Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell
  • Born: April 25, 1599
  • Died: September 3, 1658
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Farmer, Parliamentarian, Military Commander









Oliver Cromwell was an English military and political leader. He served as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1653 until his death, acting simultaneously as head of state and head of government of the new republic.

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… a rotten plank, upon which no man could trust himself without sinking. Defense & National Security
… something with monarchical power in it would be most effectual for the settlement of the nation Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
A few honest men are better than numbers. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
A man never rises so high as when he knows not whither he is going. Human Nature
Conquering Hispaniola shall provide England with the means to take forward its Puritan Revolution. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Cruel necessity Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
Do not spare any that were in arms in the town War & Peace
For what you mention concerning liberty of conscience you mean a liberty to exercise the Mass. I judge it best to use plain dealing, and to let you know, where the Parliament of England have power, that will not be allowed … Freedom & Liberty
God has brought us where we are, to consider the work we may do in the world, as well as at home. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
He goeth furthest who knows not whither he is going. Management & Managing Government
I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. Miscellaneous
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I see there is a people risen that I cannot win with gifts or honours, offices or places; but all other sects and people I can.
I would rather have a man that knows and loves what he fights for... than a man which you call a "gentleman". Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
In every government there must be somewhat fundamental, somewhat like a Magna Carta, that should be standing and unalterable... Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon a supposition that he may abuse it. Freedom & Liberty
It's a maxim not to be despised, "Though peace be made, yet it's interest that keeps peace. War & Peace
Lock up the fornicators! Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
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 roughness, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me; otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
Necessity hath no law. Feigned necessities, imagined necessities... are the greatest cozenage that men can put upon the Providence of God, and make pretenses to break known rules by. Miscellaneous
Not what they want but what is good for them. Policy & Policy Making
Simplicity! Management & Managing Government
Sir, having brought the army of the Parliament of England before this place, to reduce it to obedience, I thought fit to summon you to deliver the same into my hands to their use. If this be refused, you will have no cause to blame me. I expect your answer and remain your servant… War & Peace
Take away that fool's bauble, the Mace. Flags & National Anthems
The governor … and considerable officers were there, our men getting up to them were ordered by me to put all to the sword; and indeed being in the heat of the action, I forbade them to spare any … War & Peace
The people would be just as noisy if they were going to see me hanged. Public Relations & Image
The State, in choosing men to serve it, takes no notice of their opinions. If they be willing faithfully to serve it, that satisfies.
These people would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Though peace be made, yet it's interest that keep peace. War & Peace
Trust in God and keep your powder dry. Military & Veterans
We will cut off his head with the crown upon it. Miscellaneous
You are no Parliament. You are no Parliament! .... It is not fit that you sit here any longer! You should now give place to better men. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You, unprovoked, put the English to the most unheard of and most barbarous massacre without respect of sex or age, that ever the sun beheld, and at a time when Ireland was in perfect peace. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged. Trust
God made them as stubble to our swords. Religion & God
He who stops being better stops being good.
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. Government
Keep your faith in God, but keep your powder dry. Religion & God
Nature can do more than physicians. Nature ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
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.
Put your trust in God; but be sure to keep your powder dry. Trust ;Religion & God
Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.
We are Englishmen; that is one good fact.
What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted. Religion & God
Who can love to walk in the dark? But providence doth often so dispose. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex