12 Quotes From History So Savage They Sound Made Up - But Aren'tGeorge S. Patton Being Blunt With Pretty Much Everyone
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to Patton: "You are to bypass the city of Trier, as it will take four divisions to capture it."
Gen. George S. Patton's reply: "Have taken Trier with two divisions. What do you want me to do? Give it back?"
Sparta's Clear - And Dismissive - Response To Philip II Of Macedon
Phillip II of Macedon to Sparta: "You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city."
Theodore Roosevelt Telling A Crowd Of Onlookers That He'd Just Been Shot
Teddy Roosevelt: "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 kill a Bull Moose."
18th-Century Humorist Samuel Foote Taking Verbal Jabs At Everyone, Statesmen Included
The Earl of Sandwich: "You, sir, will certainly either die upon the gallows or of some s*xual disease."
John Wilkes: "That depends, sir, upon whether I embrace your principles or your mistress."
Sergeant Daniel Daly Inspiring His Men At Belleau Wood In 1918
Sgt. Dan Daly: "Come on, you sons-o'-b*tches! Do you want to live forever?"
Josip Broz Tito Not Backing Down To Joseph Stalin
Josip Broz Tito: "Stop sending people to kill me! We've already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle... If you don't stop sending killers, I'll send a very fast working one to Moscow and I certainly won't have to send another."
Flavius Vegetius Renatus Linking War And Peace
Flavius Vegetius Renatus: "If you want peace, prepare for war."
Breaker Morant Offering Instructions To His Firing Squad
Breaker Morant: "Shoot straight you b*stards. Don't make a mess of it."
John Paul Jones Stating What He Needed During The American Revolution
John Paul Jones: "I wish to have no Connection with any Ship that does not Sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way."
Nathan Bedford Forrest Telling A Fellow Confederate General What He Really Thought Of Him
Nathan Bedford Forrest: "I have stood your meanness as long as I intend to. You have played the part of a damned scoundrel, and are a coward, and if you were any part of a man I would slap your jaws and force you to resent it. You may as well not issue any more orders to me, for I will not obey them, and I will hold you personally responsible for any further indignities you endeavor to inflict upon me. You have threatened to arrest me for not obeying your orders promptly. I dare you to do it, and I say to you that if you ever again try to interfere with me or cross my path it will be at the peril of your life."
James Larkin Telling Laborers To Take A Stand
James Larkin: "The great appear great because we are on our knees. Let us rise."
Revolutionary Che Guevara's Poignant Last Statement
Che Guevara: "I know you've come to kill me. Shoot, you are only going to kill a man."