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All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

An empire is an immense egotism.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117) Roman historian.

Great Britain has lost an Empire and has not yet found a role.

Dean Acheson (1893-1971) American statesman and lawyer.

And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased, and the epitaph drear: ''A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.''

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) British writer.


Take up the White Man's burden -- send forth the best ye breed -- go, bind your sons to exile to serve your captives need.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) British writer.

The reluctant obedience of distant provinces generally costs more than it [The Territory] is worth. Empires which branch out widely are often more flourishing for a little timely pruning.

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

Sovereignty over any foreign land is insecure.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

Man who man would be, must rule the empire of himself.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) English poet.

The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.