History is filled with madmen and madwomen whose quotes live on forever and ever…
And there are also a ton of quotes that have survived the years from good people who observed the times they lived in.
Here are quotes from history that give folks on AskReddit the chills.
1. Sherman’s march.
“It is only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated […] that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation.”
General Sherman, from a letter sent in May of 1865 in the midst of his march to the sea.”
“WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”
― Smedley Butler.”
3. From Russia.
“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”
-Vladimir Ilyich Lenin”
4. Stand up.
“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.”
5. No turning back.
“The die is cast” – Caesar
He said that after sending Roman troops to the border of Italy and Callia which marked the beginning of a Civil War.”
6. What’s out there?
“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not.
Both are equally terrifying.”
Arthur C. Clarke”
7. Wrestling family.
“I used to have five brothers, now I’m not even a brother” – Kevin Von Erich
His older brother d**d at the age of 6. His younger brother David d**d suddenly at 25. His three youngest brothers all k**led themselves at 33, 23, and 21.
Between 1984 and 1993 he went from having four younger brothers to not being a brother.”
8. We have the power.
“We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or make it the last.”
– John F. Kennedy”
9. If you can keep it…
“Benjamin Franklin was walking out of independence hall after the constitutional convention in 1787 when someone shouted
“Dr. what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?”
Benjamin Franklin replied “A republic, if you can keep it”.”
10. The greatest generation.
“We are told that the American soldier does not know what he is fighting for. Now, at least, he will know what he is fighting against.”
Gen. Eisenhower, after touring the liberated Ohrdruf Concentration Camp and ordering every available unit in the region to do the same.”
“It is better to d** on your feet than to live on your knees.”
12. A scary thought.
“I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.”
13. It’ll take more than that.
“Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to k**l a Bull Moose.
But fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a bullet – there is where the bullet went through – and it probably saved me from it going into my heart.
The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best.”
Are there any quotes from history that creep you out?
If so, share them with us in the comments.
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