42+ Best Genghis Khan Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Genghis Khan was the founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. He rose from humble beginnings to establish the largest land empire in history. After uniting the nomadic tribes of the Mongolian plateau, he conquered huge chunks of central Asia and China. Top motivational Genghis Khan quotes on happiness, leadership and punishment will bring out the warrior in you.

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Most Famous Genghis Khan Quotes

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

Not even a mighty warrior can break a frail arrow when it is multiplied and supported by its fellows. As long as you brothers support one another and render assistance to one another, your enemies can never gain the victory over you. But if you fall away from each other your enemy can break you like frail arrows, one at a time. – Genghis Khan

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

The strength of walls depends on the courage of those who guard them. – Genghis Khan

The merit in action lies in finishing it to the end. – Genghis Khan

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

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 – Genghis Khan

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

Man’s greatest joy is to slay his enemy, plunder his riches, ride his steeds, see the tears of his loved ones and embrace his women – Genghis Khan

People conquered on different sides of the lake should be ruled on different sides of the lake. – Genghis Khan

Heaven is weary of the luxury of China. I shall remain in the wilderness of the north. I shall return to simplicity and moderations once again. As for the clothes I wear and the food I eat, I shall have the same as cowherds and grooms and I shall treat my soldiers as brothers. In a hundred battles I have been at the forefront and within seven years I have performed a great work, for in six directions of space all things are subject to one ruler. – Genghis Khan

If one must drink, then let one drink thrice a month, for more is bad. If one gets drunk twice a month, it is better; if one gets drunk once a month, that is better still; and if one doesn’t drink at all, that is the best of all. – Genghis Khan

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

A man’s greatest moment in life is when his enemy lays vanquished, his village aflame, his herds driven before you and his weeping wives and daughters are clasped to your breast. – Genghis Khan

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. – Genghis Khan

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

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

Happiness lies in conquering one’s enemies, in driving them in front of oneself, in taking their property, in savoring their despair, in outraging their wives and daughters. – Genghis Khan

My life was too short to achieve the conquest of the whole world. – Genghis Khan

It is easy to conquer the world from the back of a horse. – Genghis Khan

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

Man’s highest joy is in victory: to conquer one’s enemies; to pursue them; to deprive them of their possessions; to make their beloved weep; to ride on their horses; and to embrace their wives and daughters. – Genghis Khan

Remember, you have no companions but your shadow – Genghis Khan

Oh people, know that you have committed great sins. If you ask me what proof I have for these words, I say it is because I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you! – Genghis Khan

An action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure. – Genghis Khan

Come and sip from the cup of destruction. – Genghis Khan

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

A leader can never be happy until his people are happy. – Genghis Khan

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

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

Heaven grew weary of the excessive pride and luxury of China… 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. I look upon the nation as a new-born child and I care for my soldiers as though they were my brothers. – Genghis Khan

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 – Genghis Khan

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. – Genghis Khan

There is no good in anything until it is finished. – Genghis Khan

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

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. – Genghis Khan

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

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, to take their horses between his knees and to press in his arms the most desirable of their women. – Genghis Khan

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

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

Violence never solves anything. – Genghis Khan

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. – Genghis Khan

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