Top 50 Imperial Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Imperial Quotes from famous people such as Martin Jacques, John Lothrop Motley, Joshua A. Norton, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Michael Mandelbaum, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Just six years into the 21st century, one can say this

Just six years into the 21st century, one can say this is not shaping up to be anything like an American century. Rather, the U.S. seems much more likely to be faced with a very different kind of future: how to manage its own imperial decline.
Martin Jacques
Thus again the Netherlands, for the first time since the fall of Rome, were united under one crown imperial. They had already been once united, in their slavery to Rome.
John Lothrop Motley
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
Bella is my little dog. She’s an imperial Shih Tzu. She’s a little cotton ball with flecks of gold. She’s super, super cute, and she eats like she’s a Rottweiler.
Kimberly Guilfoyle
To call the American role in the world imperial was, for many who did so, a way of asserting that the United States was misusing its power beyond its borders and, in so doing, subverting its founding political principles within them.
Michael Mandelbaum
I’m old enough to remember Richard Nixon. They called it the imperial presidency when he was refusing to spend money that Congress had appropriated.
Angus King
Insensibility, of all kinds, and on all occasions, most moves my imperial displeasure.
Frances Burney
The Arab Spring is a powerful and compelling response not only to an age of tyranny but also to the remnant chains of imperial influence.
Hisham Matar
I went to study at Oxford University in the 1980s on an imperial scholarship instituted by Cecil Rhodes.
Richard Flanagan
It came as a great shock to me when I heard that England and Soviet Russia had become allies. So much so that I thought that the people responsible in London were acting in a manner that no longer coincided with British imperial interests.
John Amery
They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn’t want to be broken.
Bobby Sands
Even though there wasn’t much damage, it’s a disgrace that the skies over the imperial capital should have been defiled without a single enemy plane being shot down. It provides a regrettably graphic illustration of the saying that a bungling attack is better than the most skillful defense.
Isoroku Yamamoto
‘Daddy used to be a Georgian,’ Stalin’s son, Vasily, once said. Actually, the dictator didn’t truly become Russian; he remained Georgian culturally. Yet he embraced the imperial mission of the Russian people.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Certainly, imperial power is never peaceably acquired or maintained.
Pankaj Mishra
The ‘Rhapsody’ has a lean, modern, American feel about it, whereas with Rachmaninoff’s second and third concertos, you feel very much you’re still in old imperial Russia.
Stephen Hough
History demonstrates that previous military drawdowns invited aggression by our enemies. After World War I, America drew down forces until the U.S. Army had fewer than 100,000 men in uniform. That weakness invited Nazi aggression in Europe and the imperial Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.
Frank Gaffney
On October 18, 1941, I suddenly received a mandate from His Majesty to form a new cabinet. This was completely unexpected, and when I was summoned to the Imperial Palace I thought I would be questioned on the army’s point of view.
Hideki Tojo
Did I become a theater person right then, sitting in the Imperial Theater, waiting for the high piccolo note at the start of ‘Pippin’? Maybe.
Jean Hanff Korelitz
A woman who places a high priority on performance and excellence is seen as imperial. A man is seen as demanding and tough.
Faye Wattleton
The Japanese government has accepted the notion that Japan is the loser, and it appears to be going to accept unconditional surrender. Such a position frustrates the officers and soldiers of the imperial armed forces.
Hideki Tojo
I was set to confront the might of the imperial empire with an M-1 carbine and enough hate to topple the world.
Bobby Sands
In particular, Kissinger was a key player during a transformative period of the imperial presidency, in the 1960s and ’70s, when the Vietnam War undermined the traditional foundations on which it had stood since the early years of the Cold War: elite planning, bipartisan consensus, and public support.
Greg Grandin
I think most Americans probably believe that our relationship with Japan began in 1941. In fact, obviously, it began in 1854 when Commodore Perry sailed into Yokohama harbor and threatened to burn it down unless they would open up to trade with us. The imperial impulse was first ours historically.
Edward Zwick
My father fought on the side of the Central Powers, as a soldier in the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Army, my maternal grandfather fought in the British Army, on different sides, and both were so traumatized by the experience that they never talked about it.
