„There are no more worlds to conquer!“
„This man has conquered the world! What have you done?"
The philosopher replied without an instant's hesitation, "I have conquered the need to conquer the world.“
— Steven Pressfield, The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great
— Virgil, Georgics
Georgics (29 BC), Context: Toil conquered the world, unrelenting toil, and want that pinches when life is hard. Book I, lines 145–146 (tr. H. Rushton Fairclough). Compare: Labor omnia vincit ("Work conquers all"), the state motto of Oklahoma.
„When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer. (Technically a misquote, but I like the misquote better)“
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
„Hand weapons were the main weapons of the ancients; it is with his short sword that the legionary conquered the world. It is with the Macedonian lance that Alexander conquered Asia.“
— Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821
Precis des Guerres Cesar Das Napoleon I
„Conquer the world by intelligence, and not merely by being slavishly subdued by the terror that comes from it.“
— Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
„In today's life, the world belongs only to the stupid, the insensitive and the agitated. The right to live and triumph is now conquered almost by the same means by which you conquer internment in an asylum: the inability to think, amorality and hiperexcitation.“
— Fernando Pessoa, book The Book of Disquiet
The Book of Disquiet, Original: Na vida de hoje, o mundo só pertence aos estúpidos, aos insensíveis e aos agitados. O direito a viver e a triunfar conquista-se hoje quase pelos mesmos processos por que se conquista o internamento num manicómio: a incapacidade de pensar, a amoralidade e a hiperexcitação. Ibid., p. 173
„If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world.“
— Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856
As quoted in The Medical Record No. 674 (6 October 1883); also in And I Quote : The Definitive Collection of Quotes, Sayings, and Jokes for the Contemporary Speechmaker (1992) by Ashton Applewhite, Tripp Evans and Andrew Frothingham, p. 447
„Your mission, Roman, is to rule the world.
These will be your arts: to establish peace,
To spare the humbled, and to conquer the proud.“
— Stanley Lombardo Philosopher, Classicist 1943
Translations, Aeneid (2005), Book VI, lines 1016–1018; Anchises to Aeneas.
— Wilhelm Liebknecht German socialist politician 1826 - 1900
No Compromise – No Political Trading (1899)
„I would never regard Islam with anything but horror and fear because it is fundamentally committed to conquering the world for Islam.“
— Antony Flew British analytic and evidentialist philosopher 1923 - 2010
Did the Resurrection Happen?: A Conversation with Gary Habermas and Antony Flew (2009), p. 88