The 52 Fiercest Genghis Khan Quotes

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Genghis Khan was a famous fierce warrior ruler of Mongolia. He was born in 1162 and became one of the most famous conquerors of history. He consolidated many nomadic  tribes to unify Mongolia and then extended his empire across Asia. Historians have said that his conquests led to the deaths of approximately 40 million people.

Genghis Khan Quotes

1. “Who can’t stop drinking may get drunken three times a month. If he does it more often, he is guilty. To get drunken twice a month is better; once, still more praiseworthy. But not to drink at all – what could be better than this? But where could such a being be found? But if one would find it, it would be worthy of all honor.”

2. “Heaven grew weary of the excessive pride and luxury of China… I am from the Barbaric North. I wear the same clothing and eat the same food as the cowherds and horse-herders. We make the same sacrifices and we share.. our riches. I look upon the nation as a new-born child and I care for my soldiers as though they were my brothers.”

3. “Not even a mighty warrior can brake a frail arrow when it is multiplied and supported by its fellows. As long as you brothers support one another and render assistance to one another, your enemies can never gain the victory over you. But if you fall away from each other your enemy can brake you like frail arrows, one at a time.”

4. “A man’s greatest work is to break his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them all the things that have been theirs, to hear the weeping of those who cherished them, to take their horses between his knees and to press in his arms the most desirable of their women.”

5. “With Heaven’s aid I have conquered for you a huge empire. But my life was too short to achieve the conquest of the world. That task is left for you.”

6. “Those who were adept and brave fellows I have made military commanders. Those who were quick and nimble I have made herders of horses. Those who were not adept I have given a small whip and sent to be shepherds.”


7. “Say ye unto the Khwarizmi that I am the sovereign of the sunrise, and [he is] the sovereign of the sunset. Let there be between us a firm treaty of friendship, amity, and peace, and let traders and caravans on both sides come and go.”

8. “If you’re afraid – don’t do it, – if you’re doing it – don’t be afraid!”

9. “The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.”

10. “I am the punishment of God…If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.”

10. “I am from the Barbaric North. I wear the same clothing and eat the same food as the cowherds and horse-herders. We make the same sacrifices and we share our riches.”

11. “If lies can show the truth, they can be the truth, they can cause the truth, so I may build an empire on lies, but they are the truth.”

12. “All who surrender will be spared; whoever does not surrender but opposes with struggle and dissension, shall be annihilated.”

13. “As long as you brothers support one another and render assistance to one another, your enemies can never gain the victory over you.”

14. “As for the clothes I wear and the food I eat, I shall have the same as cowherds and grooms and I shall treat my soldiers as brothers.”

15. “The pleasure and joy of man lies in treading down the rebel and conquering the enemy, in tearing him up by the root, in taking from him all that he has.”

16. “I hate luxury. I exercise moderation…It will be easy to forget your vision and purpose one you have fine clothes, fast horses and beautiful women. [In which case], you will be no better than a slave, and you will surely lose everything.”

17. “Just as God gave different fingers to the hand so has He given different ways to men.”

18. “One of the joys of travel is visiting new towns and meeting new people.”

19. “One arrow alone can be easily broken but many arrows are indestructible.”

20. “Despite all expectations, the time of my last campaign and of my passing is near. I wish to die at home. Let not my end disarm you, and on no account weep for me, lest the enemy be warned of my death.”

21. “Even when a friend does something you do not like; he continues to be your friend.”

22. “I’m going by the law, so that peace and happiness in the world there are hard and fast rule.”

23. “Remember, you have no companions but your shadow.”

24. “There is no good in anything until it is finished.”

25. “An action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure.”

26. “People conquered on different sides of the lake should be ruled on different sides of the lake.”

27. “If my body dies, let my body die, but do not let my country die.”

28. “The strength of a wall is neither greater nor less than the courage of the men who defend it.”

29. “Perhaps my children will live in stone houses and walled towns – Not I.”

30. “When my call is high, the obligations of me, too, are heavy, and I fear that my decision may be something they want.”

32. “Just as God gave different fingers to the hand, so has He given different ways to men.”

32. “In the space of seven years I have succeeded in accomplishing a great work and uniting the whole world in one Empire.”

33. “All who surrender will be spared; whoever does not surrender but opposes with struggle and dissension, shall be annihilated.”

34. “The Greatest Happiness is to scatter your enemy and drive him before you. To see his cities reduced to ashes. To see those who love him shrouded and in tears. And to gather to your bosom his wives and daughters.”

35. “Come and sip from the cup of destruction.”


36. “It is not sufficient that I succeed – all others must fail.”

38. “An action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure.”

39. “I am the flail of god. Had you not created great sins, god would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.”

40. “The merit in action lies in finishing it to the end.”

41. “Without the vision of a goal, a man cannot manage his own life, much less the lives of others.”

42. “Heaven, you be the judge!”

43. “If you insult the mother who gave you your life from her heart, if you cause her love for you to freeze up, even if you apologize to her later, the damage is done.”

44. “There is no value in anything until it is finished.”

45. “Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard.”

46. “Make up your camps far apart and each of you rule your own kingdom.”

47. “How can one withdraw? Even if we die, let us challenge their boasts. Eternal Heaven, you be the judge!”

48. “As my calling is high, the obligations incumbent upon me are also heavy; and I fear that in my ruling there may be something wanting.”

49. “Not even a mighty warrior can break a frail arrow when it is multiplied and supported by its fellows.”

50. “When it was wet, we bore the wet together, when it was cold, we bore the cold together”.

51. “Heaven has appointed me to rule all the nations, for hitherto there has been no order upon the steppes.”

52. “Be of one mind and one faith, that you may conquer your enemies and lead long and happy lives.”

Conclusion

Genghis Khan was a famous military ruler and his fierce reign let Mongolia dominate other countries. He is considered by historians to be a military genius and a famous conquerer. His leadership helped the Mongols become a world power. Genghis Khan is known for his organization and discipline in military history. His reign brought about endless destruction and death. Historians have said that Genghis Khan conquered more than twice as much land as any other military leader in history, which is why he is considered such a legend in military strategy. During his reign he brought Eastern and Western civilizations into contact. We hope these quotes captured the essence of Khan’s military domination.

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