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The PC game Medieval II: Total War was created by The Creative Assembly and was published by SEGA. It was released in 2006.
=Medieval II: Total War=

Quotes by famous people

Some of the quotes in Medieval II: Total War, mostly those displayed in the loading screens, are a collection of quotes made by some of history’s most famous personalities such as Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Martin Luther and many others. Here’s a selection of some of those quotes.

By Matthew of Edessa

  • On both sides the troops were commanded by royal princes and they massacred each other mercilessly.

  • The fighting was fierce and lasted for the greater part of a day; blood ran in rivers.

  • The Frankish duke wept bitterly to see his soldiers massacred.

By Fulcher of Chartres

  • Many of the common people in the armies were desolate, fearing future poverty; and so they sold their bows and the cowards returned to their own homes.

  • Alas! How many noble and valiant knights we lost.

  • When he caught sight of their army, he was terrified and groaned in his mind.

  • The Frankish duke wept bitterly to see his soldiers massacred.

By Bernard of Clairvaux

  • God has aroused the spirit of kings and princes to root up from the earth the enemies of the Christian name.

  • Therefore gird yourselves manfully and take up joyful arms for the name of Christ.

By Martin Luther

  • A safe stronghold our God is still. A trusty shield and weapon.

  • Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.

  • Nothing good ever comes of violence.

  • War is the greatest plague that can affect humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.

By Niccolò Machiavelli

  • Since love and fear can hardly coexist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.

  • The princes who have done great things are the ones who have taken little account of their promises.

  • So far as he is able, a prince should stick to the path of good but, if the necessity arises, he should know how to follow evil.

  • Men should either be treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injures – for heavy ones they cannot.

  • The prince must be a fox… to recognize the traps and a lion to frighten the wolves.

  • The sinews of war are not gold, but good soldiers.

  • Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised.

  • The best fortress which a prince can possess is the affection of his people.

  • No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.

  • A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought… but war and its organisation and discipline.

  • Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.

  • Good order and discipline in any army are to be depended upon more than courage alone.

  • Good order makes men bold, and confusion, cowards.

  • He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.

  • One should never risk one’s whole fortune unless supported by one’s entire forces.

  • It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles.

  • To ensure victory the troops must have confidence in themselves as well as in their commanders.

  • Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.

By John Milton

  • Better to reign in hell than serve in heav’n.

  • For what can war, but endless war, still breed?

  • Luck is the residue of design.

  • Peace hath her victories, no less renowned than War.

  • What does not destroy me, makes me strong.

By William Shakespeare

  • He doth nothing but talk of his horse. – The Merchant of Venice, i, 2

  • All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. – As You Like It, ii, 7

  • I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways. – As You Like It, v, 1

  • Here I and sorrows sit; Here is my throne, bid kings come bow to it. – King John, iii, 1

  • Go, bid the soldiers shoot. – Hamlet, iv, 2

  • Come the three corners of the world in arms, and we shall shock them. – King John, iv, 7

  • A man can die but once. – King Henry IV, Part:II. iii, 2

  • Give me another horse: bind up my wounds. – King Richard III, v, 3

  • A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! – King Richard III, v, 4

  • The better part of valour is discretion. – King Henry IV, Part:I, v, 4

  • To whom God will, there be the victory. – King Henry the Sixth, Part:III, ii, 5

  • A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers. – Much Ado About Nothing, i, 1

  • We are ready to try our fortunes To the last man. – King Henry IV, Part:II, iv, 2

  • And many strokes, though with a little axe, hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak. – King Henry VI, Part:III, ii, 1

  • Upon his royal face there is no note how dread an army hath enrounded him; – King Henry V, iv prologue

  • There’s daggers in men’s smiles. – Macbeth, II, 3

  • Fight to the last gasp. – King Henry VI, part 1, i, 1

  • I’ll fight, till from my bones my flesh be hacked. – Macbeth, v, 3

  • Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more! – King Henry V, iii, 1

By Desiderius Erasmus

  • War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.

  • Fortune favours the audacious.

  • The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.

By Saadi

  • Inflict not on an enemy every injury in your power, for he may afterwards become your friend.

  • When you see contention amongst your enemies, go and sit at ease with your friends; but when you see them of one mind, string your bow, and place stones upon the ramparts.

By Michel de Montaigne

  • There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

  • Tis so much to be a king, that he only is so by being so.

  • The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mould. . . . The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbour causes a war betwixt princes.

By Pope Urban II

  • Undertake this journey for the remission of your sins, with the assurance of the imperishable glory of the Kingdom of Heaven!

  • Let those who once fought against brothers and relatives now rightfully fight against barbarians.

