Benito Mussolini

(Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini)

Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
  • Born: July 29, 1883
  • Died: April 28, 1945
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Profession: Politician









Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician and journalist who was the leader of the National Fascist Party (Partito Nazionale Fascista, PNF). He ruled Italy as Prime Minister from 1922 to 1943; he constitutionally led the country until 1925, when he dropped the pretense of democracy and established a dictatorship.

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Muslim League The British-Congress Axis is formed and the rape of the Muslim nation is to begin in a more ruthless and criminal manner than Hitler and Mussolini dared in Europe. .
William Francis Hare Chamberlain and Halifax were more afraid of the spread of Communism than they were of Hitler or Mussolini.
John Ralston Saul Capitalism was reasonably content under Hitler, happy under Mussolini, very happy under Franco and delirious under General Pinochet
Charles E. Coughlin Many people are beginning to wonder who they should fear most - the Roosevelt-Churchill combination or the Hitler-Mussolini combination.
Winston Churchill You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their hearts there is unspoken – unspeakable fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts!
Winston Churchill; Franklin Delano Roosevelt The time has come for you to decide whether Italians shall die for Mussolini and Hitler, or live for Italy and for civilization.
Robert Cranborne; Earl of Salisbury Oh dear. Oh dear. Why do all these old gentlemen feel so confident that they understand foreign affairs.
Antonio Gramsci I'm a political detainee and will be a political prisoner …. I myself have in a certain sense asked for this detention and this sentence, because I've always refused to change my opinion, for which I would be willing to give my life and not just remain in prison.
Mohandas K. Gandhi What is a war criminal? Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and, therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered, and conducted wars, war criminals? War criminals are not confined to the Axis Powers alone. Roosevelt and Churchill are no less war criminals than Hitler and Mussolini.
Adolf Hitler What will rank Mussolini among the great of this earth is the same determination not to share Italy with Marxism, but to save the fatherland from it by dooming internationalism to annihilation.
Adolf Hitler I conceived the most profound admiration for ...[Mussolini, who] ... would not deal with the internal enemies of Italy, but pushed their annihilation in every way and by all means.
Harry Kessler Mussolini has been appointed Prime Minister by the King of Italy. This may turn out to be a black day for Italy and Europe.
Errico Malatesta If we do not carry on to the end, we will pay with tears of blood for the fear we now instill in the bourgeoisie.
Anthony Eden Nasser is an Arab Mussolini.
David Alexander Cecil Low I have never met anyone who wasn't against war. Even Hitler and Mussolini were, according to themselves.
Ezra Pound Mussolini is continuing the task of Thomas Jefferson.
George Bernard Shaw Socialists should be delighted to find at last a socialist (Mussolini) who speaks and thinks as responsible rulers do
Richard Washburn Child it may be shrewdly forecast that no man will exhibit dimensions of permanent greatness equal to Mussolini. . . . The Duce is now the greatest figure of this sphere and time.
Winston Churchill If I had been an Italian, I am sure that I should have been wholeheartedly with you (Mussolini) from start to finish in your triumphant struggle against the bestial appetites and passions of Leninism
Anonymous Whistle while you work Hitler is a jerk. Mussolini is a meanie, And the Japs are worse.
Achille Starace He is a God.
Galeazzo Ciano The idea of joining the Germans attracts him [Mussolini], but I must fight to the end Otherwise it mean the ruin of the country, the ruin of Fascism and the ruin of Il Duce himself.
Sheri Berman The shift to fascism was applauded by many both within Italy and without who believed that dictatorship offered a better chance of providing stability and development that the country so desperately needed.
Edouard Herriot If Signor Mussolini should lay claim to the domination of the Mediterranean, he would find us ready to combat such childishness.
Carlo Sforza Certain sections of the upper classes abroad, identifying conservatism with mere material repression, are given to praising Signor Mussolini
Enrico Ferme Italy would by saved only if Mussolini went crazy and crawled on all fours..
Ananya Vajpeyi [Vinayak Damodar] Savarkar and his followers lionized Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler and sought to adapt elements of fascist politics to India …. Gandhi’s philosophy with its emphasis on nonviolence and tolerance stood in stark contrast to the divisive [anti-Moslem] vision of Hinduvta leaders and the two movements were often in conflict. Indeed … the man who assassinated Gandhi in 1948, was a follower of Savarkar.
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[It] is better to live one single day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep.
Before God and his Holy Gospels I swear and promise on becoming a Bishop, fidelity to the Italian State. I swear and promise to respect and make respected by my clergy the King and the Government established according to the constitutional laws of the State. I swear and promise moreover that I shall not participate in any agreement or any counsel that can damage the Italian State and the public order and I shall not allow to my clergy such participation. I shall concern myself with the well-being and interests of the Italian State and endeavour to avert any danger that can possibly menace it. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
Christ is dead and his teachings moribund. Religion & God
Corporative economy introduces order even into economy. If there is a phenomenon which ought to be well-ordered, which ought to be directed toward certain definite aims, it is precisely the economic phenomenon, which interests the whole of the citizens. Not only industrial economy ought to be disciplined, but also agricultural economy, commercial economy, banking economy, and even the work of artisans. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Social Sciences
Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. Democracies & Republics
Either the government will be given to us or we will take it. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Everything within the State. Nothing outside the State. Nothing against the State. Miscellaneous
Fascism believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace. It thus repudiates the doctrine of Pacifism -- born of a renunciation of the struggle and an act of cowardice in the face of sacrifice. War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have courage to meet it Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Fascism is a religion; the twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Fascism is a religious concept. Religion & God
