This will be a very controversial list because more often than not, everyone has at least a few individuals around them who love them to bits, regardless of how terrible other people find them to be. Even the worst people you can imagine have family or friends who look up to them as heroes because, whether we believe it or not, love covers a multitude of sins.
Therefore, the people who will appear on this list as “The Worst People in History” have people who see them in a totally different light and we can’t ignore that. However, these people are here for serious crimes that they committed – crimes such as mass murder, rape, and the like.
A large percentage of the people appearing here are those who once held the highest office in their countries, a period during which they performed most of their heinous crimes. Since these men were dictators and rulers of huge territories, most of them thought that they were invincible and that they could get away with anything.
Some of these men faced justice before they died, while others died without receiving a just punishment for their crimes. The smaller percentage of those who were just ordinary citizens here are guilty of the worst crimes imaginable, and they truly deserve to be here.
The interesting thing about this list is that the characters here had some very inspiring quotes – quotes that you would have a hard time believing came from them. Here are 15 inspirational quotes from the worst people in history. Which of these quotes, in your opinion, sound too good to come from these men?
15. “Never Interrupt Your Enemy When He Is Making A Mistake” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon’s inclusion in this list might be a shock for most people since the French remember him fondly for the “good leadership” and his prowess on the battlefield that he offered during his time. However, Napoleon was not such a great person because, in addition to other serious crimes against humanity, he was probably the first leader to use gas to exterminate a civil population. Napoleon reintroduced the slave trade after it had been banned, he established concentration camps in Alba and Corsica and possibly led to the death of well over 200,000 Africans in French colonies. Therefore, when the wise and inspirational quote above is attributed to Napoleon, it makes much more sense why he is on this list.
14. “As Long As You Have Love In Your Heart, You’ll Never Be Alone” – Charles Manson
Anyone living in the United States, and more specifically in California, knows exactly who Charles Manson is and what he did in 1969. Manson is one of the “worst people in history” – and he definitely deserves a spot on this list. People remember Manson as a violent and insane person since, together with his followers, he committed nine murders over a five-week period. Today, Manson is in Corcoran State Prison serving nine life sentences. The above quote is part of the lyrics in one of his songs and, despite how true and inspiring it is, you would not expect a murderer to understand its meaning or sing it.
13. “If We Knew The Meaning Of Everything That Is Happening To Us, Then There Would Be No Meaning” – Idi Amin
The late Idi Amin is one of the worst presidents Africa has ever seen. In addition to people believing that he was a cannibal, Idi Amin’s rule was characteristic of human rights abuses, ethnic persecutions, corruption, extrajudicial killings, economic mismanagement and anything bad you can possibly think of. During Idi Amin’s reign as president of Uganda, he led to the murder of approximately half a million people, a shocking and depressing act. The forceful end of Amin’s eight-year reign was great news to Uganda and people all over the world. The above quote is full of wisdom and inspiration, but it loses all meaning when you consider who said it.
12. “Countless Millions Who Have Walked This Earth Before Us Have Gone Through This, So This Is Just An Experience We All Share” – Ted Bundy
The above quote is enough to encourage anyone going through a tough situation that they are not the first, since more have made it before them. However, the only problem with the quote is who said it. Ted Bundy is without a doubt one of the worst serial killers America has ever seen, which qualifies him to be one of the worst people who ever lived. Bundy finally admitted to 36 killings in the 1970s, but authorities believe that he killed close to a hundred women (spanning back to the 1960s, possibly). His execution style was gruesome and inhuman; he first raped his victims and beat them to death before moving on to the next.
11. “Politics Is War Without Bloodshed, While War Is Politics With Bloodshed” – Mao Zedong
Do you get the feeling that a citizen who was fed up with politics and politicians came up with the above quote? If so, you could not be further from the truth. A man called Mao Zedong came up with the above quote, and he is one of the few people here who qualify to be on the top five list of the worst people who ever lived. Some sources claim that this former chairman of the Communist Party of China led to the killing of at least 65 million people as a result of his merciless attempts to make China a unique socialist power. This man killed more people than Hitler, he boasted of burying over 46,000 scholars, and his forceful disastrous farming methods led to the deaths of tens of millions of Chinese people as a result of famine.
10. “Ideas Are More Powerful Than Guns. We Would Not Let Our Enemies Have Guns, Why Should We Let Them Have Ideas?” – Joseph Stalin
The above quote suggests the importance and supremacy of ideas over guns – a noble thought that has a lot of truth in it. The quote apparently belongs to Joseph (Josef) Stalin, a man who many Russians respect as an outstanding leader and who transformed the then Soviet Union from a backward nation into a global superpower. However, more people remember Stalin for his extreme brutality during his 30-year reign as the Soviet Union’s absolute ruler – a time where he used purges, atrocities, food displacements, expulsions, massacres and imprisonments in his rule. It is hard to come up with a clear number of the casualties of Stalin’s extreme methods, although some sources claim that his total tally must be in the region of 40 million people.
9. “Equality Means Nothing Unless Incorporated Into The Institutions” – Slobodan Milosevic
To a human rights activist, the above quote is enough to send such an individual to the streets demanding equality and its entrenchment into government institutions, since it is true and inspiring. However, since Slobodan Milosevic said the above wise words, one cannot help but wonder what he meant by them. Slobodan Milosevic was a former Yugoslav President and he clearly did not believe in the above quote, since immediately after his exit from power the government handed him over to The Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Milosevic’s rule led to the murder of hundreds of thousands of people, three lost wars, and the forceful removal of whole populations from their homes.
