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All history is man's efforts to realise ideals.
— Éamon de Valera, 1929
We do not believe in government through the voting booth. The Spanish national will was never freely expressed through the ballot box. Spain has no foolish dreams. I have never given up Germany the other Germany. The day will come when the hatred that seems unavoidable in war will be overcome. One day the Europe in which Europeans can live must become a reality. The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. We should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference.
— Margaret Chase Smith, 1972
History moves in contradictions.
— Nikolai Bukharin, 1917
A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers. It is almost certain that we will fail. But how will future history judge the German people, if not even a handful of men had the courage to put an end to that criminal?
— Henning von Tresckow, 1971
The means are at hand to fulfill the age-old dream: poverty can now be abolished. How long shall we ignore this underdeveloped nation in our midst? How long shall we look the other way while our fellow human beings suffer? How long?
— Michael Harrington, 1962
In the working class are men for every job. The working class, given the urge and the enthusiasm, and shown the direction, can storm the world.
— Bill Alexander, 1940
The speed with which armies collapse, bureaucracies abdicate, and social structures dissolve once the autocrat is removed frequently surprises American Policy makers.
— Jeane Kirkpatrick, 1979
As I have said time and again, the focal point of our economy should be the individual.
— Ludwig Erhard, 1963
For an SS officer there are no difficulties; his duty is always to remove difficulties himself as soon as they arise.
— Heinrich Himmler, 1942
A defeatist attitude now would surely lead to defeat... We can't opt out of the future.
— Seán Lemass, 1965
Democracy is not a state, democracy is a process. Men endured so much for war, but for peace they dared nothing.
— William Olaf Stapledon, The Seed and the Flower, 1916
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
— Adolf Hitler, 1939
I speak simply as a soldier of the Last War whose most earnest prayer it is that such cruel and destructive madness shall never again overtake mankind. There is no land whose people want war.
— Edward VIII Windsor, 1939
A thousand years will pass and the pride of Germany will not be erased!
— Hans Frank, 1945
We are done shining up the shoes of the Germans!
— Italo Balbo, 1951
No one starts a war - or rather, no one in his senses ought to do so - without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it.
— Carl von Clausewitz in On War, 1832
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death. One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.
— Subhas Chandra Bose, 1940
The end justifies the means, as long as there is something that justifies the end. Nature does not know extinction, only transformation.
— Wernher Von Braun, 1962
Unfortunately this earth is not a fairy-land, but a struggle for life, perfectly natural and therefore extremely harsh.
— Martin Bormann, 1971
The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.
— James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion, 1926
I don't see any American dream; I see an American nightmare. To sum it all up, I must say that I regret nothing.
— Adolf Eichmann, 1960
Super Event epigraphs
It is thus necessary that the individual should finally come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of the nation. No one starts a war — or rather, no one in his sense ought to do so — without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by the war and how he intends to conduct it.
— Hal Moore, We Were Soldiers Once... and Young (accompanies the South African Civil War)
Europe shall be dominated by Germany. Defeated states shall be nothing more than colonies. Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who does not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live. He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat.
Mutinies are crushed in accordance with eternal and unchanging iron laws. If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the dignity of death? No death may be called futile. People do not want words - they want the sound of battle - the battle of destiny. At dawn it is not just the night that dies, it is man and his becoming, and the warm blood staining the pavement is a word that is just starting.
— Riccardo Mannerini, 1970 (accompanies the Piazza Fontana Bombing)
In a war there are no winners or losers: only victims.
— Michel del Castillo (accompanies the Iberian Wars)
The Way of the Warrior is to be found in dying. One people will we be, - a band of brothers
No danger, no distress shall sunder us.
We will be freemen as our fathers were,
And sooner welcome death than live as slaves.
— Friedrich Schiller, William Tell (accompanies the Slave Revolt)
Life does not forgive weakness.
— Adolf Hitler
(accompanies the Second Night of the Long Knives
Situation very serious...
Disloyalty seems to gain the upper hand everywhere...
Reichskanzlei a heap of rubble.
— Martin Bormann, in his Final Telegram (accompanies the June of Deceit)
Why, of course, the people don't want war. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along. We lacked self control. We recognized no limits. Otherwise the Reich would have lasted more than 4 decades.
— Wilhelm Frick (accompanies the German Collapse)
Other men are the carving knife and the serving dish; we are the fish and the meat.
— Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (accompanies the Great Asian War)
The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.
— Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
(accompanies the Mars Landing under President Glenn
We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old,
For the union makes us strong.
A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.
Russian Reunification epigraphs
I am interested only in "nonsense"; only in that which makes no practical sense. I am interested in life only in its absurd manifestations.