By Luís de Camões

  • Let the world tremble as it senses all you are about to accomplish. – Canto 1:15

  • Having done everything practical to make ready for so long a voyage, we prepared our souls to meet death, which is always on a sailor’s horizon. – Canto 4:86


  • Kill them all, God will recognise his own. – Arnaud Amaury, Abbot of Citeaux

  • The strength of God will enable us, a small but faithful band, to overcome the multitude of the faithless. – Robert Guiscard

  • Let anyone who has zeal for God come with me! Let us fight for our brothers! Let Heaven’s will be done! – Conrad III, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire

  • Whoever devotedly undertakes and performs this most holy journey…shall have the enjoyment of eternal reward from the repayer of all men. – Pope Eugenius III

  • Surrender before you all die by the sword, for I do not wish you to perish. – Imad ad-Din Zanghi

  • We shall not surrender. – Archbishop Hugh

  • Come on soldiers! Guardians and agents of the supreme law! Here is a sacrifice of dogs ready for your swords! – Il-Ghazi

  • At the first sound of the bugle, everyone should make haste to put on arms and armour. – Walter, chancellor to Roger of Salerno

  • Put an end to so great an evil and arrive at a peace settlement whatever the outcome, and whatever the conditions. – William of Tyre

  • Take up the weapons of the glorious army for the salvation of many thousands. – Adela, wife of Stephen of Blois

  • If they wish to fight today, let them come like men. – Bohemund

  • They assembled from all sides, one after another, with arms and horses and all the panoply of war… – Anna Comnenus, The Alexiad

  • He withdrew, himself wounded, and was compelled to return home inglorious, weeping – he who had once vainly hoped for the glory of a triumph. – William of Apulia

  • Do you know, my son, with what little understanding the world is ruled? – Pope Julius III

  • Set out on pilgrimage and triumph gloriously over the infidels in the East. – Orderic Vitalis

  • Nothing is to be feared but fear. – Francis Bacon

  • In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention. – Thomas Aquinas

  • Strike up the drum and march courageously. – Christopher Marlowe

  • Will no one revenge me of the injuries I have sustained from one turbulent priest? – Henry II, King of England

  • The fields have eyes, and the woods have ears. – Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, The Knights Tale

  • If some among them are innocent, it is expedient that they should be assayed like gold in the furnace and purged by proper judicial examination. – Royal letter opening the enquiry into the Templar Knights

  • Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. – Christopher Columbus

  • And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. – Matthew, ch. XXIV, V.6

  • Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. – Psalm, CXLIV

  • No one conquers who doesn’t fight. – Gabriel Biel

  • An emperor is subject to no one but God and justice. – Fredrick I, Barbarossa

  • Let the boy win his spurs. – Edward III, King of England, Battle of Crecy 1345

  • We who are the rest of the people raised our heart and eyes to heaven crying for God to have compassion upon us, and to turn away from us the power of the French. – Thomas Elthem, Henry V’s Chaplain at Agincourt

  • He who knows not how to dissimulate, can not reign. – Louis XI, King of France

  • So many great nobles, things, administrations, so many high chieftains, so many brave nations, so many proud princes, and power so splendid; In a moment, a twinkling, all utterly ended. – Jacobus de Benedictus

  • It is more honourable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other. – Petrarch

  • He who defends everything defends nothing. – Fredrick II, Holy Roman Emperor

  • I am the King of Rome, and above grammar. – Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor

  • Disasters teach us humility. – Saint Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury

  • I have loved justice and hated inequity; and therefore I die in exile. – Pope Gregory VII, Tuscan Pope

  • To carry on war, three things are necessary: money, money, and yet more money. – Gian Jacopo Trivulzio

  • If you do not leave this pasturage, Saladin will come and attack you here. And if you retreat from this attack the shame and reproach will be very great. – Gerard of Ridefort, letter written to King Guy

  • I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse. – King Charles V King of France; Misattributed. Actually stated by Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire

  • Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe. – Alfonso X, the Wise, King of Castile

  • Every man should arm himself as quickly as he could, and come to the King. – Charles Oman


Other quotes from Medieval: Total War are proverbs. Here are some of them.

  • It is better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep. – Italian proverb

  • It is easy to be brave behind a castle wall. – Welsh proverb

  • In a fight, anger is as good as courage. – Welsh proverb

=Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms=

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The Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms expansion pack was released in 2007. It contains four different campaigns.

Americas Campaign

Quotes by famous people

By Hernán Cortés

  • They no longer had nor could find any arrows, javelins or stores with which to attack us…

  • It was so wonderful that I do not know how to describe this first glimpse of things never heard of, seen or dreamed of before…

  • Furthermore, they had calculated that if 25,000 of them died for every one of us, they would finish with us first, for they were many and we were but few.

