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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Genghis Khan on sin, God, punishment, enemies, health, happiness, leadership, destruction and fantasy.

30 Top Quotes By Genghis Khan, The Dreaded Mongol Leader

Quick Facts

Famous As
Khagan of the Mongol Empire

Born On
1162 AD

Died On
18 August 1227 AD

Born In
Delüün Boldog

Founder / Co Founder
Mongol Empire

Died At Age
65

Genghis Khan, the first Great Khan of the Mongol dynasty and often hailed as the King of Kings, was the founding emperor of one of the largest contiguous empire, i.e. The Mongol Empire. This legendary Mongolian vanquisher went on to conquer vast territories of Eurasia, by annexing modern day states of China, Korea, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. He was held responsible for the downfall of some of the major dynasties such as Western Xia, Jin, Qara Khitai, Caucasus and Khwarazmian dynasty. However, he held a reputation of being a tyrant due to the slaughter of common citizens during his vanquishing escapades which made him one of the most feared rulers in the history. Despite his genocidal reputation, his political exploits brought Silk Route under one political environment which boosted the trade from Northeast Asia into Southwest Asia and Europe. Apart from his military accomplishments, he was responsible for inculcating religious tolerance and meritocracy into Mongol Empire. He is also accredited for the unification of the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia. Let us browse through some of the most famous quotes from the Great Khan of the Mongol Dynasty, attributing his thoughts and life. Here is a compilation of notable quotations and thoughts by Genghis Khan.

I am the punishment of God...If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.

- Genghis Khan

If you're afraid - don't do it, - if you're doing it - don't be afraid!

- Genghis Khan

An action comitted in anger is an action doomed to failure.

- Genghis Khan

Man's highest joy is in victory: to conquer one's enemies; to pursue them; to deprive them of their possessions; to make their beloved weep; to ride on their horses; and to embrace their wives and daughters.

- Genghis Khan

Oh people, know that you have committed great sins. If you ask me what proof I have for these words, I say it is because I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you!

- Genghis Khan

Heaven grew weary of the excessive pride and luxury of China... I am from the Barbaric North. I wear the same clothing and eat the same food as the cowherds and horse-herders. We make the same sacrifices and we share.. our riches. I look upon the nation as a new-born child and I care for my soldiers as though they were my brothers.

- Genghis Khan

If unable to abstain from drinking, a man may get drunk three times a month; if he does it more than three times he is culpable; if he gets drunk twice a month it is better; if once a month, this is still more laudable; and if one does not drink at all what can be better? But where can I find such a man? If such a man were found he would be worthy of the highest esteem.

- Genghis Khan

Even when a friend does something you do not like, he continues to be your friend.

- Genghis Khan

I am the flail of god. Had you not created great sins, god would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.

- Genghis Khan's Rules for (Warriors) Writers, Genghis Khan

There is no good in anything until it is finished.

- Genghis Khan

The pleasure and joy of man lies in treading down the rebel and conquering the enemy, in tearing him up by the root, in taking from him all that he has.

- Genghis Khan

There is no value in anything until it is finished.

- Genghis Khan

An action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure.

- Genghis Khan

Those who were adept and brave fellows I have made military commanders. Those who were quick and nimble I have made herders of horses. Those who were not adept I have given a small whip and sent to be shepherds

- Genghis Khan

If you're afraid - don't do it, - if you're doing it - don't be afraid!” Genghis Khan

- Genghis Khan

A man's greatest joy is crushing his enemies.

- Genghis Khan

Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard.

- Genghis Khan

A leader can never be happy until his people are happy.

- Genghis Khan

People conquered on different sides of the lake should be ruled on different sides of the lake.

- Genghis Khan

One arrow alone can be easily broken but many arrows are indestructible.

- Genghis Khan

Be of one mind and one faith, that you may conquer your enemies and lead long and happy lives.

- Genghis Khan

Remember, you have no companions but your shadow

- Genghis Khan

The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.

- Genghis Khan

The strength of a wall is neither greater nor less than the courage of the men who defend it.

- Genghis Khan

I hate luxury. I exercise moderation…It will be easy to forget your vision and purpose one you have fine clothes, fast horses and beautiful women. [In which case], you will be no better than a slave, and you will surely lose everything.

- Genghis Khan

Violence never settles anything.

- Genghis Khan

Come and sip from the cup of destruction.

- Genghis Khan

All who surrender will be spared; whoever does not surrender but opposes with struggle and dissension, shall be annihilated.

- Genghis Khan

Not even a mighty warrior can brake a frail arrow when it is multiplied and supported by its fellows. As long as you brothers support one another and render assistance to one another, your enemies can never gain the victory over you. But if you fall away from each other your enemy can brake you like frail arrows, one at a time.

- Genghis Khan

It is not sufficient that I succeed - all others must fail.

- Genghis Khan