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OLIVER CROMWELL
English soldier and statesman, Lord Protector
(1599 - 1658)

A few honest men are better than numbers.
      - [Honesty]

A man-of-war is the best ambassador.
      - [War]

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.
      - [God]

He who stops being better stops being good.
      - [Effort]

I tell you we will cut off his head with the crown upon it.
      - in "Dictionary of National Biography," vol. XIII, in C.H. Firth's Cromwell article
        [Death : Royalty]

I would have been glad to have lived under my woodside, and to have kept a flock of sheep, rather than to have undertaken this government.
      - to Parliament in 1658 [Government]

I would rather have a plain russet-coated captain that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call "a gentleman" and nothing else.
      - in a letter to William Spring, September, 1643
        [Conviction]

If any man whatsoever hath carried on the design of deposing the King and disinheriting his posterity; or if any man hath yet such a design he should be the greatest traitor and rebel in the world; but, since the Providence of God hath cast this upon us, I cannot but submit to Providence.
      - in Buchan's "Oliver Cromwell"
        [Providence : Royalty]

My brethren, by the bowels of Christ I beseech you, bethink you that you may be mistaken.
      - [Mistake]

No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.
      - in a statement to M. Bellievre, recorded in the Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz
        [Purpose]

Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.
      - [Opportunity]

One never rises so high as when one does not know where one is going.
      - to M. Bellievre, found in "Memoirs" of Cardinal de Retz
        [Success]

Royalty is but a feather in a man's cap; let children enjoy their rattle.
      - [Station]

Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.
      - [Integrity : Subtlety]

Though peace be made, yet it's interest that keep peace.
      - quoted by,
        in Parliament, Sep. 4, 1654, as "a maxim not to be despised"
        [Peace]

Trust in God, and keep your powder dry.
      - see Blacker "Col. Oliver's Advice" in "Ballads of Ireland", I, 191
        [Trust]

Weeds and nettles, briars and thorns, have thriven under your shadow, dissettlement and division, discontentment and dissatisfaction, together with real dangers to the whole.
      - [Government]

Paint me as I am. If you leave out the scars and wrinkles, I will not pay you a shilling.
      - Remark to the Painter, Lely [Painting]

Necessity hath no law. Feigned necessities, imaginary necessities, are the greatest cozenage men can put upon the Providence of God, and make pretences to break known rules by.
      - Speeches--To Parliament [Necessity]


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