— Daniil Kharms
(accompanies Bastillard Tomsk
reuniting Russia as the Russian Republic)
Yes, a strange, brilliant, unearthy visita indeed do you disclose, O Russia, country of mine! Be strong in the belief that life is wonderful. Be positive and believe that the Revolution will always win. My actions are guided by only one desire: to do what is in my power so that our people, a good, mighty people of our Motherland, wake up from political hibernation. However doomed a man may be, he still has the great luxury of freedom of thought that can carry him soaring over the past and the future, the single attribute that can never be taken away by tyrant or circumstance.
— Dmitry Volkogonov
(accompanies Mikhail's Chita
reuniting Russia as the Russian Empire)
In these days of doubt, in these days of painful brooding over the fate of my country, thou alone art my rod and my staff, O great, mighty, true and free Russia!
— Ivan Turgenev
(accompanies Petlin's Magadan reuniting Russia as the Russian National Republic
A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments. The Right of Nature... is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life. A thunderstorm was in our air; the nature that we became dark - for we had no way. The world thinks the Russian Revolution is at an end. Do not be mistaken. The Russian Revolution is just beginning.
— Alexander Kerensky
(accompanies Zykov's Samara
reuniting Russia as the Russian Republic)
Do not drop from your hands the arms you have received, fight with the enemies of the people. You are being expected by the tortured peoples of Russia. Liberate them! Our party, like any political party, strives for political supermacy for itself. Soldiers' bellies are not satisfied with empty promises and hopes. You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings. If the opposition disarms, all is well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves. We must finally understand that of all the precious capital in the world, the most precious capital, the most decisive capital, is human beings. If the present were not so horrible and grim, and the future so mysterious and enigmatic, one could go mad with joy.
— Konstantin Kavelin
(accompanies Democratic Komi
reuniting Russia as the Russian Free Republic)
When you have once gained sight, it is impossible to feign blindness. We are with you, but we are not yours. Do not think we have changed by acknowledging your banner; we recognized it only because it blends with national colors.
— Nikolay Ustryalov
(accompanies Serov's Ust-Sysolsk
reuniting Russia as the Russian National Soviet Republic)
Fiat iustitia, et pereat mundus.
(Latin for Let justice be done, though the world perish.
I work now as I have always worked: with my face into the wind... I'm only an instrument that God is using for the moment. Afterwards, things will be as God wants them. Something remains in us from the homeland that it lives in us all our life, now gladdening, at times tormenting, and it always seems that we will someday see it, our homeland. And this victory meant that our Motherland had withstood one of the most difficult tests in its history.
British Reunification epigraphs
Only workers Soviets, not parliament, can be the instrument enabling the proletariat to achieve its aims; those who have failed to understand this are, of course, reactionaries. Rise like lions after slumber in unvanquishable number, shake your chains to earth like dew
we are many, they are few.
What do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics. Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. I have not the particular shining bauble or feather in my cap for crowds to gaze at or kneel to, but I have the power and resolution for foes to tremble at. The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them. Come all threats, come all the violence, come all the insults. We will keep marching and they will not stop us.
The caged bird cries no more.
— Vereinigte Ostlandliga
The status quo lies destroyed.
— Reichskommissariat Ostland
The sun sets on the SS.
— SS-Oberabschnitt Ostland
A pauper's crown lies shattered.
— Central European Council
The talons have been clipped.
— Generalbezirk Lettland
Order has been restored to the steppe.
— Mongolian People's Front
The Mongol nation, united.
The Mad Dog has been put down, and Order in the Southwest reigns once more.
— National Protection Army (Long Yun's Yunnan)
As Japanese troops march through Shanghai, Beijing, and Nanjing, the hope of freedom is squashed. Japan has won the war against China, and consequently the eastern world as a whole.
— Republic of China
A shadow falls over France.
— French State
The Pan-African dream lies defeated.
— African National Congress
The Boer state has been ended, but the conflict has not.
— Boer Republic
The light of democracy has been extinguished in Africa.
— Union of South Africa
The airport of Africa could not stand up to the Americans in the air.
— Reichkommissariat Südwestafrika
So end Huttig's reign of terror.
— Reichkommissariat Ostafrika
Though their bravery was commendable, Bohemia has once more fallen prey to the German Reich.
— Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren
Bratislava burns, and with it, the last bastion of a brighter future. There is no hope left for the people of Slovakia.
Though the men and woman of the Polish homeland fought with everything they had, Poland is lost. Perhaps this time forever.
Bind her, grind her, burn her with fire, Cast her ashes into the sea,- She shall escape, she shall aspire, She shall arise to make men free.
— Kingdom of England
There are vast numbers whose names will never be known, whose deeds will never be recorded. This is a War of the Unknown Warriors.
— HMMLR's England
How shall we extol thee, who are born of the Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
Towing in gallant fame, Scotland my mountain hame, High may your proud standards Gloriously wave.
