Oliver Cromwell Quotes

Political Quotes
Charles I

I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that you call a Gentleman and is nothing else.

Cruel necessity.
On the execution of Charles I (January 1649)

No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.

“i tell you we will cut off his head with the crown upon it .”
Cromwell to one of the judges at the trial of King Charles I, 1648

“i am neither heir nor executor to Charles Stuart.”
On himself, repudiating a royal debt, August 1651

“take away that fool’s bauble, the mace”
Oliver Cromwell speech dismissing the rump parliament in April 1653.

“you have been sat to long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, i say, and let us have done with you. In the name of god, go!.”
Addressing the rump parliament. April 1653.

“the people would be just as noisy if they were going to see me hanged.”
Cromwell referring to a cheering crowd in 1654

“necessity hath no law.”
Speech to parliament, Sept. 1654.