Historical Figures By Quote and Nationality

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QuoteHistorical FigureNationality
'Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.'Medieval German
'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you'Ancient Israeli
'Right action is better than knowledge; but in order to do what is right, we must know what is right.'Frankish
'Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.'Indian
'I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a New Deal for the American people.'American
'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
'Well I am not a crook'American
'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
'I think, therefore I am.'French
'To the strongest!'Ancient Greek/Macedonian
'Greatness is nothing unless it be lasting.'Corsican/French
'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
'Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.'American
'When any work seems to have required immense force and labour to effect it, the idea is grand.'Irish
'That question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? I, my lord, I am on the side of the angels'British
'… the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew'Austrian/German
'Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?'Soviet/Georgian
'Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.'Irish
'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
'If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined.'Epirote
QuoteHistorical FigureNationality
'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
'He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.'Ancient Greek
'Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.'American
'I die the king's faithful servant, but God's first.'English
'Moreover, I advise that Carthage should be destroyed.'Ancient Roman
'...That, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.''British
'Of all these, the Belgae are the bravest'Ancient Roman
'To hold a pen is to be at war'French
'Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.'Chinese
'How pleasing to the wise and intelligent portion of mankind is the concord which exists among you!'Ancient Roman
'How long, O Catiline, will you abuse our patience?'Ancient Roman
'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
'Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.'Ancient Chinese
'Rouges, Do you want to life forever?'Prussian
'Behold a God more powerful than I who comes to rule over me.'Medieval Florentine
'O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don't know whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again.'Meccan
'All men have their price' British
'There is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years.'British
'Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue'Ancient Athenian

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