Leopold II of Belgium

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King Leopold II (April 9, 1835December 17, 1909) succeeded his father, Leopold I of Belgium, to the Belgian throne in 1865 as Leopold II, King of the Belgians, and remained king until his death.


  • "The Congo Free State is unique in its kind. It has nothing to hide and no secrets and is not beholden to anyone except its founder."
    • Clive Foss, The Tyrants: 2500 Years of Absolute Power and Corruption, London: Quercus Publishing, 2006, ISBN 1905204965
  • "I do not want to miss a good chance of getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake."
    • Thomas Pakenham, The Scramble for Africa: White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent From 1876 to 1912, New York: Avon Books, 1992, 22.


  • "La musique est un bruit qui coûte cher."
    • Translation: Music is an expensive noise.
  • "Petit pays, petit esprit."
    • Translation: Small country, small minds.
    • Commenting on the unwillingness of the parliament and people of Belgium to engage in colonial adventures.

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