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Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.

Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) British economist.

Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.

John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet, dramatist and critic.

The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

It should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler ought to determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He should inflict them once and for all, and not have to renew them every day.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) Italian political philosopher and statesman.