Emperor Quotes

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Robert Graves
“I was thinking, "So, I’m Emperor, am I? What nonsense! But at least I'll be able to make people read my books now.”
Robert Graves, I, Claudius

Zhuangzi
“Only he who has no use for the empire is fit to be entrusted with it.”
Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Erik Pevernagie
“While many find the new clothes of the emperor magnificent, some dare to say out loud, he is simply naked. If the clear sighted are constrained by the credulous and when the “followers” are browbeating the "knowers", the cat is among the pigeons and the age of obscuration is under way. Obviously "something wicked this way comes…" ("His master's voice" )”
Erik Pevernagie

James Finn Garner
“The emperor is naked!"
The parade stopped. The emperor paused. A hush fell over the crowd, until one quick-thinking peasant shouted:
"No, he isn't. The emperor is merely endorsing a clothing-optional lifestyle!”
James Finn Garner

Robert G. Ingersoll
“The grandest ambition that any man can possibly have, is to so live, and so improve himself in heart and brain, as to be worthy of the love of some splendid woman; and the grandest ambition of any girl is to make herself worthy of the love and adoration of some magnificent man. That is my idea. There is no success in life without love and marriage. You had better be the emperor of one loving and tender heart, and she the empress of yours, than to be king of the world. The man who has really won the love of one good woman in this world, I do not care if he dies in the ditch a beggar, his life has been a success.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty Of Man, Woman And Child

Frank Herbert
“Some say," Scytale said, "that people cling to Imperial leadership because space is infinite. They feel lonely without a unifying symbol. For a lonely people, the Emperor is a definite place. They can turn toward him and say: 'See, there He is. He makes us one.' Perhaps religion serves the same purpose, m'Lord.”
Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah

S.J. Kincaid
“The Emperor wishes me to send my innocent little lamb to the slaughter. No. Instead, I'll send him my anaconda.”
S.J. Kincaid, The Diabolic

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“You don't need to work hard to earn an empire; there is an army of slaves to do it for you.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Tamuna Tsertsvadze
“This world belongs to the weird ones, and the weird ones become kings.”
Tamuna Tsertsvadze, Galaxy Pirates

Suetonius
“Some people are slow to do what they promise; you are slow to promise what you have already done.”
Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars

Devin Madson
“Do not make assumptions about things you know nothing about. An emperor serves his people. The day the people serve the emperor is the day the empire falls. Remember that, Miko, if nothing else. War profits no peasant.”
Devin Madson, We Ride the Storm

Tamuna Tsertsvadze
“No ruler can ever get far with only militaristic power. The easiest way to conquer is to crush people’s faith and convert them to your own ideology, often portraying it as heroic. I am an ambitious man – I am not just a casual pirate to steal only people’s riches. I am an emperor – I shall steal people’s hearts, hopes, and faith so that they will eventually have no one but me to turn to. If you put yourself in the role of a saviour, people are sure to follow you, just like a pack of lambs always follows a mighty shepherd.”
Tamuna Tsertsvadze, Galaxy Pirates

Arthur Rimbaud
“Yes, my eyes are closed to your light. I am a beast, a nigger. But I can be saved. You are sham niggers, you, maniacs, fiends, misers. Merchant, you are a nigger; Judge, you are a nigger; General, you are a nigger; Emperor, old itch, you are a nigger: you have drank of the untaxed liquor of Satan’s still.”
Arthur Rimbaud, A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat

Shan Sa
“A man who does not like power will suffer from its cruelty.”
Shan Sa, Empress

Marie Rutkoski
“Ultimately, when he held your treasonous letter in his hand and saw how you had lied to him, the choice between me and you was the choice between someone who loves him and someone who didn’t.”
Marie Rutkoski, The Winner's Kiss

Augustus
“Have I have played my part well in the comedy of life? If so, clap your hands and dismiss me from the stage with applause.”
Augustus

Tamuna Tsertsvadze
“Unfortunately, as one of the human writers once said, there’s no progress without bloodshed. During my prison years and many battles afterwards, those words have constantly been recurring in my mind. I came to understand that the emperor character of that book spoke the unfortunate but apparent truth of this world.”
Tamuna Tsertsvadze, Galaxy Pirates

Ana Claudia Antunes
“He does not need to be an emperor, but a prince.
If he has enough charm or elegance to convince.”
Ana Claudia Antunes, Precious Princess

