in him a form of vicarious courage."

"A man must know his destiny… if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder… if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it."

"In war the only sure defense is offense, and the efficiency of the offense depends on the warlike souls of those conducting it."

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."

"Wars might be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who leads that gains the victory."

"… many, who should know better, think that wars can be decided by soulless machines, rather than by the blood and anguish of brave men."

"Tanks are new and special weapon-newer than, as special, and certainly as valuable as the airplane."

"An incessant change of means to attain unalterable ends is always going on; we must take care not to let these sundry means undue eminence in the perspective of our minds; for, since the beginning, there has been an unending cycle of them, and for each its advocates have claimed adoption as the sole solution of successful war."

"Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets."

"The obvious thing for the cavalryman to do is to accept the fighting machine as a partner, and prepare to meet more fully the demands of future warfare."

"Many soldiers are led to faulty ideas of war by knowing too much about too little."

 

 

THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY
by Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

Through the travail of the ages,
Midst the pomp and toil of war,
Have I fought and strove and perished
Countless times upon this star.

In the form of many people
In all panoplies of time
Have I seen the luring vision
Of the Victory Maid, sublime.

I have battled for fresh mammoth,
I have warred for pastures new,
I have listed to the whispers
When the race trek instinct grew.

I have known the call to battle
In each changeless changing shape
From the high souled voice of conscience
To the beastly lust for rape.

I have sinned and I have suffered,
Played the hero and the knave;
Fought for belly, shame, or country,
And for each have found a grave.

I cannot name my battles
For the visions are not clear,
Yet, I see the twisted faces
And I feel the rending spear.

Perhaps I stabbed our Savior
In His sacred helpless side.
Yet, I've called His name in blessing
When after times I died.

In the dimness of the shadows
Where we hairy heathens warred,
I can taste in thought the lifeblood;
We used teeth before the sword.

While in later clearer vision
I can sense the coppery sweat,
Feel the pikes grow wet and slippery
When our Phalanx, Cyrus met.

Hear the rattle of the harness
Where the Persian darts bounced clear,
See their chariots wheel in panic
From the Hoplite's leveled spear.

See the goal grow monthly longer,
Reaching for the walls of Tyre.
Hear the crash of tons of granite,
Smell the quenchless eastern fire.

Still more clearly as a Roman,
Can I see the Legion close,
As our third rank moved in forward
And the short sword found our foes.

Once again I feel the anguish
Of that blistering treeless plain
When the Parthian showered death bolts,
And our discipline was in vain.

I remember all the suffering
Of those arrows in my neck.
Yet, I stabbed a grinning savage
As I died upon my back.

Once again I smell the heat sparks
When my Flemish plate gave way
And the lance ripped through my entrails
As on Crecy's field I lay.

In the windless, blinding stillness
Of the glittering tropic sea
I can see the bubbles rising
Where we set the captives free.

Midst the spume of half a tempest
I have heard the bulwarks go
When the crashing, point blank round shot
Sent destruction to our foe.

I have fought with gun and cutlass
On the red and slippery deck
With all Hell aflame within me
And a rope around my neck.

And still later as a General
Have I galloped with Murat
When we laughed at death and numbers
Trusting in the Emperor's Star.

Till at last our star faded,
And we shouted to our doom
Where the sunken road of Ohein
Closed us in it's quivering gloom.

So but now with Tanks a'clatter
Have I waddled on the foe
Belching death at twenty paces,
By the star shell's ghastly glow.

So as through a glass, and darkly
The age long strife I see
Where I fought in many guises,
Many names, but always me.

And I see not in my blindness
What the objects were I wrought,
But as God rules o'er our bickerings
It was through His will I fought.

So forever in the future,
Shall I battle as of yore,
Dying to be born a fighter,
But to die again, once more.

 

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1 posted on 08/05/2007 3:31:20 PM PDT by StarCMC
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To: StarCMC

FIRST!


2 posted on 08/05/2007 3:32:51 PM PDT by Bryan
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To: StarCMC

FIRST!


3 posted on 08/05/2007 3:32:57 PM PDT by Bryan
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To: 2LT Radix jr; 80 Square Miles; 359Henrie; acad1228; AirForceMom; Alas Babylon!; AliVeritas; ...

Come on in and check out these quotes from General Patton. Which one is your fave?

Please remember, the canteen is family friendly. We strive to honor and support our troops and their families 24/7/365. Thanks for keeping your politics outside these doors!!


4 posted on 08/05/2007 3:34:12 PM PDT by StarCMC (This country is not free by the pen but by the back,brains and bullets of a soldier. ~advertsng guy)
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To: Bryan

ROFLMBO!! You were first twice! :-D


5 posted on 08/05/2007 3:35:04 PM PDT by StarCMC (This country is not free by the pen but by the back,brains and bullets of a soldier. ~advertsng guy)
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To: All; Kathy in Alaska

Sorry I gotta post and bail — my inlaws are on their way over for dinner and I gotta get to work! :-D

*HUGS*


6 posted on 08/05/2007 3:35:59 PM PDT by StarCMC (This country is not free by the pen but by the back,brains and bullets of a soldier. ~advertsng guy)
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To: StarCMC

Not a problem....enjoy your dinner with your families. *HUGS*


7 posted on 08/05/2007 3:39:01 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: StarCMC

Patton also said, “Don’t die for your country, make the enemy SOB die for his!”


