Top 33 Quotes By Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan, indeed the Mongol monarchy’s 1st Great Khan and sometimes praised as that of the King of Kings, has been the newly founded emperor of several of the world’s largest empires, that is to say. The Reign of the Mongols. This epic Mongolian vindicator continued to occupy vast lands in Eurasia, by annexing present-day nations in China, southeast Asia, Mesopotamia, Eastern Europe as well as west Africa. He was considered accountable for the demise of a few of the significant dynasties including Western Xia, Jin, Qara Khitai, Caucasus as well as Khwarazmian kingdom.

That being said, he held notoriety as a tyrant because of the mass murder of ordinary citizens throughout his victorious escapades that helped make him among the most dreaded rulers in historical memory. His ideological exploits, even after his murderous reputation, managed to bring Silk Route all under a political atmosphere that boosted commerce from Northeast Asia into other Southwest Asia as well as Europe. He had also been responsible, in addition to his military achievements, for instilling religious freedom and equality of opportunity into the Mongolian Empire.

He is also recognized with the restoration of both the Northeast Asian nomadic peoples. Let’s read and comment through many of this Mongol Dynasty’s best-known quotes mostly from Great Khan, comparing his views about life. Here’s a list of Genghis Khan ‘s popular quotes and reflections.

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

This quote from Genghis Khan simply means that the people deserve him as a punishment for the wrongdoings and goes to show how punishable the sins are to make him as a punishment from God.

If you’re afraid – don’t do it, – if you’re doing it – don’t be afraid!

One of the greatest quotes from Genghis Khan to push people from doing what they want without holding back. Simply means that if you double-take on something, just to pursue it. If you’re already deep into it then, don’t hold back and do your very best.

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

This quote gives out that message to not make any decisions while angry because its shadowed with anger and it’s going to be bad for everyone with that person not able to take it back even after being mad.

Who can’t stop drinking may get drunken three times a month. If he does it more often, he is guilty. To get drunken twice a month is better; once, still more praiseworthy. But not to drink at all – what could be better than this? But where could such a being be found? But if one would find it, it would be worthy of all honor.

This message’s true meaning does not apply for just simple drinking but it was hidden in that way. It means that if someone has a vice that they do much often then they are guilty to be called vice or addicted to it. However, finding a person that does not do anything is very rare today and if you found someone then they deserved to be complemented by it.

There is no value in anything until it is finished.

This quote’s message is saying that you need to finish whatever it is that you started or else it will end up nothing especially all the time and effort that you exerted to it.

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

In this quote, Genghis Khan sends out a message that for him, it much easier to go to war or conquer kingdoms because all you need to do is win but with politics, it’s a whole different ball game and it is very difficult to please a lot of people or country.

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.

This quote goes to show how frightening and powerful Genghis Khan at the same time. This is the reason why he was named one of the greatest conquerors of all time.

A man’s greatest joy is crushing his enemies.

Genghis Khan is one of the most powerful emperors in the world who did not talk his way to it. He did kill and won a lot of wars to get his name written in history. This quote shows how he wants to win and dominate every time.

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

This quote is more on loyalty and dealing with people that are close to you when they did you wrong, you still have them and treat them the same. Even if you do not agree with what they did.

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.

This quote goes to show how he as an emperor treats her underlings depending on how they can do. In real life, this can be sometimes relatable sometimes, the brave ones get to be treated higher than those who are poor-spirited.

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

These are the options that Genghis Khan gave to his enemy but most of them end up opposing them since they already know how he will treat them even after surrendering to him.

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

Even after being named as the most notorious warrior and emperor, Genghis Khan always put his people first on anything and make sure that they are all happy. This shows how kind of a leader he is back in the day.

Remember, you have no companions but your shadow

This is him saying to not always trust anyone especially being a King and a ruler of his kingdom. There will always be someone that will try to destroy him even the people that he trust so he always watches out and looks after himself.

