It is impossible for the mind which is not totally destitute of piety, to behold the sublime, the awful, the amazing works of creation and providence — the heavens with their luminaries, the mountains, the ocean, the storm, the earthquake, the volcano, the circuit of the seasons, and the revolutions of empires — without marking in them all the mighty hand of God, and feeling strong emotions of reverence toward the Author of these stupendous works.
Commerce is so far from being beneficial to Arts or to Empire, that it is destructive of both, as all their History shows, for the above Reason of Individual Merit being its Great Hatred. Empires flourish till they become Commercial & then they are scattered abroad to the four windswilliam blake
Empires are synonymous with centralized if occasionally schismatized hierarchical power structures in which influence is restricted to an economically privileged class retaining its advantages through usually a judicious use of oppression and skilled manipulation of both the society’s information dissemination systems and its lesser as a rule nominally independent power systems. In short, it’s all about dominance.iain banks
While Europe's eye is fix'd on mighty things,The fate of Empires and the fall of kings;While quacks of State must each produce his plan,And even children lisp the Rights of Man;Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention,The Rights of Woman merit some attention.Robert Burns
Empires come and go; so do ideologies and even religions, but war marches on through it all.brian hayes
The hoary centuries are full of Him; the echoes of His sweet voice are heard to-day; His love has perfumed the past eighteen hundred years, and He lives to-day, as the Head of His church; He lives to-day, the object of the warmest adoration, the most passionate love, for whom millions would die this very hour. Empires have fallen, thrones have crumbled; but Jesus lives, His empire extending every day, His throne gaining new trophies of His grace.abbott eliot kittredge
Empires dissolve and peoples disappear,Song passes not away.william watson
The day of small nations has passed away; the day of Empires has come.joseph chamberlain
Bring me men to match my mountains,Bring me men to match my plains,Men with Empires in their purpose,And new eras in their brains.sam walter foss
The life of Christ concerns Him who, being the holiest among the mighty, and the mightiest among the holy, lifted with His pierced hand Empires off their hinges, and turned the stream of centuries out of its channel, and still governs the ages.jean paul
The greatest of Empires, is the empire over one's self.publilius syrus
The whole track of history is marked with the ruin of Empires which having been founded in injustice, or perpetuated by wrong, were ultimately destroyed.william mackergo taylor
Vicissitudes of fortune, which spares neither man nor the proudest of his works, which buries Empires and cities in a common grave.Edward Gibbon
It looks perverted and wasteful to us, but then one thing that Empires are not about is the efficient use of resources and the spread of happiness; both are typically accomplished despite the economic short-circuiting corruption and favoritism, mostly endemic to the system.iain banks
Old Empires always appeal to modern poets more than new ones.dana gioia
That is the great end of Empires before God, to be Catholic and draw nations into their Catholicism. But our empire is less and less Christian as it grows.gerard manley hopkins
Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort. And, sadder still, there always is a chorus of willing intellectuals to say calming words about benign or altruistic Empires, as if one shouldn't trust the evidence of one's eyes watching the destruction and the misery and death brought by the latest mission civilizatrice .edward said
Imperialism is challenged from two sides. On the one hand, there is a rising tide of nationalism within the various Empires, entailing demands for self-government and independence. On the other hand, there is an increasing realization that the whole idea of the exclusive empire belongs to an age that is past; and that the backward regions of the world, both in respect of economic development and cultural advance, should be regarded as a responsibility resting upon the international community as a whole.
As yourselves your Empires fall, and every kingdom hath a grave.William Habington
The whole track of history is marked with the ruin of Empires which having been founded in injustice, or perpetuated by wrong, were ultimately destroyed.
The greatest of Empires, is the empire over one's self.