Necessity hath no law. Feigned necessities, imaginary necessities ... are the greatest cozenage that men can put upon the Providence of God, and make pretences to break known rules by.
OLIVER CROMWELL, speech to Parliament, Sept. 12, 1654
A few honest men are better than numbers.
OLIVER CROMWELL, letter to Sir W. Spring, Sept. 1643
Do not trust to the cheering, for those very persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged.
OLIVER CROMWELL, attributed, The New Speaker's Treasury of Wit and Wisdom
Paint me as I am. If you leave out the scars and wrinkles, I will not pay you a shilling.
OLIVER CROMWELL, remark to the painter Lely, The Social History of Great Britain During the Reigns of the Stuarts
Who can love to walk in the dark? But providence doth often so dispose.