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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Benito Mussolini on politics, writing, journalism, fascist, inspiration, economics, dictator, freedom and capitalism.

71 Famous Benito Mussolini Quotes That Give A Glimpse Of His Mind

Quick Facts

Famous As: Former Duce

Born On: July 29, 1883

Died On: April 28, 1945

Born In: Predappio, Italy

Founder / Co Founder: Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale, Cinecittà, National Fascist Party, Grand Council of Fascism, Royal Academy of Italy

Died At Age: 61

Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian journalist and politician, who rose to prominence in the first half of the 20th century as the head of the National Fascist Party as well as the Prime Minister of Italy. Mussolini became the Prime Minister of Italy in 1922 and continued to rule the country till 1943, during which he turned the form of governance into a dictatorship. He started off his career as a politician, as a member of the ‘Italian Socialist Party’, but eventually he fell out with the leadership after they chose to remain neutral regarding Italy’s participation in the First World War. After serving the ‘Royal Italian Army’ in the First World War, he became increasingly nationalistic in his outlook and eventually led the ‘National Fascist Party’. His time as the dictator of Italy was punctuated with brutal crackdown on any kind of opposition and his decision of participating in the Second World War proved to be a disastrous one for the country. His legacy is an infamous one but at the same time he remains one of the most fascinating political figures in modern history. Here are some of his quotes and thoughts which have been scanned from his life and work that will give you a glimpse into his mind. Following are the most famous quotations and sayings by Benito Mussolini.

It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.

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Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power

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Silence is the only answer you should give to the fools. Where ignorance speaks, intelligence should not give advices.

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

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

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All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.

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War is to man what maternity is to a woman. From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint, I do not believe in perpetual peace.

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

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

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The keystone of the Fascist doctrine is its conception of the State, of its essence, its functions, and its aims. For Fascism the State is absolute, individuals and groups relative.

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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.

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Inactivity is death.

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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.

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The function of a citizen and a soldier are inseparable.

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War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.

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We become strongest, I feel, when we have no friends upon whom to lean, or to look for moral gudance

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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!

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

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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.

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The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face; it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.

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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.

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The mass, whether it be a crowd or an army, is vile.

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Fascism is not an article for export.

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I have been a racist since 1921. I don't know how they can think I'm imitating Hitler,

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Democracy is talking itself to death. The people do not know what they want; they do not know what is the best for them. There is too much foolishness, too much lost motion. I have stopped the talk and the nonsense. I am a man of action. Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. You in America will see that some day.

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Fascism is a religious concept.

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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.

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Democratic regimes may be defined as those in which, every now and then, the people are given the illusion of being sovereign, while the true sovereignty in actual fact resides in other forces which are sometimes irresponsible and secret.

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If only we can give them faith that mountains can be moved, they will accept the illusion that mountains are moveable, and thus an illusion may become reality.

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

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

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A nation of spaghetti eaters cannot restore Roman civilization!

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

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

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

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The corporate State considers that private enterprise in the sphere of production is the most effective and useful instrument in the interest of the nation. In view of the fact that private organisation of production is a function of national concern, the organiser of the enterprise is responsible to the State for the direction given to production.

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Every anarchist is a baffled dictator.

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Democracy is a kingless regime infested by many kings who are sometimes more exclusive, tyrannical and destructive than one, even if he be a tyrant.

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

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There is the great, silent, continuous struggle: the struggle between the State and the Individual; between the State which demands and the individual who attempts to evade such demands. Because the individual, left to himself, unless he be a saint or hero, always refuses to pay taxes, obey laws, or go to war.

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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

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

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The history of saints is mainly the history of insane people." -Benito Mussolini (Chuck Palahniuk - Pygmy)

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

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The definition of fascism is The marriage of corporation and state

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We have buried the putrid corpse of liberty

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It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.

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There is no revolution that can change the nature of man

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Blood alone literally moves the wheels of history.

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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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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 (l926) 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.

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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.

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What the proletariat needs is a bath of blood.

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I should be pleased, I suppose, that Hitler has carried out a revolution on our lines. But they are Germans. So they will end by ruining our idea.

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Believe, obey, fight.

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Fascist education is moral, physical, social, and military: it aims to create a complete and harmoniously developed human, a fascist one according to our views.

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If two irreconcilable elements are struggling with each other, the solution lies in force. There has never been any other solution in history, and there never will be.

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We do not argue with those who disagree with us, we destroy them.

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The truth is that men are tired of liberty.

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Journalism is not a profession, but a mission.

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I want to make my own life a masterpiece.

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

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Nessun fenomeno al mondo pu impedire al sole di risorgere.

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Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.

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The Socialists ask what is our program? Our program is to smash the heads of the Socialists.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Three cheers for the war. Three cheers for Italy's war and three cheers for war in general. Peace is hence absurd or rather a pause in war.

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Peace is absurd: Fascism does not believe in it.

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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.

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