Four million surplus women. Four million sexually unsatisfied women, artificially creating a host of problems in order to excite or appease their senses. Not being able to embrace one man, they embrace humanity. Minorities & Women
I am an apostle of violence Miscellaneous
I am delighted to see Italians horrifying the world for a change instead of charming it with their guitar-playing skills. War & Peace
I need births, many births. Development & Growth
I now seriously ask whether an English victory would not be more desirable for our future than a German victory. War & Peace
I should be pleased I suppose that Hitler has carried out a revolution on our lines. But they are Germans. So they will end by ruining our idea. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I should be pleased, I suppose, that Hitler has carried out a revolution on our lines. But they are Germans. So they will end by ruining our idea. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
I want to establish the Corporate regime [immediately].... The Corporations will be called upon to regulate all problems of production. A policy of unregulated production is folly and generally catastrophic. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
If Fascism has become a criminal association, then I am its leader. Political Parties & Machines
If you turn your people into bourgeois, you also turn them into pacifists. Miscellaneous
It is faith that moves mountains, because it gives the illusion that mountains move …. Illusion is perhaps the only reality in life. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants. That is what I shall do. History ;States. Nations & Nationhood ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
It is necessary to be very intelligent in the work of oppression. Freedom & Liberty
It was only one life. What is one life in the affairs of state? Miscellaneous
Italians are Aryans. Jews do not belong to the Italian race.. Discrimination & Prejudice
Italians must learn to be less sympathetic, to become hard, implacable, hateful masters War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Italy should be great, respected, and feared. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
My program is simple. I want to govern. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No one can defy fate. Miscellaneous
Nothing would make me believe that a biologically pure race exists today. Minorities & Women
Religion is a species of mental disease. Religion & God
Speeches made to the people are essential to the arousing of enthusiasm for a war. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Tell me if ever in history there was a government which was based exclusively upon the consent of the people, and which was ready to dispense altogether with the use of force. There has never been and never will be such a government. Democracies & Republics
The Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with the State. It is opposed to classical liberalism [which] denied the State in the name of the individual; Fascism reasserts the rights of the State as expressing the real essence of the individual. Miscellaneous ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The fate of nations is intimately bound up with their powers of reproduction. All nations and all empires first felt decadence gnawing at them when their birth rate fell off. Families, Children & Parenting
The Italian people are cowards. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The liberal [Democratic] state is destined to perish. All the political experiments of our day are anti-liberal. [Fascist] Democracies & Republics
The reign of terror is not a revolution: it is only a necessary instrument in a determined phase of the revolution. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The state is the legal embodiment of the nation. Political institutions are efficient to the extent to which they express and safeguard national interests. Political Parties & Machines
The strength of a people lies in their numbers. Development & Growth
The struggle between Fascism and Democracy can permit no compromises.... Either we or they. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Those who are seeking miraculous remedies for the depression are mistaken. Either the present depression is a periodic depression with the economic system, in which case it will be overcome, or it represents a transition from one stage of civilization to another. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
To govern Italy is not only impossible, it is useless. Miscellaneous
To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the ass. Development & Growth
War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy, and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to meet it. War & Peace
We cannot change our policy now. After all, we are not political whores. Policy & Policy Making
We deny your internationalism, because it is a luxury which only upper classes can afford; the working people are hopelessly bound to their native shores. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Capitalism
We have buried the putrid corpse of liberty. Freedom & Liberty
What the proletariat needs is a bath of blood. Miscellaneous
What war is to men so maternity is to women. Families, Children & Parenting
With the suppression of all political parties, the bases were laid for the totalitarian state. Political Parties & Machines
All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.
Every anarchist is a baffled dictator.
Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism. History ;Religion & God
Fascism is not an article for export.
Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace. Future ;War & Peace
Inactivity is death. Death
It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.
It's good to trust others but, not to do so is much better. Trust
Let us have a dagger between our teeth, a bomb in our hands, and an infinite scorn in our hearts.
Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail.
The best blood will at some time get into a fool or a mosquito. Time
The function of a citizen and a soldier are inseparable.
The history of saints is mainly the history of insane people. History
The keystone of the Fascist doctrine is its conception of the State, of its essence, its functions, and its aims. For Fascism the State is absolute, individuals and groups relative.
The League is very well when sparrows shout, but no good at all when eagles fall out.
The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face; it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.
The mass, whether it be a crowd or an army, is vile.
The truth is that men are tired of liberty. Truth
War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it. War & Peace
War is to man what maternity is to a woman. From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint, I do not believe in perpetual peace. War & Peace
We become strong, I feel, when we have no friends upon whom to lean, or to look to for moral guidance.

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