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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Alexander The Great on leadership, love, kindness, sword, inspirational, fate, sacrifice, victory, nature and knowledge.

69 Insightful Alexander The Great Quotes That Give Several Life Lessons

Famous As: Emperor of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon

Born On: July 20, 356

Died On: June 10, 324

Born In: Pella

Died At Age: 32

Alexander The Great was the king of Macedonia from 336 to 323 B.C. He was also known as Alexander III Of Macedonia and belonged to the Argead dynasty. At the age of twenty he succeeded his father Philip II to the throne. As a young boy he was tutored by the great Greek philosopher, Aristotle who cultivated in him a love of knowledge and engrossment in the fields of philosophy, science, literature and medicine. By the age of thirty he created one of the largest empires of the ancient world that stretched from Greece to northwest India. Most of his ruling years were spent on an unrivalled military campaign through North Africa and Asia. He remained undefeated and is remembered as one of the greatest military commanders in history. Following is a collection of some wise words, thoughts and views that reveal his unique take on various aspects of life. Go through the quotes and sayings by Alexander The Great which have been passed on for generations to get inspired and encouraged.

Oh! Most miserable wretch that I am! Why have I not learnt how to swim?

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I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. {His teacher was the legendary philosopher Aristotle}

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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.

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

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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.

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Shall I, that have destroyed my Preservers, return home?

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Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two masters.

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How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.

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I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.

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In the end, when it's over, all that matters is what you've done.

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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.

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True love never has a happy ending, because there is no ending to true love.

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I do not pilfer victory.

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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?

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For my own part, I would rather excel in knowledge of the highest secrets of philosophy than in arms.

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

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If we turn our backs of the Scythians who have provoked us, how shamefully shall we march against the revolted Bactrians; but if we pass Tanais and make the Scythians feel, by dear experience, that we are invincible, not in Asia only, it is not to be doubted but that Europe itself, as well as Asia, will come within the bounds of our conquests.

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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?

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May God keep you away from the venom of the cobra, the teeth of the tiger, and the revenge of the Afghans.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My father will anticipate everything. He will leave you and me no chance to do a great and brilliant deed.

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With the right attitude, self imposed limitations vanish

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I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity.

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Let us conduct ourselves so that all men wish to be our friends and all fear to be our enemies.

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

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There is nothing impossible to him who will try.

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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.

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God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.

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The end and object of conquest is to avoid doing the same thing as the conquered.

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Every light is not the sun.

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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.

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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.

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There are so many worlds and I have not yet conquered even one.

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There is something noble in hearing myself ill spoken of, when I am doing well;

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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.

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I do not steal victory.

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My logisticians are a humorless lot ... they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay.

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A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough. [Alexander's tombstone epitaph]

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On their side more men are standing, on ours more will fight!

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Holy shadows of the dead, I'm 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.

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Are there no more worlds that I might conquer?

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I send you a kaffis of mustard seed, that you may taste and acknowledge the bitterness of my victory.

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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?

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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.

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I consider not what Parmenio should receive, but what Alexander should give.

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We of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war

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I am dying with the help of too many physicians.

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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?

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I foresee a great funeral contest over me.

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At Achilles tomb, O fortunate youth, to have found Homer as the herald of your glory!

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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?

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O Athenians, what toil do I undergo to please you!

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Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal.

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Upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.

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An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep.

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There is nothing immpossible to him who will try

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But truly, if I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.

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There are no more worlds to conquer!

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Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.

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Upon the conduct of each determines the fate of all

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When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back.

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My treasure lies in my friends .

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, “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.

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Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.

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