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Famous Leadership Quotes

Updated on March 22, 2013
Benjamin Franklin By English: David Martin (1737-1797) (The White House Historical Association) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Benjamin Franklin By English: David Martin (1737-1797) (The White House Historical Association) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Leadership Quotes by Famous People

There was never a good war or a bad peace.

~Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

~Proverbs 16:32

I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

~Charles De Gaulle 1890-1970

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.

~Nathan Hale (1755-1776)

Honorable death is better than disgraceful life, and salvation is where valor is.

~Gneus Julius Agricolla (40-93)

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

~John Stuart Mill

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

~Proverbs 15:1

Having a little inflation is like being a little pregnant.

~Leon Henderson (1895-1986)

It's better to die standing, than live on your knees.

~Dolores Ibarruri (1895-1989)

No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.

~ Benjamin Disraeli (1874-1880)

Everything that can be invented, has been invented.

~Charles Duell (1850-1920)

On the purpose of NATO: "...To keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down."

~Hastings Lionel Ismay (1887-1965)

He who is not against us, is with us.

~Janos Kadar (1912-1989)

Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are creatures of men.

~ Benjamin Disraeli (1874-1880)

Let them hate, as long as they are afraid.

~Gajus Caligula (12-41)

Madame, if a thing is possible, consider it done, the impossible--will be done.

~Charles Alexander Calonne (1734-1802)


With the brave heart nothing is impossible.

~Jaques Coeur (1395-1456)

An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.

~Simon Cameron (1799-1889)

You can get much further with akind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.

~ Al Capone (1899-1947)

Never make a defense or apology before you are accused.

~Charles I (1600-1649)

The more things change, the more they are the same.

~Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)

In the whole world husbands rule over their wives, we rule over the whole world, and our wives rule over us.

~Marcus Porcius Cato Major (234-149 BC)

In politics, there are no friends, only allies.

~John Kennedy (1917-1963)

The cemeteries are full of people who thought themselves indispensable.

~ Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929)

You'reeither part of the solution or you're part of the problem.

~Eldridge Clever

Let them be the way they are, or let them not be at all.

~Clemens XIII (1693-1769)


The time has come when much has to be sacrificed, to save everything.

~Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817)

Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

~Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

To rule over nation, you need to talk less and listen more.

~ Armand Du Plessis de Richelieu (1585-1642)

Give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, and I will find what to hang him for.

~ Armand Du Plessis de Richelieu (1585-1642)

It's better to leave a crime unpunished, than to punish innocent.

~Marcus Ulpius Traianus (53-117)

For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.

~John Winthrop (1588-1649)

We must all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately.

~Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

History is past politics, and politics present history.

~Edward August Freeman (1823-1892)

I can make a lord, but only God Almighty can make a gentleman.

~James I (1566-1625)


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    • MargaritaEden profile image

      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank kyou Carol, yes there were some great men!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for sharing these quotes ...there were some great men in our history and other's history.

    • MargaritaEden profile image

      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Mmkbirdbks and Mhatter99, I am so glad that my hub attracted such two sharp minds :) thank you guys.

      Hey I should include your quotes here too :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      "Oops" - Julius Caesar (100 -44 B.C.) Just joking :))

      Good job on this. Thank you.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You gathered some real nuggets here. Thanks, this points out that there are people who can think. Which holds out hope that people may think again.