  • So loud was the wailing of the women and children that there was not one man among us whose heart did not bleed at the sound…

  • For I assure Your Majesty that if God had not mysteriously assisted us and the victory had gone to Narváez, it would have been the greatest harm that Spaniards had done to each other for a long time past.

By Bernal Díaz del Castillo

  • We went there to serve God, and also to get rich.

  • We dared not charge them except all together… for they were so numerous that they could have blinded us with clods of earth, if God, of His great mercy, had not aided and protected us.

  • And when we saw all those cities and villages built in the water, and other great towns on dry land, and that straight and level causeway leading to Mexico, we were astounded…


  • Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. – Christopher Columbus


  • You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep. – Navajo proverb

  • Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the creator intended for you. – Hopi proverb

  • Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance. – Lakota proverb

  • It is not good to look at the clouds or your work will not progress. – Mayan proverb

  • In death, I am born. – Hopi proverb

  • One finger cannot lift a pebble. – Hopi Proverb

  • A good man does not take what belongs to someone else. – Pueblo proverb

  • The one who tells the stories rules the world. – Hopi proverb

  • Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant. – Kiowa proverb

  • After dark all cats are leopards. – Zuni proverb

  • All who have died are equal. – Comanche proverb

  • You can’t win them all. – Navajo proverb

  • The weakness of the enemy makes our strength. – Cherokee proverb

  • Cherish youth, but trust old age. – Pueblo proverb

Britannia Campaign

Quotes by famous people

By William Shakespeare

  • Cry – God for Harry! England and Saint George! – Henry V, iii, 1

  • O, Thou hast damnable iteration; and art, indeed, able to corrupt a saint. – Henry IV, Part:1, i, 2

  • Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close up the wall with our English dead! – Henry V, v, 3

  • There live not three good men unhanged in England; and one of them is fat and grows old. – Henry IV, Part:1, i, 4

By Geoffrey Chaucer

  • That field hath eyen, and the wood hath ears. – Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale

  • In his owen grese I made him frie. – Canterbury Tales. The Reves Tale

By William Wallace

  • We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free. – rallying his men before the Battle of Stirling Bridge

  • I have brought you to the revel, now dance if you can! – rallying his men before the Battle of Falkirk

By Walter of Guisborough

  • The common folk of the land followed him as their leader and ruler; the retainers of the great lords adhered to him… – on the leadership of William Wallace

  • …and even though the lords themselves were present with the English king in body, at heart they were on the opposite side. – on the leadership of William Wallace


  • Evil priests are the cause of the people’s ruin, so the ruin of the realm of Scotland had its source within the bosom of its own church. – Lanercost the chronicler

  • Will no one avenge me of the injuries I have suffered from one turbulent priest? – Henry II, King of England

  • We shall then defeat the whole lot of them in one go! – Edward I of England upon hearing of his Welsh allies’ threats to desert to the Scots

  • From that time there gathered to him all who were of bitter heart and were weighed down beneath the burden of bondage under the intolerable rule of the English domination and he became their leader. – Scottish chronicler Fordun on William Wallace

  • My lord if we cross the bridge we are dead men. – traitorous Scottish knight Robert Lundie at the Battle of Stirling Bridge


  • Castles were built a stone at a time. – Irish proverb

  • If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough – Irish proverb

  • Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion. – Scottish proverb

  • In a fight, anger is as good as courage. – Welsh proverb

  • Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbour. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him. – Irish proverb

  • It is easy to be brave behind a castle wall. – Welsh proverb

  • A king’s son is not nobler than his food. – Irish proverb

Crusades Campaign

Quotes by famous people

By John of Joinville

  • When the Saracens came to attack him, they threw Greek fire onto the barrier he had made; and the fire caught easily,[...] And you should know that the Turks did not wait for the fire to burn itself out, but rushed upon the Templars among the scorching flames.

  • And in this battle, Brother William (Guillaume), Master of the Templars, lost an eye; and he had lost the other on the previous Shrove Tuesday; and that Lord died as a consequence, may God absolve him!

  • And you should know that there was at least an acre of land behind the Templars, which was so covered with arrows fired by the Saracens, that none of the ground could be seen.


  • Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum. – Support the Faithful and Help the Poor. – Motto of the Order of Malta

Teutonic Campaign


  • The Brothers fought well enough, but they were nonetheless cut down. Some of those from Dorpat escaped from the battle, and it was their salvation that they fled. – Livonian Rhymed Chronicle

  • He would water his horses in the Rhine. – Biographer of Grand Duke Vytautas of Lithuania

  • They [the Knights] were pursued to the ends of the Earth, and many were slain, and you could not see the ice, it was covered with blood. – Chronicle of the Battle of Lake Peipus

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