Emperor Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old emperor quotes, emperor sayings, and emperor proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.     

Khalil Gibran

Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.     

Guru Nanak

No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart.     

Friedrich Schiller

How dangerous emperors are when they go mad.     

Walid Jumblatt

No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.     


The finest plans have always been spoiled by the littleness of them that should carry them out. Even emperors can't do it all by themselves.     

Bertolt Brecht

I am Emperor, my descendants will be numerous. From the second generation to the ten thousandth, my line will not end.     

Qin Shihuangdi

Christianity ruined emperors, but saved peoples.     

Alfred De Musset

An emperor in his nightcap will not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a glittering crown.     

Oliver Goldsmith

The supreme nobility of a Roman emperor does not consist in being a master of slaves, but in being a lord of free men, who loves freedom even in those who serve him.     

Julius Evola

Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.     

Jean de la Fontaine

If the emperor and the palace officials cannot get along well, the country will surely come to extinction.     

Su Shi

At all times an empire is more important than emperor and empress, prince and princess.     

Amit Kalantri

The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.     

Wallace Stevens

It becomes an emperor to die standing.     


Praise the Emperor whose sacrifice is life as ours is death.     

Credo Astronomicon

You don't need to work hard to earn an empire; there is an army of slaves to do it for you.     

Bangambiki Habyarimana

Only he who has no use for the empire is fit to be entrusted with it.     


Being a king, emperor, or president is mighty small potatoes compared to being a mother.     

Billy Sunday

The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mould.     

Michel de Montaigne

The emperor indeed is within the Church, not about the Church.     

St. Ambrose

Traitors who prevail are patriots usurpers who succeed are divine emperors.     

Gore Vidal

An Emperor confides in national soldiers, not in mercenaries.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

The emperor is just a man, after all.      

Ken Liu

Genius is not a retainer to any emperor.     

Henry David Thoreau