O, mia patria, sì bella e perduta!Tr.
— Governtorato del Levanto
Del Giordano le rive saluta, di Sionne le torri atterrate.Tr.
This earth is not a fairy-land, but a struggle for life.
— Bormann's Germany
History will show the trials to be necessary.
— Speer's Germany
The victor will always be the judge, and the vanquished the accused.
— Göring's Germany
The world is just a barrel-organ which the Lord God turns Himself. We all have to dance to the tune which is already on the drum.
— Heydrich's Germany
Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
— Deutsche Sozialistische Republik
You have fought like lions and been led by donkeys.
— Schutzzone Germania (Speidel's Germania)
So we move lost through, The gray no man's land. Maybe none of us will return Back in homeland.
— Regierung des nationalen Wiederaufbaus (Schörner's Germany)
— Spanish Republic
What was born by the sword shall die by the sword.
— Spanish Authority
In the end the tablecloth was rent in wounds, And there did the blushing roses drop, On the caries of the worn tabletop.
— Falangist Spain
El sueño esta muerto.Tr.
— Catalan Popular Front
Catalunya siempre será libre en nuestros corazones.Tr.
— Republic of Catalonia
The tortured Union meets its end.
— Iberian Federal Government
Once more, the young defeat the old.
— Basque Republic
The flame of youth burns out.
— Asturian Workers' Battalions
Dona eis requiem.Tr.
— National Redemption Front
The pilgrim's road meets its end.
— Galician Republic
Daddah's dream is toppled.
The Estado Novo meets its end.
— Government of National Salvation
The carnation withers.
— Portuguese Provisional Republic
Porto finds peace once more.
— Portuguese People's Front
Morocco fades into history once more.
History repeats itself.
— Rif Republic
The sun of May descends, perhaps forever.
Who will cry for the neutral?
A refuge from oppression no more, the tomb of the free forevermore.
Russian Capitulation Messages
Pandora's box shall be forever closed.
Perhaps peace never had a chance in Russia.
The eagle will never again cry.
The doorway to Europe lies open - and with it comes the smell of war once more.
The war machines lie broken and scattered.
Shorn of its protectors, the neutral city has been thrown to the wolves.
Russia is not kind to Dual Authorities.
The muezzins sing no more.
There remains some justice in the Russian Anarchy.
— Aryan Brotherhood
The damned souls no longer guard their Hell.
She smiled sadly, as she flew into the night.
— Free Aviators
A nation of iron, a land of tears.
They would find peace in death.
Not even a Falcon can fly against a storm.
The mad king's reign is over.
The calls for tradition have been deafened by the drums of war.
Their last thoughts were of home, and the people they had loved.
— People's Revolutionary Council
Andreev's mutiny ended as it began.
And onwards ran the River of Anarchy.
— Siberian Black Army
Lost souls have finally found their rest.
Their diamonds shine bright no more.
There is no middle ground; the Russian Tsar should reign, or perish.
The soldiers too will take strike action, they'll break ranks and fight no more...
Chairman Onoprienko's experiment has ended in failure.
Poland is lost once more.
— Nowa Polska
Indeed Allah is the most Forgiving, the Merciful!
The sweetest flower that ever grew is withered to the stalk.
The Khan could not outride history.
Post-Taboritsky Capitulation Messages (UNMARKED SPOILERS)
The Regent's abomination passes into the night.
— Holy Russian Empire
The Pale Horse rides no more.
— Ural Purification Zone
Pressing close, our enemies bellicose, unsleeping, Aim to make us feeble if our name is scorned, if our fame is shamed, What defines us as a people?
— The Idel-Ural Free State
Poland has died for a third time, choking on its own blood.
— Autonomous Soviet Liberation Army
The Mad Dog put down.
— Kazakh Purification Army
A man cries over the loss of his wife until she is buried. A man cries over the loss of his Motherland until he is buried.
— Free Kazakh Clans
They would cry out for freedom no more.
— Nenetsian Free Army
The hand of Fate has ripped them from the sky.
— Imperial Airborne Brigades
What remains in diseases after the crisis is apt to produce relapses.
— Redeemed Black League
The light of progress in Russia has gone out.
— Chelyabinsk Institute
The new republic, built on hope, has been strangled in its cradle.
— Central Eurasian Republic
Rurik's line has been swept away, never to be seen again.
— Kingdom of Altay
They died free. There is no better end.
— Siberian Free Territory
Alexei has passed forever beyond our grasp.
— Russian Empire
Another king joins the ghostly ranks of Russian nobility.
— Regency of Holy Russia
The rivers of wealth have been replaced with blood.
— Free Port of Magadan
No one was coming to save them.
— United Siberian Salvation Committee