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Oliver Cromwell

Datum narození: 25. duben 1599
Datum úmrtí: 3. září 1658

Oliver Cromwell byl anglický vojenský a politický představitel. Známý je především pro angažovanost ve vytvoření anglické republiky a jeho roli jako lorda protektora Anglie, Skotska a Irska. Byl jedním z vojenských velitelů, kteří přispěli k porážce královského vojska v občanské válce. Po popravě Karla I. roku 1649 byl vůdčí postavou Anglické republiky, obsadil Skotsko a Irsko a od roku 1653 až do své smrti roku 1658 vládl jako lord protektor.


„Mám raději špatně oblečeného kapitána, který ví, proč se bije, než toho, kterému říkáte gentleman, a který ničím víc není.“

„Mé dílo je hotovo.“


„Nyní mi nepůsobí starost darebáci, ale hlupáci.“

„Zajít daleko je možné jen tehdy, nevíme-li, kam vede cesta.“

„Nikdo nejde dál, když neví kam jde.“

„Toužím odejít co nejrychleji.“

„A man never goes so far as when he does not know whither he is going.“

„I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.“ Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches


„Sir, what can be said of these things? Is it the arm of the flesh that hath done these things? Is it the wisdom and counsel, or strength of man? It is the Lord only. God will curse that man and his house that dares to think otherwise. Sir, you see the work is done by a Divine leading. God gets into the hearts of men, and persuades them to come under you.“ Cromwell's Letters and Speeches: Volume Two

„Do not trust to the cheering, for those very persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged.“

„I have not the particular shining bauble or feather in my cap for crowds to gaze at or kneel to, but I have power and resolution for foes to tremble at.“

„God made them as stubble to our swords.“


„Our manly ways and stern simplicity wreak much confusion to the enemy's councils. For they are men yet garb themselves as women, wearing wigs and finery and lace. And for this offense if it be God's will we will come upon them in the night, from the rear, and penetrate their degenerate bodies with our holy truth. For we are manly saints and possess the full swelling hardness of our faith, which gushes forevermore from Christ's unyielding root.“ Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches

„Necessity has no law.“

„It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!

-Oliver Cromwell on the Dissolution of Parliament (April 20, 1653)“

„I do not believe that this is an evil king. But he is confused. And he cannot say no to his wife. Therefore if it please God I shall raise an army of men who are not confused. Stern men who say no to the tyranny of kings and wives. Men who make no confusion over the ordained place of man and woman, king and subject. And with these stern, God-fearing men, I shall ride. And we shall be called Ironsides because we are like iron, being hard both day and night. And the king shall find us unyielding, like a rod of iron, and shall give us satisfaction. Like our wives!“ Speeches of Oliver Cromwell

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