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The day will dawn when Europe will believe only in the man who tramples her underfoot.
- Honore de Balzac
Great things thro' greatest hazards are achiev'd,
And then they shine.
- Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
Loyal Subject (act I, sc. 5)
How grand is victory, but how dear!
- Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers
To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.
- Buddha (Gautama Buddha)
He who surpasses or subdues mankind,
Must look down on the hate of those below.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Childe Harold (canto III, st. 45)
It is the right of war for conquerors to treat those whom they have conquered according to their pleasure.
[Lat., Jus belli, ut qui vicissent, iis quos vicissent, quemadmodum vellent, imperarent.]
- Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar),
De Bello Gallico (I, 36)
Anticipation leads the way to victory, and is the spur to conquest.
- Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort
Hannibal knew better how to conquer than how to profit by the conquest; and Napoleon was more skilful in taking positions than in maintaining them. As to reverses, no general cart presume to say that he may not be defeated; but he can, and ought to say, that he will not be surprised.
- Charles Caleb Colton
The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.
- Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski)
Conquer by this sign.
[Lat., In hoc signo vinces.]
- Flaverius Valerius Aurelius Constantine ("The Great"),
after his defeat of Maxentius at Saxe Rubra
We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger.
[Fr., A vaincre sans peril on triomphe sans gloire.]
- Pierre Corneille, Le Cid (II, 2)
I claim by right
Of conquest; for when kings make war,
No law betwixt two sov'reigns can decide,
But that of arms, where fortune is the judge,
Soldiers the lawyers, and the bar the field.
- John Dryden
They conquer who believe they can.
- John Dryden
God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.
You must either conquer and rule or serve and lose, suffer or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It's not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary
Like Douglas conquer, or like Douglas die.
- John Home, Douglas (act V, sc. 1, l. 100)
Age after age, the strong have trampled upon the weak; the crafty and heartless have ensnared and enslaved the simple and innocent, and nowhere, in all the annals of mankind, has any god succored the oppressed.
- Robert Green Ingersoll
Conquest is not in our principles; it is inconsistent with our government.
- Thomas Jefferson
Know that the slender shrub which is seen to bend, conquers when it yields to the storm.
[It., Sai, che piegar si vede
Il docile arboscello,
Che vince allor che cede
Dei turbini al furor.]
- Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro),
Il Trionfo di Clelia (I, 8)
Our future lies to the east and south, in Asia and Africa.
- Benito Mussolini
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
- Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)
Yield to him who opposes you; by yielding you conquer.
[Lat., Cede repugnanti; cedendo victor abibis.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
You will hardly conquer, but conquer you must.
[Lat., Male vincetis, sed vincite.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
The more acquisitions the government makes abroad, the more taxes the people have to pay at home.
- Thomas Paine
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