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


  • Flet victus, victor interiit.
    • The conquered mourns, the conqueror is undone.
    • Latin proverb recorded in Adagia (1508) by Erasmus. (1524th quote recorded)
    • Has been interpreted to mean that conquest bestows negative consequences on both the conqueror and the conquered. [1]
  • We still talk in terms of "conquest"-whether it be of the insect world or of the mysterious world of space. We still have not become mature enough to see ourselves as a very tiny part of a vast and incredible universe, a universe that is distinguished above all else by a mysterious and wonderful unity that we flout at our peril.
    • Rachel Carson Speech at Scripps College (June 1962) In Rachel Carson: Silent Spring & Other Writings on the Environment
  • 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, 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 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!
  • 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.
  • "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 Quotations

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.
  • 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."
  • 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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