Best Quotes About Emperor

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

The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments' plans. -Benjamin Disraeli

Name me an emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball. -Charles V

It becomes an emperor to die standing. -Titus Flavius Vespasian

I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring. -Otto von Bismarck

I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor. -Lord Byron

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

No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart. -Friedrich Schiller

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

I always like to reveal the fact that the emperor has no clothes. And children are best at that. They teach us how to see the world in that sense. They are without artifice; they see it for what it is. I am drawn to that ruthless honesty. -Mira Nair

How dangerous emperors are when they go mad. -Walid Jumblatt

As I was working I noticed that the way I designed the differential gearing actually created a spare drive that sat directly below the emperor's feet, or where they would be if he were to sit in the chariot. -Kit Williams

I used to live in Ethiopia as a child, and I lived there when Haile Selassie was the emperor. -Jack Kingston

I also won one from the emperor of Japan, with a prize for the arts. That's important. -Marcel Carne

The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome. -John Foxe

One positive command he gave us: You shall love and honor your emperor. In every congregation a prayer must be said for the czar's health, or the chief of police would close the synagogue. -Mary Antin

There was living in the palace at this time a brother of the great Germanicus, and consequently an uncle of the late emperor, whose name was Claudius Caesar. -Frederic William Farrar

Not only I lost what I had in the ship, but from the captain and the company generally what was good or worth the taking was carried away; all which was done unknown to the emperor. -William Adams

So in process of four or five years the emperor called me, as divers times he had done before. -William Adams

Better a living beggar than a buried emperor. -Jean de La Fontaine

The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. -Wallace Stevens

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

The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor. -Willa Cather

Though I am not imperial, and though Elizabeth may not deserve it, the Queen of England will easily deserve to have an emperor's son to marry. -Elizabeth I

It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor. -Neil Gaiman

Like the 'little emperors' of one-child China, too many Boomers were taught early that the world was made (or saved) for their comfort and enjoyment. They behaved accordingly, with a self-indulgence that was wholly rational, given their situation. -Eric Liu

People have become less discriminating listeners, which is tragic, really. There's a lot of emperor's new clothes out there, whether they're female or male solo acts. That bothers me. It's hard to break through, and it's like climbing Mount Everest if you actually do. -Paula Cole

When I wrote 'The Alexandria Link,' I discovered that we are only aware of about 10 percent of the knowledge of the ancient world. In the ancient world, most of the knowledge was destroyed. Every emperor of China who came in wiped out everything that came before them, to the point that the country completely forgot its past. -Steve Berry

I have to get out once a week and speak with people or I start thinking I'm the emperor of Abyssinia. -Graham Joyce

For years now, Chinese parents and teachers have lamented what's known as the 'xiao huangdi' – or little emperor – phenomenon, a generation of pampered and entitled children who believe they sit at the center of the social universe because that's exactly how they've been treated. -Jeffrey Kluger

A lot of writers whom I love, admire and call friends share this feeling, which is this fundamental idea that we're frauds. That we will be pushed out on to the stage, and it will be revealed that the emperor has no clothes. -Damon Lindelof

How many emperors and how many princes have lived and died and no record of them remains, and they only sought to gain dominions and riches in order that their fame might be ever-lasting. -Leonardo da Vinci

If you want respect, you earn it in politics. You don't get it because you are some form of bloody emperor in a toga. -Colm Keaveney

The emperor is in the Church, not above the Church. -Saint Ambrose

Europeans are forever the offspring of Machiavelli, trapped in a historical rollercoaster that can bring us a monarchy-toppling French Revolution and then a few years later Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor. -Loretta Napoleoni

I think an artist, in my definition of that word, would not be someone who takes sides with the emperor against his powerless subjects. That's different from prescribing a way in which a writer should write. -Chinua Achebe

There's a dark underside to philanthropy. People who give a bunch of money are deferred to, even when they are wrong. The emperor cannot be shown to have no clothes. -Michael Eric Dyson

I was named after the great emperor Cyrus as my father, Farokh Broacha, was a great admirer of the Persian emperor. Continuing the tradition, I have named my son after Mikhail Gorbachev, someone whom I admire. He gave his people freedom. -Cyrus Broacha

'The Black Prism' is a story of emperors and prisoners and magic set in a Mediterranean, 1600-esque world. It's a fantasy story; it's fast and fun and inventive. -Brent Weeks

I've never thought of it consciously… I say exactly what I think, and very often it's totally politically incorrect. I get, always, chastised for it. So it's not shtick. But I think I'm the one who says, 'The emperor has no clothes.' -Joan Rivers

I had always been fascinated with Napoleon because he was a self-made emperor; Victor Hugo said, 'Napoleon's will to power,' and it was the title of my paper. And I submitted it to my teacher, and he didn't think I had written it. And he wanted me to explain it to him. -August Wilson

I'm the president of the United States. I'm not the emperor of the United States. -Barack Obama

