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 Genghis Khan Quotes

"I will rule them by fixed laws [so] that rest and happiness shall prevail in the world."
-CHINGIS KHAN, after being named khan.


"Heaven has appointed me to rule all the nations, for hitherto there has been no order upon the steppes."

"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"

-CHINGIS KHAN, on the reorganization of his followers. Genghis was a brilliant statesmen and a mastery of making efficient government. The good reorganization of the steppes during his unification of the tribes contributed to the Mongols' future sucess.

"Perhaps my children will live in stone houses and walled towns - Not I"

-CHINGIS KHAN. Genghis Khan remained a nomad for his life. His grandson Khubilai Khan, however, converted to sedentary life and became more Chinese than Mongol.

"With Heaven's aid I have conquered for you a huge empire. But my life was too short to achieve the conquest of the world. That task is left for you."

-CHINGIS KHAN, to his sons at the end of his life.

"Say ye unto the Khwarezmians that I am the soveign of the sunrise, and [he is] the soverign of the sunset. Let there be between us a firm treaty of friendship, amity, and peace, and let traders and caravans on both sides come and go.

-CHINGIS KHAN, to an ambassador from the Khwarezmian empire. Genghis actually wanted peace, but was compelled to go to war when the Mongol ambassadors were killed by the Persians.

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

-CHINGIS KHAN, during the war with the Khwarezmian empire. Usually, Genghis kept his word, and those who did surrender were indeed spared. It is this policy that separates Genghis from other leadesr who did pointlessly kill people. Genghis killed for conquests, not for the joy of it like Tamerlane and Hitler.

"Despite all expectations, the time of my last campaign and of my passing is near. I wish to die at home. Let not my end disarm you, and on no account weep for me, lest the enemy be warned of my death."

-CHINGIS KHAN, last words to his military commanders. Genghis made sure it was clear that after his death there will be a smooth transition. A sucession crises that destroyed the empires of Alexander and Attila was avoided.

"As my calling is high, the obligations incument upon me are also heavy; and I fear that in my ruling there may be something wanting"


"A man's greatest work is to break his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them all the things that have been theirs, to hear the weeping of those who cherished them."

-CHINGIS KHAN. Obviously, this shows the more brutal side of Genghis Khan. However, it should be noted that it was his "enemies" that he hated. Genghis treated well to those who respected him

"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."


"Be of one mind and one faith, that ou may conquer your enemis and lead long and happy lives.

"If the great, the military leaders and the leaders of the many descendants of the ruler who will be born in the future, should not adhere strictly to the Yasa, then the power of the state will be shattered and come to an end, no matter how they then seek Genghis Khan, they shall not find him."

-CHINGIS KHAN, discussing "the fall of the states" as ignorance to his Yasa (Genghis's maxims, regulations, code of law).

"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."

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

-CHINGIS KHAN, said sometime during his campaign in Perisa.


 Other Quotes

"There came into the world a blue-gray wolf
whose destiny was Heaven's will.
His wife was a fallow deer.
They travelled together across the inland sea
and when they were camped near the source of the Onan River
in sight of Moucnt Burkhan Khaldun
their first son was born, named Batachikhan."

-The Opening Lines of the SECRET HISTORY OF THE MONOGLS, (translated by Paul Kahn). These lines describe the genesis of the Mongols, and their wolf-deer ancestry.


"I do not understand these words of yours. Tengri (Eternal heaven) has slain and annihilated these people, becasue they had adhered neither to Genghis Khan nor to the Khakhan (Ogedei Khan), both of whom have been sent to make known God's command."
-GUYUK KHAN, explaining to the Pope the actions of the Mongols in the invasion of Europe. Obviously, Guyuk is using divine justification. Source: Storm from the East

"By the strength of Eternal heaven, Order of the Universal Ruler of the Empire of the Great Mongols."

-The SEAL OF GUYUK KHAN (3rd Great Khan of the Mongols). Source: Storm from the East

"Send us your ambassadors: and thus we hall judge whether you wish to be at peace with us or at war...if you make war on us, the Everlasting God, who makes easy what was difficult and makes near what was far, knows that we know what our power is"

-MONGKE KHAN (4th Great Khan of the Mongols), to King Louis IX of France
"Honor is nothing without victory"
-SUBEDEI (The great Mongol General, led the invasion of Russia, Europe, and commanded in Persia and China) When view upon with Japanese Samurai codes, the Mongols were the most dishonorable of warriors, but it was such "run-away" tactics that brought them victory.