Top 105 Emperor Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Emperor Quotes from famous people such as Barack Obama, William Adams, Frederic William Farrar, Wendell Pierce, Ben Stein, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I'm the president of the United States. I'm not the emp

I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States.
Barack Obama
Not only I lost what I had in the ship, but from the captain and the company generally what was good or worth the taking was carried away; all which was done unknown to the emperor.
William Adams
There was living in the palace at this time a brother of the great Germanicus, and consequently an uncle of the late emperor, whose name was Claudius Caesar.
Frederic William Farrar
Ultimately, I would love to do ‘The Emperor of Ocean Park’ by Stephen Carter.
Wendell Pierce
Emperor Sid Caesar is gone to eternity himself now. He takes with him the gratitude of every one of us who first learned the relief of laughter from this genuinely great performer.
Ben Stein
I think an artist, in my definition of that word, would not be someone who takes sides with the emperor against his powerless subjects. That’s different from prescribing a way in which a writer should write.
Chinua Achebe
Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.
Jean de La Fontaine
If, as the emperor Augustus says, from his time the coast of the ocean from Cadiz to the mouth of the Elbe obeyed the Romans, the obedience in this corner of it was far from voluntary and little to be trusted.
Theodor Mommsen
I used to live in Ethiopia as a child, and I lived there when Haile Selassie was the emperor.
Jack Kingston
In 1559, Duke Frederick III was summoned before the Emperor Ferdinand I at Breslau to answer the accusations of extravagance and oppression brought against him by the Silesian Estates and was deposed, imprisoned, and his son Henry XI given the Ducal crown instead.
Sabine Baring-Gould
I feel like an emperor only when I’m writing.
Balachandra Menon
People have become less discriminating listeners, which is tragic, really. There’s a lot of emperor’s new clothes out there, whether they’re female or male solo acts. That bothers me. It’s hard to break through, and it’s like climbing Mount Everest if you actually do.
Paula Cole
I also won one from the emperor of Japan, with a prize for the arts. That’s important.
Marcel Carne
Not only I lost what I had in the ship, but from the captain and the company generally what was good or worth the taking was carried away; all which was done unknown to the emperor.
William Adams
It is in fact agreed that I am the plague, the cholera of the benevolent and generous men who are interested in art and that, when I show myself with my plasters, even the Emperor of the Sahara would flee.
Camille Claudel
I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an Emperor or a King my republican feelings and principles forbid it the simplicity of our system of government forbids it.
Andrew Jackson
I feel like an emperor only when I’m writing.
Balachandra Menon
One positive command he gave us: You shall love and honor your emperor. In every congregation a prayer must be said for the czar’s health, or the chief of police would close the synagogue.
Mary Antin
I’m against war with the United States. But I am an officer of the Imperial Navy and a subject of His Majesty the Emperor.
Isoroku Yamamoto
I’ve never thought of it consciously… I say exactly what I think, and very often it’s totally politically incorrect. I get, always, chastised for it. So it’s not shtick. But I think I’m the one who says, ‘The emperor has no clothes.’
Joan Rivers
At times, Mario Cuomo seemed to have the humility of a Jesuit and the goals of an emperor.
Mike Barnicle
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
Tacitus
Though I am not imperial, and though Elizabeth may not deserve it, the Queen of England will easily deserve to have an emperor’s son to marry.
Elizabeth I
Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.
Jean de La Fontaine
The Germanic invasions destroyed neither the Mediterranean unity of the ancient world, nor what may be regarded as the truly essential features of the Roman culture as it still existed in the 5th century, at a time when there was no longer an Emperor in the West.
Henri Pirenne
A lot of writers whom I love, admire and call friends share this feeling, which is this fundamental idea that we’re frauds. That we will be pushed out on to the stage, and it will be revealed that the emperor has no clothes.
Damon Lindelof
Every Russian emperor from Peter the Great to Stalin and Putin knows a leader and his security agencies must never be parted. His safety depends on their slavish devotion.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.
Neil Gaiman
Twitter is very impulsive and impermanent and you only have 140 characters. There is no greater ‘Emperor’ of Twitter than Stephen Fry.
David Tang
If you want respect, you earn it in politics. You don’t get it because you are some form of bloody emperor in a toga.
Colm Keaveney
They do not depend upon mere legends and myths. They are not predicated on the false conception that the Emperor is divine and that the Japanese people are superior to other races.
Hirohito
Some years ago, I wrote a book called the Emperor's New

Some years ago, I wrote a book called the Emperor’s New Mind and that book was describing a point of view I had about consciousness and why it was not something that comes about from complicated calculations.
Roger Penrose
In 2014, we were opposing President Xi Jinping. Five years later, we are opposing Emperor Xi Jinping.
Joshua Wong
‘Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk,’ that’s my big Emperor album.
Rob Halford
I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor.
Lord Byron
The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome.
John Foxe
The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.
Wallace Stevens
The Supreme Court of the United States is hereby commanded to try Andrew Johnson for usurpation of our Imperial authority and prerogatives, and if found guilty, behead him or send him here to black the Emperor’s boots.
