If I advance; follow me. If I retreat; kill me. If I die; avenge me! It is better to live one day as a lion than one-hundred years as a sheep!

— Benito Mussolini

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The press of Italy is free, freer than the press of any other country, so long as it supports the regime.

326

Yes, a dictator can be loved. Provided that the masses fear him at the same time. The crowd love strong men. The crowd is like a woman.

294

Race? It is a feeling, not a reality.

Ninety-five per cent, at least. Nothing will ever make me believe that biologically pure races can be shown to exist today.... National pride has no need of the delirium of race.

281

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.

222

Italian journalism is free because it serves one cause and one purpose... mine!

222

Religion is man-made to assist in controlling the weak minded individuals because during times of atrocity and despair they feel strength in numbers.

195

Let us have a dagger between our teeth, a bomb in our hands, and an infinite scorn in our hearts.

175

War is to man what maternity is to a woman

132

Better to live a day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep

115

We deny your internationalism, because it is a luxury which only the upper classes can afford.

112

There is no revolution that can change the nature of man

92

There is a violence that liberates, and a violence that enslaves;

there is a violence that is moral and a violence that is immoral.

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About Benito Mussolini

Quotes 125 sayings
Nationality Italian
Profession Prime Minister
Birthday July 29, 1883

Fascism entirely agrees with Mr. Maynard Keynes, despite the latter's prominent position as a Liberal. In fact, Mr. Keynes' excellent little book, The End of Laissez-Faire (1926) might, so far as it goes, serve as a useful introduction to fascist economics. There is scarcely anything to object to in it and there is much to applaud.

84

Fascism is definitely and absolutely opposed to the doctrines of liberalism, both in the political and economic sphere.

84

People are tired of liberty. They have had a surfeit of it. Liberty is no longer a chaste and austere virgin.... Today's youth are moved by other slogans...Order, Hierarchy, Discipline.

80

It's good to trust others but, not to do so is much better.

75

State intervention in economic production arises only when private initiative is lacking or insufficient, or when the political interests of the State are involved. This intervention may take the form of control, assistance or direct management.

58

This is the epitaph I want on my tomb: Here lies one of the most intelligent animals who ever appeared on the face of the earth.

57

I've had my fill of Hitler. These conferences called by the ringing of a bell are not to my liking. The bell is rung when people call their servants. And besides, what kind of conferences are these? For five hours I am forced to listen to a monologue which is quite fruitless and boring

56

Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail.

54

The state reserves the right to be the sole interpreter of the needs of society.

54

Fascism is a religious concept.

50

The struggle between the two worlds [Fascism and Democracy] can permit no compromises. It's either Us or Them!

44

Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace.

35

The Fascist accepts life and loves it, knowing nothing of and despising suicide;

he rather conceives of life as duty and struggle and conquest, life which should be high and full, lived for oneself, but not above all for others those who are at hand and those who are far distant, contemporaries, and those who will come after.

35

Peace is absurd: Fascism does not believe in it.

34

We have buried the putrid corpse of liberty...

33

Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.

30

The fate of nations is intimately bound up with their powers of reproduction.

All nations and all empires first felt decadence gnawing at them when their birth rate fell off.

28

Every anarchist is a baffled dictator.

27

Fascism accepts the individual only insofar as his interests coincide with the state's.

26

It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history.

It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants. That is what I shall do.

26

At every hour of every day, I can tell you on which page of which book each school child in Italy is studying.

24

The League is very well when sparrows shout, but no good at all when eagles fall out.

20

State ownership! It leads only to absurd and monstrous conclusions;

state ownership means state monopoly, concentrated in the hands of one party and its adherents, and that state brings only ruin and bankruptcy to all.

19

What is freedom? There is no such thing as absolute freedom!

18

It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history.

It matters little who wins.

18

[The Fuhrer] is one of those lonely men of the ages on whom history is not tested, but who themselves are the makers of history.

17

Youth is a malady of which one becomes cured a little every day.

16

The Fascist conception of the State is all-embracing;

outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value. Thus understood, Fascism is totalitarian, and the Fascist State -- a synthesis and a unit inclusive of all values -- interprets, develops, and potentiates the whole life of a people.

15

The function of a citizen and a soldier are inseparable.

14

Our program is simple: we wish to govern Italy.

They ask us for programs but there are already too many. It is not programs that are wanting for the salvation of Italy but men and will power.

14

Blood alone moves the wheels of history.

13

The best blood will at some time get into a fool or a mosquito.

13

We affirm that the true story of capitalism is now beginning, because capitalism is not a system of oppression only, but is also a selection of values, a coordination of hierarchies, a more amply developed sense of individual responsibility.

12

We become strong, I feel, when we have no friends upon whom to lean, or to look to for moral guidance.

12

Statesman only talk of fate when they have blundered

12

Fascism recognises the real needs which gave rise to socialism and trade-unionism, giving them due weight in the guild or corporative system in which diverent interests are coordinated and harmonised in the unity of the State.

11

The Mediterranean will be turned into an Italian lake.

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