Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.
— John Dryden

The grandfather builds the Empire, the father squanders the Empire, and the son loses the Empire.
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Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.
— Edward Thorndike

No one has the right to destroy another person's belief by demanding empirical evidence.
— Ann Landers

It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.
— empirical quotation by Montesquieu