Joshua A. Norton
In the Emperor’s New Clothes, they got a different celebrity to do each voice. They drew up a picture of each character and then each actor wrote their own part.
Melissa Joan Hart
The German Emperor is ageing me; he is like a battleship with steam up and screws going, but with no rudder, and he will run into something some day and cause a catastrophe.
Edward Grey
I have to get out once a week and speak with people or I start thinking I’m the emperor of Abyssinia.
Graham Joyce
The Strauss allowed me to be a writer. Without it, ‘The Emperor’s Children’ would not exist. When I received the award, I was teaching, had one baby, and was pregnant with another. There was no time for writing.
Claire Messud
On Earth, God has placed no more than two powers, and as there is in Heaven but one God, so is there here one Pope and one Emperor. Divine providence has specially appointed the Roman Empire to prevent the continuance of schism in the Church.
Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
We do hereby command the Leaders of the Hebrew, Catholic and Protestant Churches to sanctify and have us crowned Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.
Joshua A. Norton
I had proposed to HBO a series about the city cops in Rome at the time of Nero. What had interested me was the idea of order without law. The Praetorian Guard, who were the emperor’s guards, understood how they were to proceed. But for the city cops, who were called the Urban Cohorts, there was no law at all.
David Milch
Since by the ordination of God I both am called and am Emperor of the Romans, in nothing but name shall I appear to be ruler if the control of the Roman city be wrested from my hands.
Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
Europeans are forever the offspring of Machiavelli, trapped in a historical rollercoaster that can bring us a monarchy-toppling French Revolution and then a few years later Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor.
Loretta Napoleoni
It is in fact agreed that I am the plague, the cholera of the benevolent and generous men who are interested in art and that, when I show myself with my plasters, even the Emperor of the Sahara would flee.
Camille Claudel
Ethiopia is engraved on my heart. I first went in 1973 because I heard of a terrible famine. They were denying it even as we got the film out. The coverage destroyed the emperor’s credibility.
Jonathan Dimbleby
They do not depend upon mere legends and myths. They are not predicated on the false conception that the Emperor is divine and that the Japanese people are superior to other races.
Hirohito
A lot of writers whom I love, admire and call friends share this feeling, which is this fundamental idea that we’re frauds. That we will be pushed out on to the stage, and it will be revealed that the emperor has no clothes.
Damon Lindelof
It becomes an emperor to die standing.
Titus Flavius Vespasian
It’s always fun to see faces that are either familiar or resemble yours. I was fascinated by movies like ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ growing up because there were so many Asian people in it! The same with ‘Year of the Dragon’ or ‘The Last Emperor’. It was just so great to see so many Asian actors working.
Ng Chin Han
The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.
Wallace Stevens
One positive command he gave us: You shall love and honor your emperor. In every congregation a prayer must be said for the czar’s health, or the chief of police would close the synagogue.
Mary Antin
The Germanic invasions destroyed neither the Mediterranean unity of the ancient world, nor what may be regarded as the truly essential features of the Roman culture as it still existed in the 5th century, at a time when there was no longer an Emperor in the West.
Henri Pirenne
There is credible evidence that a Chinese fleet went as far as the coast of Africa, in present-day Kenya. It was the largest maritime fleet in the world, under the command of Zheng He, a favorite of the emperor.
Russell Freedman
It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.
Neil Gaiman
Moammar Gaddafi, who has called himself the ‘Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,’ should go down in history with the Emperor Bokassa and Idi Amin as a grotesque reminder of why people have the right to change their government.
Elliott Abrams
For years now, Chinese parents and teachers have lamented what’s known as the ‘xiao huangdi’ – or little emperor – phenomenon, a generation of pampered and entitled children who believe they sit at the center of the social universe because that’s exactly how they’ve been treated.
Jeffrey Kluger
I’m not sure whether Jeff Bezos is the greatest thing in the world coming along or if he may be the emperor with no clothes.
Julian Robertson
I truly am of the belief that I should be nominated and elected ‘Emperor of North America’ and given a shot at being ruler of the universe, and I haven’t had the chance to craft my campaigns for these offices yet because I’ve been very busy with Brock Lesnar.
Paul Heyman
I'm the president of the United States. I'm not the emp

I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States.
Barack Obama
There’s a dark underside to philanthropy. People who give a bunch of money are deferred to, even when they are wrong. The emperor cannot be shown to have no clothes.
Michael Eric Dyson
In the new Georgia, Stalin is no longer Georgian. He’s a Russian emperor.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
I drink a bucket of white tea in the morning. I read about this tea of the Emperor of China, which is supposedly the tea of eternal youth. It’s called Silver Needle. It’s unbelievably expensive, but I get it on the Web.
Antonio Banderas
No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart.
Friedrich Schiller
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
Tacitus
Ethiopia is engraved on my heart. I first went in 1973 because I heard of a terrible famine. They were denying it even as we got the film out. The coverage destroyed the emperor’s credibility.
