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The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire. Joseph Sobran
Support a compatriot against a native, however the former may blunder or plunder. Richard Francis Burton
Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent. Benjamin Disraeli
I've never seen America as an imperialist or colonialist or meddling country. Madeleine Albright
Size is not grandeur, and territory does not make a nation. Thomas Huxley
Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role. Dean Acheson
The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal. David Brin
I came, I saw, I conquered. Julius Caesar
We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is Manifest Destiny. William McKinley
The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag. Smedley Butler
How is the Empire? King George V
The world continues to offer glittering prizes to those who have stout hearts and sharp swords. F. E. Smith
Saving a life overrides territories. Ovadia Yosef
The day of small nations has long passed away. The day of Empires has come. Joseph Chamberlain
Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old. Rudyard Kipling
All truly historical peoples have an idea they must realize, and when they have sufficiently exploited it at home, they export it, in a certain way, by war; they make it tour the world. Victor Cousin
The Danes kept the English in a very degraded position, and often did them dishonor. If 100 English met one Dane, evil arose if they did not bow themselves to him; and if they came upon a bridge, they were required to wait; it was a crime if they moved before the Dane passed. In passing, every one inclined himself; whoever did not, if he was taken was shamelessly beaten. In such vileness were the English, so did the Danes vilify them. Geoffrey Gaimar
If we show ourselves as weak, we lose.... In the end, we want to lead the Muslim world. We can only do that with our heads held high. Amir Mohebbian
We will do our best to keep the trouble out of the rural areas, but if we fail, widespread massacres are inevitable. Evan Meredith Jenkins
If you persuade the Sikhs to join hands with the Muslim League, we will have a glorious Pakistan, the gates of which will be ... in Delhi itself... Muhammad Ali Jinnah
I am not a magician. I believe that it is the Indians who have got to find out a solution. You cannot expect the British to solve all your problems. Louis Mountbatten
These vast lands [Africa, South America, Asia]... need only assistance from us to be civilized. Marquis de Condorcet
As our commerce spreads, the flag of liberty will circle the globe and the highway of the ocean–carrying trade to all mankind–will be guided by the guns of the republic. And as their thunders salute the flag, benighted people will know the voice of liberty is speaking, at last, for them ... that civilization is dawning at last, for them. Albert J. Beveridge
Our practical success in preserving order, securing justice and developing the material resources of many of our colonies is largely due to the fact that we have learnt to employ native agents wherever possible for detailed work of administration, and to adapt our government, where it can be safely done, to native conditions. John A. Hobson
The decades of Imperialism have been prolific in wars; most of these wars have been directly motived by aggression of white races upon "lower races," and have issued in the forcible seizure of territory. Every one of the steps of expansion in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific has been accompanied by bloodshed; each imperialist Power keeps an increasing army available for foreign service; rectification of frontiers, punitive expeditions, and other euphemisms for war ... John A. Hobson
... a free, tolerant and unaggressive Empire Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
You have acquired so enormous a mass of territory that it will be years before you can settle it or control it, or make it capable of defense or make it amenable to the acts of your administration Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
Imperialism and popular government have nothing in common: they differ in spirit, in policy, in method. John A. Hobson
The ultimate unit, the taxpayer – whether home or colonial – looks for two groups of results as his reward. On the one hand, he hopes to see Christianity and civilization pro tanto extended; and, on the other, to see some compensating development of industry and trade. Unless he, or 'his servants the Government,' secure either or both these results, the question must be plainly asked, Has he the right, and is he right, to wage such wars? George Baden-Powell
It is difficult for the strongest advocate of national rights to assert that the people in actual occupation or political control over a given area of the earth are entitled to do what they will with "their own," entirely disregarding the direct and indirect consequences of their actions upon the rest of the world. John A. Hobson
You can't give Russia the right to interfere with the internal affairs of counties in its area.... You have to drive up the cost to Russia for aggression. Wesley Clark
If a nuclear power is willing to be bolder than another, it can take limited conventional actions without fear of major pushback. David Rothkopf
The idea that this country may acquire territories anywhere upon the earth, by conquest or treaty, and hold them as mere colonies or provinces, the people inhabiting them to enjoy only such rights as Congress accords them, is wholly inconsistent with the spirit and genius as well as with the words of the Constitution John Marshall Harlan
No representation of the Colonies in parliament alone, would however be equivalent to a subordinate legislative among themselves; nor so well answer the ends of increasing their prosperity and the commerce of Great-Britain. It would be impossible for the Parliament to judge so well, of their abilities to bear taxes, impositions on trade, and other duties and burdens, or of the local laws that might be really needful, as a legislative here. James Otis
His majesty the king of Cambodia accepts all the administrative, judicial, financial, and commercial reforms which the French Government shall judge, in future, useful to make their protectorate successful. Charles Thomson
In Natal our chief difficulty had not been to kill the rebellious natives, but to prevent our Colonists (who so thoroughly understood native wars) from killing too many of them. Winston Churchill
We cannot consent to purchase a shameful peace by leaving the coloured population in a position in which they stood before the war with not even the ordinary civil rights which the government of the Cape Colony has long conceded. Joseph Chamberlain
‘If you want Colonies for your Sons, vote Conservative!’ ‘To Vote for a Liberal is to Vote for a Boer!’ Conservative Party
There will be no fighting. We know that these fellows won’t fight. Joseph Chamberlain
Were the Transvaal as valuable as it is valueless, I would still utterly repudiate its acquisition as being obtained by means dishonourable to the character of the Country. William E. Gladstone
So long as the sun shines, the Transvaal will remain British territory. Garnet Joseph Wolseley
I cannot see anything but disaster in delaying to let the natives know that if the English government is non—aggressive it is so from a sense of justice, and from no want of power. Bartle Frere; Henry Bartle Edwards
If gold was found anywhere on the globe, that region would shortly be governed by English speakers. Charles Dilke
It was frightful and almost incredible…that any government should go a—hunting to the uttermost ends of the earth to find means and opportunities of squandering its treasure…for no conceivable purpose of policy. William E. Gladstone
Annexation is an ugly word, and ugly deeds have been done under it—but the word need not frighten us and the deeds by no means be repeated. Henry Peljam Pelham-Clinton
It was the English who made the Hottentot free… And never, never, will there be security for the Griquas and the black natives of Africa until England continues to hold her hand over the whole country. Hendrik Hendriks
Much as I lament the fate of these misguided men, it was not to be expected that the Natives of the countries adjacent to the Colony would suffer themselves to be overrun by those invaders. Grant Charles; 1st Baron Glenelg
The British nation will never consent either to allow the emigrants, to perish from want or the sword, or to permit them to attack and slaughter the natives of the countries they invade. George Thomas Napier
The same motives have, in all ages, compelled the strong to encroach on the weak, and the powerful and unprincipled to wrest by force or fraud, from the comparatively feeble and defenseless, wealth or property or dominion, richer pastures, more numerous herds, and a wider range of territory—opportunities for uncontrolled self—indulgence and freedom from the restraints of law and settled society. Grant Charles; 1st Baron Glenelg
…to the assumption…that an enlargement of the British dominion in the Southern Africa is a national advantage, I find myself unable to assent. Grant Charles; 1st Baron Glenelg
Use a proper degree of terror …kill evey man Kaffir…if possible the Chief should be destroyed. John Graham
The individuals of the Hottentot Nation, in the same manner as the other inhabitants, should be subject to proper regularity in regard to their places of abode and occupations…they should be encouraged to work rather than to leading an indolent life. Richard Collins
The English have found to their detriment how impolitic it is to oppress their subjects. Barend Jared Artoys
I thought about the treaties made by Wm. Pitt with the inhabitants of America… I flattered myself that since I wished to emulate the Quaker in sincerity, the Kaffers would follow the example of the American Indians. Joachim van Plettenberg
The settlement of what is now South Africa was a joint enterprise, but one in which the blacks had precedence over the whites; and there seems to be no logical reason why intruders coming by sea should be any more blameworthy than those arriving by land. The persecuted Bushmen did not distinguish between their black and white oppressors. Frank Welsh
It was highly necessary…and a matter of course, that a good Dutch colony shall be planted and reared here. Nicolas Verburg
I have converted this Cape from a barren waste…to a desirable place of refreshment. Jan van Riebeeck
It is clearly unwise for us to continue the attempt to carry alone, or largely single-handed, the opposition to Soviet expansion. It is urgently necessary for us to restore something of the balance of power in Europe and Asia by strengthening local forces of independence and by getting them to assume part of our burden. George F. Kennan
When two giants meet with each other, when there is too little room for them on the world's surface, they try to measure their strength in order to decide by war the debatable question of hegemony. Eugen Varga
The tyrant Bolivar and his indecent supporters ought to annex Peru, and place this rich country under the control of Columbia, but he has made a mistake. The Spaniards are the only alternative who can avert our ruin. Jose Bernardo Torre Tagle
We conceive the recovery of her colonies by Spain to be hopeless,,, We aim not at the possession of any portion of them ourselves. We could not see any portion of them transferred to any other power with indifference. George Canning
The deed is done, the nail is driven, Spanish America is free; and if we do not mismanage our affairs sadly, she is English George Canning
The war in the Pacific having been happily terminated by the total destruction of the Spanish naval force, I am, of course, free for the crusade of liberty in any other quarter of the globe. Thomas Cochrane
The British can not alone act as the policemen of the world. Andrew Bonar Law
Sovereignty and kingship are never decided by academic debate. They are seized by force. Kemal Ataturk
The British have never felt America to be a foreign land. Elizabeth II
Philippine history has been far too long defined by the countries that controlled the country. David Selby
Eight and twenty canoes, full of men, women and children seemingly very glad of our coming …. The people of the country came aboard of us and making show of love, and gave us tobacco and Indian wheat, and departed for that night; but we durst not trust them. Robert Juet
A very goodly Bay … that may have the prerogative over the most pleasant places of Europe, Asia, Africa or America for large and pleasant navigable rivers. Heaven and Earth have never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation. John Smith
This land was our land; it was taken from us illegally …. John Smith did not bring a civilization here. There was already civilization here…. We should have burned the boat and killed them. all. Sewell Fitzhugh
Golden Gate John Fremont
For cultural invasion to succeed, it is essential that those invaded become convinced of their intrinsic inferiority. Paulo Freire
Part of the process of colonization (cultural conquest and domination) is the replacement of the celebrated drugs of the colonized with the celebrated drugs of the colonizer. Don L. Coyhis; William L. White
…if you suffer the Englishmen to dwell in your midst, their diseases and poisons shall destroy you utterly and you shall die. Neolin
…the only alternative to the communist World Empire is an American Empire, which will be, if not literally worldwide in formal boundaries, capable of exercising decisive world control. James Burnham
A democracy is severely restricted in its use of armed forces as a weapon of peacetime foreign policy. It cannot manipulate them tactically on any extensive scale for the accomplishment of measures short of war. George F. Kennan
I am deeply concerned about Iraq…. At present we are paying eight millions a year for the privilege of living on an ungrateful volcano out of which we are in no circumstances to get anything worth having …. There is scarcely a single newspaper --Tory, Liberal or Labour -- which is not consistently hostile to our remaining in this country… any alternative Government that might be formed here - Labour, Die-hard or Wee Free - would gain popularity by ordering instant evacuation. Moreover in my own heart I do not see what we are getting out of it.. Winston Churchill
Die if you must, but never kill. Theodore Roosevelt
We cannot avoid facing the fact that we occupied a new place among the people of the world… Our flag is a proud flag, and it stands for liberty and civilization. Where it has once floated, there must be no return to tyranny. Theodore Roosevelt
The view held by many English people about Mesopotamia is that the local inhabitants will welcome us because we have saved them from the Turks, and that the country only needs developing to repay a large expenditure of English lives and English money. Neither of these ideals will bear much examination... From the political point of view we are asking the Arab to exchange his pride and independence for a little Western civilization, the profits of which must be largely absorbed by the expenses of administration. London Times
What would happen if we withdrew? Anarchy and confusion. David Lloyd George
Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators. … It is not the wish of our government to impose upon you alien institutions. Frederick Stanley Maude
The blood of the infidels flowed so copiously at Thanesar that the stream was discoloured, notwithstanding its purity, and people were unable to drink it. The Sultan returned with plunder which is impossible to count. Tarikh-i-Yamini of Utbi
Colonies must be obtained or planted in order that no useful corner of the world be overlooked or left unused. Woodrow Wilson
All nations that are liberal of naturalization toward strangers are fit for empire. Francis Bacon
Hungary together with her annexed territories is independent and should be governed and administered according to her own laws and customs and not as other provinces are. Leopold III
Imperialism is too expensive an option for the United States---whether it is beneficent imperialism … or selfish imperialism…. Any small group of insurgents can make our efforts too expensive. John Brady Kiesling
Poland's existence is intolerable, incompatible with the essential conditions of Germany's life. Poland must go and will go. Hans von Seeckt
Many of nature’s five hundred kinds of wild trees had to make way for orchards and cornfields. In the settlement and civilization of the country, bread more than timber or beauty was wanted; and in the blindness of hunger, the early settlers, claiming Heaven as their guide, regarded God’s trees as only a larger kind of pernicious weeds, extremely hard to get rid of. Accordingly, with no eye to the future, these pious destroyers waged interminable forest wars; chips flew thick and fast; trees in their beauty fell crashing by millions, smashed to confusion, and the smoke of their burning has been rising to heaven more than two hundred years … John Muir
See, I have taken England with both my hands William I; William the Conqueror
Alexander III of Macedonia was born in 356 B.C... He is known as Alexander the Great because he killed more people of more different kinds than any other man of his time. William Jacobiam Cuppy
Practically all we know is that thousands of native Haitians have been killed by American Marines, and that many of our own gallant men have sacrificed their lives at the behest of an Executive department in order to establish laws drafted by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy...I will not empower an Assistant Secretary of the Navy to draft a constitution for helpless neighbors in the West Indies and jam it down their throats at the point of bayonets borne by US Marines Warren G. Harding
Gold has been found in paying quantities. George Armstrong Custer
The Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians. Why not annihilation? Their glory has fled, their spirit broken, their manhood effaced; better that they die than live the miserable wretches that they are. History would forget these latter despicable beings, and speak, in later ages of the glory of these grand Kings of forest and plain that Cooper loved to heroism. L. Frank Baum
Empires being neither up nor down do not fall. They change their appearance. Ferdinand Galliani
The underlying justification for the theft of our lands has always been that we were not making proper use of them, and that these lands could be put to better use. The wilderness that we cultivated … was simply going to waste. It was selfish of us to padlock our vast forests and plains and deprive millions of hungry and millions of landless from their enjoyment. It was argued that stealing our land would provide for the common good … and all would become better off as a result…during this process, we would be lifted from our less-than-civilized state and would eventually recognize the goodwill that had been lavished upon us. Today, most of our lands and most of the wilderness are gone and yet there are more poor people than ever, more misery… And today there are those who still argue that tearing down the remaining … lands benefits humanity, or in today's jargon, "creates jobs." … we can only ask: "Has our land indeed been put to better use?" Could there have been another way? Ingrid Washinawatok
Take up the White Man's burden— In patience to abide, To veil the threat of terror And check the show of pride; By open speech and simple, An hundred times made plain, To seek another's profit And work another's gain. Take up the White Man's burden— The savage wars of peace— Fill All the mouth of Famine, And bid the sickness cease. Rudyard Kipling
We say we are in Mesopotamia to develop it for the benefit of the world… How long will we permit millions of pounds, thousands of Imperial troops, and tens of thousands of Arabs to be sacrificed on the behalf of colonial administration which can benefit nobody but its administration? Joel Rayburn
Iraq may be able to run along in a corrupt, inefficient, oriental sort of way, something better than she was under Turkish rule…. If this is the result, even though it be not a very splendid one, we shall have built better than we know. Henry Robert Conway Dobbs
It is the right and duty of the United States to assert and maintain such supervision and authority over any interoceanic canal across the isthmus that connects North and South America as will protect our national interest. Rutherford B. Hayes
The Iraqis expected Americans to be much more competent. Yaroslav Trofimov
The French view globalization as synonymous with Americanization, the cultural imperialism that has filled France with bad food, bad films, and English words. Vivien Schmidt
The Century of Shame Anonymous
Look how the whole capitalist world is stretching out long arms towards the barbarous world and grabbing and clutching in eager competition at countries whose inhabitants don't want them; nay, in many cases, would rather die in battle, like the valiant men they are, than have them William Morris
There are sixty wagons. They have been divided into fifteen divisions, or platoons, of four wagons each, and each platoon is entitled to lead in its turn. The leading platoon of today will be the rear one tomorrow and will bring up the rear Jessie Applegate
The Sioux would be much opposed to the passage of so large a body through their country, and would probably resist it on account of the emigrants destroying and frightening away the buffaloes, which were then diminishing in numbers. Jessie Applegate
Westward ho! Who wants to go to California without costing them anything? As many as eight young men of good character who can drive an ox team will be accommodated. Come, boys, you can have as much land as you want without costing you anything. George Donner
A number of emigrants, consisting of families and young men who had convened there with the view of crossing the Rocky Mountains, and were waiting very patiently until their number should be so increased as to afford protection and insure the safety of all, when they contemplated setting out together, for their favorite place of destination, Oregon territory. The number of emigrants continued to increase with such rapidity, that on the 15th day of May, our company consisted of one hundred and sixty persons, giving us a force of eighty armed men, which was thought ample for our protection. Having organized, and having ascertained that all had provided themselves with the necessary quantum of provisions and ammunition, as well as such teams and wagons as the company had previously determined to be essential, and indispensable, and all things else being in readiness, on the 16th day of May, in the year 1842, all as one man, united in interest, united in feeling, we were, en route, for the long desired El Dorado of the West. Lansford Hastings
When Hitler and Goebbels talk of organizing Europe, when the French 'collaborators' echo their words, we know what they mean and what they want. In present realities their European Order is nothing but the utilization of all European resources, the extraction and extortion of all we have, for the benefit of the Axis, and their so-called organization of Europe is no more than the future total enslavement of Europe by the Nazi regime Leon Blum
No Province shall be transferred from one Government to another without the consent by plebiscite or otherwise of the population of such Province. Union of Democratic Control
The white race seems to me to blame in saying that all the reason for its interference in Africa is the improvement of the native African, and then to start on altering African institutions without in the least understanding them. It seems to me that the leading men among the European educated Africans have depended too much on the religious side of the question. Mary Kingsley
In truth the monarchy here is an absurd anachronism. It has nothing on which it logically or legitimately stands. The feudal basis on which it once stood no longer existing, the monarchy now is only an impediment to good government -- an obstruction to the prosperity and progress of the islands. Destiny and the vast future interests of the United States in the Pacific clearly indicate who at no distant day must be responsible for the government of these islands. John L. Stevens
It appears that Hawaii was taken possession of by the United States forces without the consent or wish of the government of the islands, or of anybody else so far as shown, except the United States Minister�. The provisional government owes its existence to an armed invasion by the United States. Fair-minded people with the evidence before them will hardly claim that the Hawaiian Government was overthrown by the people of the islands or that the provisional government had ever existed with their consent�. By an act of war, committed with the participation of a diplomatic representative of the United States and without authority of Congress, the Government of a feeble but friendly and confiding people has been overthrown. A substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair. Grover Cleveland
For over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples. World Islamic Front
The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the consent of the people. Alexander Hamilton
The gentleman asks, when were the colonies emancipated? But I desire to know, when were they made slaves William Pitt the Younger
When two countries are connected together, like England and her colonies, without being incorporated, the one must necessarily govern; the greater must rule the less; but so rule it, as not to contradict the fundamental principles that are common to both. William Pitt the Younger
Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws … Mark Twain
In my mind globalization means returning the industrial revolution back to square one. Stetson Kennedy
America sponsors a revolution that destroys morals, curricula, religion, values, and everything related to Islam and to the values of manliness. Mahmoud Kharabshe
Who colonized the other – us or them? Did Algeria colonize France, or vice versa? Did Egypt colonize England, or vice versa? We are the victims... Ahmad Bin Muhammad
We will bring imperialism to its knees. Fidel Castro
