'Rhodes was not much of a Christian. He was, whether he knew it or not, a
Nietzschean, an ancient Teuton'
Sarah Gertrude Millin
'.....Rhodes has an extraordinary ascendancy over men: he tied me up as he ties up
everybody. It is his way. You can't resist him: you must be with him.'
'Africa has been called cruel, perhaps rightly. She sets a high standard and has no use for weaklings. Those men who have made names for themselves in Africa....were all immensely above the average in intellect, in breadth of view and character. Towering above all others....comes Rhodes, the greatest Empire builder we have known; one worthy to be
ranked with Alexander and Caesar.'
'He could conquer hearts as effectually as any beauty that sets
herself to subjugate mankind.'
'......you might hate him, you might loathe all he did, you might even think meanly of his actual achievements, but you could not ignore him any more than you could ignore a flash
of lightning that suddenly blazes across a murky night.'
'.....there he stands, to this day, upon his dizzy summit under the dome of the sky...the marvel of the time, the mystery of the age, an archangel with wings to half the world, Satan with a tail to the other half...one fact is sure: he keeps his prominence and a vast
following, no matter what he does...What is the secret of his formidable supremacy?'
'When he stood upon the Cape Peninsula, his shadow fell on the Zambezi.'
'From Cape Town to the Zambezi, it is all Rhodes. When I asked who built that, who made
this industry, who created that, who is responsible for this, I get one reply - Rhodes.'
'The one sentimental thing in Rhodes' bedroom is a photograph of the wife of Mzilikazi who, in 1896, helped him to make contact with the Matabele. She hangs on the wall with her little senile eyes, like liquid slips in her old wrinked face, and her breasts like empty
sacks, and her skeleton hands - the only woman Rhodes cared to remember.'
Sarah Gertrude Millin
'Mr Rhodes was one of those rare minds whose aspirations are as wide as the world. Such aspirations are usually to be discovered among the founders of religions...'