Success Maxims (Part 18)

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Kasper & Associates maintains faith in the American spirit and we believe in the power of positive thinking.  To that end, we’ve presented Success Maxims — a collection of our favorite motivational quotes, essays and leadership advice.  (For a complete collection, e-mail your mailing address to


–Part 18–

“Principles for Life and Leadership”

(General George S. Patton, 1885-1945)

Command and Management

  • Any man who thinks he is indispensable, ain’t.
  • Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  • Select leaders for accomplishment and not for affection.
  • Commanders must have authority to match responsibility.


  • An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.
  • There is no power in a bushel of blubber.
  • To gain strength, always go beyond exhaustion.
  • Make the mind command the body.  Never let the body command the mind.

Pride and Confidence

  • Pride in self starts with pride in appearance.
  • Do not be afraid to fail.
  • Never take counsel of your fears.
  • Know what you know and know what you do not know.

Decision Making

  • Grab’m by the nose and kick’m in the pants.
  • No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
  • If everyone is thinking alike, no one is thinking.
  • In the long run, it is what we do not say that will destroy us.

Victory and Success

  • The way to win is to never lose!
  • Never fight a battle when nothing will be gained by winning.
  • Success is not in getting on top; it’s how you bounce on the bottom.

Life and Death

  • Live for something rather than die for nothing.
  • Fear kills more people than death.
  • Keep your feet clean and study the Bible.
  • Revenge belongs to God.

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