Once a ruler becomes religious, it becomes impossible for you to debate with him. Once someone rules in the name of religion, your lives become hell.

— Muammar al-Gaddafi

The most vibrant Muammar al-Gaddafi quotes that are glad to read

Even if there comes a time when you do not hear my voice, do not give up.

Do not despair. Do not stop fighting for your freedom until you have victory!


To force a human being to learn according to a set curriculum is a dictatorial act.


There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe - without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.


During my term in AU, I will initiate an organised compensation claim for Africa and I will fight for a greater voice for Africa in the United Nations Security Council. If they (Western nations) do not want to live with us fairly, it is our planet and they can go to other planet.


All of the great prophets of modern times have come from the desert and were uneducated: Mohammed, Jesus and myself.


Let the free people of the world know that we could have bargained over and sold out our cause in return for a personal secure and stable life. We received many offers to this effect but we chose to be at the vanguard of the confrontation as a badge of duty and honour.


Israel is a colonialist-imperialist phenomenon.

There is no such thing as an Israeli people. Before 1948, world geography knew of no state such as Israel. Israel is the result of an invasion, of aggression.


[The] type of education now prevailing all over the world is directed against human freedom. State-controlled education ... deprives people of their free choice, creativity and brilliance.


[Somali maritime violence] is a response to greedy Western nations, who invade and exploit Somalia's water resources illegally. It is not a piracy, it is self defence. It is defending the Somalia children's food.


We will fight in every valley, in every street, in every oasis, and every town.

We won't surrender again; we are not women; we will keep fighting.


We believe America is practicing all kinds of terrorism against Libya.

Even the accusation that we are involved in terrorism is in itself an act of terrorism.


The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever.

These ideas which mobilized the masses are only a worthless currency. Libya has had to put up with too much from the Arabs for whom it has poured forth both blood and money.


About Muammar al-Gaddafi

Quotes 52 sayings
Profession Leader
Birthday October 16

There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet.


Lincoln was a man who created himself from nothing without any help from outside or other people. I followed his struggles. I see certain similarities between him and me.


I cannot recognise either the Palestinian state or the Israeli state.

The Palestinians are idiots and the Israelis are idiots.


The black people's struggle has vanquished racism.

It was God who created colour. Today Obama, a son of Kenya, a son of Africa, has made it in the United States of America.


I won't be a party to a conspiracy to mobilize the Arabs against the Persians.

Only the forces of colonialism benefit from such a conspiracy. I won't be a party to a conspiracy that splits Islam into two - Shiite Islam and Sunni Islam - mobilizing Sunni Islam against Shiite Islam.


We can export terrorism. We can assassinate and set fires inside the territory of the United States as it did to all of us.


Libya has had to put up with too much from the Arabs for whom it has poured forth both blood and money.


While it is democratically not permissible for an individual to own any information or publishing medium, all individuals have a natural right to self-expression by any means, even if such means were insane and meant to prove a person's insanity.


I think Americans are good, but America will be taken over and destroyed from the inside by the Zionist lobby. The Americans do not see this. They are getting decadent. Zionists will use this to destroy them.


The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever.


We are used to facing the United States as a fortress from the outside.

Now we are finding a breach to penetrate the country (the U.S.) and confront it from within.


In the Middle East, the opposition is quite different than the opposition in advanced countries. In our countries, the opposition takes the form of explosions, assassinations, killings.


The integrity of China was more important than [the people] in Tiananmen Square.


Popular congresses are the only means to achieve popular democracy.

Any system of government other than popular congresses is undemocratic.


I have said to you before that even if Libya and the United States enter into war, God forbid, you will always remain my son, and I have all the love for you as a son, and I do not want your image to change with me.


I have nothing but scorn for the notion of an Islamic bomb.

There is no such thing as an Islamic bomb or a Christian bomb. Any such weapon is a means of terrorizing humanity, and we are against the manufacture and acquisition of nuclear weapons. This is in line with our definition of - and opposition to - terrorism.


All right, then nobody can complain if we ask pregnant women to make parachute jumps.


Nothing would please me more, but who else would pump the oil that we need? God damn America.


We have been terrorised by what happened in America and we express our condolences to the American people who suffered from this unexpected catastrophe and a new world war.


We are telling the American people to have patience, courage, resolve and determination.


We [Libyans] support the Palestinian resistance, and all the world supports this. We support their just cause, but we are against terrorism.


I am defending the Jews to prevent them from becoming extinct, because they are doomed to become extinct if they continue this way.... I am convinced that the solution is to establish a democratic state for the Jews and the Palestinians, a state that will be called Palestine, Isratine, or whatever they want. This is the fundamental solution, or else the Jews will be annihilated in the future, because the Palestinians have [strategic] depth.


We can call it Isratine.


Britain no longer exists. It is a trace of what it used to be.


Their ages are 17. They give them pills at night, they put hallucinatory pills in their drinks, their milk, their coffee, their Nescafe.


If Abu Nidal is a terrorist, then so is George Washington.


The Lybian army is capable of destroying America and breaking its nose.


Good morning, people of the U.N.


The man who carried out the attack is still in power and still insane, so we shall expect another attack any minute.


Boxing and wrestling are evidence that mankind has not rid itself of all savage behavior.


Man's freedom is lacking if somebody else controls what he needs, for need may result in man's enslavement of man.


When everyone is part of the people's congress, what need is there for an opposition? Opposition to what? You oppose a government! If there is no government, and the people govern themselves on their own, what are they going to oppose? Something that isn't there?


A woman has the right to run for election whether she's male or female!


I have nothing to say to him [Ronald Reagan], because he is mad.

He is foolish. He is an Israeli dog.


Africa is closer to me in every way than Iraq or Syria.


We put our fingers in the eyes of those who doubt that Libya is ruled by anyone other than its people.


If a community of people wears white on a mournful occasion and another dresses in black, then one community would like white and dislike black and the other would like black and dislike white. Moreover, this attitude leaves a physical effect on the cells as well as on the genes in the body.