We have fifty million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe -- without swords, without guns, without conquests. The fifty million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades. Muammar Qaddafi
The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection. George Eliot; Mary Ann Evans
I feel it is an intensely disagreeable and unfortunate task which we cannot in honor shirk. Theodore Roosevelt
If I had my way we should annex those islands tomorrow. Theodore Roosevelt
… a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wild beasts and wild men William Bradford
Empires aren’t out there to do good. They are out there to benefit the nation state. Caroline Elkins
Jihad is the struggle for Muslim society to rule the entire world. Lawrence Murawiec
First there was the changing of the guard outside the British Residence; then, through the cast-iron doors pricked in gold with the monogram of Victoria Regina, the high commissioner’s black Rolls Royce slowly emerged. On either side of the car as it slowly advanced rode a detachment of the King’s Horse…The procession, led by officers of the Egyptian mounted police, continued as far as the small cathedral of Saint Mary…where Bishop Gwynne of Cairo and Khartoum…waited in a chasuble and alb to receive the high commissioner…It was a world of ceremony complete unto itself, and the patriotic convictions served up in Bishop Gwynne’s sermons inspired the congregation with a feeling of everlastingness and certainty of fate. Magdi Wahba
Over the past thirty years Europe’s influence has transformed Cairo. Now…we are civilized. Isma'il
Whereas great Frauds and Abuses have been committed in purchasing Lands of the Indians, to the great Prejudice of our Interests, and to the great Dissatisfaction of the said Indians. In order, therefore, to prevent such Irregularities for the future, and to the end that the Indians may be convinced of our Justice and determined Resolution to remove all reasonable Cause of Discontent, We do, with the Advice of our Privy Council, strictly enjoin and require. that no private Person do presume to make any purchase from the said Indians of any Lands reserved to the said Indians George III
The idea of governing provinces and colonies by force is visionary and chimerical. The experiment has often been tried, and it has never succeeded. It ends infallibly in the ruin of one country or the other. Jonathan Shipley
We are all British gentlemen engaged in the magnificent work of governing an inferior race. Richard Southwell Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo
The hatred that the Peninsula has inspired in us is greater than the ocean between us. It would be easier to have the two continents meet than to reconcile the spirits of the two countries. The habit of obedience; a community of interest, of understanding, of religion; mutual goodwill; a tender regard for the birthplace and good name of our forefathers; in short, all that gave rise to our hopes, came to us from Spain Simon Bolivar
Success will crown our efforts, because the destiny of America has been irrevocably decided; the tie that bound her to Spain has been severed. Simon Bolivar
If 200 or 300 thousand people will be killed, it will be worth it to restore Duklja’s kingdom. Slobodan Milosevic
Did Algeria colonize France, or vice versa? Did Egypt colonize England, or vice versa? We [Arabs] are the victims... Ahmad Bin Muhammad
We are a fighting race, we are told, and every Irishman is always proud to hear our politicians and journalists tell of our exploits in the fighting line – in other countries, in other climes and in other times. Yes, we are a fighting race. Whether it is under the Stars and Stripes or under the Union Jack; planting the flag of America over the walls of Santiago or helping our own oppressors to extend their hated rule over other unfortunate nations our brave Irish boys are ever to the front. When the Boer has to be robbed of his freedom, the Egyptian has to be hurled back under the heel of his taskmaster, the Zulu to be dynamited in his caves, the Matabele slaughtered beside the ruins of his smoking village or Afridi to be hunted from his desolated homestead, wheresoever, in short, the bloody standard of the oppressors of Ireland is to be found over some unusually atrocious piece of scoundrelism, look then for the sons of our Emerald Isle, and under the red coats of the hired assassin army you will find them. Yes, we are a fighting race. In Africa, India or America, wherever blood is to be spilt, there you will find Irishmen, eager and anxious for a fight, under any flag, in anybody's quarrel, in any cause – except their own James Connolly
It is evident that that Settlement forming at the Post of St. Vincent is in every respect of the most dangerous Tendency and must have the effect to keep us entangled in perpetual Dispute and Quarrel with the Indians. Therefore, it is his Majesty's Pleasure that you give Notice to the Inhabitants of that Place forthwith to retire from it. William Johnson
They seem to me to leave the Indians in a worse condition than they found them in. Laura Minnie Cornelius Kellogg
Today's world war is entirely a competitive struggle amongst fully mature capitalisms for world domination, for the exploitation of the remaining zones of the world not yet capitalistic. Rosa Luxemburg
The United States is potent and great. When you shake there is a deep tremblor that passes through the enormous vertebrae of the Andes. If you clamor, it is heard like the roaring of a lion. Ruben Dario
Modern industry and the opening of the world market made the struggle universal and at the same time gave it unheard-of virulence. Advantages in natural or artificial conditions of production now decide the existence or non-existence of individual capitalists as well as of whole industries and countries. He that falls is remorselessly cast aside. Friedrich Engels
The need to colonize a country in the old fashioned way is gone. Even in Iraq they will pull out. But Iraq will have McDonald's, Iraq will have American interests in there, America will be able to do its business there. They don't necessarily need to send in troops - they send in men in suits and they colonize the place financially. It's a cultural and financial imperialism Benjamin Zephaniah
I regarded and still regard the proposed annexation of Hawaii as not only opposed to our national policy but as a perversion of our national mission. The mission of our nation is to build up and make a great country out of what we have, instead of annexing islands Grover Cleveland
The kingdom of Siam is heathen… the people are considered to be prudent folk .... The merchants know a great deal about merchandise … The kingdom is justly ruled. The King is always in residence in the city of Ayutthaya… he’s very ceremonious with strangers; he moves freely in easily with the natives. He has many wives—upwards of 500. On the death or decaying [of the king] it has as king a person of the royal blood … if he is suitable, and if he is not there are sometimes agreements and assemblies to decide who will be the best. Tomes Pires
The king comes out two times and each year in order that all should see him and is accompanied by 200 elephants on which there are mounted many lords and captain’s, and he is accompanied by five to 6000 guardsmen is carried on an elephant, sitting on a very ornate chair and one of his pages sits on the elephants head and carries a golden rope on his right hand was a bag full of coins which he distributes as alms. Fernao Mendez Pinto
If you go into a country, then you’re going to have to do something about it, and that is hard–harder than invading. George P. Shultz
Before Irish Home Rule is conceded by the Imperial Parliament, England as the predominant member of the three kingdoms will have to be convinced of its justice and equity. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
No white people shall be allowed to settle … without the permission of the Indians. Anonymous
At first we had the land and the white man had the Bible. Now we have the Bible and the white man has the land. Anonymous
Canada for US—not for U. S. Anonymous
Civilization, Commerce and Christianity Anonymous
... constantly sought after order and equity among the dark-headed people whom [the god Marduk] made him conquer. Anonymous
Death to the Mongols Anonymous
Exodusters Anonymous
The Great White Mother Anonymous
Being convinced in our consciences that Home Rule would be disastrous to the material well-being of Ulster as well as the whole of Ireland, subversive of our civil and religious freedom, destructive of our citizenship … we do hereby pledge ourselves … to stand by one another in defending for ourselves and our children our cherished position of equal citizenship in the United Kingdom. Anonymous
Independence or Death Anonymous
The last best West Anonymous
Seward's Folly Seward's Icebox Anonymous
The winds and seas are Britain's wide domain, And not a sail, but by permission, spreads. Anonymous
Walking Purchase, Walking Treaty Anonymous
Year of the Blood Anonymous
Since you are here strangers, and come into our country, you should conform yourselves to the customs or our country, than impose yours upon us. Anonymous
There is the master of democracy whom they have so often sanctified but who causes criminal, barbaric, bloody oppression that abandons the moral standards of even the most savage empires in history … 5 million killed (may God receive them as martyrs) because of the crimes committed by the American civilization that America leads. These 5 million were killed in the last few decades alone. Muhammad Abbas
[Writing of Harry Truman:] The 1947 assumption of responsibility in the Eastern Mediterranean, the 1948 grandeur of the Marshall Plan, the response to the blockade of Berlin, the NATO defense of Europe in 1949, and the intervention in Korea in 1950—all those constituted expanded action in truly heroic mold. All of them required rare capacity to decide and act. Dean Acheson
Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role in the world. Dean Acheson
Dearest Madam: We your servants join together and thoughts it better to write you a nice loving letter which will tell you about all our wishes. We wish to have your laws in our towns … Plenty wars here in our country. Plenty murder and plenty idol worshippers …. We have spoken to the English consul plenty times about having an English government here. We never have an answer from you, so we wish to write you ourselves. King Acqua
No acid ever worked more mechanically on a vegetable fiber than the white man acted on the Indian. As the line of American settlements approached, the nearest Indian tribes withered away. Henry Adams
... for the benefit of the wild beasts as well as the savage nations .... To make the wilderness blossom as the rose, to establish laws, to increase, multiply, and subdue the earth [see Genesis 1:28]. John Quincy Adams
Keep what is yours, but leave the rest of the continent to us. John Quincy Adams
The annexation of Texas to this union is the blast of the trumpet for a foreign, civil, servile, and Indian war, of which the Government of your country, fallen into faithless hands, have already twice given the signal .… Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity! John Quincy Adams
The annexation of Cuba to our federal republic will be indispensable to the continuance and integrity of the Union itself. John Quincy Adams
Count Romanzoff [of Russia] had appointed me to call upon him this morning at eleven o'clock, which I accordingly did. I found an officer with him, who immediately retired. The Count told me that the officer had been at their settlement on the northwest coast of America [the Kodiak Islands], and gave him an indifferent account of it. He was afraid they would never be able to make much of it. John Adams
It would certainly be for the good of mankind to have all the mighty empires and monarchies of the world cantoned out into petty states and principalities. Joseph Addison
Where others send invading armies, the Americans send their colonists … Texas will be lost to this republic if adequate measures are not taken. Lucas Alaman
The mission of colonization cannot be other than a mission of high civilization. Albert I
Those who say that America has to dominate the world, and that you either have to control everything or go home, don't understand the way power is projected. Madeleine Albright
Everybody is getting a little bigger nowadays. Alexander I
The end and perfection of our victories is to avoid the vices and infirmities of those whom we subdue. Alexander III
Gordon is in trouble. For the honor of the government and the nation you must try and save him. Queen Victoria
Fifty-four Forty or Fight! William Allan
Having uncritically accepted [Western] culture in everything, we now find we have lost our hold on the autonomous ideals of the Japanese race. Sadao Araki
All right, come on in! We’ll meet you man to man. You will kill us, but you will pay for it. Bernado Arce
Today the situation is restored. We are masters everywhere and those who wanted to attack us are now wondering how to defend themselves. Louis Archinard
As for your pope of whom you speak, he must be mad to speak of giving away countries that do not belong to him. Atahualpa
We maintain that it is a right of humanity … that this vast territory be inhabited by an industrious people. Atlantic Pacific Railroad
Must we not first take the government of Mexico in hand, either to establish a protectorate over the country, or by undertaking to give the [Mexican] President a Military Support that will insure domestic tranquility and a due regards for the rights of foreigners. Horace Austin
Every evil complained of has been remedied—this fully compensates me for all I have suffered. Stephen F. Austin
If you go and take the field of an enemy, the enemy will come and take your field. Babylonian Proverb
... nor do I believe we have a right to use military force to compel the reception of our relief agencies. Newton Baker
We have loosened the formal bonds of unity with the great dominions. The destinies of their peoples are guided by their own governments. No rigid framework cramps our conversations with one another or with the world outside the family circle. When we meet together in equal freedom we are united by common allegiance to the Crown. In that model unity lies our strength. Stanley Baldwin
His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavor to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by the Jews in any other country. Arthur Balfour
The doctrine of state ownership of land … is the exact opposite of the regime of free trade. The doctrine of state ownership should not be allowed to prevail ... Emile Banning
Our soldiers fled the battle field as if mad … they threw down their rifles to avoid emasculation. Oreste Baratieri
I hope to God you will not ask me to go to any other country except my own. It may turn out to be another Bosque Redondo. Barboncito
Great Powers must recognize that effective nation building requires not only the heart of the humanitarian but also the hubris of an imperialist. Michael N. Barnett
Throughout history states have also used force to reform, restructure, or rebuild the domestic institutions of other countries Michael N. Barnett
Sir, our natural boundary is the Pacific Ocean. The swelling tide of our population must and will roll on until that mighty ocean interposes its waters, and limits our territorial empire. Francis Baylies
Imperialism is but the transition stage to the international union of the proletariat …. Nationalism is dead or dying. Belfast Labor Chronicle
[Referring to Africans:] Whatever happens, we have got the Maxim Gun, and they have not. Hilaire Belloc
It is our manifest destiny to lead and rule all nations. James Gordon Bennett
This country must be assured of complete Canadian control of broadcasting from Canadian sources, free from foreign interference or influence. Richard Bedford Bennett
Civilization, or extinction, has been the fate of all people who have found themselves in the track of the advancing Whites Thomas Hart Benton
Since the dispersion of man upon earth, I know of no human event, past or present, which promises a greater, a more beneficent change upon earth than the arrival of the van of the Caucasian race (the Celtic-Anglo-Saxon division) upon the border of the sea which washes the shore of eastern Asia …. It would seem that the White race alone received the divine command, to subdue and replenish the earth! for it is the only race that has obeyed it--the only one that hunts out new and distant lands, and even a New World, to subdue and replenish.... Thomas Hart Benton
Let the emigrants go on; and carry their rifles. We want 30 thousand rifles in the valley of the Oregon; they will make all quiet there ... will annihilate the Hudson's Bay Company, drive them off our continent, quiet their Indians, and protect the American interests. Thomas Hart Benton
The white race were a land-loving people, and had a right to possess it because they used it according to the intentions of the Creator. Thomas Hart Benton
Puerto Rico is America's kept woman. Reubin Berrio
God has made us the master organizers of the world to establish system where chaos reigns … He has made us adept in government that we may administer government among savage and senile peoples. Albert J. Beveridge
God has marked the American people as His chosen nation to finally lead in the regeneration of the world. Albert J. Beveridge
The times call for candor. The Philippines are ours forever… and just beyond the Philippines are China’s inimitable market. We will not retreat from either. We will not repudiate our destiny in the Archipelago… We will not renounce our part in the mission of our race—trustees under God of the civilization of the world. Albert J. Beveridge
The power that rules the Pacific ... is the power that rules the world. And, with the Philippines, that power is and will forever be the American Republic. Albert J. Beveridge
Each Servant has then also a Right to take up fifty Acres of Land, where he can find any unpatented [unowned]: But that is no great Privilege, for any one may have as good a right for a piece of Eight Robert Beverly
All this colonial business is a sham but we need it for elections. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
[Describing Hawaii:] ... essentially a part of the American system James G. Blaine
The interests, commercial and political, of the U. S., on this continent, transcend in extent and importance those of any other power. James G. Blaine
We have got over our imperial past, and the withdrawal symptoms. Tony Blair
We are four millions of Britons who were not free. Edward Blake
I don’t mind dying now that I’ve killed Msiri. Thank God my death will not be in vain. I’ve delivered Africa from one of her most detestable tyrants. Omer Bodson
A people that patiently lets itself be trampled, deserves to be trampled and crushed. Ludwig Borne
United, France and Germany can accomplish and prevent anything.... On their union depends, therefore, not only their own welfare but also the destiny of all of Europe. Ludwig Borne
If the earthly power errs, it shall be judged by the spiritual power ... but if the supreme spiritual power errs it can be judged only by God, and not by man ... Therefore we declare, state, define and pronounce that it is altogether necessary to salvation for every human creature to be subject to the Roman pontiff. Boniface VIII
Neither cross nor faith bring me succor or protection /Against those felon Turks, God curse them!;, .d. Turkey;, .d. Jerusalem;, .d. Holy Land;, .d. Crusades;, .d. faith;, .d. religion;, .d. expansionism;, .d. Arsuf;, .d. Moslems;, Neither cross nor faith bring me succor or protection Against those felon Turks, God curse them! On the contrary, from what one can see, God wants to support them to our detriment. Ricaut Bonomel
We are always in hopes that our good king [the King of France] will come to the assistance of this country [Canada] and will cause those rascally Iroquois to be destroyed. Pierre Boucher
A real danger threatens the unity of the Canadian people and the preservation of its political existence. This danger is the slow but sure penetration of Americanism into all phases of our national, political, and social life. Henry Bourassa
White men have two hands. The stronger hand is the hand of war. The other hand is the hand of trade. Which hand do the Abanhos want? Pierre-Paul-Francois-Camille Savorgnan de Brazza
Don't talk to me about socialism. What we have, we hold. Leonid I. Brezhnev
places the whole of Her Majesty's possessions on the Pacific [British Columbia] in the position of a piece of meat between two slices of bread, where they can be devoured in a single bite. British Colonist
We don't have the temperament to be an occupying power. Hank Brown
The uniformed military are usually the last ones who want to intervene, because they're the ones who are going to get shot at and they're the ones who will get the blame. Harold Brown
It is our glory that whilst other nations have extended their dominions by the sword we have never acquired any territory except by fair purchase or, as in the case of Texas, by the voluntary determination of a brave, kindred, and independent people to blend their destinies with our own. James Buchanan
Destiny beckons us to hold and civilize Mexico. James Buchanan
Money would be no object when compared with the value of the acquisition. James Buchanan
Our democracy has been marred by imperialism. Pearl S. Buck
We desire to throw no one into the shade, but we also demand our own place in the sun. Bernhard von Bulow
lt is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere. Edmund Burke
America has never been an empire. … We may be the only great power in history that had the chance, and refused. George W. Bush
One conquered nation is one too many. George W. Bush
The world must not reward aggression. George W. Bush
This will not stand! George W. Bush
I spent 33 years ... most of my time being a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short I was a racketeer for capitalism. Smedley Butler
Christians … had come through razing the towns and carrying off half the men and all the women and boys. Alvar N. C. de Vaca
I came. I saw. I conquered. Julius Caesar
The interior [of Africa] is mostly a magnificent and healthy country of unspeakable riches. Verney Lovett Cameron
For Carolina once ruined and destroyed, the extermination of her [England's] colonial dependencies will follow. Jose del Campillo y Cosio
From the Indian point of view, French and English both have the same title to land—conquest. Canadian Royal Commission on Bilingualism
The men are to be slain whenever and wherever they can be found. The women and children may be taken prisoners. James Henry Carleton
Gentlemen: On this rock the future success of South Africa will be built. Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert Carnarvon; 4th earl of Carnarvon; Baron Porchester of Highclere
We cannot admit rivals to the East, or even the central parts of Africa Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert Carnarvon; 4th earl of Carnarvon; Baron Porchester of Highclere
Annexation [of Mexico] … because the United States is destined to supplant all other governments on this continent [and] … leading Mexico to a higher plane of civilization. Matthew Hale Carpenter
[Spaniards] made bets as to who would slit a man in two, or cut off his head at one blow; or they opened up his bowels. They tore the babies from their mother’s breast by their feet, and dashed their heads against the rocks … They spitted the bodies of other babes, together with their mothers and all who were before them, on their swords. They hanged Indians by thirteens, in honor and reverence for our Redeemer and the Twelve Apostles …. They burned the Indians alive …. All this did my own eyes witness. Bartolome de las Casas
The reason the Christians have murdered on such a vast scale and killed anyone and everyone in their way is purely and simply greed... Bartolome de las Casas
Of all the shameful and infamous expedients whereby man has preyed upon man … this vile thing [the rubber trade] dares to call itself commerce. Roger Casement
If there was in the history of humanity an enemy who was truly universal, an enemy whose acts and moves trouble the entire world, threaten the entire world ... that real and universal enemy is precisely Yankee imperialism. Fidel Castro
I am glad to know the Transvaal is English ground. Perhaps now there may be rest. Cetshwayo
I am sending you out against the whites, who have invaded Zululand and driven away our cattle. Cetshwayo
I’m glad to know that the Transvaal is English ground; perhaps now there may be rest. Cetshwayo
I don’t care a damn about New Guinea. And I am not afraid of German colonization, but I don’t like being cheeked by Bismarck. Joseph Chamberlain
My cousin Francis and I are in perfect accord. He wants Milan, and so do I. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
The empires of the future are empires of the mind. Winston Churchill
I have not become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire. Winston Churchill
Russia is like a hungry wolf let loose among the sheep. But after the feasting comes the digestion period. Russia will not be able to digest them all. Winston Churchill
Sooner or later you will have to crush Gandhi and the Indian Congress and all they stand for. Winston Churchill
We seek no profit, we covet no territory or aggrandizement. We expect no reward and we will accept no compromise. Winston Churchill
Large parties will never answer the purpose. They will alarm the Indian nations they pass through. Three of four young men well qualified for the task might perhaps compleat your wishes at a very trifling expense. George Rogers Clark
The conquest of Canada is in your power. Henry Clay
I certainly am not willing to involve the country in a foreign war for the object of acquiring Texas. Henry Clay
No, but the Germans have been to France twice in my lifetime. Georges Clemenceau
We need property dedicated to the general benefit in addition to that intended for private use. Cocotitlan Pueblo
For the good of the souls of said cannibals … the greater the number sent over to Spain the better … They [the Caribe Indians] are a wild people, fit for any work, well proportioned and very intelligent, and who … will be better than any other kind of slaves. Christopher Columbus
