C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


I came, I saw, I conquered.

Julius Cæsar.

Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.


How grand is victory, but how dear!


He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.


We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger.


You will hardly conquer, but conquer you must.


Yield to him who opposes you; by yielding you conquer.


He who surpasses or subdues mankind must look down on the hate of those below.


Anticipation leads the way to victory, and is the spur to conquest.


  • Then fly betimes, for only they
  • Conquer love that run away.
  • Thomas Carew.

    A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.


    The more acquisitions the government makes abroad, the more taxes the people have to pay at home.

    Thomas Paine.

    Know that the slender shrub which is seen to bend, conquers when it yields to the storm.


    It is the right of war for conquerors to treat those whom they have conquered according to their pleasure.


  • Brave conquerors! for so you are
  • That war against your own affections,
  • And the huge army of the world’s desires.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Great things thro’ the greatest hazards are achiev’d,
  • And then they shine.
  • Beaumont and Fletcher.

  • I claim by right
  • Of conquest; for when kings make war,
  • No law betwixt two sovereigns can decide,
  • But that of arms, where fortune is the judge,
  • Soldiers the lawyers, and the bar the field.
  • Dryden.

    Hannibal knew better how to conquer than how to profit by the conquest; and Napoleon was more skilful in taking positions than in maintaining them. As to reverses, no general can presume to say that he may not be defeated; but he can, and ought to say, that he will not be surprised.