Michael Korda
I gained a first class degree in Physics at Imperial College London in 1968 and did research in solid state physics, but did not pursue meteorology matters until gaining an M.Sc. in astrophysics from Queen Mary College London in 1981, after which I investigated and attempted to construct theories of solar activity.
Piers Corbyn
We used to rehearse in unused lecture halls at Imperial and recorded our first album, ‘Queen,’ in 1971 while I was studying for my biology finals – it is amazing I passed.
Roger Taylor
In the Cold War, a lot of Soviet actions could be explained as extensions of Czarist imperial ambitions, but that didn’t stop us from studying Marxism in theory and Communism in practice to better understand that adversary.
Michael Hayden
Given the gruesome fate of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family, and the fact that five of the previous 12 Romanov rulers were also murdered, it is easy to regard Russia’s imperial dynasty as cursed.
Saul David
‘Imperial’ is me attempting to reach my ultimate form and to introduce a lifestyle of truth to my fans, be honest with yourself, and you will grow, ULT.
Denzel Curry
Everybody used to talk about Chechnya as a place, in the Russian imperial and Soviet periods, that was essentially governed by extended family and regional networks that substituted for older clan structures. But those networks have been destroyed.
Fiona Hill
I first read the ‘Raj Quartet’ in the early 1970s, when Paul Scott’s decision to set his novels in the dying days of the British Raj in India seemed an eccentric choice, almost as though he did not want readers. The British were tired of their imperial past.
Margaret MacMillan
For many, the icon of the British Museum is the Rosetta

For many, the icon of the British Museum is the Rosetta Stone, that administrative by-product of the Greek imperial adventure in Africa.
Neil MacGregor
Bio Life Technical’s strategy of providing technical due diligence by expert professors from core disciplines and world class experts working with interdisciplinary institutes, such as Imperial College’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, will enable a more thorough scientific evaluation of the technology.
Chris Toumazou
Let us display our loyalty and love and embrace every opportunity to become wealthy and strong; let our first object be the veneration of the Imperial Court, which vouchsafes its protection to the commonwealth, and let those who hold the reins of government consider the general good.
Zhang Zhidong
Any book on empire will omit, by necessity, vast tracts of the imperial experience, and so critics can easily find facts and details to contradict an author’s bold generalisations.
Kwasi Kwarteng
Beijing’s imperial reach extends far and wide, from Taiwan and Xinjiang to the South China Sea and beyond.
Joshua Wong
Cynicism is something which has become symbolic of imperial policy.
Fidel Castro
Everybody who’s anybody has been competitive and over-sensitive and a bit silly. Look at Paul McCartney, look at Elton John. They’re jealous of Justin Timberlake. I’m sure they were jealous of me when I was in my imperial phase.
Robbie Williams
The imperial vastness of late Roman architecture was made possible by the invention of concrete.
Iain McGilchrist
As colonial puppeteer and successful restorer of Russia as imperial superpower, Mr. Putin is Stalin’s consummate heir.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
The imperial province should have a university, the prefectures should have colleges, and the counties should have day schools.
Zhang Zhidong
Our freedom fighters have struggled to oust imperial forces and establish a secular nation. It cannot be broken by the Sangh Parivar and Modi easily.
Pinarayi Vijayan
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
Between 1776 and 1789, Americans replaced a government over them with a government under them. They have worried ever since about keeping it under. Distrust of its powers has been more common and more visible than distrust of the imperial authority of England ever was before the Revolution.
Edmund Morgan
Poland was once a powerful imperial country that disappeared from maps of Europe for more than 100 years. It was partitioned and occupied by the Nazis and the Russians… We pop up and disappear and we do not trust what we are told to believe.
Olga Tokarczuk
In Western Catholicism, darkness was evil. In the colonial and imperial context, dark skin was always weak, powerless, subjugated. If you see these images all the time, they become commonplace, and they no longer become a spectacular or sensational thing.
Kerry James Marshall
There are occasionally eureka moments – off the top of my head, maybe Darth Vader’s theme, you know, the imperial march.
John Williams
My subjects were maths and physics. I truly appreciate the value in sciences, but understand the difficulty finding and retaining teachers for these subjects, especially when most of my Imperial cohort ended up as management consultants or in finance.
Layla Moran