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CONQUEST
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[ Also see Defeat Glory Imperialism Soldiers Success Tyranny Victory War World Peace ]

Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Conquered, we conquer.
  [Lat., Victus vincimus.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Casina
         (act I, 1)

He is hailed a conqueror of conquerors.
  [Lat., Victor victorum cluet.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (act II, 2)

Brave conquerors! for so you are
  That war against your own affections,
    And the huge army of the world's desires.
      - William Shakespeare

Shall they hoist me up
  And show me to the shouting varletry
    Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
      Be gentle grave unto me! Rather on Nilus' mud
        Lay me stark-nak'd and let the waterflies
          Blow me into abhorring! Rather make
            My country's high pyramides my gibbet
              And hang me up in chains!
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at V, ii)

Therefore, brave conquerors--for so you are
  That war against your own affections
    And the huge army of the world's desires--
      Our late edict shall strongly stand in force:
        Navarre shall be the wonder of the world;
          Our court shall be a little academe,
            Still and contemplative in living art.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Ferdinand, King of Navarre at I, i)

We have unmistakable proof that throughout all past time, there has been a ceaseless devouring of the weak by the strong.
      - Herbert Spencer

I sing the hymn of the conquered, who fell in the battle of life,
  The hymn of the wounded, the beaten who died overwhelmed in the strife;
    Not the jubilant song of the victors for whom the resounding acclaim
      Of nations was lifted in chorus whose brows wore the chaplet of fame,
        But the hymn of the low and the humble, the weary, the broken in heart,
          Who strove and who failed, acting bravely a silent and desparate part.
      - William Wetmore Story, Io Victis

He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.
  [Lat., Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

All the territorial possessions of all the political establishments in the earth--including America, of course-- consist of pilferings from other people's wash. No tribe, howsoever insignificant, and no nation, howsoever mighty occupies a foot of land that was not stolen.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Following the Equator


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