I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.— Alexander The Great
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Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused.
Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.
Bury my body and don't build any monument.
Keep my hands out so the people know the one who won the world had nothing in hand when he died.
There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
May God keep you away from the venom of the cobra, the teeth of the tiger, and the revenge of the Afghans.
I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity.
Toil and risk are the price of glory, but it is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fame.
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
I am involved in the land of a leonine and brave people, where every foot of the ground is like a well of steel, confronting my soldier. You have brought only one son into the world, but everyone in this land can be called an Alexander.
My logisticians are a humorless lot .
.. they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay.
The end and object of conquest is to avoid doing the same thing as the conquered.
Now you fear punishment and beg for your lives, so I will let you free, if not for any other reason so that you can see the difference between a Greek king and a barbarian tyrant, so do not expect to suffer any harm from me. A king does not kill messengers.
Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal.
I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.
Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two masters.
A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.
Your ancestors came to Macedonia and the rest of Hellas [Greece] and did us great harm, though we had done them no prior injury. I have been appointed leader of the Greeks, and wanting to punish the Persians I have come to Asia, which I took from you.
I send you a kaffis of mustard seed, that you may taste and acknowledge the bitterness of my victory.
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?
Shall I pass by and leave you lying there because of the expedition you led against Greece, or shall I set you up again because of your magnanimity and your virtues in other respects?
Do you not think it a matter worthy of lamentation that when there is such a vast multitude of them [worlds], we have not yet conquered one?
How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.
At Achilles tomb, O fortunate youth, to have found Homer as the herald of your glory!
O Athenians, what toil do I undergo to please you!
In faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity.
If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.
I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.
My father will anticipate everything.
He will leave you and me no chance to do a great and brilliant deed.
How happy had it been for me had I been slain in the battle.
It had been far more noble to have died the victim of the enemy than fall a sacrifice to the rage of my friends.
I wish that the Indians believed me a god, for upon the report of an enemy's valor oftentimes depends the success of a battle, and false reports have many times done as great things as true courage and resolution.
Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable.
I consider not what Parmenio should receive, but what Alexander should give.
Let us conduct ourselves so that all men wish to be our friends and all fear to be our enemies.
His father is governor of Media, and though he has the greatest command given him of all the rest of my generals, he still covetously desires more, and my being without issue spurs him on to this wicked design. But Philotas takes wrong measures.
Through every generation of the human race there has been a constant war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them.
True love never has a happy ending, because there is no ending to true love.
I am indebted to my father for living, but my teacher for living well.
We of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war
There are so many worlds and I have not yet conquered even one.
There are no more worlds to conquer!
In the end, when it's over, all that matters is what you've done.
I foresee a great funeral contest over me.
There is something noble in hearing myself ill spoken of, when I am doing well.
Oh! Most miserable wretch that I am! Why have I not learnt how to swim?
God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.
You shall, I question not, find a way to the top if you diligently seek for it;
for nature hath placed nothing so high that it is out of the reach of industry and valor.
I do not pilfer victory.
Youths of the Pellaians and of the Macedonians and of the Hellenic Amphictiony and of the Lakedaimonians and of the Corinthians... and of all the Hellenic peoples, join your fellow-soldiers and entrust yourselves to me, so that we can move against the barbarians and liberate ourselves from the Persian bondage, for as Greeks we should not be slaves to barbarians.