Jonathan Dimbleby
Europeans are forever the offspring of Machiavelli, trapped in a historical rollercoaster that can bring us a monarchy-toppling French Revolution and then a few years later Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor.
Loretta Napoleoni
People have become less discriminating listeners, which is tragic, really. There’s a lot of emperor’s new clothes out there, whether they’re female or male solo acts. That bothers me. It’s hard to break through, and it’s like climbing Mount Everest if you actually do.
Paula Cole
The ancient Greeks and Romans were comfortable with any number of deities and were quite open to allowing conquered nations to continue to worship in whatever ways they saw fit, as long as they didn’t mind having an emperor who required taxes and tributes.
Jay Parini
King Charles, who was also the Holy Roman Emperor, lived and worked in hard bare rooms with no carpets, crowding to the fire in winter, using the window’s sunshine in summer.
Paul Horgan
Emperor Sid Caesar is gone to eternity himself now. He takes with him the gratitude of every one of us who first learned the relief of laughter from this genuinely great performer.
Ben Stein
There’s a dark underside to philanthropy. People who give a bunch of money are deferred to, even when they are wrong. The emperor cannot be shown to have no clothes.
Michael Eric Dyson
It’s nice when critics say ‘Emperor of the Air’ is an important book of stories.
Ethan Canin
No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart.
Friedrich Schiller
In the new Georgia, Stalin is no longer Georgian. He’s a Russian emperor.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
So in process of four or five years the emperor called me, as divers times he had done before.
William Adams
I had always been fascinated with Napoleon because he was a self-made emperor; Victor Hugo said, ‘Napoleon’s will to power,’ and it was the title of my paper. And I submitted it to my teacher, and he didn’t think I had written it. And he wanted me to explain it to him.
August Wilson
What is fascinating to me is the way I view everything in terms of parallels and connections. When I read about Achilles and Odysseus in Homer’s ‘Iliad,’ I can see parallels in Chinese historical romances, in the way the first emperor of the Han dynasty and his chief rival are portrayed.
Ken Liu
Twitter is very impulsive and impermanent and you only have 140 characters. There is no greater ‘Emperor’ of Twitter than Stephen Fry.
David Tang
If you want respect, you earn it in politics. You don’t get it because you are some form of bloody emperor in a toga.
Colm Keaveney
I also won one from the emperor of Japan, with a prize for the arts. That’s important.
Marcel Carne
Though I am not imperial, and though Elizabeth may not deserve it, the Queen of England will easily deserve to have an emperor’s son to marry.
Elizabeth I
I always like to reveal the fact that the emperor has no clothes. And children are best at that. They teach us how to see the world in that sense. They are without artifice; they see it for what it is. I am drawn to that ruthless honesty.
Mira Nair
My fake Japanese was smooth enough to earn me the title of ‘The Emperor of Pleasing Graciousness’ in that country.
Wolfman Jack
I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone.
Brock Pierce
I have to get out once a week and speak with people or I start thinking I’m the emperor of Abyssinia.
Graham Joyce
I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an Emperor or a King my republican feelings and principles forbid it the simplicity of our system of government forbids it.
Andrew Jackson
I was born into a very important family in Japan. My grandfather was a descendant of the Emperor, and we were very wealthy.
Yoko Ono
I would prefer to be a citizen of an independent country rather than Emperor of an enslaved one.
Bao Dai
The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome.
John Foxe
As I was working I noticed that the way I designed the

As I was working I noticed that the way I designed the differential gearing actually created a spare drive that sat directly below the emperor’s feet, or where they would be if he were to sit in the chariot.
Kit Williams
No one who hired Siegfried & Roy was shocked when they brought a tiger onstage. So you shouldn’t be shocked if you book a comedian and she points out that the emperor has no clothes.
Adam Conover
The emperor is in the Church, not above the Church.
Saint Ambrose
I would prefer to be a citizen of an independent country rather than Emperor of an enslaved one.
Bao Dai
I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor.
Lord Byron
A lot’s riding on ‘Dune,’ and my friends in Seattle realize what’s happening if I freak out a bit. They accept whatever I happen to be, and they tell me when I’m slipping out of Kyle. They call me the ‘God Emperor of the Universe.’
Kyle MacLachlan
The Supreme Court of the United States is hereby commanded to try Andrew Johnson for usurpation of our Imperial authority and prerogatives, and if found guilty, behead him or send him here to black the Emperor’s boots.
Joshua A. Norton
I always like to reveal the fact that the emperor has no clothes. And children are best at that. They teach us how to see the world in that sense. They are without artifice; they see it for what it is. I am drawn to that ruthless honesty.
Mira Nair
I had always been fascinated with Napoleon because he was a self-made emperor; Victor Hugo said, ‘Napoleon’s will to power,’ and it was the title of my paper. And I submitted it to my teacher, and he didn’t think I had written it. And he wanted me to explain it to him.
August Wilson
The emperor is in the Church, not above the Church.
Saint Ambrose
I’m just as much into Emperor as I am Alice Cooper.
Joey Jordison
Name me an emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball.
Charles V