Ethiopia is engraved on my heart. I first went in 1973 because I heard of a terrible famine. They were denying it even as we got the film out. The coverage destroyed the emperor's credibility. -Jonathan Dimbleby

Umberto Poli was born in Trieste in 1883, when the city was at its zenith as the major port of the Habsburgs. The irredentist sympathies of Umberto's Italian-speaking parents can be detected in their giving him the first name of the Italian emperor. -Susan Stewart

Under the Julian and Claudian emperors, the Parthians seem to have been the leading power at the mouth of the Indus. -Theodor Mommsen

If, as the emperor Augustus says, from his time the coast of the ocean from Cadiz to the mouth of the Elbe obeyed the Romans, the obedience in this corner of it was far from voluntary and little to be trusted. -Theodor Mommsen

Ch'in Shih-huang is the first emperor of China. He united seven separate kingdoms into a single nation. He built the Great Wall and was buried with the terra-cotta soldiers. The Chinese have mixed feelings about him. They're proud of the nation he created, but he was a maniacal tyrant. -Gene Luen Yang

The ancient Greeks and Romans were comfortable with any number of deities and were quite open to allowing conquered nations to continue to worship in whatever ways they saw fit, as long as they didn't mind having an emperor who required taxes and tributes. -Jay Parini

There is credible evidence that a Chinese fleet went as far as the coast of Africa, in present-day Kenya. It was the largest maritime fleet in the world, under the command of Zheng He, a favorite of the emperor. -Russell Freedman

At times, Mario Cuomo seemed to have the humility of a Jesuit and the goals of an emperor. -Mike Barnicle

I get the feeling that people from outside the world of contemporary art see it as deserving of mockery, in an emperor's-new-clothes sort of way. I think that's not right and that it's just because they don't understand the discourse. -Rachel Kushner

In Bernie Sanders, I see a man saying that the emperor has no clothes while everyone around him insists they see clothes. Whether or not he makes it to the White House, I hope and pray that everyone hears the alarm he is sounding now; it may be the last voice we ever hear. -Dick Van Dyke

In politics, my role model would be a very weird one – our second emperor, Pedro the Second. He was a person with no vanity. He cared a lot about the public interest. He cared a lot about Brazil evolving as an important country. And he didn't ask much for himself. He was ousted from power, and he lived with the help of friends in Paris. -Joaquim Barbosa

Napoleon – the people who were becoming Napoleon's generals realized that for him, it was not about spreading freedom and revolution; it was about creating a new empire with Napoleon the dictator or the emperor. -Tom Reiss

Decades of futile effort have not dampened my bold aspirations to save the nation. Born in a late age, I have not been able to witness the golden rule of Yao and Shun and other sage emperors of ancient China. Instead, my heart grieves at the suffering of the Chinese people under the cruel exploitation of the Tartar Slaves. -Sun Yat-sen

We want to overthrow the imperial power not because it is Manchurian but because we want republicanism… We republican revolutionaries can never have the notion of becoming emperors after the revolution, like all the peasant rebels did in the past. -Sun Yat-sen

Drag queens have always taken on that role of spilling the tea – and the tea is the emperor has no clothes! -RuPaul

I get the feeling that people from outside the world of contemporary art see it as deserving of mockery, in an emperor's-new-clothes sort of way. I think that's not right and that it's just because they don't understand the discourse. The art world is filled with vibrancy. -Rachel Kushner

What is fascinating to me is the way I view everything in terms of parallels and connections. When I read about Achilles and Odysseus in Homer's 'Iliad,' I can see parallels in Chinese historical romances, in the way the first emperor of the Han dynasty and his chief rival are portrayed. -Ken Liu

Whenever you talk about Chinese dragons, emperors, palaces, concubines – they conjure up a whole colonial argle-bargle that has nothing to do with historical reality. -Ken Liu

I had proposed to HBO a series about the city cops in Rome at the time of Nero. What had interested me was the idea of order without law. The Praetorian Guard, who were the emperor's guards, understood how they were to proceed. But for the city cops, who were called the Urban Cohorts, there was no law at all. -David Milch

In the new Georgia, Stalin is no longer Georgian. He's a Russian emperor. -Simon Sebag Montefiore

Every Russian emperor from Peter the Great to Stalin and Putin knows a leader and his security agencies must never be parted. His safety depends on their slavish devotion. -Simon Sebag Montefiore

I'm not sure whether Jeff Bezos is the greatest thing in the world coming along or if he may be the emperor with no clothes. -Julian Robertson

When the audience reacts all together, it's genius. The audience is its own being in a way. It's a weird, amorphous beast that is also somehow a golden emperor that is also somehow every adult you've ever come across in your life who doesn't approve of you – all in one place. -Baron Vaughn

There is this tradition, stretching back to Tacitus and Plutarch, that history belongs to the heroes, the emperors. But I grew up among simple people, and their stories just shattered me. It was painful that no one but me was listening to them. -Svetlana Alexievich

I'm not the grand poobah. I'm not the emperor. That's not what I want to be. -John Calipari

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