I have always read that the world, both land and water, was spherical, as the authority and researches of Ptolemy and all the others who have written on this subject demonstrate and prove, as do the eclipses of the moon and other experiments Christopher Columbus
I ought to be judged as a captain who set out from Spain to the Indies to conquer many warlike peoples of very contrary creed and customs, where by divine will, I have placed under the sovereignty of the King and Queen, Our Lords, another world, by which Spain, which was once called poor, is now the most rich. Christopher Columbus
They would make fine servants .... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want. Christopher Columbus
In the 1920's U. S. Marines were periodically sent to Nicaragua to prevent the fiscal protectorate from revolution. The administration was accused of making war on Nicaragua:] We are not making war on Nicaragua any more than a policeman on the street is making war on passers-by. Calvin Coolidge
There will be no annexation of ourselves or our territory to an independent Quebec without our consent. Mathew Coon Come
This uneasy desire to augment our territory has depraved the moral sense and blighted the otherwise keen sagacity of our people. Thomas Corwin
This is a military phthisis not a war … small skirmishes in which we are always facing the enemy with inferior numbers … There is no fundamental plan in this campaign … We are ready for any sacrifice in order to save the honor of the army and the prestige of the monarchy. Francesco Crispi
We are destined to own and control the whole western continent from Baffin's bay to the Caribbean sea ... we need not be in a hurry. When the fruit is ripe, it will fall into our hands. Shelby M. Cullom
Empire can only be achieved with satisfaction, or maintained with advantage, provided it has a moral basis. George Nathaniel Curzon; 1st Baron Kedleston
America’s ancestors give them the love of equality and of freedom, but God Himself gave them the means of remaining equal and free by placing them upon a boundless continent. Alexis de Tocqueville
The era of conquest is definitely closed. Theophile Delcasse
You do not understand the honor of France! Theophile Delcasse
At present you are frightened of everything; you make a secret of where you sleep … You have neither peace nor tranquility. To change all that, all you have to do is accept the protection of Boula-Matari, to fly the flag with the star at each of your villages, and then things will calm down and peace and plenty will return to your country. Alexandre Delcommune
We hold that the Constitution follows the flag, and denounce the doctrine that an Executive or Congress deriving their existence and their powers from the Constitution can exercise lawful authority beyond it, or in violation of it. We assert that no nation can long endure half Republic and half empire, and we warn the American people that imperialism abroad will lead quickly and inevitably to despotism at home. Democratic Party
That our title to the whole of the Territory of Oregon is clear and unquestionable; that no portion of the same ought to be ceded to England or any other power, and that the re-occupation of Oregon and the re-annexation of Texas at the earliest and practicable period are great American measures, which this convention recommends to the cordial support of the Democracy of the Union. Democratic Party
To a more perfect Union embracing the whole of the North American continent. Daniel Stevens Dickenson
This will change everything; Britain has been humiliated in the eyes of the other European powers; it will sap our influence and bleed our revenue white. Benjamin Disraeli
It doesn’t matter if we don’t consider ourselves an empire. Others see us as impinging on their lives, their way of life. Tom Donnelly
Mexico seems a doomed victim to Anglo Saxon cupidity and love of dominion. Frederick Douglass
Whole Indian nations have melted away like snowballs in the sun before the white man's advance. They leave scarcely a name of our people except those wrongly recorded by their destroyers. Dragging Canoe; Tsiyu-gunsini
All empire is no more than power in trust. John Dryden
Perhaps we have already intervened too much in the affairs of other peoples. Allen Welsh Dulles
… and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas Edward VII
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in this world must first come to pass in the heart of America. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Commerce is the weapon …., the all powerful arm with which we have entered in earnest, with every prospect of success, upon our conquest of Mexico. El Paso Bureau of Information
Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so imperialism is in the mind of the imperialized. Michael J. Elliott
Civilized men arrived in the Pacific, armed with alcohol, syphilis, trousers, and the Bible. Havelock Ellis
You may kill me, but don’t think that I am the only white man in the country. There are many others who will be willing to avenge my death, and let me tell you that in less than two years from now there won’t be an Arab left in the entire country now held by your people. Mehmed Emin Pasha; Eduard Schnitzer
Throughout history, countries have sought to expand ….Today, the goal of most wars is too make countries smaller rather than larger. Juan Enriquez
We must not worry about committing an offense against the rights of nations nor about violating the laws of humanity. Matthias Erzberger
We appeal to our august ally, Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain …. In our hour of dire distress we implore the Great Powers to interpose their friendly offices on our behalf. Muhammed es-Sadok
If you drop a perpendicular from the frontier of Tunis, through Lake Chad to the Congo, you could say that the greatest part of the territories bounded by this line and the sea … are French, or destined to be included in France’s sphere of influence. We have a vast domain which it is for us to colonize and make fruitful … Eugene Etienne
All citizens of Colorado, either individually or in such parties as they may organize, are to go in pursuit of all hostile Indians on the plains, scrupulously avoiding those who have responded to my call to rendezvous at the points indicated; also, to kill and destroy as enemies of the country, wherever they may be found, all such hostile Indians. Jon Evans
Whereas the British were generally quite open about the fact that they were running an empire, few Americans politicians today would use the “e” word as anything other than a term of abuse. Niall Ferguson
Alaska ... is an inhospitable, wretched, God-forsaken region, worth nothing, but a positive injury and incumberance as a colony of the United States.... Of what possible commercial importance can this territory be to us? Orange Ferriss
An irresistible movement is bearing the great nations of Europe towards the conquest of fresh territories. It is like a huge steeplechase into the unknown … whole continents are being annexed … Jules Ferry
… that huge black continent so full of fierce mysteries and vague hopes … Jules Ferry
Cambodia is a small country, and we should maintain it as a child. We will be its mother; it’s father will be Siam [Thailand]. Gia Long
Imperialism dies hard, especially when there are people making money. Sam Gibbons
We must march from ocean to ocean .... We must march from Texas straight to the Pacific Ocean, and be bounded only by its roaring wave .... It is the destiny of the white race, it is the destiny of the Anglo-Saxon race. William F. Giles
I look with satisfaction, sympathy and joy upon the extension of Germany in these desert places of the Earth. William E. Gladstone
Our first sight in Egypt, be it by larceny or be it by preemption, will be the almost certain egg of a North African Empire that will grow and grow until … we finally join hands across the equator with Natal and Cape Town. William E. Gladstone
This Empire has but one danger: it is the danger by the combination of the three names, Ireland, United States and Canada. William E. Gladstone
We don't have much to say about your Arab-Arab border differences such as you have with Kuwait. All we hope is that you solve this quickly. April Glaspie
You have introduced Western education, with freedom of speech and freedom of writing.... Side by side with these there have been great evils. One such evil is a steady dwarfing of the race in consequence of its exclusion from power. Gopan Krishna Gokhale
Latinos in America are still part of the Latin American experience. To understand the Latin American presence in America you must understand the American presence in Latin America. Juan Gonzales
People tend to migrate from the third world to the metropolises of the very countries that once dominated them. Algerians to Paris; Puerto Ricans to New York; Pakistanis to London. Juan Gonzales
We don’t like to call ourselves an empire but in the process of becoming the richest country the world has ever known we have dominated many other people. Juan Gonzales
The World Doesn’t Want to Be American Mikhail Gorbachev
England was made by adventurers, not by its government. Charles George Chinese Gordon
For a foreign power to take this country [the Sudan] would be most easy. The mass are far from fanatical. They would rejoice in good government, let its religion be what it might …. It is the government that needs civilizing far more than the people. Charles George Chinese Gordon
We have sacrificed a hundred thousand soldiers and a hundred million of money for nothing. Prince Gortchakoff
... one of the most unjust wars ever waged by a stronger nation against a weaker nation. It was an instance of a republic following the bad example of European monarchies in not considering justice in their desire to acquire additional territory. Ulysses S. Grant
The British minister mistakes the Irish character. Had he intended to make Ireland a slave, he should have kept her a beggar. There is no middle policy … greatly emancipate or fundamentally destroy. Henry Grattan
Turn your face to the West and there build your homes and fortunes. Horace Greeley
Who believes that a score of victories over Mexico, the annexation of half her provinces, will give us more Liberty, a purer Morality? Horace Greeley
A French expedition under secret instructions, right from the other side of Africa, into a territory over which our claims have been known for so long … would be an unfriendly act, and would be so viewed by England. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
This should be represented to the Austrian government, and you should impress upon how necessary it is that their decision to annex Bosnia and Herzegovina should be reconsidered. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Good heavens, what will they say in London. Bartle Frere; Henry Bartle Edwards
Unlike more traditional conquerors, we are not content merely to subdue others: We insist that they be like us. Thomas Friedman
Walking into a Kentucky Fried Chicken in the rural area of Malaysia is the cheapest trip to America many Malaysians will ever be able to take. Thomas Friedman
I know and see every day the extent of geographical feeling, and the necessity of feeling if we mean to preserve and invigorate the Union. Albert Gallatin
It being perhaps the only large tract of country and certainly the first which lying out of the boundaries of the Union will be settled by the people of the United States. Albert Gallatin
The existence of the United States as a nation presupposes the power enjoyed by every nation of extending their territory by treaties. Albert Gallatin
To take by force any place in possession of another nation, whatever our claim to that place might be, is war. Albert Gallatin
The British government in India constitutes a struggle between the Modern Civilization, which is the Kingdom of Satan, and the Ancient Civilization, which is the kingdom of God. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Agreeing to partition is like allowing someone to come to your house, move into more than half the rooms, steal your furniture, kill and rape your daughters and then tell you to sign on the dotted line. We just can't say yes to that. Ejup Ganic
The fate of the Niger, of black and brown people … is being determined in a Hertfordshire beech avenue … where there hasn’t been the ghost of a palm for … 2 million years. I suppose it is all due in some way to the Glacial periods which make us what we are, able to lay down the law to the colored peoples who kept snug in the tropics while we were battling against the cold. Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marques Salisbury
The appetite comes as you eat. Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marquess Salisbury
Man’s greatest good fortune is to chase and defeat his enemies, take all his goods, leave his older women weeping, ride his horses, and use the bodies of his younger women at night. Temujin; Genghis Khan
Knavery seems to be so much the striking feature of its [America's] inhabitants that it may not in the end be an evil that they become aliens to this Kingdom. George III
When our kings succeeded to the crown of England, the ministers of that nation took a short way to ruin us … All of our affairs, since the union of crowns, have been managed by the advice of English ministers, and the principle offices of the kingdom filled with such men as the court of England would be subservient to their designs. Andrew Fletcher
Bad neighbors will keep cartographers busy well into the next century. Foreign Policy
It is a myth that most people throughout the world hate America. They hate the American government and the American military …. They love American culture—they have made it the world’s culture. Mark Hertsgaard
Our colonies are great and growing nationalities. Michael Edward Hicks-Beach
Our people believed too much in the imperial country … Hirohito
Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles. Germany, Germany over all. Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben
I do not believe that Communism will overwhelm the free world. Herbert Hoover
... proceed northward by interior channels, devastating, laying waste, sacking and burning whatever settlements, plantations and towns there may be ... and ... taking possession of the entire country, for ... these parts hold no hostile troops able to resist those under your command. Jaun Francisco Guemez de Horcasitas
The land is the finest for cultivation that I ever in my life set foot upon. Were our own industrious farmers to settle here, they would soon transform this wilderness into a Paradise where no man need ever go hungry….Never have I beheld such a rich and pleasant land. Henry Hudson
Never shoot your customers. Hudson's Bay Company
The expression "World Power" has been made an occasion for ridicule and sneers, but it has a real meaning and a real significance. It means an influence throughout the world, and so long as that influence is wielded for the betterment of mankind, for the uplifting of our unfortunate fellow creatures, for the maintenance of peace, for the promotion of morality and civilization, we may be proud to have taken part in the change of our national policy which made us a world power. Charles Evans Hughes
You will be emancipated from tyranny and oppression … William Hull
Extensive conquests, when pursued, must be the ruin of every free government. David Hume
We don't want to fight, But, by Jingo, if we do, We've got the ships, we've got the men We've got the money too. W. G. Hunt
We feel that the Arabs and Jews are cousins in race, having suffered similar oppressions at the hands of powers stronger than themselves, and by a happy coincidence have been able to take the first step towards the attainment of their national ideals together. Feisal ibn Husein
We Arabs, especially the educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement.... We are working together for a reformed and revived Near East, and our two movements complete one another. The Jewish movement is national and not imperialist, and there is room in Syria for us both. Indeed I think that neither can be a real success without the other. Husein, Feisal, ibn
An Arab country does not have the right to occupy another Arab country. God forbid, if Iraq should deviate from the right path, we would want the Arabs to send their armies to put things right. If Iraq should become intoxicated by its power and move to overwhelm another Arab state, the Arabs would be right to deploy their armies to check it. Saddam Hussein
Hegemony mean[t] that [Athens] organized and directed their combined efforts without securing permanent political power over the other[s]. S. Ryan Johansson
The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts. Ivan Illich
I am now at the head of two thousand and seventy volunteers, the choicest of our citizens, who go at the call of their country to execute the will of the Government; who have no Constitutional scruples, and if the Government orders, will rejoice at the opportunity of placing the American eagle on the ramparts of Mobile, Pensacola and Fort St. Augustine. Andrew Jackson
Let it be signified to me through any channel ... that the possession of Florida is desirable to the United States, and in sixty days it will be accomplished. [It was.] Andrew Jackson
Let us take Texas now and lock the door against future danger Andrew Jackson
The waves of population and civilization are rolling to the westward, and we now propose to acquire the countries occupied by the red men of the South and West by a fair exchange. Andrew Jackson
We never make conquests or ask any other nation to let us establish ourselves in their country as the English, the French and the Dutch have done. Andrew Jackson
1st, we ask not to put yokes on our necks that we cannot bear, and don't make us do what is against our religion, and don't ask us to pay poll tax forever and ever as long as there is sun and moon, and don't ask taxes for land which are our rights of the Moro people, including all that grows (is planted) in Jolo and its islands. Jamalul Kiram II
Compassionate killing Japan
We have rivals, implacable rivals who constantly oppose the influence which we already exert. They strive to frustrate us in every way possible. Jean Jaureguiberry
To promote this disposition to exchange lands which they [the Indians] have to spare and we want, for necessaries which we have to spare and they want, we shall push our trading houses, and be glad to see the good and influential individuals among them in debt; because we observe that when these debts get beyond what the individuals can pay, they become willing to lop them off by a cession of lands. Thomas Jefferson
We must have the Floridas and Cuba. Thomas Jefferson
Empire for Liberty Thomas Jefferson
Find the shortest & most convenient route of communications between the U. S. & the Pacific Ocean. Thomas Jefferson
Great Britain's governing principles are conquest, colonialization, commerce, monopoly. Thomas Jefferson
It is impossible not to look forward to distant times when our rapid multiplication will expand … and cover the whole northern if not the southern continent. Thomas Jefferson
Our confederacy must be viewed as the nest from which all America, North or South, is to be peopled … speaking the same language, governed in similar forms, and by similar laws. Thomas Jefferson
The acquisition of Canada this year … will be a mere matter of marching and will give us experience for the attack on Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent. Thomas Jefferson
If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest. Thomas Jefferson
When you start exporting ideas, philosophy, behavior, products, ways of living, it becomes an assault on the culture. Americans have to understand that. Norman Jewison
America is different. It irks and domineers. But it does not conquer. It tries to call the shots and bend the rules, but it does not go to war for land and glory. Josef Joffe
We should not act as if we were an imperialist power, willy-nilly moving into capitals in that part of the world, taking down governments. Dick Cheney
We aspire to nothing that belongs to others. We seek no dominion over our fellow man, but man's dominion over tyranny and misery. Lyndon B. Johnson
Their pride has been crushed by the heavy hand of the vindictive conqueror. Samuel Johnson
They [the American colonists] are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging. Samuel Johnson
Militant Communism remains dedicated to the destruction of our society. Joint Chiefs of Staff
I confess that I do not see what good it does to fulminate against the English tyranny while the Roman tyranny occupies the palace of the soul. James Joyce
If we were fighting an army, the work would be comparatively easy. We are fighting a secret revolutionary organization. Arthur MacArthur
Nothing is gained by military occupation. All occupations are failures. Douglas MacArthur
The departure of the fleet was momentous. It drove me to prayer. I could see in it America's assertion of her right to control the Pacific in the interest of civilization and humanity. Robert MacArthur
The reluctant obedience of distant provinces generally costs more than its worth. Thomas Babington Macaulay
National pride may be a valuable possession, but when it becomes consciousness of racial superiority it ceases to be an Imperial virtue. James Ramsey MacDonald
We have quietly and almost without observation, annexed all the country between here [Ottawa] and the Rocky Mountains. John Alexander Macdonald
Alexander Mackenzie, from Canada, by land, the twenty-second of July, 1793 Alexander Mackenzie
I recommend … the expediency of authorizing the Executive to take temporary possession of any part of parts of said territory [Florida]…. James Madison
We need not say that we are strongly opposed to Home Rule. We shall fight to the last drop of our blood any attempt to transfer the seat of authority in this country from British hands to so-called high caste Hindus who have ill-treated us in the past and would do so again but for the protection of British laws. Madras Adi Dravida Jana Sabha
Military intervention is to be considered when all else fails. Ralph Maraj
[My motive is] the task of reminding this country [France] of its true greatness, of its mission in the world, begun nearly 20 centuries ago, the mission which we all have the unavoidable obligation of continuing on pain of being guilty of national cowardice. Jean-Baptiste Marchand
The borders of Islam are bloody. Samuel P. Huntington
Conquest gives a title which the courts of the conqueror cannot deny. John Marshall
[The U. S.] government possesses the power of acquiring territory, either by conquest or by treaty. John Marshall
The scorn of our formidable neighbor who does not know us is our America’s greatest danger …. Through ignorance it might even come to lay hands on us. Once it does know us, it will remove it’s hands out of respect. Jose Marti
It is not a handful of rebels we are facing, but a people resolved to defend their freedom. Here everybody is Viet Minh. Whatever happens, you cannot destroy a whole people. Henri Martin
… saving Asia from the control of the Anglo-Saxons …. Washing the influences of British and American capitalism out of Asia Yosuke Matsuoka
Some persons were to be sent in search of the river Missouri in order to discover whether it had any communication with the Pacific Ocean … James Maury
Although no one likes a hegemon, America will be a better hegemon than others would be. Charles William Maynes
There is room for everyone and to spare. Nellie McClung
I do not believe that is our destiny to being engulfed into a Republican union (with the United States), renovated and inflamed with the wine of victory, of which he now drinks so freely... D'Arcy McGee
We want no wars of conquest; we must avoid the temptation of territorial aggression. William McKinley
The natives of the islands . . . shall he afforded the opportunity to manage their own local affairs to the fuIIest extent of which they are capable, and . . . which a careful study of their capacities and observation of the workings of native control show to be consistent with the maintenance of law, order, and loyalty. William McKinley
The peace which we are pledged to leave to the Cuban people must carry with it the guaranties of permanence. We became sponsors for the pacification of the island, and we remain accountable to the Cubans, no less than to our own country and people, for the reconstruction of Cuba as a free commonwealth on abiding foundations of right, justice, liberty, and assured order. William McKinley
Annexation [of Hawaii] is not a change; it is a consummation. William McKinley
[Referring to Cuba:] I speak not of forcible annexation, for that cannot be thought of. That by our code of morality would be criminal aggression. William McKinley
The mission of the United States [to the Philippine Islands] is one of benevolent assimilation, submitting the mild sway of justice and right for arbitrary rule. William McKinley
Such recognition is not necessary in order to enable the United States to intervene and pacify the Island. William McKinley
The century of free government which the American have enjoyed … have fitted them for the great task of lifting up and assisting to better conditions and larger liberty those distant people who have … become our wards. William McKinley
... there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God's grace do the very best we could by them. William McKinley
... you may be sure there will be no jingo nonsense under my administration. William McKinley
We want no wars of conquest; we must avoid the temptation of territorial aggression. William McKinley
God, in his bounty, has struck down my enemies and enlarged my empire and preserved me to this day. I have reigned by the grace of God. As we must all die sometime, I will not be afflicted when I die. Enemies have come who would ruin our country … They have passed beyond the sea which God gave us as a frontier … With God’s help I will get rid of them. Menelik II
I have no intention of being an indifferent looker-on if the distant Powers have the idea of dividing up Africa, for Ethiopia has been for more than fourteen centuries an island of Christians in the middle of a the sea of pagans. Menelik II
Plant the Ethiopian flag and make the inhabitants submit in all the country as far as the White Nile. Menelik II
