What is the most amazing thing a historical figure has said?

Here are some:

  • When asked how high his IQ was, Stephen Hawking replied: “I don’t know. People who like to brag about their IQ are stupid.”
  • After several assassination attempts by the USSR, legend has it that at that time the President of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz “Tito”, sent this letter to the Kremlin: “Stalin: Please stop sending people to kill me. We have already captured five of them, one with a bomb and one with a rifle… If you don’t stop sending them, I’ll send one to Moscow, and believe me I won’t have to send more.
  • “A man who is not ready to die for something is not ready to live.” Martin Luther King
  • “If you want to be remembered after your death, write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.” Benjamin Franklin
  • “When I was a child, my mother told me: ‘If you become a soldier, you will become a general, if you become religious, you will become a Dad.’ So I became a painter and became Picasso.” Pablo Picasso
  • Roosevelt after an assassination attempt. “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know if you realize I just got shot, but it takes more than a bullet to kill this bull.”

  • “If they had not committed great sins, God would not have sent them a punishment like me.” Genghis Khan
  • “Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face.” Mike Tyson
  • “They are in front of us, behind us and have us flanked on both sides, the enemy outnumbers us 29:1. They can’t get away from us now!” Chesty Puller US General.
  • “When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re the best at something, they’ll tell you.” Walter Payton

2 thoughts on “What is the most amazing thing a historical figure has said?

  • July 14, 2022 at 10:54 am

    I suspect that the Picasso quote has been mistranslated. Picasso probably said, “Papa,” which means “pope.” That is, if he had been religious, he would have become pope, not a dad.

  • July 18, 2022 at 8:14 am

    I think it was Agatha Christie who said; “Old sins cast long shadows”

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