military subjugation of an enemy by force of arms
Conquest is the act of military subjugation of an enemy by force of arms.
- He who surpasses or subdues mankind,
Must look down on the hate of those below.
- Veni, vidi, vici.
- I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar, Written in a report to Rome 47 B.C. after conquering Pharnaces at Zela in Asia Minor in just five days. Quoted in Plutarch, Life of Caesar, and Suetonius, Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Julius
- It is also believed that Caesar included the famous three words : Came, Saw, Conquered, in a letter to his friend Amantius in Rome.
- Great things thro' greatest hazards are achiev'd,
And then they shine.
- John Fletcher, The Loyal Subject (c. 1616–19; published 1679), Act I, scene 5.
- Narrator: The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices...to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill...and suspicion can destroy...and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own -- for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is...that these things cannot be confined...to the Twilight Zone.
- Shall they hoist me up,
And show me to the shouting varletry
Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
Be gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus' mud
Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
Blow me into abhorring!
- Brave conquerors! for so you are
That war against your own affections,
And the huge army of the world's desires.
- To conquer by sheer force is becoming harder and harder every day. Defensive is getting continuously the advantage of offensive, as we progress in the satanic science of destruction. The new art of controlling electrically the movements and operations of individualized automata at a distance without wires, will soon enable any country to render its coasts impregnable against all naval attacks.
- Nikola Tesla A Means for Furthering Peace (1905)
- "Berlin of 1884 was effected through the sword and the bullet. But the night of the bullet was followed by the morning of the chalk and the blackboard. The physical violence of the battlefield was followed by the psychological violence of the classroom."
- Ngugi wa Thong'o, 1986.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 129-30.
- Jus belli, ut qui vicissent, iis quos vicissent, quemadmodum vellent, imperarent.
- It is the right of war for conquerors to treat those whom they have conquered according to their pleasure.
- Julius Caesar, Bellum Gallicum, I. 36.
- In hoc signo vinces.
- Conquer by this sign.
- Constantine the Great, after his defeat of Maxentius, at Saxe Rubra, Oct. 27, 312.
- A vaincre sans péril on triomphe sans gloire.
- We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger.
- Pierre Corneille, Le Cid, II. 2.
- Like Douglas conquer, or like Douglas die.
- John Home, Douglas, Act V, scene 1, line 100.
- Sai, che piegar si vede
Il docile arboscello,
Che vince allor che cede
Dei turbini al furor.
- Know that the slender shrub which is seen to bend, conquers when it yields to the storm.
- Metastasio, Il Trionfo di Clelia, I, 8.
- Cede repugnanti; cedendo victor abibis.
- Yield to him who opposes you; by yielding you conquer.
- Ovid, Ars Amatoria, II. 197.
- Male vincetis, sed vincite.
- You will hardly conquer, but conquer you must.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses, IX. 509.
- Victi vincimus.
- Conquered, we conquer.
- Plautus, Casina, Act I. 1.
- Victor victorum cluet.
- He is hailed a conqueror of conquerors.
- Plautus, Trinummus, Act II. 2.
- Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god."
- Jean Rostand, Thoughts of a Biologist, 1939
- I sing the hymn of the conquered, who fell in the battle of life,
The hymn of the wounded, the beaten who died overwhelmed in the strife;
Not the jubilant song of the victors for whom the resounding acclaim
Of nations was lifted in chorus whose brows wore the chaplet of fame,
But the hymn of the low and the humble, the weary, the broken in heart,
Who strove and who failed, acting bravely a silent and desperate part.
- William Wetmore Story, Io Victis.
- Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria.
- He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.
- Syrus, Maxims.