Our purpose is not to interfere with the laws and customs which are beneficial to your people. Nelson A. Miles
England has always felt under a certain degree of obligation to bestow on such of her outlying populations as were of her own blood and language, and on some who were not, representative institutions formed in imitation of her own: but until the present generation, she has been on the same bad level with other countries as to the amount of self-government which she allowed them to exercise through the representative institutions that she conceded to them. John Stuart Mill
Though Great Britain could do perfectly well without her colonies, and though on every principle of morality and justice she ought to consent to their separation, should the time come when, after full trial of the best form of union, they deliberately desire to be dissevered—there are strong reasons for maintaining the present slight bond of connection, so long as not disagreeable to the feelings of either party. John Stuart Mill
The case for intervention is overwhelming … The spectacle of thousands of British subjects kept permanently in the position of helots … Alfred Milner
Let the good ideas seep in, turning the barbarians [Khmer] into civilized people. As for winning the hearts of the people, and teaching them, we plan to do this rather slowly. Minh Mang
The customs of the [Khmer] barbarians are so different from our own that even if we were to capture all their territory, it would not be certain that we could change them. Minh Mang
All these shortcomings stem from the laziness of the Cambodians [Khmer]… teach them agriculture. As for language, they should be taught to speak Vietnamese. Our dress and table manners must also be followed. If there is any out-dated or barbarous custom that can be simplified or repressed, then do so. Minh Mang
Thanks to my generosity, imperial troops were dispatched to Cambodia, costing millions of coins, and brought you security by destroying the Thai. Our soldiers were stationed among you to bring you peace. This was like bringing the Cambodian [Khmer] people out of the mud and into a warm feather bed, and this is well-known by all …. Anyone who can think for himself should be grateful to my court; why are there people who hate us? Minh Mang
The Cambodians [Khmer] are so stupid that we must frighten them. Ordinary moral suasion has no effect. Minh Mang
I’d rather eat French shit for two years than Chinese shit forever. Nguyen Ai Quoc; Ho Chi Minh
No Vietnamese has ever come to make trouble in the United States. Ho Chi Minh; Nguyen Ai Quoc
I didn’t fight the Belgians only to have my country colonized a second time. Mobutu Sese Seko; Joseph Desire Mobutu
I have not heard that you claim exclusively any part of the moon; but there is not a spot on this inhabitable globe that I could affirm that you do not claim. James Monroe
They are God’s people, these innocents, whom you destroyed. By what right do you make them die? …. By what right to you unleash enslaving wars upon them? They lived in peace in this land before you came, in peace in their own homes. They did nothing to cause you to slaughter them wholesale …. Are you out of your souls, out of your minds? Anton Montecino
What European nation which has undertaken the heavy responsibility of introducing the blessings and vices of civilization into the Dark Continent can claim immunity for its representatives E. D. Morel
I am master here and while I’m alive, the kingdom of Katanga shall have no other master than me. Msiri
I couldn’t believe that this could happen in the Arab world. Hosni Mubarak
If you white men are desirous of throwing away your lives it is no reasons we Arabs should. We travel little by little to get ivory and slaves and are years about it. But you white men look only for rivers and lakes and mountains, and you spend your lives for no reason and no purpose. Hamed bin Muhammad; Tippu Tip
Verily, Polytheists are unclean. Saiyid Muhi-ud-din
To the uncircumcised, son of the uncircumcised, Desbordes, may Allah confound and bring ruin to your friends … No one is more of a malefactor, no one more of a traitor, no one more wicked than you. You say that you only wish to open up a road for trade. This is false and contrary to sense and reason. Your desire is to destroy the country, to close the trade routes and make war on believers….The day when we meet, the birds of the air will not need to look elsewhere for their food. Muhammad Muntaga
I am the last king of Buganda [Uganda]. The white men will take my country after my death. While I am alive I know how to stop them. But after me, there will be an end to the line of the Black kings of Buganda. Mwanga
The English have come…. They have built a fort. They eat my land, and yet they have given me nothing at all. They have made me sign a treaty. They curtail my power and I get nothing at all from them in return. Mwanga
We must save America from the missionary idea that you must get the whole world on to the American way of life. This is really a big world danger. Gunnar Myrdal
Quebec is the Western world's last colonial nation. Bernard Landry
Will it not breed discontent, disorder and rebellion? The phrase is simply loaded with dynamite. It will raise hopes that can never be realized. It will, I fear, cost thousands of lives. What a calamity that the phrase was ever uttered. It will cost thousands of lives. Robert Lansing
Culturally, America is the undisputed hegemonic power. Asad Latif
The boundaries of political units are never ... stationary—they must either expand or shrink. Homer Lea
In Western Europe there are now only small countries—those that know it and those that don't know it yet. Théo Lefevre
All colonies are oppressed peoples. Vladimir Lenin
Imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism. Vladimir Lenin
It is necessary to put down the horrible abuses. These abuses must end or I will retire from the Congo. I will not allow myself to be spattered with blood or mud; it is necessary that these villainies cease. Leopold II
I’m sure if I quite openly charged Stanley with the task of taking possession in my name of some parts of Africa, the English will stop me. If I ask their advice they will stop me just the same. So I think I’ll just give Stanley some job of exploration which would offend no one, and will give us the bases and headquarters we can take over later. Leopold II
The British should leave Egypt and … as the price of that policy and the favor England would thereby win from France, you should be able, without spending a shilling or losing a man, to annex China to the Indian Empire. Leopold II
The current is with us. Leopold II
To open to civilization the only part of our globe where it has yet to penetrate, to pierce the darkness which envelops whole populations, it is I dare to say, a crusade… Leopold II
What my country needs is a safety valve for her surplus energies …. Establishing a Belgian colony in Africa will not only develop our country’s commercial interests but to raise the morale of the army and raise the merchant navy which we lack …. It is time that Belgium takes her part in the great work of civilization, following in the footsteps of England. Leopold II
Then came the conquest. We were conquered people, our hearts set on surviving in some small way on a continent that had become Anglo-Saxon. Rene Levesque
Until such measures are taken by our government as will effectually prohibit all [British] intercourse or traffic [with the Sioux], the Citizens of the United States can never enjoy, but partially, those important advantages which the navigation of the Missouri now presents …. the Sioux will be made to feel their dependence on the will of our government for their supplies of merchandise, and in the course of two or three years, they may probably be reduced to order without the necessity of bloodshed. Meriwether Lewis
We do not have the God-given right to intervene in any country in which we feel like intervening. Charles M. Lichenstein
Oh, honest Americans, as Christians hear me for my down-trodden people! Their form of government is as dear to them as yours is precious to you. Lydia Kamekeha Liliuokalani
I never was much interested in the Texas question … I never could see much good to come of annexation. . . Abraham Lincoln
Let the natural process of war among nations smother the weak. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I beg to direct your attention to Africa …. I go back to Africa to try to make an open path for commerce and Christianity. David Livingston
I go back to Africa to make a path for commerce and Christianity. David Livingstone
Take this and go back. I am conquered. Lobengula
From the Rio Grande to the Arctic Ocean there should be but one flag and one country. Henry Cabot Lodge
Unless we are prepared to retire from South Africa immediately and unconditionally—unthinkable of course—we must restore our authority where it has been defied. London Times
Take up the white man's burden — Send forth the best ye breed — Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need. Rudyard Kipling
The more we work and the less we talk, the better it will be. If we lean this lesson of imperialism, we will keep our empire. Rudyard Kipling
German pretensions will not bear examination for a moment if judged by any rule of truth or justice. John Kirk
How easy it would be to govern this country and make it rich, but how uphill work it is to influence a native ruler pulled by all interested consuls and traders. This ought to be a British protectorate … John Kirk
We, of our own accord, not at your instance nor the request of anyone else in your regard, but out of our own sole largess and certain knowledge and out of the fullness of our apostolic power, by the authority of Almighty God conferred upon us in blessed Peter and of the vicarship of Jesus Christ, which we hold on earth, do by tenor of these presents, should any of said islands have been found by your envoys and captains, give, grant, and assign to you and your heirs and successors, kings of Castile and Leon, forever, together with all their dominions, cities, camps, places, and villages, and all rights, jurisdictions, and appurtenances, all islands and mainlands found and to be found, discovered and to be discovered towards the west and the south, by drawing and establishing a line from the Arctic pole, namely the north, to the Antarctic pole Alexander VI
Nous revoila, Saladin Anonymous
lock the sepulchre of El Cid Anonymous
The jury is still out, and may always be out over whether the Britain benefited from the Empire or not. David Cannadine
It’s not a dictatorship in the United States. But it is dictatorial to the rest of the world. Who’s going to say no? Fidel Castro
My desire is that the Franks shall have possession of every part of this fair land. I shall drive the Romans and their friends away and make Gaul the empire of the Franks. Clovis I
To bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the heathens. .... It was the Lord who put into my mind ... that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies Christopher Columbus
Invade their (Moslems) country. Kill their leaders. Convert them to Christianity. Ann Coulter
… to me, I confess, they are pieces on a chessboard upon which is being played out a game for domination of the world. George Nathaniel Curzon; 1st Baron Kedleston
As far as I can see, there is nothing that you could call government between Patna and Delhi. If men in the position of Shujaa-ud-daulah would loyally join me, I could not only beat off the English, but would undertake the administration of the Empire. Jean Law de Lauriston
Gen. Taylor, of Florida war, Indian murder, bloodhound and Mexican slaughter notoriety…. The extent to which the American people carry this glorification of military crusades, is beyond a parallel, except in the days of the Roman extravaganza, which was but a foreboding of the end of her glory and speedy downfall of that haughty, insolvent empire and commonwealth. Martin Delany
Resolved, that the Democratic party are in favor of the acquisition of the Island of Cuba on such terms as shall be honorable to ourselves and just to Spain. Democratic Party
If France does not seize this most beautiful part of America and set up a colony, [...] the English colony which is becoming quite large, will increase to such a degree that, in less than one hundred years, it will be strong enough to take over all of America and chase away all other nations. Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
Inasmuch as it is intended to people the Island of the Manhattes first, all fruits and wares that are produced on the lands situate on the North river, and lying thereabout, shall, for the present, be brought there before being sent elsewhere.... Dutch West India Company
The Colonists shall not be permitod to make any woden, linen or cotton cloth, nor weave any other stuffs there, on pain of being banished Dutch West India Company
The Germans at first regard the crusaders as madmen … Consequently the many legions of horsemen who passed through their land [largely French], the hosts of people on foot, the crowds of country people, women and children, were viewed by them with contempt as persons who had altogether lost their wits. Ekkehard of Aura
I inherited it, I bought it, I conquered it. It’s mine. Felipe II; Philip II
Therefore, we request that you understand this text, deliberate on its contents within a reasonable time, and recognize the Church and its highest priest, the Pope, as rulers of the universe, and in their name the King and Queen of Spain as rulers of this land, allowing the religious fathers to preach our holy Faith to you. You owe compliance as a duty to the King and we in his name will receive you with love and charity, respecting your freedom and that of your wives and sons and your rights of possession and we shall not compel you to baptism unless you, informed of the Truth, wish to convert to our holy Catholic Faith as almost all your neighbors have done in other islands, in exchange for which Their Highnesses bestow many privileges and exemptions upon you. Should you fail to comply, or delay maliciously in so doing, we assure you that with the help of God we shall use force against you, declaring war upon you from all sides and with all possible means, and we shall bind you to the yoke of the Church and of Their Highnesses; we shall enslave your persons, wives and sons, sell you or dispose of you as the King sees fit; we shall seize your possessions and harm you as much as we can as disobedient and resisting vassals. And we declare you guilty of resulting deaths and injuries, exempting Their Highnesses of such guilt as well as ourselves and the gentlemen who accompany us. Ferdinand V
I have come here without troops and with God’s help we will correct the evils of the Sudan. Charles George Chinese Gordon
We were trying to achieve miracles and reduce the world to what it cannot be. Gaspar de Guzman
Many men of excellent wits and of divers singular gifts, overthrown by . . . by some folly of youth, that are not able to live in England, may there be raised again, and do their country good service; and many needful uses there may (to great purpose) require the saving of great numbers, that for trifles may otherwise be devoured by the gallows. Many soldiers and servitors, in the end of the wars, that might be hurtful to this realm, may there be unladen, to the common profit and quiet of this realm, and to our foreign benefi there, as they may be employed. The frye [children] of the wandering beggars of England, that grow up idly, and hurteful and burdenous to this realm, may there be unladen, better bred up, and may people waste countries to the home and foreign benefit, and to their own more happy state. Richard Hakluyt
It is but just and reasonable, that since you expose yourself to such danger to serve us, you should be rewarded for it. And we being willing to honor and favor you for the reasons aforesaid; Our will is, That you, Christopher Columbus, after discovering and conquering the said Islands and Continent in the said ocean, or any of them, shall be our Admiral of the said Islands and Continent you shall so discover and conquer; and that you be our Admiral, Vice-Roy, and Governor in them ... Isabella I; Ferdinand V
Gentlemen: The Lands of the Missouri River and the Indians inhabiting them are not as well known as they should be…. Thomas Jefferson
I am the prince of those who follow the religion of Jesus Christ, as you are of those who obey the laws of Muhammad. Your power inspires me with no fear. How should it? I who make the Muslims in Spain tremble! Louis IX; Louis Capet
You have but one method to avoid the tempest that threatens you. Receive priests, who will teach you the Christian religion, embrace it, and adore the Cross; otherwise I will pursue you everywhere, and God shall decide whether you or I be master of Egypt. Louis IX; Louis Capet
To have found a great people sunk in the lowest depths of slavery and superstition, to have so ruled them as to have made them desirous and capable of all the privileges of citizens, would indeed be a title to glory all our own. Thomas Babington Macaulay
When they had despoiled all the country near to Damascus, they advanced to Jerusalem, took it by storm, and put all the Christians to the sword. The women and girls, having suffered every insult from a brutal disorderly soldiery, were loaded with chains. They destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulcher; and when they found nothing among the living, to glut their rage, they opened the tombs of the Christians, took out the bodies, and burnt them. Makrisi
You are all in mortal sin, and live and die in it, because of the cruelty and tyranny you practice among these innocent peoples., Tell me, by what right or justice do you hold these Indians in such a cruel and horrible servitude? On what authority have you waged such detestable wars against these peoples, who dwelt quietly and peacefully on their own land? Wars in which you have destroyed such infinite numbers of them by homicides and slaughters never before heard of? Why do you keep them so oppressed and exhausted, without giving them enough to eat or curing them of the sicknesses they incur from the excessive labor you give them, and they die, or rather, you kill them, in order to extract and acquire gold every day? … Are these not men? Do they not have rational souls? Are you not bound to love them as you love yourselves? Don’t you understand this? Don’t you feel this? Why are you sleeping in such a profound lethargic slumber? Antonio de Montesinos
We have come in the name of the French Republic founded upon the principles of equality and liberty. Napoleon Bonaparte
Announce to the people of Damascus, or rather to all Muslims, that God has enabled us to gain a complete victory over the Christians, at the moment they had conspired our ruin Nedjm-Eddin
Are you ignorant that we know the use of arms, and that we inherit the valor of our ancestors? No one has ever attacked us without feeling our superiority. Recollect the conquests we have made from the Christians; we have driven them from the lands they possessed; their strongest towns have fallen under our blows. Nedjm-Eddin
It was thought good policy to settle those lands as fast as possible, and that the granting them to men of the first consequence who were likeliest and best able to procure large bodies of people to settle on them was the most probable means of effecting the end proposed. Thomas Nelson
When the white man turns tyrant [colonialism], it is his own freedom he destroys. George Orwell Blair
Public sentiment with us repudiates possession without use, and this sentiment is gradually acquiring the force of established public law It will come to pass that the confederated democracies of the Anglo-American race will give this great continent as an inheritance to man John Louis O'Sullivan
Where the carcass of a nation rots there will be the filibusters be gathered together. Every raven in the hungry flock of American politicians looks that way, wipes his greedy beak, prunes his wings, and screams “Manifest Destiny.” Theodore Parker
Colonies, then, are the seeds of nations begun and nourished by the care of wise and populous Countries, as conceiving them best for the increase of human stock, and beneficial for commerce. Some of the wisest men in history have justly taken their fame from this design and service William Penn
Since (by the good providence of God) a country in America is fallen to my lot, I thought it not less my duty than my honest interest to give some public notice of it to the world, that those of our own, or other nations, that are inclined to transport themselves or families beyond the seas, may find another country added to their choice William Penn
I have not come here for such reasons. I have come to take away their gold. Francisco Pizarro
I will devote the rest of my life to God’s plan and help to make the rest of the world English. Cecil Rhodes
The real fact is that I could no longer stand their eternal cold mutton Cecil Rhodes
As regards the land or place in Africa, whatever such land ... anyone may hold, possess, or have the usufruct of, as if this land or place had been publicly owned. Roman Empire
It ordered to us to plant the cross with the first village, to produce there the fruits of Christianity, and the ecu of France, to ensure it the authority of Its Majesty and the French domination; having made our first unloading at the village of Holy-Marie-of-Sault, we made assemble the close and distant nations, fourteen, to which we made interpret our commission by the sior Nicolas Perrot, making draw up a cross and a wood of cedar to which we raised the weapons of France, while saying, by three times and aloud, the name of Louis XIV: We take possession of all the country until the Sea-of-South Daumont de Saint Lusson
As to Hezekiah [King of Judea], the Jew, he did not submit to my yoke, I laid siege to his strong cities, walled forts, and countless small villages, and conquered them Sennacherib
Come on then, Gentlemen of the Slave States. Since there is no escaping your challenge, I accept it in behalf of the cause of freedom. We will engage in competition for the virgin soil of Kansas, and God give the victory to the side which is stronger in numbers as it is in the right. William H. Seward
The Russian Czars did a great deal that was bad. They robbed and enslaved the people. They waged wars and seized territories in the interest of landowners. But they did one thing that was good—they amassed an enormous state. Joseph Stalin
A provision for the sale of the vacant lands of the United States is particularly urged, among other reasons, by the important considerations that they are pledged as a fund for reimbursing the public debt; that if timely and judiciously applied they may save the necessity of burdening our citizens with new taxes for the extinguishment of the principal; and that being free to discharge the principal but in a limited proportion, no opportunity ought to be lost for availing the public of its right. George Washington
I can never look upon that proclamation in any other light (but I say this between ourselves) than as a temporary expedient to quiet the minds of the Indians. George Washington
The foundations of empire are often occasions of woe; their dismemberment, always. Evelyn Waugh
I persecuted the native inhabitants of England beyond all reason. William I
I will not rest until I take Athens and burned it to the ground. Xerxes
There will be no place that the sun will shine that will not be ours. Xerxes
A world divided into blocs, in which instead of solidarity, imperialism and exploitation hold sway, can only be a world structured in sin. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
The vanquishment of the heathen consists in obliging them to destroy one another. Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid
Voted, that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; voted, that the earth is given to the Saints; voted, that we are the Saints. Massachusetts Milford
The houses standing close together, with the wind all was quickly on a flame, and thereby more were burnt to death than was otherwise slain. Some did escape the flames, but were slain with the sword, some hewed to pieces, others run through with their rapiers, so as they were quickly dispatched and very few escaped…. it was a fearful sight to see the Pequot thus frying in the fire and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stink and scent thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the praise thereof to God. William Bradford
We Beate the Savages outt of the Island burned their howses Ransaked their Temple Tooke down the Corpes of their deade kings from out of their Toambes And caryed away their pearles. . . . The Salvages still contineweinge their mallice Ageinste us. George Percy
His Majesty the Emperor of Korea makes complete and permanent cession to his Majesty the Emperor of Japan of all rights of sovereignty over the whole of Korea. Sunjong
Korea must be ‘amalgamated’ with Japan Hirobumi Ito
Japan possessing paramount political, military and economic interests in Korea, Great Britain recognizes the right of Japan to take such measures . . . in Korea as she may deem proper . . . provided that such measures are not contrary to the principle of equal opportunities for the commerce and industry of all nations England; Japan
The object of the alliance is to maintain the independence of Korea on a firm footing … Japan; Korea
With this plan we will conquer Korea and China as easily as a man rolls up a piece of matting and carries it under his arm. Toyotomi Hideyoshi
No nation has ever ridden to superpower status except on a tide of war and that includes the United States. Jed Babbin
We will make your women bear our children who will become your masters. Lorenzo Bernal del Mercado
I want Cuba . . . I want Tamaulipas, Potosi, and one or two other Mexican States; and I want them all for the same reason -- for the planting and spreading of slavery Albert Gallatin Brown
These tribes cannot exist surrounded by our settlements and continual contact with our citizens. They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement. They must necessarily yield to the force of circumstance and, ere long, disappear. Andrew Jackson
