“I feel like I've been engaged to the British Empire since 1980 and tonight you have given me the ring [knighthood].”
“This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire”
“A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”
“An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.”
Charles de Montesquieu
“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.”
“Behold a republic standing erect while empires all around are bowed beneath the weight of their own armaments -- a republic whose flag is loved while other flags are only feared.”
William Jennings Bryan
“The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof.”
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