Empire Sayings and Quotes

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

An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.     


To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.     

Samuel Butler

Look to the past and remember no empire rises that sooner or later won't fall.     

Al Stewart

The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire.     

Joseph Sobran

No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself.     


A man does not automatically become a public figure because he happens to build an empire out of chicken fat.     

James Pinckney Miller

Fate of empires depends on the education of youth.     


In the eyes of empire builders men are not men but instruments.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.      

Benjamin Franklin

The difference between a republic and an empire is the loyalty of one's army     

Julius Caesar

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


Terrorism is the price of empire. If we do not wish to pay it, we must give up the empire.     

Pat Buchanan

But though empires, like all the other works of men, have all hitherto proved mortal, yet every empire aims at immortality.     

Adam Smith

Loves are like empires: when the idea they are founded on crumbles, they, too, fade away.     

Milan Kundera

Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.     

John Dryden

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.     

Sir Winston Churchill

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.     

Marcus Aurelius

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that god governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?     

Benjamin Franklin

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

Truth is treason in the empire of lies.     

Ron Paul

Information is the mortar that both builds and destroys empires.     

Tobsha Learner

My mind to me an empire is.     

Robert Southwell

All empire is no more than power in trust.     

John Dryden

Makers of empire, they have fought for bigger things than crowns and higher seats than thrones.     

Herbert Kaufman

Empires built on force will always be destroyed. Those built on trust in Christ will remain.     

Joseph R. Sizoo

Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague ritual.     

Frank Herbert

Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.     

Edward Thorndike

Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.     

Edwin Hubbel Chapin