All the rivalries of nations have been reduced to this one - a degraded struggle for their share of the spoils of barbarous countries to be used at home for the purpose of increasing the riches of the rich and the poverty of the poor. William Morris
Sooner or later … peace would have to give way to a life-or-death struggle with German imperialism Christian Rakovsky
Spaniards planted slave States in America; England planted not only slave States, but free ones. Spain planted twice as many as England, and cultivated them with more assiduous and maternal care. The Anglo-American free States are all of them strong and vigorous, and already over-shadow the Continent. Europe regards them with respect and admiration. There is not one Spanish American State that is truly self-subsisting and independent. William H. Seward
European colonizers, though not without envy and enmity, have shared among them the best coast districts of these lands [Asia]. Towns of such universal commercial importance as Hong Kong and Singapore are the most eloquent witnesses to the indefatigable enterprise of Europeans amidst the prevailing Asiatic torpor. Pavel Ukhtomskii
The strangers [European imperialists] have dethroned and oppressed the East. Coming here to live and make money, they do not find a home …. The natives are not brothers in humanity to them; for them the land is one of voluntary exile, and the people are considered as miserable and inferior beings. The latter gradually realize the meaning of these outrageous views, and repay their "masters" with intense hatred Pavel Ukhtomskii
For a parcel of men, with long heads, to sit down in England, and frame laws for us, and pretend to dictate how we are to live, of whom they know nothing, never having been in a black man’s country during the whole course of their lives, is to me somewhat extraordinary! Adahoonzou II
Bosnia and Herzegovina. Austria-Hungary reserves the right to annex these provinces at whatever moment she shall deem opportune Austro-Hungarian Empire; Germany; Russia
Westward the Course of Empire takes its Way ;, The four first Acts already past, A fifth shall close the Drama with the Day; Time's noblest Offspring is the last George Berkeley
The barbarian nation of the Huns, became so great that more than a hundred cities were captured. There were so many murders and blood-lettings that the dead could not be numbered. Callinicus
The struggle against imperialism develops ever more into the decisive struggle between capital and labor. German Social Democratic Party
As soon as the town had been taken without opposition, the Vicar-General and some of the Franciscan fathers came ashore carrying two crosses in procession and singing the Te Deum. They went to the palace, and there the cross was put down and the Grand-Captain prayed. Then everyone started to plunder the town of all its merchandise and provisions. Hans Mayr
Brothers, we must be one as the English are, or we shall soon all be destroyed. Miantonomi
Englishman! – Although you have conquered the French, you have not yet conquered us. We are not your slaves. These lakes, these woods and mountains, were left to us by our ancestors. They are our inheritance, and we will part with them to none. Minavavana
May God's blessing be upon you, Sayyid Ali! This is to inform you that a great lord has passed through the town, burning it and laying it waste. He came to the town in such strength and was of such cruelty, that he spared neither man nor woman, old nor young, nay, not even the smallest child. Not even those who fled escaped from his fury. He not only killed and burnt men but even the birds of the heavens were shot down. The stench of the corpses is so great in the town that I dare not go there; nor can I ascertain nor estimate what wealth they have taken from the town. I give you these sad news for your own safety King of Mombasa
The whole of Britain’s international trading system, foreign policy and even Britain’s various conflicting political parties were maintained for one reason; and for one reason alone – that the money power of the world may rule the British people and through them they may rule mankind. Oswald Mosley
In the past 190 years, the U.S. government has tried every possible way to get rid of the troublesome Indian problem he feels he has on his hands. First the government tried extinction through destruction – where money was paid for the scalps of every dead Indian. Then the government tried mass relocation… Then the government tried assimilation… The termination was tried by issuing forced patents in fee to Indian land owners – land was taken out of the trust relationship with the U.S. government and an unrestricted patent in fee was issued to the Indian whether he wanted it or not or whether he understood it or not. Earl Old Person
Might not the inhabitants of Africa, with still greater justice on their side, than we have on ours, cross the Atlantic, seize our citizens, carry them into Africa, and make slaves of them, provided they were able to do it? But should this be really the case, every corner of the globe would reverberate with the sound of African oppression; so loud would be our complaint, and so “feeling our appeal” to the inhabitants of the world at large. We should represent them as a lawless, piratical set of unprincipled robbers, plunderers and villains, who basely prostituted the superior power and information, which God had given them for worthy purposes to the vilest of all ends. We should not hesitate to say that they made use of those advantages only to infringe upon every dictate of justice; to trample under foot every suggestion of principle, and to spurn, with contempt, every right of humanity. Othello
To-day, by reason of the immense augmentation of the American population, and the extension of their settlements throughout the entire west, covering both slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the Indian races are more seriously threatened with a speedy extermination than ever before in the history of the country. Ely S. Parker
I do not talk English very much… I go down Washington… Government wants to open the Indian country. Indian he no ready yet, maybe half of it, they ready. That’s what I come for. That’s what I tell commissioner. Quanah Parker
Forasmuch as the state of the _____ has offended against the Roman People, the Quirites; and forasmuch as the Roman People the Quirites have ordered that there should be war with _____ and the Senate of the Roman People has duly voted that war should be made upon the enemy _____ : I, acting for the Roman People, declare and make actual war upon the enemy! Rome
He was in time to witness the destruction of the Summer Palace at Peking--the act by which Lord Elgin, in the name of European civilization, took vengeance upon the barbarism of the East. Giles Lytton Strachey
Those who opposed Attila were overthrown by force, but to those who yielded to him the mighty king offered protection and alliance. Walther and Hildegund
Europe had to be thankful to you that you so quickly had perceived the great future for Russia in the cultivation of Asia and in the Defense of the Cross and the old Christian European culture against the inroads of the Mongols and Buddhism. Wilhelm II
Germany is a young and growing empire. She has a worldwide commerce which is rapidly expanding, and to which the legitimate ambition of patriotic Germans refuses to assign any bounds. Germany must have a powerful fleet to protect that commerce and her manifold interests in even the most distant seas. She expects those interests to go on growing, and she must be able to champion them manfully in any quarter of the globe. Her horizons stretch far away. Wilhelm II
Have we, the first holders of this prosperous region, no longer a share in your history? Glad were your fathers to sit down upon the threshold of the long house. Had our forefathers spurned you from it, when the French were thundering at the opposite side to get a passage through, and drive you into the sea, whatever has been the fate of other Indians, the Iroquois might still have been a nation, and I, instead of pleading here for the privilege of living within your borders, I – might have had a country. Peter Wilson
If it were not my purpose to combine barbarian things with things Hellenic, to traverse and civilize every continent, to search out the uttermost parts of land and sea, to push the bounds of Macedonia to the farthest Ocean, and to disseminate and shower the blessings of the Hellenic justice and peace over every nation, I should not be content to sit quietly in the luxury of idle power Alexander III
Are you still to learn that the end and perfection of our victories is to avoid the vices and infirmities of those whom we subdue? Alexander III
If Americans are occupiers, then I and my descendants would die resisting you. Anonymous
I regret that on my arrival in Mesopotamia I was too much occupied with military matters, and too ill-informed regarding the political problem….[We had] a scratch and somewhat incongruous team of administrators with the majority possessing little exact knowledge of the people they were called upon to monitor James Aylmer Lowthorpe Haldane
India is merely a geographical expression. It is no more a single country than the Equator Winston Churchill
… when we have the red man's consent, let the union spread from the east to the west sea; and if Texas petitions Congress to be adopted among the sons of liberty, give her the right hand of fellowship; and refuse not the same friendly grip to Canada and Mexico. Joseph Smith, Jr.
They do not even believe in God any more and … want to turn everything upside down in the apparent beautiful name of freedom and equality. Robert Gordon
Colonial administrations may have been racist and exploitative, but they did at least work seriously at understanding the people they were governing. Rory Stewart
Unification of the whole of mankind is the hall-mark of the stage which human society is now approaching. Unity of family, of tribe, of city-state, and nation have been successively attempted and fully established. World unity is the goal towards which a harassed humanity is striving. Nation-building has come to an end. The anarchy inherent in state sovereignty is moving towards a climax. A world, growing to maturity, must abandon this fetish, recognize the oneness and wholeness of human relationships, and establish once for all the machinery that can best incarnate this fundamental principle of its life. . Shoghi Effendi
From sea to sea Canada
Americans have a severe disease --- worse than AIDS. It's called the winner's complex. Mikhail Gorbachev
The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. Maximilien Robespierre
Conquerors always call themselves liberators. Sami Abdul-Rahman
For any imperial policy to work effectively...it needs moral and intellectual guidance...It is much to be doubted that the United States can continue to play an imperial role without the endorsement of its intellectual class... Irving Kristol
The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards Indians; their land and property shall never be taken from them without their consent United States; U. S. Congress
For the last fifty years we've been supporting right-wing governments, and that is a puzzlement to me...I don't understand what there is in the American character... that almost automatically, even when we have a liberal President, we support fascist dictatorships or are tolerant towards them. William L. Shirer
Make the economy scream. Richard Nixon
At the attainment of independence, the British handed over to us a decent system of Government in which everyone had a say. …. Organization of African unity or no Organization of African unity, I will claim my citizenship of Ghana and of the Commonwealth in any part of the world. I have been trained in the United Kingdom as a soldier, and I am ever prepared to fight alongside my friends in the United Kingdom in the same way as Canadians and Australians will do. Akwasi Amankwa Afrifa
The richness and abundance of this great capital and its district is such as is indeed a wonder to behold: and it is for this reason that it bears the name of Samarkand: for this name would he more exactly written Semiz-kent, two words which signify ‘Rich-Town’. Roy Gonzalez De Clavijo
One hundred thousand infidels, impious idolaters, were on that day slain. Maulana Nasiruddin Umar, a counselor and man of learning, who, in all his life, had never killed a sparrow, now, in execution of my order, slew with his sword fifteen idolatrous Hindus, who were his captives....on the great day of battle these 100,000 prisoners could not be left with the baggage, and that it would be entirely opposed to the rules of war to set these idolaters and enemies of Islam at liberty...no other course remained but that of making them all food for the sword. Tamerlane
It is in this area Winston, that there is likely to be some disagreement between you and me. Franklin D. Roosevelt
It is out of the question to suppose that any other nation, with no interest of its own at stake, would do for the Koreans what they were utterly unable to do for themselves Theodore Roosevelt
A new era, wakes before our eyes, the old world of force is gone, and the new world of righteousness and truth is here Korea
The whole history of the United States has been that of a nation of imperialists, expansionists, unionists, enactors of the doctrine that a small State in a strategically vital relation to a larger State must accommodate its freedom to the security of its larger neighbor. In words and in deeds, the United States have denied that a small nation has a right to independence where such a right infringes the higher right of a vastly larger nation to health and tranquility behind secure frontiers. Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, San Domingo, the whole Caribbean, both flanks of the Panama Canal, the Pacific—they all tell the same story. Edward Price Bell
Here you have in a nutshell the explanation, if not the justification, of all Japan's diplomatic and economic activities in the Far East; …. of her claims to "special interests" in the undeveloped regions of Manchuria, Mongolia, and possibly Siberia. Japan, to put it plainly, is overcrowded and must overflow, just as Great Britain and other congested countries of Europe have overflowed, but there is no New World open to her surplus millions. Her expansion must proceed along the line of least resistance, that is to say, into China's loosely held and thinly populated dependencies of the Asiatic continent. Manchuria and Mongolia are thus inevitably destined to follow Korea J. O. P. Bland
Everything possible should be done to bring about more cordial relations between the United States and Japan. Goodwill is not likely to come into play so long as a powerful section of the Press in both countries panders to the Jingo element by fomenting jealous suspicions and exciting popular passion. Neither America nor Japan wants war, … but in both countries there are elements at work whose active propaganda tends to produce increasing irritation, and to create in the public mind a belief that sooner or later war is inevitable. J. O. P. Bland
Let the madmen duke it out and then jump the one or two of them that are left. Norman Mailer
If the war, which daily demands fresh sacrifices, is not to be indefinitely prolonged and to last until all nations are utterly exhausted, one of the belligerent Powers must extend the hand of peace German Independent Socialist Party
Every indigenous people will resist alien settlers as long as they see any hope of ridding themselves of the danger of foreign settlement. Vladimir Jabotinsky
Ireland is a place which must have so great an Army kept up in it, as may make the Irish desist from doing themselves or the English harm by their future Rebellions William Petty
The foreign policy of the great international Socialist party must be to break up these hideous race monopolies called empires E. Belfort Bax
The plundering goes merrily on. The explorer reconnoiters the ground, the missionary prepares the soil, the trader “works” it. The time is then ripe for protectorates and annexations, followed by the wholesale conversion of the refractory nation, by fire and sword it other means fail E. Belfort Bax
We seem at, the present time to have arrived at the acute stage of the colonial fever which during the last three or four years has afflicted the various powers of Europe. Germany is vying with France, England with both, in the haste to seize upon “unoccupied” countries, and to establish “protectorates” – the cant diplomatic for incomplete annexation – over uncivilized peoples. E. Belfort Bax
The Iraq War is an incredibly strategic blunder of enormous proportions …. There was not an exit strategy because the people planning this war didn’t intend to leave. Jim Webb
Obviously it is the intention of the American Government to conspire with Great Britain and other countries to obstruct Japan's efforts toward the establishment of peace through the creation of a New Order in Asia. Japan
It is not new and it is not order. Franklin D. Roosevelt
An unoccupied land gives ideas to those people who live in an unoccupied land. Gnaeus Julius Agricola
A French bastard arriving with armed banditti and establishing himself the King of England against the consent of the natives is in plain terms a very paltry rascally original and certainly has no divinity in it…. If the succession runs in the line of the conqueror the nation runs in the line of being conquered and ought to rescue itself Thomas Paine
Globalization has very materially improved the standard of living in the Unitied States... as it has for those countries that have chosen to operate with free trade…. Although none of us likes our competitors, competition has greatly improved our standard of living. Alan Greenspan
In consequence, and as the zeal and sagacity by which thou art characterized, as likewise the experience and knowledge which thou hast acquired in the affairs of Egypt during the long space of time that thou hast held the post of Governor of Egypt, give reason to believe that thou hast acquired a title to the favour and to the confidence which I may grant to thee, that is to say, that thou wilt be sensible of their full extent, and all the gratitude which thou shouldst have for them, that thou wilt apply thyself to cause these feelings to descend to thy sons and thy nephews, I grant unto thee the Government of Egypt within its ancient boundaries, such as they are to be found in the map which is sent unto thee by my Grand Vizier now in office, … together with the additional privilege of hereditary succession Abdulmecid I
Those countries cannot be in better hands, my fear is that the Spaniards are too feeble to hold them till our population can be sufficiently advanced to gain it from them piece by piece. Thomas Jefferson
These natives prefer the name of Americans to that of Creoles, since the peace of Versailles, and particularly since 1789, one often hears them say with pride: “I am not a Spaniard, I am an American.” Alexander von Humboldt
Our pure, virtuous public-spirited, federative republic will last forever, govern the globe and introduce the perfection of man. John Adams
Christianity may have restrained the martial ardor of the Teutons for a time, but it did not destroy it; now that the restraining talisman, the cross, has rotted away, the old frenzied madness will break out again. Heinrich Heine
I have, for many years past, contemplated the noble races of red men who are now spread over these trackless forests and boundless prairies, melting away at the approach of civilization. Their rights invaded, their morals corrupted, their lands wrested from them, their customs changed, and therefore lost to the world; and they at last sunk into the earth, and the ploughshare turning the sod over their graves, and I have flown to their rescue--not of their lives or of their race (for they are "doomed" and must perish), but to the rescue of their looks and their modes, at which the acquisitive world may hurl their poison and every besom of destruction, and trample them down and crush them to death George Catlin
The erecting of manufactories in the colonies had a tendency to lessen their dependence upon Great Britain England
The destiny of the American people is to subdue the continent -- to rush over this vast field to the Pacific Ocean... to change darkness into light and confirm the destiny of the human race. William Gilpin
The pioneer army perpetually... strikes to the front. Empire plants itself upon the trails. William Gilpin
The pioneer army perpetually... strikes to the front. Empire plants itself upon the trails. William Gilpin
Son, seek out a kingdom equal to and worthy of thyself, for Macedonia is too little for you. Phillip of Macedon
The European destruction of African civilization was done under the guise of "saving souls. Carter G. Woodson
The US became arrogant because of what it owns of weapons and technology. For that, it handles the world as it pleases, and changes the ideologies of people, their habits and ethics in order to spread Western culture at the expense of Islam. Sheikh Ikrimah Sabri
Let it be known that war with a colony is war with England. Edward Cardwell
The Western Powers have shown themselves unable to understand that our vital interests must be satisfied; the Press of those countries has played its part, together with irresponsible and mischievous elements, and the Czechoslovak crisis arose. Joachim von Ribbentrop
Thou dost desire to enter into the island of Ireland, in order to subject the people to the laws and to extirpate the vices that have there taken root, and that thou art willing to pay an annual pension to St. Peter of one penny from every house, and to preserve the rights of the churches in that land inviolate and entire. We, therefore, … are well pleased that, for the enlargement of the bounds of the church. for the restraint of vice, for the correction of morals and the introduction of virtues, for the advancement of the Christian religion, thou shouldst enter that island, and carry out there the things that look to the honour of God and to its own salvation. And may the people of that land receive thee with honour, and venerate thee as their master; Adrian IV
It is idle to attack Imperialism or Militarism as political expedients or policies unless the axe is laid at the economic root of the tree, and the classes for whose interest Imperialism works are shorn of the surplus revenues which seek this outlet. John A. Hobson
In all criminal cases, differences, disputes, or other causes of litigation arising between British subjects and the subjects or citizens of other foreign nations, no Moorish authority shall have a right to interfere unless a Moorish subject has received thereby injury to his person or property, in which case the Moorish authority or one of his officers, shall have a right to be present at the tribunal of the Consul; such cases shall be decided solely in the tribunals of the foreign Consuls, without the interference of the Moorish Government. Arthur Helps
Honoring the identity and the special heritage of each nation in the world, we shall never use our strength to try to impress upon another people our own cherished political and economic institutions. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Our form of government is ill adapted to the responsibilities which inevitably follow permanent limitation of the independence of other peoples. Herbert Hoover
The policy of the United States in the Spanish war and since has given it a position of influence among the nations that it never had before. William Howard Taft
America has been an empire ever since Theodore Roosevelt. Andrew Paolo Napolitano
In certain portions of the South there are expeditions forming for the purpose of sailing to San Domingo, and of conquering that island; and in other parts, expeditions are forming for a descent on the Island of Cuba; and others are looking to the acquisition of Mexico, with the ultimate creation of a new republic, commencing with Virginia at the North, and embracing San Domingo, Cuba, and Mexico up to Central America. All these wild measures, to our certain knowledge, are embraced more or less by certain parties now in Washington, and scattered over the South. New York Herald
The things and ways the West took to the rest have become the ways of the world. Fouad Ajami
I find much excitement among the Indians in consequence of the whites settling and taking possession of their country, driving off and killing their game and in some instances driving off the Indians themselves. The greatest complaint on this score is against the Mormons. They seem not to be satisfied with taking possession of the valley of the Great Salt Lake, but are making arrangements to settle the rich valleys and best lands in the territory. This creates much dissatisfaction among the Indians and excites them to acts of revenge. They attack immigrants, plunder and commit murder whenever they find a party weak enough to enable them to do so, thereby making the innocent suffer for the injuries done by others. Jacob H. Holeman
We built it. We paid for it. It’s ours. Ronald Reagan
I don’t understand you. China is a large empire—the largest nation in the world—and Tibet is so small. Why should you care what is happening there? It’s irrational. Elie Wiesel
Never should the word peace fall from the mouths of our highest officials. . . . With such a country as ours, with her vast areas . . . her immense natural resources, and her hundreds of millions of inhabitants, if all would prove their loyalty to their emperor and love of their country, what indeed is there to fear from any strong invader? Let us not think of making peace, nor rely solely upon diplomatic maneuvers. Tzu-Hsi
The events of 11 September will be remembered as the end of the US empire. This is because all empires collapse when they pursue the arrogance of power. Abd Al-Bari Atwan
The zone where the natives live is not complementary to the zone inhabited by the settlers. Frantz Fanon
Every nation is a band of robbers, who prey without restraint, or remorse, on their neighbors. Adam Ferguson; Ferguson of Rath
Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled and incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of other countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world. But those who study Islamic Holy War will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world ... Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says: ‘kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all!’ Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by the unbelievers? Ruhollah Khomeini
