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The bold and the dutiful: 21 courageous quotes from history’s biggest badasses

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Read about any period of history and one thing you’re guaranteed to come across is bloody, gut wrenching wars. It’s one thing that we humans excel at, whatever the era and whatever the culture. Yet amidst all this terrible, and often pointless, slaughter we sometimes get glimpses of great bravery in the face of terrible odds. It’s during these moment, when all looks doomed, that certain types of men and women go full bad ass. In honour of their devil-may-care attitude to danger, here are some of their finest moments immortalized in their finest words. Prepare to be amazed. 

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Advice from the “First American”: 17 of the wisest Benjamin Franklin quotes

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Benjamin Franklin was renowned for being a jack-of-all-trades, with experience as an inventor, author, politician, diplomat, scientist, printer, postmaster, and abolitionist, among many other respectable titles. In addition to his many accomplishments, the Founding Father had a way with words that still resonate with us today. For example, his Poor Richard’s Almanack, a pamphlet that contained a variety of weather forecasts, household tips, puzzles, and general life advice contains some of the most well-known witticisms that still survive in the modern vernacular. Let’s take a look at 17 of the wisest Benjamin Franklin quotes sourced from personal letters, essays, and the ever-relevant Poor Richard’s Almanack.

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Zing! 20 of history’s most brutal put-downs

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There’s no better type of insult than historical mud-slinging! Today’s zingers just don’t have the refinement and wit of the insults of yesteryear, and they certainly don’t provide the immense satisfaction of picturing the most prominent and respected figures from your history textbook getting down and dirty with a little verbal warfare. We’ve found 20 of the most brutal put-downs of the past that prove just how harsh history’s finest could be.

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