quote by Che Guevara

My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood… Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any surrendered enemy that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!

— Che Guevara

Killer Gunpowder quotations

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.

What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.

Remember, remember the 5th of November.

Remember, remember the fifth of November of gunpowder treason and plot.

I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot.


A whole bunch of big technological shocks occurred when Asian innovations - paper, gunpowder, the stirrup, the moldboard plow and so on - came to Europe via the Silk Road.

And I find chopsticks frankly distressing.

Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food?

There was a young man of Herne Bay who was making some fireworks one day: but he dropped his cigar in the gunpowder jar. There was a young man of Herne Bay.

The smell of gunpowder is sweeter to me than all the perfumes of Arabia.

The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.


In recent times, European nations, with the use of gunpowder and other technical improvements in warfare, controlled practically the whole world. One, the British Empire, brought under one government a quarter of the earth and its inhabitants.

[The imagination] . . . inspires an audacious mental habit. We are as elastic as the gas of gunpowder, and . . . a word dropped in conversation, sets free our fancy, and instantly our heads are bathed with galaxies, and our feet tread the floor of the Pit.

I lost my hair mixing a substance called white gunpowder on the kitchen table.

War is a terrible trade. But when the cause is just, the smell of gunpowder is sweet.

There are two things necessary to Salvation.... Money and gunpowder.


Genius, as an explosive power, beats gunpowder hollow.

Histories of the world omitted China;

if a Chinaman invented compass or movable type or gunpowder we promptly "forgot it" and named their European inventors. In short, we regarded China as a sort of different and quite inconsequential planet.

Most men don't seem to get that telling a pissed-off woman to calm down is like throwing gunpowder on a fire.” ~ Liberty Jones

Printer's ink has been running a race against gunpowder these many, many years.

Ink is handicapped, in a way, because you can blow up a man with gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries.

GUNPOWDER, n. An agency employed by civilized nations for the settlement of disputes which might become troublesome if left unadjusted.


What do nations care about the cost of war, if by spending a few hundred millions in steel and gunpowder they can gain a thousand millions in diamonds and cocoa?

You can't stop things like Bitcoin. [...]. It's like trying to stop gunpowder.

Metaphor is no argument, though it be sometimes the gunpowder to drive one home, and imbed it in the memory.

We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like. I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin. My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like.

The proverb answers where the sermon fails.


Guilt is to danger, what fire is to gunpowder;

a man need not fear to walk among many barrels of powder, if he have no fire about him.

If we contrast the rapid progress of this mischievous discovery [gunpowder] with the slow and laborious advances of reason, science, and the arts of peace, a philosopher, according to his temper, will laugh or weep at the folly of mankind.

Ever since the invention of gunpowder.

. I continually tremble lest men should, in the end, uncover some secret which would provide a short way of abolishing mankind, of annihilating peoples and nations in their entirety.

There is no harm in anybody thinking that Christ is in bread.

The harm is in the expectation of His presence in gunpowder.

The invention of gunpowder and the constant improvement of firearms are enough in themselves to show that the advance of civilization has done nothing practical to alter or deflect the impulse to destroy the enemy, which is central to the very idea of war.


Christian, thou knowest thou carriest Gunpowder about thee, desire those that carry Fire to keep at a Distance from thee; 'tis a dangerous Crisis when a proud Heart meets with flattering Lips.

Some great minds become great by turning the rubble of an exploded paradigm into something consistent and meaningful. Others become great by laying the gunpowder, grain by grain. Every important revolution needs both kinds of minds to complete itself.

Girls were born knowing how destructive the truth could be.

They learned to hold it in, tamp it down, like gunpowder in an old fashioned gun. Then it exploded in your face on a November day in the rain.

Frenchmen are like gunpowder, each by itself smutty and contemptible, but mass them together and they are terrible indeed!

Television was the most revolutionary event of the century.

Its importance was in a class with the discovery of gunpowder and the invention of the printing press, which changed the human condition for centuries afterward.

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