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

Come to think of it, this may be one of his secrets for being so powerful especially on the battlefield. This says to always believe in yourself and have that win-all-the-time mentality.

Come and sip from the cup of destruction.

This quote was used by Genghis Khan inviting those people that want to go to battle with him. Those who are hungry to conquer and destroy.

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

This quote’s message is not to underestimate anyone by just looking at it. It still depends on the people that are defending it even if it’s made with twigs.

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, on this quote, says that he does not need the richest of the world because it loses his focus to his goal. This quote is very relatable in real life especially today that everyone is easily manipulated with fancy and expensive things.

Violence never settles anything.

This quote is a little ironic coming from a person that is good with violence and killing people. For him, violence is still not an option if people want to achieve something.

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

This quote shows the mentality of a Genghis Khan. He wants to win it all and will not stop there. He wants to win but at the same time, wants to be the only one that can experience winning and defeating all his enemies.

I will rule them by fixed laws so that rest and happiness shall prevail in the world.

This is one of the reasons why he is so successful in being a ruler and a King. He does not make a law just because he wants it, he rather follows the same rule that the people already know if that’s what it takes to have a harmonious life for them.

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.

This quote shows that even after all his achievements, Genghis Khan never turned his back to where he came from and still follows his people’s culture.

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 is warned of my death.

This quote is somewhat similar to those greatest warriors and Kings that Genghis Khan followed. In this message, he showed his desire to go home and have it as his resting place after all the years ongoing to battle and conquering the world.

If my body dies, let my body die but do not let my country die.

This is him saying to his commander before going to war to take care of his Kingdom even after he died and do not let it fall just because he is gone.

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.

This is a message that Genghis Khan bestowed to others that will follow his footsteps. For him, even after conquering a vast amount of land, there is still more to see and to be fought for in this life.

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

This quote foreshadows teamwork, arrows are the humans that means that if it is alone, it is easier to lose. On the other hand, having them all together is a force to be reckoned with.

Perhaps my children will live in stone houses and walled towns – Not I.

Once again, Genghis Khan on this quote showing his take on the richest thing on earth. For him, it is not important. But maybe the people after him do not share the same ideology and live a rich life. But not him as he said.

One of the joys of travel is visiting new towns and meeting new people.

Being able to be around places and meeting new people, Genghis Khan, aside from fighting, appreciates the great things that he experiences from his journey.

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

This is him saying what kind of responsibility he as a leader and a King. His being afraid is not because someone might want to take it from him. This is because if that person succeeds and gets in his position, he may take on the same burden.

Just as God gave different fingers to the hand so has He given different ways to men.

This goes out as a message from Genghis Khan that the reason why nobody has the same skills and talent is that God made them be doing what they are good in doing and gave others the opportunity to theirs as well.

When it was wet, we bore the wet together, when it was cold, we bore the cold together.

This is him and his countrymen lived back in the day. Even after being a King, Genghis Khan has always been known as one of the people and never treats them as if they are different from him.

In the space of seven years, I have succeeded in accomplishing a great work and uniting the whole world in one Empire.

This quote sums up what the great Genghis Khan achieved his years of battling and endless journey as it is quoted from him.

Make up your camps far apart and each of you rules your own kingdom.

This is his take on having different rulers in one kingdom which is a thing back in his days. That is why he always tells the leaders of other countries to take care of your kingdom and make them look as different and far from others.

I leave you the greatest empire in the world, but your preserving it depends upon your remaining always united. If discord steals in among you all will most assuredly be lost.

This is quoted by Genghis Khan on his last days reminding the next leader to always takes care of his people and watch his own back because once it falls to the wrong hands then the kingdom that they all built will surely be lost.

Final Thoughts

Genghis Khan has been one of the legends imprinted in human history permanently. Only from a simple beginning, he rose to create many of the most influential earth empires. Under his leadership, Genghis Khan united numerous Mongolian tribals. This was quite an impressive accomplishment. Also after his demise in August 1227, he was known as a great commander capable of building an empire. His contributions are inspiring.

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