The purpose of the imperialists is to keep us backward, to keep us in our present miserable state so they can exploit our riches, our underground wealth, our lands and our human resources. They want us to remain afflicted and wretched, and our poor to be trapped in their misery ... they and their agents wish to go on living in huge palaces and enjoying lives of abominable luxury…. In order to assure the unity of the Islamic umma, in order to liberate the Islamic homeland from occupation and penetration by the imperialists and their puppet governments, it is imperative that we establish a government. ... we must overthrow the oppressive governments installed by the imperialists and bring into existence an Islamic government of justice ... Ruhollah Khomeini
Our army is really an imperial army…. We used to wonder why British imperialists went to Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrew J. Bacevich
Latin America was born with a birth defect: a highly unequal initial distribution of resources that dates back to the colonial era. Francis Fukuyama
My idea, therefore, without considering whether we yield as matter of right or grant as matter of favor, is to admit the people of our colonies into an interest in the constitution; and, by recording that admission in the journals of Parliament, to give them as strong an assurance as the nature of the thing will admit that we mean forever to adhere to that solemn declaration of systematic indulgence. Edmund Burke
Abroad they learned an aversion to the episcopal order, and to religious ceremonies of every sort; they were impregnated with a high spirit of liberty, and had a strong tendency to the republican form of government. Edmund Burke
The moment the very name of Ireland is mentioned, the English seem to bid adieu to common feeling, common prudence, and common sense, and to act with the barbarity of tyrants, and the fantasy of idiots. Sydney Smith
I have sent my Death’s Head units to the East with the order to kill without mercy men, women and children of the Polish race or language. Only in such a way will we win the Lebensraum that we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians? Adolf Hitler
The most important objective of German politics is the liberation of German territory from foreign occupation. First, we must remove the strangler from our throat Gustav Stresemann
The best instituted governments carry in them the seeds of their own destruction; and though they grow and improve for a time, they will soon tend visibly to their dissolution. Every hour that they live is an hour less that they have to live. Henry St. John
In the space of seven years I have succeeded in accomplishing a great work, and uniting the whole world in one empire Genghis Khan
Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard. Genghis Khan
The greatest joy for a man is to defeat his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them all they possess, to see those they love in tears, to ride their horses, and to hold their wives and daughters in his arms. Genghis Khan
The white people can go wherever they please and they will not be disturbed by us, and I want you to let them know. Black Kettle
Did the occupation of other countries improve our own happiness? Does the individual German get anything out of such conquests? August Friedrich Kellner
There will be no room, here, for the smug myopia which views American civilization as the final solution to all world problems; which recommends our institutions for universal adoption and turns away with contempt from the serious study of the institutions of peoples whose civilizations may seem to us to be materially less advanced. George F. Kennan
The Board of Trade consists of a committee of the Privy Council, composed of all the great officers of state. The business is principally conducted by the president, deputy president, and the chief of the clerks. It is, properly speaking, a board of reference, to which all difficult or doubtful cases relative to trade or our colonial possessions, exclusive of the East Indies, are referred William Henry Pyne
I believe that it is the role of the German people to be great, to be one of those who rule. Wilhelm Jordan; Heinrich von Gagern
If Tehran insists on combining the Persian imperial tradition with contemporary Islamic fervor, then a collision with America — and, indeed, with its negotiating partners … — is unavoidable. Iran simply cannot be permitted to fulfill a dream of imperial rule in a region of such importance to the rest of the world. Henry A. Kissinger
The sweetest violence to keep our enemies in check without resorting to open war is to populate the lands with our own people and fill them to such an extent that we instill respect in our feigned friends, the English, fear in our enemies, and obedience in the rebellious. Large numbers of people are the principal foundation of the Company's state in the Indies, without which it cannot exist. Jan Pietersz Coen
The American agenda is sweeping everything before it, and although it's not perfect, the EU is better on environmental issues. It's a less rapacious form of capitalism. Ken Livingstone
No laws, human or divine, prevent the Romans from seizing and destroying enemies or friends, those near them and those far off, weak or powerful, and from considering every government that does not serve them, especially monarchies, as their enemies. Mithradates the Great; Mithradates VI
It can be considered a rule that the probable duration of an Empire may be prognosticated by the degree to which its rulers believe in their own propaganda. Doris Lessing
I do not want to miss a good chance of getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake Leopold II
The Spaniards would have nothing to say to us. They had no thoughts of accepting our proffer of liberty; and we could not oblige them to take it. I reflect that amidst all their alleged grievances, they have great wealth and prosperity, and whatever they suffer, they have in general no pain from the consciousness of oppression. James Biggs
One day the United States will form the greatest empire in the world. John Adams
I am free to confess that the exercise of that (Britain’s),authority is not perfectly constitutional in respect to the Colonies. We know that the whole landed interest of Britain is represented in that body (Parliament), while neither the land nor the people of America hold the least participation in the legislative authority of the State. Representation, or a participation in the supreme councils of the State, is the great principle upon which the freedom of the British Government is established and secured. Joseph Galloway
If I were a Mexican, I would tell you, “Have you not enough room in your own country to bury your dead men? If you come into mine, we will greet you with bloody hands and welcome you to hospitable graves. Thomas Corwin
These doctrines of German romanticism, racialism, and nationalism have developed revolutionary forces which only await the day to break forth and fill the world with terror and astonishment. Heinrich Heine
The economic cost of empire is higher than the economic gain. Denis Healey
[It is the] duty of the United States to assert and maintain such supervision and authority over any inter-oceanic canal across the isthmus that connects North and South America as will protect our national interest. Rutherford B. Hayes
A canal under American control or no canal. Rutherford B. Hayes
We should keep the Panama Canal because we stole it fair and square. S. I. Hayakawa
We have a clear right to expect, therefore, that no European Government will seek to establish colonial dependencies upon the territory of these independent American States. Benjamin Harrison
We have not sought to dominate or to absorb any of our weaker neighbors, but rather to aid and encourage them to establish free and stable governments resting upon the consent of their own people. Benjamin Harrison
The politician, who measures the interests of his country by her preponderance in the scale of empire, regards all consideration of individual happiness as a weakness. Elizabeth Hamilton
Hawaii is ours. As I look back upon the first steps in this miserable business and as I contemplate the outrage, I am ashamed of the whole affair. Grover Cleveland
The interests of commerce place the principal object within the constitutional powers and care of Congress, and that it should incidentally advance the geographical knowledge of our own continent, can not but be an additional gratification Thomas Jefferson
Tomorrow, our nation will sit on the throne of the world Khaled Mashal
My dear Fuhrer: Everyone in England is profoundly moved by the bloodless solution to the Czechoslovakian problem. People not so much concerned with territorial readjustment as with dread of another war with its accompanying bloodbath. Frederick the Great was a great popular figure. I salute your Excellency’s star which rises higher and higher. Esmond Cecil Harmsworth; Lord Rothermere
There is not perhaps on this globe a single foot of ground which has not been conquered by the sword at some time or other, and where the people occupying it have not maintained themselves on it by force. If the Negroes were stronger than the Europeans, Europe would be partitioned by the Negroes and not Africa by the Europeans. The 'right' claimed by people who bestow on themselves the title of 'civilized' to conquer other peoples, whom it pleases them to call 'uncivilized,' is altogether ridiculous, or rather, this right is nothing other than force. Vilfredo Pareto
I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place. Winston Churchill
My government cannot remain indifferent in view of such a violent and aggressive seizure of a portion of its territory by a nation which arrogated to itself the title of champion of oppressed nations. …. I denounce these acts before the world, in order that the conscience of mankind may pronounce its infallible verdict as to who are true oppressors of nations and the tormentors of mankind Magdalo; Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy
… It should be the earnest wish and paramount aim of the military administration to win the confidence, respect, and affection of the inhabitants of the Philippines by assuring them in every possible way that full measure of individual rights and liberties which is the heritage of free peoples, and by proving to them that the mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation substituting the mild sway of justice and right for arbitrary rule. William McKinley
If, following the clear precepts of duty, territory falls to us, and the welfare of an alien people requires our guidance and protection, who will shrink from the responsibility, grave though it may be? Can we leave these people, who, by the fortunes of war and our own acts, are helpless and without government, to chaos and anarchy, after we have destroyed the only government they have had? Having destroyed their government, it is the duty of the American people to provide for them a better one. Shall we distrust ourselves, shall we proclaim to the world our inability to give kindly government to oppressed peoples whose future, by the vicissitudes of war is confided to us? We may wish it were otherwise, but it is our duty now ?. William McKinley
My countrymen, the currents of destiny flow through the hearts of the people. Who will check them ? Who will divert them? Who will stop them? William McKinley
A few years back Texas was a wilderness, the home of the uncivilized and wandering Comanche and other tribes of Indians, who waged a constant warfare against the Spanish settlements…. In order to restrain these savages and bring them into subjection, the government opened Texas for settlement. Foreign emigrants were invited and called to that country. American enterprise accepted the invitation and promptly responded to the call Stephen F. Austin
It is confidently believed that perseverance for a few years in the present policy of the Government will extinguish the Indian title to all lands lying within the States composing our Federal Union… Andrew Jackson
Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it… In reality Islam is a revolutionary ideology and program which seeks to alter the social order of the whole world and rebuild it in conformity with its own tenets and ideals. 'Muslim' is the title of that International Revolutionary Party organized by Islam to carry into effect its revolutionary program. And 'Jihad' refers to that revolutionary struggle and utmost exertion which the Islamic Party brings into play to achieve this objective. Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi
In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Moslem mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force .... The other religious groups did not have a universal mission, and the holy war was not a religious duty for them, save only for purpose of defense.... Islam is under obligation to gain power over other nations Ibn Khaldun
Thus the jihad may be regarded as Islam’s instrument for carrying out its ultimate objective by turning all people into believers …. The universality of Islam, in its all embracing creed, is imposed on the believers as a continuous process of warfare, psychological and political if not strictly military. Majid Khadduri
White men come in like a river. They told us that they only wanted a little land. But we knew better. Black Elk
If they want to come, let them come. We will give them a battle! Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri Castelli
Destroy the Buffalo herds. When they disappear, the Indians will disappear along with them. Philip Henry Sheridan
Only a few years after the permanent settlement of Virginia, some fifty missionaries arrived to begin the massive task of converting the heathen. The Indians on their part, did not respond with alacrity to the idea of adopting a culture that to them, in many cases, seemed barbarous, indeed. Peter Farb
For cultural invasion to succeed, it is essential that those invaded become convinced of their intrinsic inferiority Paulo Freire
The oppressed find in the oppressors their model of 'manhood.' Paulo Freire
Wherever there's injustice, oppression, and suffering, America will show up six months late and bomb the country next to where it's happening. P. J. O'Rourke
Say what we will against the black and brown and yellow men, it has never before been contended that it is in accordance with the spirit of our institutions to seize their lands and to put them under the rule of our President and our Congress. Harper's Weekly
It is when empires begin to fall, that they tend to cause the most mayhem. Niall Ferguson
When your lordships look at the papers transmitted to us from America-- when you consider their decency, firmness, and wisdom, you cannot but respect their cause … For myself I must declare and avow, that in all my reading and observation … that for solidity of reasoning, force of sagacity, and wisdom of conclusion … no nation or body of men can stand in preference to the Congress at Philadelphia. I trust that it is obvious to your lordships, that all attempts to impose servitude upon such men, to establish despotism over such a mighty continental nation, must be vain, must be fatal. William Pitt the Younger
They planted by your care? Your oppression planted them in America. They fled from your tyranny, and grew by your neglect of them. So soon as you began to care for them, you showed your care by sending persons to spy out their liberties, misrepresent their character, prey upon them, and eat out their substance . . . men whose behavior on many occasions has caused the blood of those Sons of Liberty to recoil within them. Isaac Barre
I shall yet live to see it an English nation. Walter Raleigh
The United Colonies of New England Anonymous
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut Thomas Hooker
Cambridge Agreement Anonymous
Invite colonists from all the other nations of Europe. Gustavus Adolphus; Gustav II Adolph
In this country I am my own master and may do as I please Willem Kieft
… as fair a land as was ever trodden by the foot of man. Henry Hudson
England must either lose her colonies or destroy them in the effort to hold them, and in either event there would be the same loss of trade, the same decay in manufactures, and the same destruction of national credit. Comte de Vergennes; Charles Gravier
I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons in any other land. Mark Twain
Tell me how poor Ireland, exhausted and drained of her life-blood at every pore, with a population almost wholly agricultural and unused to mechanical pursuits, is to establish new factories, and where she is to find the customers to keep them going. She cannot create new markets. This world is only limited after all, and the nations of Europe are pushing their way into its remote corners so rapidly that in a few years time, at most, the entire world will have been exhausted as a market ... James Connolly
Lebensraum Karl Househoffer
When any territory outside the present territorial limits of the United States becomes necessary for our defense or essential for our commercial development, we ought to lose no time in acquiring it . Orville Hitchcock Platt
We stayed in certain parts of these continents [Africa and Asia] because we can do certain things: efficient administration free from corruption, preservation of order, a development of the country, etc. better than these would be done without us. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
This would be a good opportunity for dealing … with Uganda, the infamous conduct of whose King [Mwanga] has for years been prejudicial to the development from the development of the interior …. Were Uganda freed from this tyrant [there would be] a safe depot … for the retention of the upper Nile. Fredrick Holmwood
Make the Tanguts vanish—the women, children and grandchildren! Genghis Khan
Modern man is prompt to prevent cruelty to animals, and sometimes even to humans, but no counterpart of the Humane Society or the Sierra Club exists to prevent cruelty to entire cultures. Peter Farb
Wherever we can multiply our forces and our civilizational efforts, absorbing other elements, no law can prohibit us from doing so, as such actions are our duty. Roman Dmowski
I shall not return to Constantinople until I have conquered Egypt! Ahmed Djemal
Every organism, every human being, must conquer or serve. Arthur Desmond
You are the strongest and the others keep their distance. It is no longer necessary to win victories over them. Taisen Deshimaru
As soon as we beat England we shall make an end of you Englishmen once and for all. Able-bodied men and women between the ages of 16 and 45 will be exported as slaves to the Continent. The old and weak will be exterminated. All men remaining in Britain as slaves will be sterilised; a million or two of the young women of the Nordic type will be segregated in a number of stud farms where, with the assistance of picked German sires, during a period of 10 or 12 years, they will produce annually a series of Nordic infants to be brought up in every way as Germans. These infants will form the future population of Britain. They will be partially educated in Germany and only those who fully satisfy the Nazi's requirements will be allowed to return to Britain and take up permanent residence. The rest will be sterilised and sent to join slave gangs in Germany. Thus, in a generation or two, the British will disappear. Richard Walther Darré
With respect to the terrible things done by Western empires, there were also all sorts of terrible things being done in the rest of the world when the West showed up. Niall Ferguson
What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the Earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle. Stephen King
The concept of Blood and Soil gives us the moral right to take back as much land in the East as is necessary to establish a harmony between the body of our Volk and the geopolitical space. Richard Walther Darré
One day thousands will desire this land. Daniel Boone
At the same moment your Majesty has brought to a triumphant issue two gigantic operations, one in the center of Asia, the other in the heart of the hitherto unapproachable Chinese Empire. In the former, past disasters have been retrieved; a signal victory has been achieved on the very spot memorable for former failure and massacre; the honor of the British Arms has been signally vindicated; the interests of humanity have been consulted by the rescue of the whole of the prisoners; and, after a series of victories, the Governor-General of India is free, without discredit, to enter upon measures of internal improvement, and having established the supremacy of British power, to carry on henceforth a more pacific policy. In China a termination has been put to the effusion of blood by the signature of a treaty which has placed your Majesty's dominions on a footing never recognized in favor of any foreign Power--a footing of perfect equality with the Chinese Empire; which has obtained large indemnity for the past, and ample security for the future, and which has opened to British enterprise the commerce of China to an extent which it is almost impossible to anticipate. Frederick Arthur Stanley
We have carried out the attempted premeditated murder of an entire nation. We were caught in that criminal act and have been obstructed. Now we have to suffer the punishment.... In the Balkan Wars, Serbia not only doubled its territory, but also its external enemies. Dimitrije Tucovic
Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. . . . the human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive. Frank Herbert
An empire is an immense egotism. Ralph Waldo Emerson
His Majesty’s dominions, on which the sun never sets. Christopher North
Conquest or superiority among other powers is not or ought not ever to be the object of republican systems. Charles Pinckney
Prison of the nations Anonymous
We have said, and we will always say again, that we are opposed to the intervention of foreign military forces. But which was the lesser evil? Chaos, civil war, counter-revolution, and a new world war, or an intervention by Soviet troops? ... I say clearly that the first alternative was the worst thing that could have occurred, and the second, the intervention of Soviet troops, was a necessary evil. Josip Broz Tito
The South does not understand anything but the language of the gun. Omar Al-Bashir
I have often been before and am now convinced that a democracy is incapable of empire... Thucydides
When Britain first, at Heaven's command, Arose from out the azure main, This was the charter of the land, And guardian angels sung this strain: 'Rule, Britannia, rule the waves; Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.' James Thomson
.d immorality;, The whole track of history is marked with the ruin of empires which having been founded in injustice, or perpetuated by wrong, were ultimately destroyed. William Mackergo Taylor
Brothers, the white men are not friends to the Indians: at first, they only asked for land sufficient for a wigwam; now, nothing will satisfy them but the whole of our hunting grounds, from the rising to the setting sun. Brothers, the white men want more than our hunting grounds; they wish to kill our old men, women, and little ones. Tecumseh
These different blocs in the Turkish Empire...always conspired against Turkey; because of the hostility of these native peoples, Turkey has lost province after province - Greece, Serbia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Egypt, and Tripoli. In this way, the Turkish Empire has dwindled almost to nothing. Mehmed Talat
We derive our authority from God and the West India Company, not from the pleasure of a few ignorant subjects. Peter Stuyvesant
You, gentlemen, are in need of great upheavals; we are in need of Great Russia Pyotr Stolypin
…it was the interest of Great Britain to encourage our dissipation and extravagance, for the two-fold purpose of increasing the sale of her manufacturers, and of perpetuating our subordination. David Ramsey
Japan will oppose any attempt at international control of Manchuria. It does not mean that we defy you, because Manchuria belongs to us by right …Read your history. We recovered Manchuria from Russia. We made it what it is today …. We look into the gloom of the future and can see no certain gleam of light before us … Would the American people agree to such control of the Panama Canal Zone; would the British permit it over Egypt? Yosuke Matsuoka
It is apparent that the Japanese military have initiated a widely extended movement of aggression only after careful preparation with a strategic goal in mind Henry L. Stimson
The Arabs not only imposed their ruthless rule and totalitarian creed on the countries they conquered; they also populated these countries with a prolific progeny which they procreated on native women. Every Arab worth his race 'married' scores, sometimes hundreds of these helpless women after their menfolk had all been killed. Divorce of a wedded wife had been made very easy by the 'law' of Islam. A man could go on marrying and divorcing at the rate of several women during the span of a single day and night. What was more convenient, there was no restriction on the number of concubines a man could keep. The Arab conquerors used these male privileges in full measure. Arvind Ghosh
We cannot sit in the West and prescribe for peoples in the East, whose societies and ways of life are being destabilized by Western and imperialistic religious, economic and technological initiatives -- without having walked in their shoes Pandita Indrani; Pandita Indrani
The United States is a monster that would like to devour all the weak nations, particularly the Muslim countries, in order to establish its hegemony Hafiz Muhammad Saeed
We do not want a single foot of foreign territory; but of our territory we shall not surrender a single inch to anyone. Joseph Stalin
There are no fortresses that Bolsheviks cannot storm. Joseph Stalin
To those who say derogatory things about colonialism, I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing. Ian Smith