8 posted on 08/05/2007 3:43:16 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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9 posted on 08/05/2007 3:44:53 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: StarCMC
“"L'audace, l'audace, toujours l'audace. ...”
10 posted on 08/05/2007 3:45:54 PM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: StarCMC

late!


11 posted on 08/05/2007 3:46:19 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: johnny7
I bet that has not been said in France in decades.
12 posted on 08/05/2007 3:49:49 PM PDT by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: StarCMC
I like "In war the only sure defense is offense, and the efficiency of the offense depends on the warlike souls of those conducting it."
13 posted on 08/05/2007 3:50:42 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: StarCMC
Come on in and check out these quotes from General Patton. Which one is your fave?

I kind of like his reaction to a newspaper screw-up that claimed he wore a pair of pearl-handled pistols (the pistols were actually ivory-handled):

"Only a New Orleans pimp would carry a pearl-handled revolver."


14 posted on 08/05/2007 3:58:34 PM PDT by Bryan
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To: StarCMC
“A man must know his destiny if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it.” Every high school student should be required to memorize this.

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” Take it little further and make it “Tell them what they can’t do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” However since Patton’s day Americans have been conditioned to accept cant-ism.

15 posted on 08/05/2007 3:59:03 PM PDT by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: StarCMC
"“War is simple, direct, and ruthless.” General Patton, 1941.

"War is complex, politically correct and toothless". Pentagon, 2007

16 posted on 08/05/2007 4:04:26 PM PDT by gemma0000 (They obscure the truth by calling it an issue of "immigration"-but it's an issue of LAW ENFORCEMENT.)
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To: StarCMC
Thanks, Petunia Pig, for helping Star with today's Quotes from Gen Patton.


17 posted on 08/05/2007 4:08:33 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: sneakers; vigilante2; Jade Falcon; Laurita; txradioguy; tongue-tied; SoldierDad; KB4W; ...
Honoring Our Heroes

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KB4W (arbee4bush)
Kenneth (Sweetbaby/LadyPilgrim)
Kevin (skimask)
Kevin and David (vigilante2)
Laurita
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MEG33's Navy Grandson
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Victor and Tony D (weldgophardline)
William (jackv)

 



18 posted on 08/05/2007 4:10:18 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: All

A PRAYER OF PROTECTION

The light of God surround you
The love of God enfold you
The power of God protect you
The presence of God watch over you
Wherever you are, God is,
And all is well.
Amen.

BLESS THIS HOUSE
 Bless this house O Lord we pray; Make it safe by night and day; 
Bless these walls so firm and stout, Keeping want and trouble out:
Bless the roof and chimneys tall, Let thy peace lie over all;
Bless this door, that it may prove ever open to joy and love.
Bless these windows shining bright, Letting in God's heav'nly light;
Bless the hearth a'blazing there, with smoke ascending like a prayer;
Bless the folk who dwell within, keep them pure and free from sin;
Bless us all that we may be Fit O Lord to dwell with thee;
Bless us all that one day we May dwell O Lord with thee. 
(Click on graphics for music)


19 posted on 08/05/2007 4:14:06 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: SoldierDad; sneakers; arbee4bush; vigilante2; Jemian; jackv; Old_Professor; mystery-ak; freema; ...
Thanks, Families, for your service to our country.

Thanks, Sonora, for the perfect woohoo.


John Conlee ~ They Also Serve


20 posted on 08/05/2007 4:15:12 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: All

From Xerox ~ Let's Say Thanks to our Troops

Simple. Easy. Involve your kids.
We can each send thanks every single day.


21 posted on 08/05/2007 4:16:28 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Bryan

22 posted on 08/05/2007 4:19:34 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: buccaneer81

23 posted on 08/05/2007 4:20:55 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: johnny7

24 posted on 08/05/2007 4:23:14 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank you, Kathy!


25 posted on 08/05/2007 4:27:11 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: StarCMC

Hello!!!!


26 posted on 08/05/2007 4:28:17 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade
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To: oyez

It was a quote of Frederick the Great, a German emperor.


27 posted on 08/05/2007 4:30:56 PM PDT by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire at the moonbat loonery.)
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To: StarCMC

Hall of Heroes

B U M P


28 posted on 08/05/2007 4:33:32 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: StarCMC
Great thread, Star! Thanks!



Gen. George Smith Patton, Jr., USA

29 posted on 08/05/2007 4:35:28 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

I liked the one about not having to tell your grandkid that you shoveled sh#$ in Louisiana during the war.


