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Oliver Cromwell Quotes


An English statesman, soldier, and revolutionary; Lord High Protector of the Commonwealth of England.
(1599 - 1658)

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A few honest men are better than numbers.
 

Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged.
 

Does a man speak foolishly? - suffer him gladly, for you are wise. Does he speak erroneously? - stop such a man's mouth with sound words that cannot be gainsaid. Does he speak truly? - rejoice in the truth.
[Talking]
 

God made them as stubble to our swords.
 

He who stops being better stops being good.
 

I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.
 

I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.
 

I would have been glad to have lived under my wood side, and to have kept a flock of sheep, rather than to have undertaken this government.
 

In every government there must be somewhat fundamental, somewhat like a Magna Charta, that should be standing and unalterable... that parliaments should not make themselves perpetual is a fundamental.
 

Nature can do more than physicians.
 

Necessity has no law.
 

No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.
 

Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.
 

Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.
[Subtlety]
 

The State, in choosing men to serve it, takes no notice of their opinions. If they be willing faithfully to serve it, that satisfies.
 

This is our comfort, God is in heaven, and He doth what pleaseth Him; His, and only His counsel shall stand, whatsoever the designs of men, and the fury of the people be.
 

Trust in God, but keep your powder dry.
 

We are Englishmen; that is one good fact.
 

We study the glory of God, and the honour and liberty of parliament, for which we unanimously fight, without seeking our own interests... I profess I could never satisfy myself on the justness of this war, but from the authority of the parliament to maintain itself in its rights; and in this cause I hope to prove myself an honest man and single-hearted.
 

What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted.
[History]
 


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