Oliver Cromwell Quotes

You have sat too long for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

He who stops being better stops being good.

Catholicism is more than a religion, it is a political power. Therefore I’m led to believe there will be no peace in Ireland until the Catholic Church is crushed

Work hard, trust in God, and keep your bowels open.

I have learned that if you fear God, you have no one else to fear.


Keep your faith in God, but keep your powder dry.

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

I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.

Necessity has no law.

Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.

A few honest men are better than numbers.

I desire not to keep my place in this government an hour longer than I may preserve England in its just rights, and may protect the people of God in such a just liberty of their consciences.

A man never rises higher than when he does not know whither his path can still lead him.

He who ceases to be better, ceases to be good.

I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.

Your pretended fear lest error should step in, is like the man that would keep all the wine out of the country lest men should be drunk. It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy, to deny a man the liberty he hath by nature upon a supposition that he may abuse it.

Our swords are in God’s hands, And our faith is in the Lord. Charge!

Some people have food, but no appetite; others have an appetite, but no food. I have both. The Lord be praised.

A man-of-war is the best ambassador.

Does a man speak foolishly?–suffer him gladly, for you are wise. Does he speak erroneously?–stop such a man’s mouth with sound words that cannot be gainsaid. Does he speak truly?–rejoice in the truth.

What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted.

Ye may have skill in the nature of things, yet nature can do more than all physicians put together; and God is far more above nature.

The State, in choosing men to serve it, takes no notice of their opinions. If they be willing faithfully to serve it, that satisfies.

Who can love to walk in the dark? But providence doth often so dispose.

In return for financial support will advocate admission of Jews to England; This however impossible while Charles living. Charles cannot be executed without trial on adequate grounds for which do not presently exist. Therefore advise that Charles be assassinated, but will have nothing to do with arrangements for procuring an assassin, though willing to help in his escape. [King Charles I was in prison at the time].