30 posted on 08/05/2007 4:40:38 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: StarCMC
“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.”

ROTFLOL! OTOH, if the "original" thought is a leftist, defeatist one, that's not really thinking either!

31 posted on 08/05/2007 4:40:43 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: StarCMC

August 6, 2007

A Good Stretch

READ: Romans 8:26-28

My strength is made perfect in weakness. —2 Corinthians 12:9

Physical therapy is a painful necessity after knee-replacement surgery. Part of my routine involved my therapist pulling my knee back into a bent position and holding it taut. “Good stretch?” Mason would ask encouragingly. “No,” I winced, “not that good!”

I soon learned, however, how important it is to stretch one’s muscles and joints—sometimes causing discomfort—to gain full range of motion.

That wasn’t the first time I’ve been “stretched” outside my comfort zone. God has sometimes urged me to share my faith with someone I didn’t know very well, or to give an offering that was far beyond what I usually give, or to confront someone about a situation.

Abraham’s life illustrates the importance of faith when God asks us to move beyond our comfort zone. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called . . . . He went out, not knowing where he was going” (Heb. 11:8).

While we stretch our spiritual muscles, we may feel discomfort. But God assures us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Our adequacy—our sufficiency—is found in Him (3:5).

When you boldly step out in faith and obedience to God, you may be surprised at how a “good stretch” can strengthen your spiritual life!

To stretch our faith, to take the risk,
God says we will succeed
If we but ask Him for the strength
And grace that we will need. —D. De Haan

Our faith is stretched by exchanging our weakness for God’s strength.


32 posted on 08/05/2007 4:41:26 PM PDT by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: Tamar1973

Hello Again! (:


33 posted on 08/05/2007 4:42:01 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade
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To: The Mayor

Thanks for the daily reflection, Mayor.


34 posted on 08/05/2007 4:47:03 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: StarCMC
Aloha Star!

Aha! Patton Parte Deux.....

I was wondering who would follow Patton. It seems appropriate that Patton would follow himself.
35 posted on 08/05/2007 4:47:41 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: StarCMC

Patton’s grandfather fought in the Confederate Army with the 22ND Virginia Infantry.

http://www.emmitsburg.net/john/contents/22ndvainfantry/descendants/patton.htm


36 posted on 08/05/2007 4:49:21 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade
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To: StoneWall Brigade
Hello Again! (:

Yoboseyo! Going out for Korean food tonight! Yummy!

37 posted on 08/05/2007 4:55:08 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: Tamar1973

Sounds great!


38 posted on 08/05/2007 4:57:59 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Good Sunday to you, Kathy.


39 posted on 08/05/2007 4:58:56 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; All

This Day in U.S. Military History August 6

1971 - The last remaining troops of the Fourth Battalion, 503rd Infantry of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, (the first U.S. Army ground combat unit to arrive in Vietnam in May 1965), cease combat operations and begin preparations to leave Vietnam. The first U.S. ground combat unit of any branch to reach Vietnam was the Third Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division, which began arriving on March 8, 1965. The initial U.S. combat forces were followed by a vast array of combat, combat support, and logistics units that together with U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel in-country reached a peak of 543,400 in April 1969. In June 1969, President Richard Nixon gave the order, as part of his “Vietnamization” policy, which began the process of reducing American troop strength; the troop withdrawals began the following fall and continued until the Paris Peace Accords were signed in January 1973.


40 posted on 08/05/2007 5:02:46 PM PDT by gpapa
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank you Kathy...


41 posted on 08/05/2007 5:14:26 PM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: StarCMC
Good evening, everybody!

Shoot, I was on in time to be top ten, but I got caught up in looking for discount tickets to Dorney Park in Allentown, PA. (and then there were the yahoo maps . . . )

42 posted on 08/05/2007 5:16:16 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a Liberal when I married her.)
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To: StarCMC

AWESOME


43 posted on 08/05/2007 5:33:29 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: StarCMC
Come on in and check out these quotes from General Patton. Which one is your fave?

This one: "A man must know his destiny… if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder… if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it."

Fate has already tapped me on the shoulder twice. I hope I get third chance, and recognize it this time when it happens.

44 posted on 08/05/2007 5:50:32 PM PDT by CarryaBigStick
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Oh-oh. ...Too late I guess.


45 posted on 08/05/2007 5:57:03 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes (OPM - The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (Other People's Money))
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To: Seadog Bytes

Great idea!! Oh yeah.....it is a tad too late. d:o(


46 posted on 08/05/2007 6:00:08 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

:)


47 posted on 08/05/2007 6:21:58 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes (OPM - The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (Other People's Money))
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To: StarCMC

Speaking of “General Patton”....

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48 posted on 08/05/2007 6:45:24 PM PDT by gunnyg
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System’s slow but I’ll try!


49 posted on 08/05/2007 6:47:43 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a Liberal when I married her.)
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System’s slow but I’ll try!


50 posted on 08/05/2007 6:47:49 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a Liberal when I married her.)
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