"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
"When a Communist lies to you, stand up and tell him that he is lying. If you don’t dare to say that he lies, walk away. If you don’t dare to walk away, do not recite the lie that you heard to anybody." -Soviet writer Alexandre Soljenitsym
A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity; it is an occupational risk.
The senate will decide your fate
"Alas that the author darkness should have men so bright of face in his grip, and that minds devoid of inward grace should bear so graceful an outward form. They have the faces of angels, and such men should be fellow heirs of the angels of heaven".
>Pope Gregory on being showed Angli (English) slaves in a market in Rome leading to him sending a conversion mission to the British Isles in the late 6th century
>But you dream Crateros! Your simplicity long ended when you took Persian mistresses and children and you thickened your holdings with plunder and jewels... Because you have fallen in love with all the things in life that destroy men! Do you not see? And you, as well as I, know, that as the years decline, and the memories stale, and all your great victories fade, it will always be remembered, you left your king in Asia! Because I will go on!
Alexander's speech to his men during the mutiny at the hyphasis river.
[Hannibal Barca, in a letter to Fabius sent after the former gave the latter the slip during the campaign in Italy] Your job is to craft my doom, so I am not sure how well I should wish you. But I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun. Ta-ta, "H."
"When we hang the capitalists, they will sell us the rope we use."
"If they want eternal war, well and good; we accept the issue, and will dispossess them and put our friends in their place. I know thousands and millions of good people who at simple notice would come to North Alabama and accept the elegant houses and plantations there. If the people of Huntsville think different, let them persist in war three years longer, and then they will not be consulted. Three years ago by a little reflection and patience they could have had a hundred years of peace and prosperity, but they preferred war; very well. Last year they could have saved their slaves, but now it is too late.
All the powers of earth cannot restore to them their slaves, any more than their dead grandfathers. Next year their lands will be taken, for in war we can take them, and rightfully, too, and in another year they may beg in vain for their lives. A people who will persevere in war beyond a certain limit ought to know the consequences. Many, many peoples with less pertinacity have been wiped out of national existence."
- Sherman during the Vicksburg Campaign.
Sherman's an interesting guy. He recognized war as a cruel, not honorable, institution and straight up warned people what would happen. He knew he had to beat wealthy, unrealistic fools and the only way to do that is pummel them into oblivion.
Honestly Sherman seems like such an edgy fedoralord.
They didn't want eternal war, they wanted to secede peacefully. I don't have any real southern sympathies and understand that his war crimes PROBABLY shortened the war and saved lives, but god he seems like such an insufferable little douche.
"WAR IS LE HELL XD"
He's addressing the people who sit in warm homes and talk about the honor and dignity of war while others are fighting and dieing for them. Sherman was one of the more caring commanders of the war, and was living in the South during the build up. So if anything he had one of the best persoectives of any Uniom Commander in the fight. And what he saw sickened him.
"You have heretofore read public sentiment in your newspapers, that live by falsehood and excitement; and the quicker you seek for truth in other quarters, the better. I repeat then that, by the original compact of government, the United States had certain rights in Georgia, which have never been relinquished and never will be; that the South began the war by seizing forts, arsenals, mints, custom-houses, etc., etc., long before Mr. Lincoln was installed, and before the South had one jot or tittle of provocation. I myself have seen in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi, hundreds and thousands of women and children fleeing from your armies and desperadoes, hungry and with bleeding feet. In Memphis, Vicksburg, and Mississippi, we fed thousands and thousands of the families of rebel soldiers left on our hands, and whom we could not see starve. Now that war comes to you, you feel very different. You deprecate its horrors, but did not feel them when you sent car-loads of soldiers and ammunition, and moulded shells and shot, to carry war into Kentucky and Tennessee, to desolate the homes of hundreds and thousands of good people who only asked to live in peace at their old homes, and under the Government of their inheritance. But these comparisons are idle. I want peace, and believe it can only be reached through union and war, and I will ever conduct war with a view to perfect an early success." - Letter to the City of Atlanta
As an Atlantan, I think he's the most fascinating commander of the war.
>Solzhenitsyn was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature". Solzhenitsyn was afraid to go to Stockholm to receive his award for fear that he wouldn't be allowed to reenter. He was eventually expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974, but returned to Russia in 1994 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
He only hates the commies, but he loves his country
One who can actually elicit a reaction besides exasperation that shitposters and trolls are so low-quality in this day and age.
