-> To the glory that was Greece, and the grandeur that was Rome.
-->'''EdgarAllanPoe'''

-> A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.
-->'''Creator/BenjaminFranklin'''

-> In Italy, on the breaking up of the Roman Empire, society might be said to be resolved into its original elements, - into hostile atoms, whose only movement was that of mutual repulsion.
-->'''Edward Everett'''

-> I want my people to reclaim their rightful place in the galaxy. I want to see the Centauri stretch forth their hand again, and command the stars. I want a rebirth of glory! A renaissance of power! I want to stop running through my life like a man late for an appointment, afraid to... To look back, or to look forward. I want us to be what we used to be! I want... I want it all back, the way [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue that that]] was!
-->'''Londo Mollari''', ''Series/BabylonFive''

-> How many Centauri does it take to screw in a [[LightbulbJoke light bulb]]? Only one. But, in the grand old days of the Republic, hundreds of servants would change thousands of light bulbs at our slightest whim!
-->'''Londo Mollari''', ''Series/BabylonFive''

-> The empire is now nothing more than an old slattern, cursing at passers-by to remember her old glory.
-->'''Codex entry on the Tevinter Imperium''', Franchise/DragonAge.
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