Alexander the Great Quotes

Alexander III of Macedon, widely recognized as Alexander the Great, ascended to the throne of the ancient Greek realm of Macedon in 336 BC at the youthful age of 20, following his father Philip II. The majority of his reign was dedicated to an expansive military expedition spanning Western Asia and Egypt. Wikipedia

“Are there no more worlds that I might conquer?” ~ Alexander the Great

“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.” ~ Alexander the Great

“For my own part, I would rather excel knowledge of the highest secrets of philosophy than in arms.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Our enemies are Medes and Persians, men who for centuries have lived soft and luxurious lives; we of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war.” ~ Alexander the Great

“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.” ~ Alexander the Great

“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.” ~ Alexander the Great

“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

“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.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Toil and risk are the price of glory, but it is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fame.” ~ Alexander the Great

“There is something noble in hearing myself ill spoken of when I am doing well.” ~ Alexander the Great

“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?” ~ Alexander the Great

“I consider not what Parmenio should receive, but what Alexander should give.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Every light is not the sun.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Shall I, that have destroyed my Preservers, return home?” ~ Alexander the Great

“At Achilles tomb, O fortunate youth, to have found Homer as the herald of your glory!” ~ Alexander the Great

“In the end, when it’s over, all that matters is what you’ve done.” ~ Alexander the Great

“How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.” ~ Alexander the Great

“For my part, I think that to a man of spirit there is no other aim and end of his labours except the labours themselves.” ~ Alexander the Great

“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.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity.” ~ Alexander the Great

“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?” ~ Alexander the Great

“True love never has a happy ending, because there is no ending to true love.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.” ~ Alexander the Great

“So would I, if I were Parmenion.” ~ Alexander the Great

“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.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I am dying with the help of too many physicians.” ~ Alexander the Great

“In faith and hope the world will disagree, but all mankind’s concern is charity.” ~ Alexander the Great

“But truly, if I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Your ancestors came to Macedonia and the rest of Hellas [Greece] and did us great harm, though we had done them no prior injury.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” ~ Alexander the Great

“My treasure lies in my friends.” ~ Alexander the Great

“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?” ~ Alexander the Great

“I do not steal victory.” ~ Alexander the Great

“With the right attitude, self-imposed limitations vanish.” ~ Alexander the Great

“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.” ~ Alexander the Great

“It is better to have no women to dinner at all than to have only ugly ones.” ~ Alexander the Great

“What an excellent horse do they lose, for want of address and boldness to manage him! … I could manage this horse better than others do.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” ~ Alexander the Great

“The best prophet is he who guesses well.” ~ Alexander the Great

“On their side more men are standing, on ours more will fight!” ~ Alexander the Great

“How should a man be capable of grooming his own horse, or of furbishing his own spear and helmet, if he allows himself to become unaccustomed to tending even his own person, which is his most treasured belonging?” ~ Alexander the Great

“Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable.” ~ Alexander the Great

“There are no more worlds to conquer!” ~ Alexander the Great

“To the strongest!” ~ Alexander the Great

“As for a limit to one’s labors, I, for one, do not recognize any for a high-minded man, except that the labors themselves should lead to noble accomplishments.” ~ Alexander the Great

“My father will anticipate everything. He will leave you and me no chance to do a great and brilliant deed.” ~ Alexander the Great

“So far as I am concerned, I could not be accused of having set eyes, or having wished to set eyes, upon Darius’ wife: on the contrary, I have refused even to listen to those who spoke to me of her beauty.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth.” ~ Alexander the Great

“When my casket is being carried to the grave, leave my hands hanging outside. For empty-handed, I came into this world and empty-handed, I shall go! My whole life has been a hallow waste, a futile exercise, for no one at death can take anything with them!” ~ Alexander the Great

“God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Holy shadows of the dead, I am not to blame for your cruel and bitter fate, but the accursed rivalry which brought sister nations and brother people to fight one another. I do not feel happy for this victory of mine. On the contrary, I would be glad, brothers, if I had all of you standing here next to me, since we are united by the same language, the same blood and the same visions.” ~ Alexander the Great

“The end and object of conquest is to avoid doing the same thing as the conquered.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal.” ~ Alexander the Great

“If I were not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes.” ~ Alexander the Great

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“Glory crowns the deeds of those who expose themselves to toils and dangers.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I foresee a great funeral contest over me.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I do not pilfer victory.” ~ Alexander the Great

“May God keep you away from the venom of the cobra, the teeth of the tiger, and the revenge of the Afghans.” ~ Alexander the Great

“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 is out of the reach of industry and valor.” ~ Alexander the Great

“When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Soldiers, I had lately like to have been taken from you by the attempt of a few desperate men, but by the grace and providence of the gods, I am still preserved.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I send you a kaffis of mustard seed, that you may taste and acknowledge the bitterness of my victory.” ~ Alexander the Great

“O fortunate youth, to have found Homer as the herald of your glory!” ~ Alexander the Great

“O Athenians, what toil do I undergo to please you!” ~ Alexander the Great

“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.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal.” ~ Alexander the Great

“There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” ~ Alexander the Great

“My logisticians are a humorless lot … they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay.” ~ Alexander the Great

“When you bury my body, don’t build any momentum and keep my hands outside so that the world knows that the person who won the whole world had nothing in his hand while dying.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.” ~ Alexander the Great

“For as a newborn babe cannot be nourished without the nurse’s milk, nor conducted to the approaches that lead to growth in life, so a city cannot thrive without fields and the fruits thereof pouring into its walls.” ~ Alexander the Great

“I have been appointed leader of the Greeks, and wanting to punish the Persians I have come to Asia, which I took from you.” ~ Alexander the Great

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“Oh! Most miserable wretch that I am! Why have I not learnt how to swim?” ~ Alexander the Great

“A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Who does not desire such a victory by which we shall join places in our Kingdom, so far divided by nature, and for which we shall set up trophies in another conquered world?” ~ Alexander the Great

“Each moment free from fear makes a man immortal.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Let us conduct ourselves so that all men wish to be our friends and all fear to be our enemies.” ~ Alexander the Great

“Youths of the Pellaians and of the Macedonians and of the Hellenic Amphictiony and of the Lakedaimonians and of the Corinthians.” ~ Alexander the Great

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