"We wuz romans and sheet mufugga"
t. Adolf Bachman
"What have I done? If this is a victory, what's a defeat then? Is this a victory or a defeat? Is this justice or injustice? Is it gallantry or a rout? Is it valor to kill innocent children and women? Did I do it to widen the empire and for prosperity or to destroy the other's kingdom and splendor? One has lost her husband, someone else a father, someone a child, someone an unborn infant.... What's this debris of the corpses? Are these marks of victory or defeat? Are these vultures, crows, eagles the messengers of death or evil?"
"Obviously, I'll sack him"
-Humberto Delgado, on what he would do with Portuguese dictator Salazar if elected.
Naval mines were called torpedos in that time period. When he said torpedos, he was referring to the mines. The Union fleet only lost one vessel, the ironclad Tecumseh, to the mines even though Confederate forces laid 67 of them across the entrance to the bay.
Well how does 20 to 1 sound to you?
What an overrated dipshit. The only reason he lasted was because the USA never just walked north of the boarder, didn't bomb the shit out of them for fear of escalation with the Soviets, and cause the Soviets just gave them whatever they needed.
"Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?"
"What the hell, Luigi, you can see what fortune can do to men. You had just finished fucking your woman when you want another one. I've been in Modena for several days when I came across an old woman who washes my shirts. She asked me to come into her hovel because she wished to show me some fine shirts. Innocent prick that I am I went in. There was a woman over in the corner. "This is the shirt that I wanted to sell you," the hag said. I was terrified. But I fucked her. I found her thighs flabby and her cunt damp. Her breath stank. But I was horny. When I was finished I took a torch and looked at her. I nearly dropped dead. The woman was ugly. She had a tuft of hair on her head but her head was bald. Her forehead was scarred. One eye looked up, the other down. Her eyes were filled with mucus, and she had no eyebrows. Her nose was twisted into a funny shape. Her mouth looked like Lorenzo de' Medici's but was bent to one side. She was toothless and saliva drooled out of her mouth. Her upper lip had a moustache. I looked at her stupefied. "What's the matter sir?" she asked me. As soon as she opened her mouth, such a stench came out that my eyes and my nose were assaulted and my stomach indignant. They could not bear it, and I vomited all over her." - Machiavelli
be quiet cuck and stay in your containment board
If you don't have any historical quotes to post, please stop posting.
It's actually a letter from Machiavelli to a friend though.
He wasn't. The man was of very questionable sanity and did more harm than good to macedon in the long term. his men got absolutely fucked-as far as I can tell, almost none of his men ever got to go home.
>they wanted to secede peacefully
They fired the first shot.
In fact, they fired the first shot on several occasions.
The idea that the south didn't want war is full on revisionism. At best, they were divided or unsure of what they wanted.
Well I was sort of speaking in earnest.
Obviously he deserves more respect than calling him an edgy fedoralord but his whole view of war isn't forbidden to criticize, he wasn't exactly a great thinker.
Is one of the other names 'Deja Vu'?
Man this image is basically right but you can just tell it was made by a disgusting virgin by the way it's worded.
A fight between several parties of the British people: Nothing of the kind! A fight between two or three big money combines, that and nothing else. Without the weight of money behind the party machines, in an electoral battle today determined purely by principle and by the number of active workers...British Union could fight and beat today the old parties over the whole electoral field. But you know and I know, the battle is nothing of the kind. The battle is between big money combines who spend a thousand pounds or more on every constituency they fight. Or when they speak democracy, they don't mean government by the people...they mean financial democracy, in which money counts and nothing but money.
Viet minh all knew about air superiority. They were bathing in american napalm when fighting france, and they made constant appeals to the soviets to lend them MIGs, which they got eventually, however they where outnumbered so they only defended several positions.
I know Voltaire didn't actually say this, but it's still a great quote.
In my mind, Ashoka the Great's conversion to Buddhism happened due to having the world's worst hangover. I feel 10 times worse if I destroyed a plant the night before, let alone if i caused the massacre of an entire kingdom. A bacon butty and some black tea wasn't going to help him there
>He knew he had to beat wealthy, unrealistic fools
...for the wealthy, unrealistic fools who were his masters.
Wealthy unrealistic fools typically run all governments.
This is /his/. We know this shit. GTFO with your partisan bullshit.
My favourite quote from anytime in history!
Machiavelli was a /r9k/poster? Who would have guessed.
But the other fag who /pol/posted his faggotry here really needs some pills and shit. That ammount of /pol/posting crosses over from stupidity to craziness.
"The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind"
This is a /r9k/ poster to you? I thought they don't actually get laid though.
I found this post, while strange and random, quite hilarious, especially since it's funny to image Mach saying any of this.