38 Controversial Quotes From History’s Most Revered Figures

Published November 12, 2016
Updated January 23, 2018

From John Lennon to Ben Franklin to Mahatma Gandhi, these appallingly controversial quotes will leave you utterly speechless.

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Everyone -- even the most revered heroes of history -- has said something they wish they could take back. Whether you've spoken out of line in the heat of the moment or simply put your foot in your mouth, we've all said stupid things we then regret.

But sometimes, we've said something awful and not regretted it at all. Sometimes, we thoroughly intend to say or write something appalling, whether we realize it is indeed appalling or not.

And that is certainly true even of the most beloved icons of government, academia, the arts, and beyond. From John Lennon to Martin Luther King Jr. to Gandhi, these surprisingly ugly and controversial quotes might have you rethinking who your heroes are.

After this look at controversial quotes, check out 21 little-known John Lennon facts and photos that reveal his bizarre, ugly side. Then, read up on 19 startling Gandhi facts and quotes that are much darker than you'd imagine. Finally, check out some of history's most interesting quotes.

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society of history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.