Cecil Rhodes Quotes
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Total quotes (21)
Books by Cecil Rhodes
Why should we not form a secret society with but one object the furtherance of the British Empire and the bringing of the whole uncivilised world under British rule for the recovery of the United States for the making the Anglo-Saxon race but one Empire. What a dream, but yet it is probable, it is possible.
When I left England for the first time in 1871 much of the world had already been colonised by Britain: Australia in 1770; India in 1757, and Canada in 1763. South Africa, however, was only partly controlled by Britain, and I saw this as a place where I might become as famous as Captain Cook, Robert Clive or James Wolfe!
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. Just fancy those parts that are at present inhabited by the most despicable specimens of human beings what an alteration there would be if they were brought under Anglo-Saxon influence, look again at the extra employment a new country added to our dominions gives.
People say I ‘stole’ gold and diamonds from Africa – but before I got there no one seemed to show interest in these natural resources. Besides, every single rock and nugget of gold I took out of the ground I had a legal right to: I bought the land from the colonial government – and, remember, I also had that Charter from the Queen! What’s wrong with that?
The world is nearly all parcelled out, and what there is left of it is being divided up, conquered and colonised. 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.
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.