In the face of danger, adversity, and pressure, some of history’s most influential and brave figures have uttered words that have become immortalized in the annals of time. From Admiral Horatio Nelson’s brave declaration facing amputation, to Werner Herzog’s nonchalant attitude after being shot in the middle of an interview, these words have become an inspiration for countless people. 

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This list is a compilation of some of those words, spoken by some of the most daring and courageous (and sometimes, just nuts) people in history. From Tito’s warning to Stalin, to Andrew Jackson and Charles Dickinson’s duel, to Ronald Reagan’s quip to his doctors, these words and stories are a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit... and sometimes, to just how nuts people can be when facing danger.

So, without further ado, here is a list of twelve of the most badass things ever said in the face of extreme pressure or danger. Enjoy.

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