Empire Quotes

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Arundhati Roy
“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
Arundhati Roy, War Talk

Mark  Lawrence
“We die a little every day and by degrees we’re reborn into different men, older men in the same clothes, with the same scars.”
Mark Lawrence, King of Thorns

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

“A system is corrupt when it is strictly profit-driven, not driven to serve the best interests of its people.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Arundhati Roy
“It's being made out that the whole point of the war was to topple the Taliban regime and liberate Afghan women from their burqas, we are being asked to believe that the U.S. marines are actually on a feminist mission.”
Arundhati Roy, Come September

Pooja Agnihotri
“A business becomes successful when it becomes mutually beneficial for you and your customers.”
Pooja Agnihotri, 17 Reasons Why Businesses Fail :Unscrew Yourself From Business Failure

Antonio Negri
“Throughout the world what remains of the vast public spaces are now only the stuff of legends: Robin Hood’s forest, the Great Plains of the Amerindians, the steppes of the nomadic tribes, and so forth… Rousseau said that the first person who wanted a piece of nature as his or her own exclusive possession and transformed it into the transcendent form of private property was the one who invented evil. Good, on the contrary, is what is common.”
Antonio Negri Michael Hardt, Impero

Michael R. Hicks
“The sun's glow had given way to a brilliant twilight that colored the great mountains with violet and orange rivers.”
Michael R. Hicks

Kevin J. Anderson
“There will come a time of fire and night, when enemies rise and empires fall, when the stars themselves begin to die.”
Kevin J. Anderson

Dan Abnett
“Rebuild your world, rebuild your race, rebuild your empire. Rebuild it all. But make sure you rebuild your ideals too. Rebuild the principles that made you a great and honorable galactic power in the first place. Don't prey on the weak. Don't steal from the helpless. Don't murder the innocent. Be a force for good, not a force for yourself.”
Dan Abnett, Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By

J.M. Coetzee
“The Empire does not require that its servants love each other, merely that they perform their duty.”
J. M. Coetzee, Aspettando i barbari

“I'm not ignoring you. I'm busy building my empire.”
Moosa Rahat

“America's over. Get out while you still can.”
J.M. Porup

Lois McMaster Bujold
“Take heart, sir," Cazaril consoled him. "It is not your destiny today to win a royacy for your son. It is to win an empire for your grandson.”
Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion

Roma Tearne
“Has there ever been a country that, once colonized, avoided civil war?”
Roma Tearne, Mosquito
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Jeremy Paxman
“... instead of trying to grapple with the implications of the story of empire, the British seem to have decided just to ignore it... the most corrosive part of this amnesia is a sense that because the nation is not what it was, it can never be anything again.”
Jeremy Paxman, Empire

Carlos Fuentes
“Language is always the companion of Empire and Empire . . . is one Monarch and one Sword.”
Carlos Fuentes, Christopher Unborn

Brendan Jack
“As Samson demonstrated, going bald ruins lives.”
Brendan Jack, EMPIRE: How to Succeed with Nothing but Passion, Great Ideas and a Wealthy Family

Antonio Negri
“Why do you accept being treated like an inmate?”
Antonio Negri, Declaration

“When other countries run sustained trade deficits, they must finance these by selling off domestic assets or running into debt — debt which they actually are obliged to pay. It seems that only the Americans are so bold as to say “Screw the world. We’re going to do whatever we want.” Other countries simply cannot afford the chaos from which the U.S. economy is positioned to withstand as a result of the fact that foreign trade plays a smaller role in its economy than in those of nearly all other nations in today’s interdependent world.

Using debtor leverage to set the terms on which it will refrain from causing monetary chaos, America has turned seeming financial weakness into strength. U.S. Government debt has reached so large a magnitude that any attempt to replace it will entail an interregnum of financial chaos and political instability. American diplomats have learned that they are well positioned to come out on top in such grab-bags.”
Michael Hudson, The Bubble and Beyond

“this supercluster has to be Jurassic Park on crack”
Andrew Hennessey

Jorge Luis Borges
“In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

Suárez Miranda, Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV, Cap. XLV, Lérida, 1658”
Jorge Luis Borges

William S. Burroughs
“England is like some stricken beast too stupid to know it is dead. Ingloriously foundering in its own waste products, the backlash and bad karma of empire.”
William S. Burroughs, The Western Lands

A.D. Aliwat
“First an empress, then an empire.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

“When foreign military spending [bombing Korea and Vietnam] forced the U.S. balance of payments into deficit and drove the United States off gold in 1971, central banks were left without the traditional asset used to settle payments imbalances. The alternative by default was to invest their subsequent payments inflows in U.S. Treasury bonds, as if these still were “as good as gold.” Central banks have been holding some $4 trillion of these bonds in their international reserves for the past few years — and these loans have financed most of the U.S. Government’s domestic budget deficits for over three decades. Given the fact that about half of U.S. Government discretionary spending is for military operations — including more than 750 foreign military bases and increasingly expensive operations in the oil-producing and transporting countries — the international financial system is organized in a way that finances the Pentagon, along with U.S. buyouts of foreign assets expected to yield much more than the Treasury bonds that foreign central banks hold.”
Michael Hudson, The Bubble and Beyond

Iain M. Banks
“The Empire wanted to survive; it was like an animal, a massive, powerful body that would only let certain cells or viruses survive within it and as a matter of course killed off any and all others, automatically and unthinkingly.”
Iain M. Banks, The Player of Games

Roger Robinson
“You fooled us. Render your work, not your lives.
This seems like the newest answer to an old question.
Cheap muscle and blood to build you an Empire-
that we can't stay in. Gran's gone missing from
Saturday morning. Brixton Market? No one is frowning at
the quality of the yams, or asking how the snapper's
eye so cloudy. There'll be no Saturday soup tonight.”
Roger Robinson, A Portable Paradise

Arkady Martine
“An end to empires. An immovable object to crash an impossible force upon, and break it.”
Arkady Martine, A Memory Called Empire

Yanko Tsvetkov
“Those of us acquainted with the intricate life of empires know that no matter how powerful they grow to be—and how indispensable their influence seems to their dominions—there comes a moment when they suddenly fall, like ripe fruits from a tall tree.”
Yanko Tsvetkov, Codex Hyperboreanus

Noam Chomsky
“The threat of China is not military. The threat of China is they can’t be intimidated. Europe you can intimidate. When the US tries to get people to stop investing in Iran, European companies pull out, China disregards it. You look at history and understand why: China has been around for 4,000 years and just doesn’t give a damn. You can’t intimidate them — it’s driving people in Washington berserk. Yet of all the major powers, China has been the least aggressive militarily.”
Noam Chomsky

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