33 Inspiring Quotes from History’s Worst People

Sometimes, you just need a little extra inspiration to get you through what might be a tough day. Typically, lists of motivational quotes will come from true leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. For instance, King once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Oddly enough, sometimes, that extra bit of motivation might come from somewhere you would least expect. This infographic takes a look at 33 inspiring quotes from some of the worst people in history.

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Here are quotes that are actually inspirational, which is surprising considering who they’re coming from.

  1. Adolf Hitler: “Words build bridges into unexplored regions.”
  2. Attila the Hun: “It takes less courage to criticize the decisions of others than to stand by your own.”
  3. Augusto Pinochet: “I’m not a dictator; it’s just that I have a grumpy face.”
  4. Ayn Rand: “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not the desire to beat others.”
  5. Bashar Al-Assad: “The captain doesn’t think about death or life; he thinks about saving his ship.”
  6. Benito Mussolini: “Better to live a day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”
  7. Caligula: “I don’t care if they respect me, so long as they fear me.”
  8. Charles Manson: “The real strong have no need to prove it to the phonies.”
  9. Fidel Castro: “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, and it is alienating … because it causes war, hypocrisy, and competition.”
  10. Genghis Khan: “Conquering the world on horseback is easy. It’s dismounting and governing that’s hard.”
  11. Heinrich Himmler: “The one thing that matters is that we stand firm.”
  12. Ide Amin: “You cannot run faster than a bullet.”
  13. Jim Jones: “A man’s gotta make at least one bet a day, else he could be walking around lucky and never know it.”
  14. John Wilkes Booth: “I love justice more than I do a country that disowns it; more than fame and wealth; more … than a happy home.”
  15. Joseph Goebbels: “Faith moves mountains, but only knowledge moves them to the right place.”
  16. Joseph Stalin: “I believe in one thing only: the power of human will.”
  17. Kim Il-Sung: “The oppressed peoples can liberate themselves only through struggle. This is a simple and clear truth confirmed by history.”
  18. Kim Jong-Il: “Early training means more than anything.”
  19. L. Ron Hubbard: “Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.”
  20. Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev: “There is nothing more practical than a good theory.”
  21. Mao Zedong: “If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.”
  22. Maximilien Robespierre: “Any law that violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical. It is not a law at all.”
  23. Napoleon Bonaparte: “Impossible is a word found only in the dictionary of fools.”
  24. O.J. Simpson: “You’ve got to stand up. You can’t let people run over you.”
  25. Oliver Cromwell: “He who stops being better stops being good.”
  26. Osama bin Laden: “I have sworn to only live free. Even if I find bitter the taste of death, I don’t want to die humiliated or deceived.”
  27. Pol Pot: “I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my country.”
  28. Robert Mugabe: “Don’t drink at all. Don’t smoke. You must exercise and eat vegetables and fruit.”
  29. Saddam Hussein: “Politics is when you say you are going to do one thing while intending to do another. Then you do neither what you said nor intended.”
  30. Slobodan Milosevic: “Equality means nothing unless incorporated into the institutions.”
  31. Ted Bundy: “Countless millions who have walked this earth before us have gone through this, so this is just an experience we all share.”
  32. Ted Kaczynski: “Never lose hope, be persistent and stubborn and never give up. There are many instances in history where apparent losers suddenly turn out to be winners unexpectedly, so you should never conclude all hope is lost.”
  33. Vladimir Lenin: “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

Which of the 33 quotes from this infographic did you find to be the most inspiring? Which were the most surprising to you when you considered who they came from?

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One Response

  1. Fuck U Lib

    dumb chart. Where’s Winston “Indian famine is bc they breed like rabbits I dont give a fuck” Churchill


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