17 Superb Cecil Rhodes Quotes

Cecil Rhodes was a British magnate and politician for the Cape Colony in South Africa. A vigorous supporter of settle colonialism, here is a look at some of the best Cecile Rhodes quotes from his life.

“Africa is still lying ready for us, it is our duty to take it. It is our duty to seize every opportunity of acquiring more territory and we should keep this one idea steadily before our eyes.”

“Ask any man what nationality he would prefer to be, and ninety nine out of a hundred will tell you that they would prefer to be Englishmen.”

“Having read the histories of other countries, I saw that expansion was everything, and that the world’s surface being limited, the great object of present humanity should be to take as much of the world as it possibly could.”

“I contend that we are the finest race in the world and that the more of the world we inhabit, the better it is for the human race.”

“I have found out one thing and that is, if you have an idea, and it is a good idea, if you only stick to it you will come out all right.”

“I have too much work on my hands and I would not be a dutiful husband.”

“If there be a God, I think he would like me to paint Africa British-Red as possible.”

“In order to save the forty million inhabitants of the United Kingdom from a bloody civil war, our colonial statesmen must acquire new lands for settling the surplus population of this country, to provide new markets…”

“Man begets, but land does not beget.”

“Pure philanthropy is very well in its way but philanthropy plus five percent is a good deal better.”

“Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life.”

“So little done, so much to do.”

“The real fact is that I could no longer stand their eternal cold mutton.”

“To think of these stars that you see overhead at night, these vast worlds which we can never reach. I would annex the planets if I could; I often think of that. It makes me sad to see them so clear and yet so far.”

“We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labor that is available from the natives of the colonies.”

“When people praise you, don’t let it go to your head. When they criticize you, don’t let it go to your heart.”

“Wherever you turn your eye—except in science—an Oxford man is at the top of the tree.”

Believing in the white man’s right to rule, here is a look at the mission of Cecil Rhodes during his lifetime and influence in South Africa.

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