But though empires, like all the other works of men, have all hitherto proved mortal, yet every empire aims at immortality. Adam Smith
The commodities of Europe were almost all new to America, and many of those of America were new to Europe. A new set of exchanges, therefore, began and which should naturally have proved as advantageous to the new, as it certainly did to the old continent. The savage injustice of the Europeans rendered an event, which ought to have been beneficial to all, ruinous and destructive to several of those unfortunate countries. Adam Smith
Colonies are necessary to Germany. We shall get them through negotiation if possible; but if not, we shall take them. Hjalmar Schacht
The British Empire wasn't some project designed to bring enlightenment to ignorant savages, but rather a brutal and rapacious exploitation of peoples who were often more humane than us. Alexei Sayle
Dominion by land or sea will appear equally destitute of attraction, when it comes to be generally understood, that all its advantages rest with the rulers, and that the subjects at large derive no benefit whatever. Jean-Baptiste Say
The ancients, by their system of colonization, made themselves friends all over the known world; the moderns have sought to make subjects, and therefore have made enemies. Jean-Baptiste Say
I hate Imperialism whether British or Japanese or Burmese. Aung San
Manifest Destiny on the hoof Garry Willis
Occupation leads to alienation. Mark Shields
Unhappy German nation, how do you like the Messianic role allotted to you, not by God, nor by destiny, but by a handful of perverted and bloody-minded men. Thomas Mann
Facts and events … have been too strong for the Government. Edward Hamilton
Exploitation and oppression is not a matter of race. It is the system, the apparatus of world-wide brigandage called imperialism, which made the Powers behave the way they did. I have no illusions on this score, nor do I believe that any Asian nation or African nation, in the same state of dominance, and with the same system of colonial profit-amassing and plunder, would have behaved otherwise. Han Suyin
If it is commercialism to want the possession of a strategic point giving the American people an opportunity to maintain a foothold in the markets of that great Eastern country [China], for God's sake let us have commercialism. Mark A. Hanna
If it is commercialism to want the possession of a strategic point [The Philippines] giving the American people an opportunity to maintain a foothold in the markets in that great Eastern country [China], for God's sake let us have commercialism. Mark A. Hanna
Everyone hates his own conqueror. Hampton Sides
Imperialism is a false system for reasons which all but imperialists now accept. Herbert Tuttle
I will assemble a mighty host, and, invading the country of the great Ming, I will fill with the hoar frost from my sword the whole sky over the four hundred provinces Toyotomi Hideyoshi
For nearly three centuries the dominant fact in American life has been expansion. With the settlement of the Pacific coast and the occupation of the free lands, this movement has come to a check. That these energies of expansion will no longer operate would be a rash prediction; and the demands for a vigorous foreign policy, for an interoceanic canal, for a revival of our power upon the seas, and for the extension of American influence to outlying islands and adjoining countries, are indications that the movement will continue. The stronghold of these demands lies west of the Alleghenies. Frederick Jackson Turner
Railroads, fostered by government loans and land grants, opened the way for settlement and poured a flood of European immigrants and restless pioneers from all sections of the Union into the government lands. The army of the United States pushed back the Indian Frederick Jackson Turner
The separation of the Western man from the seaboard, and his environment, made him in a large degree free from European precedents and forces. He looked at things independently and with small regard or appreciation for the best Old World experience. He had no ideal of a philosophical, eclectic nation, that should advance civilization by intercourse with foreigners and familiarity with their point of view, and readiness to adopt whatever is best and most suitable in their ideas, manners, and customs Frederick Jackson Turner
There was nothing left for us to do but to take them [the Philippine Islands] all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and Christianize them. William McKinley
We have restored order and established domestic tranquility. We have fed the starving, clothed the naked, and ministered to the sick. We have improved the sanitary condition of the island. We have stimulated industry, introduced public education, taken a full and comprehensive enumeration of the inhabitants William McKinley
No man has the right to fix the boundary to the march of a nation. Charles Stewart Parnell
I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place. Winston Churchill
… at the close of the Spanish-American War the United States paid poor decrepit old Spain $20,000,000 for the Philippines. It was just a case of this country buying its way into good society. Honestly, when I read in the papers that this deal had been made, I laughed until my sides ached. There were the Filipinos fighting like blazes for their liberty. Spain would not hear to it. The United States stepped in, and after they had licked the enemy to a standstill, instead of freeing the Filipinos they paid that enormous amount for an island which is of no earthly account to us; just wanted to be like the aristocratic countries of Europe which have possessions in foreign waters. The United States wanted to be in the swim, and it, too, had to branch out, like an American heiress buying a Duke or an Earl. Mark Twain
Hunters for gold or pursuers of fame, they all had gone out on that stream, bearing the sword, and often the torch, messengers of the might within the land, bearers of a spark from the sacred fire. What greatness had not floated on the ebb of that river into the mystery of an unknown earth!... The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empires. Joseph Conrad
To tear treasure out of the bowels of the land was their desire, with no more moral purpose at the back of it than there is in burglars breaking into a safe. Joseph Conrad
Let America add Mexico to Texas, and pile Cuba upon Canada; let the English overswarm all India, and hang out their blazing banner from the sun; two thirds of this terraqueous globe are the Nantucketer's. For the sea is his; he owns it. Herman Melville
I’m a lover of the old Republic, and I deeply resent the empire that our Presidents put in its place. Gore Vidal
… there is a notion of exchanging Hong Kong for a more healthy colony. Queen Victoria
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. Ronald Reagan
Mutiny among the Sepoys is the most formidable danger menacing our Indian empire. William Francis Patrick Napier
The West has been leading a crusade against the Muslims for a thousand years. Abdul Qadeer Khan
The traditional policy is absolutely opposed to compulsory labor for private employment... It is a point of fundamental importance that there is no question of force or compulsion, but only of encouragement and advice through the native chiefs and headmen… Alfred Milner
The Herero people must … leave the land. If the populace does not do this I will force them with the Groot Rohr [cannon]. Within the German borders every Herero, with or without a gun, with or without cattle, will be shot. I will no longer accept women and children, I will drive them back to their people or I will let them be shot at. Lothar von Trotha
A unified motherland—a dream that historically speaking has been the goal of almost every Chinese leader. Peter Hessler
Tibet is sparsely populated. The two million Tibetans are not enough to handle the task of developing such a huge region. There is no harm in sending Han into Tibet to help.... The key issues are what is best for Tibetans and how can Tibet develop at a fast pace, and move ahead … Deng Xiaoping
We should have known better after the first war. Gerd von Rundstedt
The invasion of Iraq will surely go down in history as one of the most cowardly wars ever fought. It was a war in which a band of rich nations, armed with enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world several times over, rounded on a poor nation, falsely accused it of having nuclear weapons, used the United Nations to force it to disarm, then invaded it, occupied it, and are now in the process of selling it. Arundhati Roy
The right of conquest has no foundation other than the right of the strongest. If war does not give the conqueror the right to massacre the conquered peoples, the right to enslave them cannot be based upon a right which does not exist. Jean Jacques Rousseau
It is in that English Parliament the chains for Ireland are forged Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa
The British Empire is the greatest secular agency for good now known to mankind. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
Today, I honor the memory of those brave settlers of Oregon …. Some instinct drew them here, a fate a pulling, a desire for deep and lasting change in their lives. They embraced that change. They sought it out. Theirs was a quest for new horizons, for new beginnings. For a new homeland. They rode. They walked. They starved. They foraged. And they died. But they kept their eyes westward. They gave us Oregon. Barbara K. Roberts
Death has always been the first sign of European civilization when introduced in the Pacific. Jose Rizal
I contend that we are the first race in the world, and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race.. Cecil Rhodes
In order to save the forty million inhabitants of the United Kingdom from a bloody civil war, our colonial statesmen must acquire new lands for settling the surplus population of this country, to provide new markets... The Empire, as I have always said, is a bread and butter question. Cecil Rhodes
I would annex the planets if I could. Cecil Rhodes
When you have civilized men fighting savages, you support the civilized men, no matter who they are.. Ayn Rand
They (Native Americans) didn't have any rights to the land, and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights which they had not conceived and were not using. What was it that they were fighting for, when they opposed white men on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence, their 'right' to keep part of the earth untouched, unused and not even as property, but just keep everybody out so that you will live practically like an animal, or a few caves above it. Any white person who brings the element of civilization has the right to take over this continent. Ayn Rand
The Iraqis have a country that inherited cultures thousands of years old while the Americans have a culture only two hundred years old. Two hundred years will teach thousands of years? Oh Americans, leave Iraq for its people. Yusuf al Qaradawi
Spain stooped on South America, like a vulture on its prey. Everything was force. Territories were acquired by fire and sword. Cities were destroyed by fire and sword. Hundreds of thousands of human beings fell by fire and sword. Even conversion to Christianity was attempted by fire and sword. Daniel Webster
There is now all this patriotic indignation about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Japanese expansionism in Asia. Yet not a word about American and European expansionism in the same area.... We must make a start. We must renounce war as an instrument of policy.... Even as I speak to you I may be guilty of what some men call treason.... You young men should refuse to take up arms. Young women tear down the patriotic posters. And all of you — young and old — put away your flags. Dorothy Day
When I consider the objections put forward to the grant of self-government I can hardly keep my patience. What is it that they say? They say that we are not educated enough to get self-government. My answer is: whose fault is it? For the last 150 years you have been governing this country and yet you have not succeeded in educating the people of this country to such an extent that they may be fit for governing themselves. Chittaranjan Das
This [American] empire will not last. No empire does. If empires lasted, the whole world would be speaking ancient Persian today. Hamid Dabashi
We are to give money of which we have to little for land of which we have too much. Fisher Ames
That dense population in extreme distress inhabited an island where there was an established church which was not their church; and a territorial aristocracy, the richest of whom lived in distant capitals. Thus they had a starving population, an absentee aristocracy, and an alien Church, and, in addition, the weakest executive in the world. That was the Irish question. Benjamin; 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
A very remarkable people the Zulus: they defeat our generals, they convert our bishops, they have settled the fate of a great European dynasty. Benjamin Disraeli
Grass never grows again where my horse has once trodden. Attila
No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gains Xi Jinping
For fully developed imperialism, the individual no longer has value. He is valuable to it only as a member of the whole, as a soldier of an army. Ludwig von Mises
Your map of Africa is really quite nice. But my map of Africa lies in Europe. Here is Russia, and here... is France, and we're in the middle — that's my map of Africa. Prince Otto von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
I have arrived at only a few sure conclusions: 1. For us, (South) America is ungovernable. 2. He who serves a revolution ploughs the sea. 3. The only thing we can do in (South) America is emigrate. 4. This country will eventually fall into the hands of the unbridled mob, and will proceed to almost imperceptible petty tyrannies of all complexions and races. 5. Devoured as we are by every kind of crime and annhilated by ferocity Europeans will not go to the trouble of conquering us. 6. If it were possible for any part of the world to revert to primordial chaos, that would be (South) America’s final state. Simon Bolivar
King Leopold himself wrote thousands of letters and memoranda that reveal his lust for colonies and profits. Adam Hochschild
It is well to remember that nations which submit to conquest or races which abandon their language in favor of that of an oppressor do so, not because of the altruistic motives, or because of a love of brotherhood of man, but from a slavish and cringing spirit. James Connolly
In what country has it ever happened that the people have profited by foreign conquest? James Connolly
We must have cohesion, the unbreakable bond between metropolitan France and her overseas territories. Charles de Gaulle
The real threat to the world is the imperialistic threat posed by the U.S., and Israel is one of its imperialistic instruments in this part of the world. Hugo Chavez
Fight these hateful enemies. Tzu-Hsi
What have we allowed ourselves to become? Are we no longer a nation of laws? Have we become instead a nation of men who make secret arrests? Are secret prisons now simply another tool of the federal government law enforcement? Is secret rendition of individuals now permitted, out of misplaced fear? Have we decided that the writ of habeas corpus is not worth defending? Is torture now an acceptable tool for making us safe? Unfortunately, the single answer to all of these questions from the leaders of our country and to many of our citizens appears to be yes. Ronald E. Paul
We cannot lose Afghanistan Yuri Andropov
The Soviets have made the same core mistakes that have haunted invaders before and since them: they attempted to impose a centralized order on a highly decentralized nation, and they displayed complete ignorance of the realities of Afghanistan society. Peter Tomsen
On receipt of this message, you will immediately retire beyond the limits of California Jose Antonio Castro
I am making myself as strong as possible in the intention that if we are unjustly attacked, we will fight to extremity and refuse quarter, trusting our country to avenge our death. John Fremont
God be praised! The support of Islam is strong … In the lands of the Arabs, the Persians, the Romans and the Russians, the sword is in the hands of the [Ottoman] Turks and the fear of their swords is rooted in men’s heart. Al-Rawandi
God caused the sun of Empire to shine in the mansion of the Turks … and gave them sovereignty, and made them kings of the age, and placed the reins of the people of the time in their hands. Mahmud al-Kashgari
We came down on them like a flood! We went out among their cities! We tore down the idol-temples, We shat on the Buddha's head! Mahmud al-Kashgari
My office is endowed with authority over all the earth—that is over every church. Nicholas I
Either surrender the city or stand ready to do battle. Mehmed II
Russia is now a lonely fraction of what the old Warsaw pact was. It not only has lost its old Eastern European allies; those allies are now arrayed on the other side, as members of NATO Richard K. Betts
The colonial powers especially the more heedless ones ... dumped their former possessions on the threshold of independence with little if any preparation for statehood. James Traub
The Turks do not compel anyone to renounce their faith and do not try hard to persuade anyone. George Martinuzzi
Mehmed will never lay down arms except in victory or in total defeat. Every victory will be for him a stepping-stone to another, until, after subjecting all the princes of the West, he has destroyed the Gospel of Christ and imposed the law of his false prophet upon the whole world. Pius II
We ourselves allowed Constantinople, the capital of the East, to be conquered by the Turks. And while we sit at home in ease and idleness, the arms of those barbarians are advancing to the Danube …. In the Eastern imperial city they have massacred the successor of Constantine, along with his people, desecrated the temples of the Lord, sullied the noble edifice of Justinian with their hideous cult of Muhammad. Pius II
Be Patriarch, with good fortune, and be assured of our friendship, keeping all of the privileges of the Patriarchs before you enjoyed. Mehmed II
What the city [Constantinople] contains is its own; beyond the walls it has no dominion—owns nothing. If I want to build a castle at the Sacred Mouth, it can’t forbid me. Tell your emperor this: The sultan who now rules is not like his predecessors. What they couldn’t achieve, he can do easily and at once. The things they did not wish to do, he certainly does. The next man who comes here on a mission like this will be flayed alive. Mehmed II
In the jihad against Constantinople, one third of Muslims will allow themselves to be defeated, which Allah cannot forgive. One third will be killed in battle making them wondrous martyrs. And one third will be victorious. Muhammad
Christopher Columbus was the spearhead of the biggest invasion and genocide ever seen in the history of humanity Hugo Chavez
Under colonialism and apartheid, the ruling white minority stole vast amounts of land from black Africans in Zimbabwe [Rhodesia] and South Africa. Reclaiming this land became an important rallying cry for liberation movements in both countries; but in the years after white minority rule ended, it was extremely difficult for the new regimes to redistribute the land fairly and efficiently. Bernadette Atuahene
Threats are more readily perceived from culturally dissimilar powers than culturally similar ones. Samuel P. Huntington
Mexico is to us the forbidden fruit; the penalty of eating it would be to subject our institutions to political death. John C. Calhoun
If ... America is to become an empire, there is very little chance that it can avoid becoming a virtual dictatorship as well. J. William Fulbright
The Castro regime is a thorn in the flesh, but it is not a dagger in the heart.... I have no evidence that the Cuban people are able and willing at this time to assist any invasion from the outside. J. William Fulbright
All empires are created of blood and fire. Pablo Escobar
This island was the dominion of my father and should descend to none other than myself. Foreigners must go. Koxinga
If the opposition is strong, the aggressor will retreat. Yulia Tymoshenko
[Latin] America began to suffer, and still suffers, from the tiresome task of reconciling the hostile and discordant elements it inherited from the despotic and perverse colonizer [Spain], and the imported methods and ideas which have been retarding logical government because they are lacking in local realities. Jose Marti
Comrade Stalin showed us how to build socialism in a backward country: it's painful to begin with, but afterwards everything turns out just fine. Hafizullah Amin
The British Empire is the greatest secular agency for good now known to mankind. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
There is not that intimate and inseparable relation between the electors of Great-Britain, and the inhabitants of the colonies, which must inevitably involve both in the same taxation; on the contrary, not a single actual elector in England might be immediately affected by a taxation in America, imposed by a statute which would have a general operation and effect, upon the properties of the inhabitants of the colonies. The latter might be oppressed in a thousand shapes, without any sympathy, or exciting any alarm in the former. Daniel Dulany
The King had combined with others [English merchants] to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution … giving his assent to the acts of pretended legislation [The Navigation Acts]… for cutting off our trade with all parts of the world. Thomas C. Barrow
His Majesty’s possessions in North America are so many times more extensive than the Islands of Great Britain, that if they were equally well inhabited, Great Britain could no longer maintain her dominion over them. It is therefore evidently her Policy to set bounds to the increment of People, and to the extent of the settlement of that Country. John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute
The main purpose of stationing a large body of troops in America will be to secure the dependence of the colonies on Great Britain William Knox
The die is now cast. The colonies must either submit or triumph. George III
America must be a colony of England or treated as an enemy. George III
… to go at once and establish a perfectly despotic government in Quebec, contrary to the genius and spirit of the British Constitution, carries with it the appearance of a love of despotism, and a settled design to enslave the American people. Charles James Fox
We should have mastered Quebec and been in possession of Canada. John Adams
An economic version of mutual deterrence is preserving the uneasy status quo between China and Japan. Richard Katz
England is not interested in anything but naval dominance and their possessions in America. Frederick II
Annexation of new land for America is injudicious in policy and wicked in fact. Zachary Taylor
Like the Sabine virgins, Mexico would soon learn to love its ravisher. New York Herald
It was my duty to protect the people of America from the impossible burden of annexing Mexico Nicholas Philip Trist
There are three possibilities. Embrace our religion and you will have the same privileges and obligations as we. Refuse and you must pay the fizya. Reject both and you will have to do battle with us until Allah decides between us. Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas
I came fleeing hunger, the sword and death, attained security and prosperity and gathered together a people. No one has done as I have. Abd al-Rahman I
There crises are of Japan’s own making. Naotake Sato
Should the people of the world say to Israel, “You are robbers, because you took by force the land of the 7 nations of Canaan” Israel may reply to them. “All the earth belongs to the Holy One, blessed be He; He created it and gave it to whom He pleased. When He willed He gave it to them, and when He willed He took it from them and gave it to us. Rashi
Amongst so many captives taken, so many nations forced under their [the Ancient Jewish Kingdom’s] obedience, we find not one man forced into the Jewish Religion and the worship of the true God and punished for idolatry, though all of them were certainly guilty of it. John Locke
There is a middle ground between sitting on our hands and sending in the marines. James Baker
It is absolutely critical to build domestic support for any foreign initiative. James Baker
More than a quarter of a century of despotic Japanese rule in Formosa, then, has produced the following results: law and order, economic prosperity, elevated standards of living, widespread education, and rising political discontent. Ralston Hayden
To the harsh doctrines justifying the dominion of France over inferior races there at first succeeded a naïve idealism, which saw in all the subjects of France men of equal value ready to be transformed into true Frenchmen. Experience and contact with the various populations of the French Empire have modified this exaggerated view and have taught France the complexity of her colonial problems. She knows now that her task is not to assimilate white, black, and yellow populations, each of them with its own traditions, but to help each, in its own interest as well as in the interest of all, to develop along the lines of its own individual civilization Henri Hauser
The fate of France is henceforth inseparably linked with that of Greater France. With a population which unfortunately remains stationary in the neighborhood of 40 millions. France would seem to be condemned to be but a great memory, a shadow of a glorious past. That instead she is a great reality, faced with a great future, is because of the 60 million subjects and protégés who inhabit the France beyond the seas. Among them there are not, it is true, more than one million of European origin and not more than 10 million of the white race. But it is French civilization which is stamping these diverse elements. Henri Hauser
