Giuseppe Garibaldi

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Garibaldi in 1866

Giuseppe Garibaldi (4 July 1807 – 2 June 1882) was an Italian general, politician and nationalist who played a large role in the history of Italy.


  • I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor provisions; I offer hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country in his heart, and not with his lips only, follow me.
    • From G. M. Trevelyan, Garibaldi's Defense of the Roman Republic [1907-1911]
  • Roma o morte!
    • Rome or death!
    • Announcement of the expedition to conquer Rome, Palermo Cathedral, 1862. Quoted in Denis Mack Smith, Garibaldi, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1993, p. 152.
  • Il giorno in cui i contadini saranno educati nel vero, i tiranni e gli schiavi saranno impossibili sulla terra.
    • The day the peasants will be educated in the truth, tyrants and slaves will be impossible on earth.
    • Alla Società del Tiro in Ganzo, Caprera, 29 August 1864, in Scritti politici e militari, ricordi e pensieri inediti, p. 356.
  • Obbedisco.
    • I obey.
    • Bezzecca, 9 August 1866. Telegraphic answer to the message by general Alfonso La Marmora who ordered the retreat of the troops from Tyrol (see the image of the telegram).

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