All this stuff you heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans, traditionally, love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.... Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost—and will never lose—a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.
Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939), U.S. filmmaker, Edmund H. North, screenwriter, and Franklin J. Schaffner. General George S. Patton Jr. (George C. Scott), in Patton (film), Opening speech in which General Patton addresses the audience as though they were his troops. (1970).