Benito Mussolini

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Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini (29 July 1883 – 28 April 1945) was an Italian politician who led the National Fascist Party, ruling the country from 1922 to his ousting in 1943, and is credited with being one of the key figures in the creation of fascism.

Originally a member of the Italian Socialist Party and editor of the Avanti! from 1912 to 1914, Mussolini fought in World War I as ... more »

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  • ''The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face; it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.''
    Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Italian dictator. Speech, October 6, 1922, Milan, Italy.
  • It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in...
    Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Italian dictator. Quoted in Ciano, Diario 1939-1943, entry for April 11, 1940 (1946). Said to his son-in-law and min...
  • Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of ...
    Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Italian dictator. The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism (1932).
  • ''War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.''
    Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Italian dictator. "The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism," publ. In Enciclopedia Italiana (1932).
  • ''We deny your internationalism, because it is a luxury which only the upper classes can afford; the working people are hopelessly bound to their native shores.''
    Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Italian dictator. Address, June 21, 1921, to the Socialists in the Italian Chamber of Deputies. Mussolini's first sp...
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