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

Author: Dean Acheson (1893-1971)

Profession: American Statesman, Lawyer

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

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Keep our Empire undismembered guide our Forces by Thy Hand, gallant blacks from far Jamaica, Honduras and Togoland; protect them Lord in all their fights, and even more, protect the whites.

Author: John Betjeman (1906-1984)

Profession: British 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.

Author: William Blake (1757-1827)

Profession: British Poet, Painter

A thousand years may scare form a state. An hour may lay it in ruins.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

The day of small nations has long passed away. The day of Empires has come.

Author: Joseph Chamberlain


Empire and liberty.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist

An empire is an immense egotism.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

If Germany is to become a colonizing power, all I say is, ''God speed her!'' She becomes our ally and partner in the execution of the great purposes of Providence for the advantage of mankind.

Author: William E. Gladstone (1809-1888)

Profession: British Liberal Prime Minister, Statesman

Exploitation and oppression is not a matter of race. It is the system, the apparatus of world-wide brigandage called imperialism, which made the Powers behave the way they did. I have no illusions on this score, nor do I believe that any Asian nation or African nation, in the same state of dominance, and with the same system of colonial profit-amassing and plunder, would have behaved otherwise.

Author: Han Suyin (1917)

Profession: Chinese Novelist and Doctor

Without the Empire we should be tossed like a cork in the cross current of world politics. It is at once our sword and our shield.

Author: William Morris Hughes


How is the Empire?

Author: King George V (1865-1936)

Profession: King of the United Kingdom (1910--36)

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.''

Author: Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Profession: British Author of Prose, Verse

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

Author: Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Profession: British Author of Prose, Verse