1599-1658, Parliamentarian General, Lord Protector of England
A few honest men are better than numbers.
Oliver Cromwell – [Honesty]
Do not trust to the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged.
Oliver Cromwell – [Approval]
He who stops being better stops being good.
Oliver Cromwell – [Self-improvement]
I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.
Oliver Cromwell – [Mistakes]
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.
Oliver Cromwell – [Army and Navy]
Make the iron hot by striking it.
Oliver Cromwell – [Opportunity]
Mr. Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.
Oliver Cromwell – [Portraits]
Necessity has no law.
Oliver Cromwell – [Necessity]
No man rises so high as he knows not whither he goes.
Oliver Cromwell – [Getting Ahead]
Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry.
Oliver Cromwell – [Trust]
Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.
Oliver Cromwell – [Deception]
The State, in choosing men to serve it, takes no notice of their opinions. If they be willing faithfully to serve it, that satisfies.
Oliver Cromwell – [Public Office]
What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted.
Oliver Cromwell – [History and Historians]
You have sat too long for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!
Oliver Cromwell – [Parliament]