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Quotes: Vestigial Empire
To the glory that was Greece, and the grandeur that was Rome.

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.

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 that that was!
Londo Mollari, Babylon 5

How many Centauri does it take to screw in a 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, Babylon 5

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, Dragon Age.

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