8. “The Oppressed Peoples Can Liberate Themselves Only Through Struggle. This Is A Simple And Clear Truth Confirmed By History” – Kim Il-Sung
The above quote sounds like it first came out of the mouth of an oppressed citizen who was ready to lose his life fighting for positive change in his or her country. However, you will be surprised to learn that it came out of the mouth of Kim Il-Sung, the former president and supreme leader of the Democratic people’s republic of Korea. Although some North Koreans consider Kim Il-Sung to be some kind of a god, he was not one of the best people when he was still alive. Thanks to Kim Il-Sung, at least three million Koreans lost their lives in the Korean War, almost two million starved to death owing to how badly he handled the economy, and hundreds of thousands of inmates died while in custody in his political prison camps.
7. “The Secret Of Freedom Lies In Educating People, Whereas The Secret Of Tyranny, Is In Keeping Them Ignorant” – Maximilien Robespierre
The secret of freedom indeed lies in education, because education sets people free to pursue great things and become better than they are in every way. The above way of thinking is the reason why most governments work towards providing free and compulsory education. The reason this inspirational quote is on this list is that Maximilien Robespierre was not such a good man. Most people remember Maximilien Robespierre for the Reign of Terror in the years of the French revolution – a period where he encouraged executions by guillotine for the enemies of the revolution. Robespierre’s leadership led to the direct killings of over 17,000 people but, when he was overthrown, he suffered the same fate at the guillotine.
6. “He Who Stops Being Better Stops Being Good” – Oliver Cromwell
Such wise words sound like they belong to a model citizen who upholds the law, subscribes to the highest code of moral conduct, and strives to become the best version of him or herself. Well, the quote actually belongs to Oliver Cromwell – and he was a man who would not fit the above description. Cromwell and his forces were responsible for violent sieges of Drogheda and of Wexford, which are nothing short of war crimes. Cromwell led to the killing of thousands of Irish men, women, and children, the deportation of close to a hundred thousand as slaves, and the death of close to a million owing to starvation and disease that were because of his military actions.
5. “Obstacles Do Not Exist To Be Surrendered To, But Only To Be Broken” – Adolf Hitler
When you are going through a tough time in your life and someone comes to you and says, “Obstacles do not exist to be surrendered to, but only to be broken” wouldn’t you feel great? Sure, this quote is one of the most inspirational quotes; however, since the above are Hitler’s words, one cannot help but feel as if there is something wrong with them. Hitler can very well be the most hated man who ever lived, thanks to his actions around and during the Second World War, and the killing of six million Jews during the Holocaust is part of his legacy. Hitler knew so well that some countries would try to prevent Germany from ruling the world, but he was not willing to surrender, he tried his best to break them.
4. “An Action Committed In Anger Is An Action Doomed To Failure” – Genghis Khan
Anger is one of the most destructive emotions a human being has to learn to control, because, as this quote suggests, rarely will something work out if you do it in anger. You’d be forgiven for thinking that whoever said the above quote must be a person who knew how to control his anger and only do good, but that is not the case at all. Genghis Khan was a brutal conqueror who used force to kill approximately 40 million people, which accounted for a tenth of the world population at the time. Regardless of whether he was establishing one of the largest empires the world has ever seen or not, his inhuman acts of killing make him part of this list.
3. “It Takes Less Courage To Criticize The Decisions Of Others Than To Stand By Your Own” – Attila The Hun
Someone criticizing other people’s dreams, ideas, and decisions without having any of their own is a coward’s way of life, and no one wants to be associated with a coward. Standing by your decision regardless of opposition takes courage, and it is something most of us should do more often. Attila the Hun seems to have lived by what he believed, because he was undoubtedly one of the most successful barbarians of his time, but there is no glory in his expeditions that we can be happy about. Attila the Hun killed many people during his conquests, attacking the Western and Eastern Roman empires at will. He is; therefore, not one of the best people who ever lived.
2. “The Real Strong Have No Need To Prove It To The Phonies” – Charles Manson
Since Charles Manson is the only one who is still alive on this list, we should honor him by giving him another appearance and an opportunity to admire his wise and inspirational words. However, this does not change the fact of who he truly is and what he did in order to deserve to be on this list. Bullies always seem to want to prove how strong they are, especially when it does not matter, but the genuinely strong are often humble and they respect everyone. You never need to prove anything to a phoney, because such people are not worth the effort or the time.
1. “I Call On You Not To Hate, Because Hate Does Not Leave Space For A Person To Be Fair And It Makes You Blind And Closes All Doors Of Thinking” – Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein is one of those people whose memory sparks different emotions from different people. To Iraqis and Islamic extremists, he was a great president thanks to his opposition to the United States and his attacks on Israel, but to most other people he was just a ruthless dictator who had no regard for life. Saddam was believed to have killed at least 250,000 people during his reign as the president of Iraq, a fete only one of the worst people in history can achieve. The above quote seems as if it can never have a relationship with Saddam Hussein, since to most people, he hated the Americans, the Israelis, and everyone else who did not agree with his dictatorial ways.