Conquest is the act of military subjugation of an enemy by force of arms.


  • 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.
  • 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!
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria.
    • He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.
    • Syrus, Maxims.

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