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QuoteHistorical FigureNationality
'To hold a pen is to be at war'French
'Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.'Irish
'I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a New Deal for the American people.'American
'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you'Ancient Israeli
'...That, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.''British
'If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined.'Epirote
'One thing that I am sure of, and which I can answer truthfully, is that whatever the contingencies that may arise here, wherever I am there will be no Communism.'Spanish
'That question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? I, my lord, I am on the side of the angels'British
'After the Shah's departure from Iran, I will not become a president nor accept any other leadership role. I limit my activities only to guiding and directing the people.'Iranian
'He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.'Ancient Greek
'History is not like some individual person, which uses men to achieve its ends. History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends.'German
'How pleasing to the wise and intelligent portion of mankind is the concord which exists among you!'Ancient Roman
'Right action is better than knowledge; but in order to do what is right, we must know what is right.'Frankish
'To the strongest!'Ancient Greek/Macedonian
'Moreover, I advise that Carthage should be destroyed.'Ancient Roman
'When any work seems to have required immense force and labour to effect it, the idea is grand.'Irish
'Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.'American
'All men have their price' British
'Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.'Indian
'Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?'Soviet/Georgian
QuoteHistorical FigureNationality
'Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.'Ancient Chinese
'… the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew'Austrian/German
'I die the king's faithful servant, but God's first.'English
'Greatness is nothing unless it be lasting.'Corsican/French
'How long, O Catiline, will you abuse our patience?'Ancient Roman
'Well I am not a crook'American
'I think, therefore I am.'French
'Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.'American
'O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don't know whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again.'Meccan
'I am a man of peace. I am longing and working and praying for peace, but I will not surrender the safety and security of the British constitution.'British
'Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.'Medieval German
'Of all these, the Belgae are the bravest'Ancient Roman
'There is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years.'British
'Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.'Chinese
'Behold a God more powerful than I who comes to rule over me.'Medieval Florentine
'Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue'Ancient Athenian
'Not by speeches and votes of the majority, are the great questions of the time decided — that was the error of 1848 and 1849 — but by iron and blood.'Prussian
'Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.'American
'Political institutions are a superstructure resting on an economic foundation.'Russian/Soviet
'Rouges, Do you want to life forever?'Prussian

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