Oliver Cromwell Quote
“Mr. Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.”
As quoted in: "Anecdotes of Painting in England" (1763) by Horace Walpole
Letter to Sir William Spring (September 1643)
“Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged.”
Said to Lambert in 1650 when their army was marching to Scotland and people all the while were shouting and wishing them success. - As reported in: Bishop Burnet's history of his own time, Vol. I (1724), p. 85, "A Summary of Affairs Before the Restoration"
Oliver Cromwell's letters and speeches: with elucidations (1861 edition)
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsOliver Cromwell
Born: April 25, 1599
Died: September 3, 1658 (aged 59)
Bio: Oliver Cromwell was an English military and political leader and later Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. Born into the middle gentry, he was relatively obscure for the first 40 years of his life.