25 Of The Most Badass Quotes Of All Time

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

“When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll end up as the Pope.’ Instead, I became a painter, and wound up as Picasso.”

Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt

Surviving an assassination attempt to continue a 90-minute speech;

“Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”



Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan

“If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you”.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”



A Swiss Militiaman

A Swiss Militiaman

“Shoot twice and go home.”

Rosechach

Rosechach

“None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you… you’re locked in here with me!”



The Spartans

The Spartans

Philip II of Macedon invaded Greece and then sent a message to Sparta;

“If I invade Laconia you will be destroyed, never to rise again.”

...To which they sent the reply; "If".

Neither Philip II, nor his famous son, Alexander the Great, even made an attempt to invade Sparta.

Chesty Puller

Chesty Puller

“They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can’t get away from us now!”



Walter Payton

Walter Payton

“When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.”

A Victim Of A Nazi Concentration Camp

A Victim Of A Nazi Concentration Camp

“If there is a god, he’ll have to beg for my forgiveness” was what one anonymous victim wrote on the wall of a Nazi concentration camp.



General Mattis

General Mattis

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”

Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli

“People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.”



Al Capone

Al Capone

“I’m a kind person, I’m kind to everyone, but if you are unkind to me, then kindness is not what you’ll remember me for.”

General George S. Patton

General George S. Patton

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”



Robert Oppenheimer quoting the Bhagavad-Gita

Robert Oppenheimer quoting the Bhagavad-Gita

"Now I am become Death, destroyer of worlds."

General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck

General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck

Upon being asked by Adolf Hitler to be a German ambassador, he simply replied;

"Go fuck yourself."



Anonymous US Special Forces Soldier

Anonymous US Special Forces Soldier

Upon being asked by a reporter what he felt when shooting members of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, the solider simply replied;

"Recoil".

Diogenes

Diogenes

Alexander the Great asked the philosopher Diogenes if there was anything he could do for him, to which he replied; “Yes, stand a little out of my sunlight.”

Alexander then told Diogenes that “If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes”. The philosopher also had a ballsy response for this;

“If I were not Diogenes, I should also wish to be Diogenes," he said.



Jeff Lewis

Jeff Lewis

The Army specialist had no parachute training beyond a one-day refresher course but was sent to Fort Bragg to jump. He stepped out with the wrong foot and got twisted up in his gear but still managed to land safely. When asked about it, he replied;

“The US Army said I was airborne qualified, and I wasn’t going to question it.”

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton.

"We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?”



Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.

"The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

PFC Martin, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment during the "Battle Of The Bulge", WWII

PFC Martin, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment during the "Battle Of The Bulge", WWII

During a huge retreat by the US forces who were fighting the Germans in Ardennes forest, a sergeant in a tank destroyer laid eyes upon an Martin, who was digging a foxhole. Martin asked the sergeant, "Are you looking for a safe place?" The sergeant confirmed he was.

“Well, buddy,” said Martin, “just pull your vehicle behind me…I’m the 82nd Airborne, and this is as far as the bastards are going.”



H L Mencken

H L Mencken

“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”

Giles Corey

Giles Corey

Corey was being put to death during the infamous Salem Witch Trials in typically gruesome fashion by the horrible method known as pressing, in which weight would be piled on top of the victim until they died.

“More weight," he said at one point during the torture.



Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”