I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor.
— Lord Byron

No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
Tacitus emperor quote

No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart.
— Friedrich von Schiller

It becomes an emperor to die standing.
— Titus Flavius Vespasian

The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.
— Wallace Stevens