Suman Pokhrel
“Shah Jahan who proved
an emperor to be shorter than a lover,
who turned a grave into a temple
who gave his beloved a place of God
and converted love into a prayer.”
Suman Pokhrel

Paul S. Kemp
“Underlings should always be uncomfortable in the presence of their superiors," said the Emperor. "Don't you agree?”
Paul S. Kemp, Lords of the Sith

Henrik Ibsen
“Fornam jeg legemets søte lyst og begjær mot dette eller hint, så skremte forsagelsens fyrste meg med sitt: Avdø her for å leve hisset.”
Henrik Ibsen, Emperor and Galilean

Valentin Tomberg
“Europe is haunted by the shadow of the Emperor. One senses his absence just as vividly as in former times one sensed his presence. Because the emptiness of the wound speaks, that which we miss knows how to make us sense it.

Napoleon, eye-witness to the French Revolution, understood the direction which Europe had taken—the direction towards the complete destruction of hierarchy. And he sensed the shadow of the Emperor. He knew what had to be restored in Europe, which was not the royal throne of France—because kings cannot exist for long without the Emperor—but rather the imperial throne of Europe. So he decided to fill the gap himself. He made himself Emperor and he made his brothers kings. But it was to the sword that he took recourse. Instead of ruling by the sceptre—the globe bearing the cross—he made the decision to rule by the sword. But, “all who take up the sword will perish by the sword” (Matthew xxvi, 52). Hitler also had the delirium of desire to occupy the empty place of the Emperor. He believed he could establish the “thousand-year empire” of tyranny by means of the sword. But again—“all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword”.

No, the post of the Emperor does not belong any longer either to those who desire it or to the choice of the people. It is reserved to the choice of heaven alone. It has become occult. And the crown, the sceptre, the throne, the coat-of-arms of the Emperor are to be found in the catacombs…in the catacombs—this means to say: under absolute protection.”
Valentin Tomberg, Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism

“Do not disagree with each other, enrich the soldiers, despise everyone else.”
Lucius Septimus Severus

Isobel Field
“Everybody sympathized with him so much that when he appeared in his fantastic uniform and declared himself to be Emperor of America nobody had the heart to contradict him. He was a gentle and kindly man, and fortunately found himself in the friendliest and most sentimental city in the world, the idea being 'let him be emperor if he wants to.' San Francisco played the game with him.”
Isobel Field, This Life I've Loved: An Autobiography

Ken Liu
“The emperor is just a man, after all.”
Ken Liu, The Grace of Kings

Victor Hugo
“Ce siècle avait deux ans ! Rome remplaçait Sparte,
Déjà Napoléon perçait sous Bonaparte,
Et du premier consul, déjà, par maint endroit,
Le front de l'empereur brisait le masque étroit.
Alors dans Besançon, vieille ville espagnole,
Jeté comme la graine au gré de l'air qui vole,
Naquit d'un sang breton et lorrain à la fois
Un enfant sans couleur, sans regard et sans voix ;
Si débile qu'il fut, ainsi qu'une chimère,
Abandonné de tous, excepté de sa mère,
Et que son cou ployé comme un frêle roseau
Fit faire en même temps sa bière et son berceau.
Cet enfant que la vie effaçait de son livre,
Et qui n'avait pas même un lendemain à vivre,
C'est moi. -”
Victor Hugo, Les Orientales - Les Feuilles d'automne

Brandon Sanderson
“That, after all, was his job. The title of emperor carried with it only a single duty.
To make everything better.”
Brandon Sanderson, The Hero of Ages

Danielle Bennett
“But I hated the Emperor of the Ke-Han with everything I had in me, for every man I'd lost and every friend who'd died, for every story I'd known was false but had allowed to harden my heart against the enemy anyway.”
Danielle Bennett, Shadow Magic

“And should there exist someone endowed with the beauty of a statue and the lyrical eloquence of a nightingale in song, gifted, moreover, with ready wit, then the wearer of the crown can neither sleep nor rest, but his sleep is interrupted, his voluptuousness suppressed, his appetite for pleasure lost, and he is filled with grave apprehensions; with wicked tongue he curses the creator nature for fashioning others suitable to rule and for not making him the first and last and the fairest of men.”
Niketas Choniates, O City of Byzantium: Annals of Niketas Choniates

Yanko Tsvetkov
“His opulent funeral was attended by all his subjects, although—due to heavy snowfall—the majority of them were present only in spirit.”
Yanko Tsvetkov, Codex Hyperboreanus

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