We denounce the mercenary system of foreign policy under recent administrations in the interest of financial imperialists, oil monopolists, and international bankers, which has at times degraded our State Department from its high service as a strong and kindly intermediary of defenseless governments to a trading outpost of those interest and concession seekers engaged in the exploitation of weaker nations, as contrary to the will of the American people, destructive of domestic development and provocative of war. Progressive Party
Of twenty Latin American republics only six are free from American interference in one form or another. In eleven countries this interference takes the form of official direction of financial policy, and in six this direction is backed by United States troops. Robert Morss Lovett
The outlook is rather that within a few years India will be given up as Egypt has been given up. The British democracy will not try to retain her by force. Of that we may be sure. The enormous benefits that England has conferred on the country and its swarming millions will count for nothing in retaining their allegiance. The jealousies, rivalries and hatreds of race and creed among the many different peoples, though they may make trouble enough hereafter, have not proved capable of preventing them from combining against their British masters. Archibald Cary Coolidge
Of the hundred million of the population of Greater France, almost sixty are not of European origin. If they are to be kept in permanent French allegiance their loyalty must be secured. The French flatter themselves that they are peculiarly successful in winning the affections of those over whom they rule. So be it, though it is probable they entertain a good many illusions in this respect. Archibald Cary Coolidge
Existing colonial empires rest upon insecure foundations. There seems, indeed, something unnatural in the spectacle of seven million Dutch ruling over fifty million Malays. Archibald Cary Coolidge
From Tangiers to Alexandria, the entire African coast of the Mediterranean, with the exception of the great Libyan desert, belongs either to France or to England. Italy, the Mediterranean nation par excellence, is virtually excluded from the control of the Mediterranean; she is imprisoned and besieged in her own ocean. Francesco Coppola
No nation should have the right to simply grab land from another nation. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Nothing can justify the arrogant assumption that a clique of foreigners has the right to decide on the lives of a majority. Steven Biko
America was discovered accidentally by a great seaman who was looking for something else; when discovered it was not wanted; and most of the exploration for the next fifty years was done in the hope of getting through or around it. Samuel E. Morison
You cannot rub off the effect of that conference from modern Africa today Kenneth Kaunda
...if our ancestors had cared for the rights of other people, the British empire would not have been made. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
There is no alternative. Either the colonies are a part of the community of Great Britain, or they are in a state of nature with respect to her, and in no case can be subject to that legislative power which represents her community, which is the British Parliament…. They [the American colonists] ought to reflect, that whatever may be their condition, they cannot apply to parliament to better it. If they reject the jurisdiction of parliament, they must not in any case sue for its interposition on their behalf. William Knox
The king had a right to all uninhabited countries that should be discovered and possessed by any of his subjects and that the charters he freely granted to American companies had explicitly denied any latent claims of a British Parliament. James Iredell
The various American charters were entered into and granted by the king for himself only …. No mention is made in them of the parliament. Moses Mather
It is an invariable maxim, that every acquisition of foreign territory is at the absolute disposal of the King. [And not to Parliament.] Alexander Hamilton
America was not annexed to the realm, and … it was not fitting that Parliament should make laws for those countries. James I
Free Englishmen had independently settled North America in precisely the same their Saxon ancestors … had possessed themselves of the island of Britain. Thomas Jefferson
They [the anti-imperialist Senators] are little better than traitors. We shall be branded with the steel of clinging shame if we leave the Philippines to fall into a welter of bloody anarchy instead of taking hold of them and governing them with righteousness and justice, in the interest of their own people even more than the interests of ours. Theodore Roosevelt
He may be a brother of William H. Taft, but he ain’t no friend of mine. Anonymous
Their methods of doing things are so very different from ours [Taft and his staff], and the people will welcome a change.. William Howard Taft
The people of Ireland are ready to become a portion of the [British] Empire, provided that they be made so in reality, and not in name alone. Daniel O'Connell
Talk not to me of peace. Ireland is not at peace, it is smothered war. England has sown her laws as dragon's teeth, and they have sprung up as armed men. Walter Hussey Burgh
To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false pretenses, they call empire and where they make a desert they call it peace. Cornelius Tacitus
Most civilizational advancements occurred under empires. Robert D. Kaplan
You, unprovoked, put the English to the most unheard of and most barbarous massacre without respect of sex or age, that ever the sun beheld, and at a time when Ireland was in perfect peace. Oliver Cromwell
If His Majesty will, during their [the earls of Ireland] absence, assume the countries into his possession, divide the lands amongst the inhabitants … and will bestow the rest upon servitors and men of worth here, and withal bring in colonies of civil people of England and Scotland … the country will ever after be happily settled. Arthur Chichester
I resolve not to build but at one place; namely, at Belfast. Walter Devereux; First Earl of
Be it enacted that no person … within this land … shall be shorn, or shaven above the ears, or have any hair growing upon their upper lips … or wear any shirt, smock, kerchief, or linen cap, colored or dyed with saffron ... that no persons shall wear any mantles, coat or hood after the Irish fashion … Every person shall use and speak commonly the English language … and keep their households … according to the English order, condition and manner. Irish Parliament
Italians had been accustomed for centuries to identify government and state with personal and foreign domination. They were slow to adapt themselves to the new fact--a national state and government. Roberto Cantalupo
it was no less natural that Turkey, taking her stand on the right of conquest, which to this day forms an essential part of the conventional public law of the civilized world, should have viewed the revolutionary movement among her Greek subjects in the light of a criminal enterprise to be resented and combated with all the greater force … Ahmed Rustem Bey
The British arriving in South Africa at the close of the eighteenth century really came there to prevent the French from seizing the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch East India Company. Harry Johnston
Forasmuch as this land of Ireland is depending and belonging justly and rightfully to the imperial crown of England, for increase in virtue in Christ’s religion within the said land of Ireland, and to repress and extirpate all errors, heresies and other enormities and abuses, heretofore used in our sovereign lord, his heirs and successors … shall be taken and reputed the only supreme head on Earth of the whole church of Ireland English Parliament
Whereas we and you and our people and your people, free since ancient times, share the same national ancestry and are urged to come together more eagerly and joyfully in friendship by a common language and by common custom, we have sent you our beloved kinsman, the bearers of this letter, to negotiate with you in our name about permanently strengthening and maintaining inviolate the special friendship between us and you, so that with God's will our nation may be able to recover her ancient liberty. Robert I; Robert
Overall, for 99 years, the planet grew more peaceful and prosperous under Britain’s eye. Ian Morris
In early days, the discovery of unknown lands was regarded as the primary source of national title. But the impossibility that discovery, without anything more, should constitute a continuing basis of sovereignty soon became obvious and "effective occupation" or "settlement" became a requisite. In recent years, a third element of title has come to be thought of internationally as almost necessary, and that is … "notification of the fact," usually by an express communication to other Powers. David Hunter Miller
This system of splitting up into spheres of influence a country which, while nominally a unit, represents as a matter of fact different political and administrative entities, is not one that can be recommended. More especially is this the case where, as in Morocco, it was done without consultation with the ruler or the people of the country, and introduces frontiers that only to a very small extent are based upon natural or physical features--frontiers that pass through unexplored and unknown districts. Walter Burton Harris
There are two great centers of Hellenism. Athens is the capital of the Kingdom. Constantinople is the great capital, the City, the dream and hope of all Greeks. Ioannis Kolettis
Belgium became dazzled by the dream of empire. [British colonial] Africa is but a small part of Britain; [French colonial] Africa is but a half of larger France. But the Congo is eighty-two times the size of little Belgium … W. E. B. Du Bois
With nearly every great European empire today walks its dark colonial shadow … W. E. B. Du Bois
Gordon must be avenged! Anonymous
The Sudan is a useless possession, ever was so, and ever will be so. . . Charles George Chinese Gordon
Posing as a savior and a restorer of the Byzantine Empire, he let his people in their madness believe that he would soon lead them to Saint Sophia. Auguste Gauvain
Japan has won a reputation in certain quarters of the world for being imperialistic and aggressive. No impartial student of politics can deny that there were grounds for the criticism. Yusuke Tsurumi
There is or there has been in the past much selfishness in the northern White man's motives in opening up Africa, and in his interference in the disorders of the Black man or the Brown. Harry Johnston
For our [Japanese] own safety, we must govern this country [Korea]. We hope that in time the Koreans will realize that they need our assistance. They can do nothing by themselves. Saito Makoto
During the American regime in the Philippines political and general education has enjoyed an unparalleled growth. Yet during this period Americans and Filipinos have not succeeded in laying an economic foundation substantial enough to support the social and political superstructure which they have erected. Ralston Hayden
It is eminently proper that we also grant them opportunities of education not inferior to those available to our own children; that we encourage them to develop; that we foster men of genius in all walks of life, thereby increasing the resources of our country. And it is with this in view that I have made it possible for Formosans qualified in the Japanese language to enter schools for Japanese children. Excellent results have already been obtained, with incalculably good effect upon our policy of assimilation. Kenjiro Den
[Japanese] ordinances regulated every aspect of life in Formosa. They were, and are, extremely galling to the Chinese population, for the Chinese are individualists who put personal liberty among the first of the desiderata of life. Ralston Hayden
On you, it primarily rests whether Ireland shall remain an integral portion of a great empire, sharing in its glory … or whether … Ireland shall become the focus and the center of foreign intrigue and deadly conspiracy. Randolph Churchill
If you still hesitate for any time, there will be no way to rescue the Republic from the French yoke. James Harris
Unlike other colonial countries, our oppressors were not foreigners. They were South Africans. Ahmed Kathrada
Spanish and Dutch ships with whose help we would hasten to the banks of the Thames and destroy the new Carthage [London] Jean-Lambert Tallien
I will not hide from you my intention to unite Holland with France, both to complete my territory and as the deadliest blow I can inflict on England. Napoleon Bonaparte
Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement, established in 1607. The first permanent settlement was St. Augustine, established in 1565, by -- you know it – Spain. Frank De Varona
I do not believe that we are under any obligation whatsoever to the Filipino people to open our markets.. Frank B. Brandegee
The United States is unused to Colonial rule and lacks a trained body of colonial administrators and civil servants. William Howard Taft
How long can we keep kidding these people? How long before they turn their guns in the other direction? George Orwell
The United States although a superpower was never an empire.. Shimon Peres
Their determination to project power was the same impulse that pushed settlers across prairies and over mountains, wrested rich territories from Mexico, crushed Native American resistance, and drew the United States into wars from Central America to Siberia. It remains potent. Stephen Kinzer
As long as Americans believe that their country has vital interests everywhere on earth, they will behave the same. Stephen Kinzer
The Egyptians prefer the English because they pay for everything. The French take everything and pay for nothing.. William Eaton
If we steal a man’s purse we are thieves. If we steal twelve hundred islands, we are patriots. If you steal a man’s money, you will be sent to the penitentiary. If you steal his liberty, you will be sent to the White House. William Jennings Bryan
Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. William Jennings Bryan
The Europeans liked to believe it was their valor, superior weapons and culture that won the New World. The real conquistadors were the armies of pathogens that raced on ahead to infect and kill 9 out of 10 of all the Indians of North, Central, and South America. The civilizations of the New World crumbled under the onslaught of invading microbes. Without this invisible army, Cortez and those who followed might never have stood a chance. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Honoring the identity and the special heritage of each nation in the world, we shall never use our strength to try to impress upon another people our own cherished political and economic institutions. Dwight D. Eisenhower
... we Americans know and we observe the differences between world leadership and imperialism. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The gentleman asks, When were the colonies emancipated? I desire to know when they were made slaves? The profit to Great Britain from the trade of her colonies, through all its branches, is two millions a year. This is the price that America pays you for your protection; Charles James Fox
The ministers and people of England might neither mean to be, nor be, the tyrants and oppressors which they were thought by the people of America, but whether they were as reasonable and prudent, or even as well justified in their measures of taxation, much less of coercion, as they supposed, is quite another question. William Smyth
This country is little obliged to the framers and supporters of the tea tax. The Americans had almost forgot in their excess of gratitude for the repeal of the Stamp Act, any interest but that of the mother country. This temper would have continued, if not interrupted by your fruitless endeavors to tax them without their consent. I am an old man, and would advise the noble lords in office to adopt a more gentle method of governing America; proceedings like these will never meet with the wished-for success. Instead of these, pass an amnesty on all their youthful errors, clasp them once more to your fond and affectionate arms, and I will venture to affirm you will find them children worthy of their sire. William Pitt the Younger
In effect we suffer as much at home as abroad; for, in order to prove that the Americans have no right to their liberties, we are every day endeavoring to subvert the maxims of our own. We never gain a paltry advantage over them in debate, without attacking some of those principles, or deriding some of those feelings, for which our ancestors have shed their blood Edmund Burke
We are determined that there shall be no more exploitation of China. I have no wish to harp on old grievances, but realism demands that I should mention the ruthless and shameless exploitation of our country by the West in the past…. Such asinine stupidities must never be repeated, as much for your sake as for ours. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek; Soong Mei-ling
‘Mitimaes’ is the name of those who are transported from one land to another. The first kind of mitimaes, as instituted by the Incas, were those who were moved to another country after a new province had been conquered… There they were expected to instruct their neighbors in the ways of peace and civilization. Pedro de Cieza de Leon
Columbus did not discover a new world; he established contact between two worlds, both already old. John Horace Parry
So the Chinese have at last given us the grounds and the ‘incident’ which we have so long desired. Wilhelm II
It is evident to every unbiased mind that Korea must be and will be Russian.. Wilhelm II
The great question of the 20th century is whether the Anglo-Saxon of the Slav is to impress his civilization upon the world. Franklin Henry Giddings
Vietnam was God’s instrument for bringing the American empire to its knees. Richard John Neuhaus
China can never be reformed from within. The manifold needs of China will be met permanently, completely, only by Christian civilization. . Arthur H. Smith
The path to democratic capitalism ended the previous world order of empires.. Meena Bose
My cousin Frances and I are in perfect accord. He want’s Milan and so do I. Charles II
If we really see the necessity for military action against Serbia, I would think it regrettable if we did not take advantage of the present moment, which is favorable from our point of view. Wilhelm II
Might gives the right to conquer and occupy.. Friedrich A. J. Von Bernhardi
Belgium’s deplorable record of inhumanity as a colonial power in the Congo was surpassed only by that of Germany in South-West Africa. Max Hastings
So their Highnesses are kings and lords of these islands … by virtue of this donation: and some islands, and indeed almost all those to whom this has been notified, have received and served their Highnesses, as lords and kings, in the way that subjects ought to do, with good will, without any resistance, immediately, without delay, when they were informed of the aforesaid facts. And also they received and obeyed the priests whom their Highnesses sent to preach to them and to teach them our Holy Faith; and all these, of their own free will, without any reward or condition, have become Christians, and are so, and their Highnesses have joyfully and benignantly received them, and also have commanded them to be treated as their subjects and vassals; and you too are held and obliged to do the same. Wherefore, as best we can, we ask and require you that you consider what we have said to you, and that you take the time that shall be necessary to understand and deliberate upon it, and that you acknowledge the Church as the Ruler and Superior of the whole world, and the high priest called Pope, and in his name the King and Queen Doña Juana our lords, in his place, as superiors and lords and kings of these islands … and that you consent and give place that these religious fathers should declare and preach to you the aforesaid…. if you do not do this, and maliciously make delay in it, I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter into your country, and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can, and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church and of their Highnesses; we shall take you and your wives and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their Highnesses may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do you all the mischief and damage that we can, as to vassals who do not obey, and refuse to receive their lord, and resist and contradict him; and we protest that the deaths and losses which shall accrue from this are your fault, and not that of their Highnesses, or ours, nor of these cavaliers who come with us.. Juan Lopez de Palacios Rubios
Conquering Hispaniola shall provide England with the means to take forward its Puritan Revolution. Oliver Cromwell
The integrity of Korea is a matter of gravest concern to this Empire. . . . the separate existence of Korea is essential to the safety of our realm . . . the absorption of Manchuria by Russia would render it impossible to maintain the integrity of China, and would, in addition, compel the abandonment of all hope for peace in the Extreme East . Mutsuhito Meiji
Long did I endeavor … to preserve from breaking that fine and noble vase, the British Empire; for I knew that, being once broken, the separate parts could not retain even their share of the strength or value that existed in the whole. Benjamin Franklin
Colonies ought to be Emunctories or Sinkes of States; to drayne away the filth. John White (colonist and artist)
The American Colonies need waste people…. they are ready to eat up one another Richard Hakluyt
If frontier wars there chance to arise, and if thereupon we shall fortify, yet will occasion the training up of our youth in the discipline of war and make a number fit for the service of the wars and for the defense of our people there and at home. Richard Hakluyt
This dear bought Land with so much blood and cost, hath only made some few rich, and all the rest losers. John Smith
Poor settlers coming from England, Scotland, and other parts of Europe were granted fifty acres of land, free of charge, plus a home and a garden. Distinct from its neighbors to the north, Georgia experimented with a social order that neither exploited the lower classes nor favored the rich. Its founders deliberately sought to convert the territory into a haven for hardworking families. They aimed to do something completely unprecedented: to build a “free labor” colony. Nancy Isenberg
If the wild cannibals of the woods [Indians] will not desist from their massacres, and they continue to war upon us with the ferocity of tigers and hyenas, it is time that we should retaliate their warfare. Not in the murder of their women and children, but in the prosecution of an exterminating war upon their warriors; which will admit of no compromise and have no termination except in their total extinction or total expulsion. Mirabeau B. Lamar
I remember now, though the time has long passed, with feelings of unfeigned gratitude the many kindnesses bestowed on me and my little family in 1818 and 1819 when we were in their neighborhood, before the country began to fill up with other white people ... . We met often, hunted together, fished together, swam together, and they were positively and I have no hesitation in declaring it here, the most truthful, most reliable and best people I have ever dealt with. ... The time is long gone, and I may never have the pleasure of meeting with any of that most excellent race of people again. But so long as the life pendulum swings in this old time-shattered bosom, I shall remember their many kindnesses to me and mine, with sentiments of kindest affection and deepest gratitude. Gideon Lincecum
It is, beyond question, the destiny of our race to spread themselves over the continent of North America, and this at no distant day. James Buchanan
Whites looking for gold kill Indians just as they would kill bears and pay no regard for treaties. William Tecumseh Sherman
A major geopolitical disaster Vladimir Putin
Many thought or seemed to think at the time that our young democracy was not a continuation of Russian statehood, but its ultimate collpase.. They were mistaken. Vladimir Putin
This deep-rooted view [of the American government] is based on the view that the West not only seeks to continue geopolitical expansion in its classical form but also wants to make everyone do things it's way, by persiusion and example when possible, and by force when necessary. Fyodor Lukyanov
Most Islamists have not yet abandoned the notion of … Islam’s sovereignty and its superiority over all other religions … Tarek Osmen
Putin's recent penchant for high stakes wagers may prove even harder for Western leaders to handle than a policy of consistent expansionism, A rational imperialist can be contained, but the appropriate response to a gambler who makes snap decisions based on short term factors is less clear. Daniel Treisman
Crimea's history had made the region an inseparable part of Russia. Vladimir Putin
Indians are never to be allowed to handle European firearms andthey should witness the firing of muskets by only the best shots, for if they see any English miss what they aim at, they will think the weapon not so terrible, and thereby will be bould to assault you. Virginia Company
Terrour...made short warres Thomas Dale
No man shall speake any word, or do any act, which may tend to the derision, or despight of Gods holy word upon paine of death: Nor shall any man unworthily de- meane himselfe unto any Preacher, or Minister of the same, but generally hold them in all reverent regard and dutiful intreatie, otherwise he the offender shall openly be whipt three tmes, and ask publike forgivenesse in the assembly of the congregation three several Saboth daies. Thomas Dale
He that shall take an oath untruely, or bear false wittness in any cause or against any man whatsoever, shall be punished with death. Thomas Dale
The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these territories, We want them for the homes of free white people. This they cannot be, to any considerable extent, if slavery shall be planted within them. David Wilmont
Mexican immigration is leading toward the demographic reconquista of areas Americans took from Mexico by force in the 1830s and 1840s Samuel P. Huntington