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45 Top Alexander the Great Quotes on Success, Greatness, and War


Alexander III of Macedon, also known as Alexander the Great, was the king of Macedon in ancient Greece.

He built a large empire that spanned from Macedonia to Egypt and from Greece to parts of India, making him one of the world’s greatest military generals.

Here are some of the best and top Alexander the Great Quotes for you.

Top Alexander the Great Quotes on Success

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

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

2. “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).

3. “There are so many worlds and I have not yet conquered even one.” ~ (Alexander the Great).

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. “If I could not be Alexander I would be Diogenes.” ~ (Alexander the Great).

10. “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).

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

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

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

13. “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).

14. “An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep.” ~ (Alexander the Great).

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

16. “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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22. “Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.” ~ (Alexander the Great).

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

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

25. “Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two masters.” ~ (Alexander the Great).

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

27. “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).

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

29. “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).

30. “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).

31. “We of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war.” ~ (Alexander the Great).

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

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

34. “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).

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

36. “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).

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

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

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

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

41. “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).

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

43. “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).

44. “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).

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

Biography of Alexander The Great

Alexander III of Macedon – also known as Alexander the Great – was born in Pella, Macedonia on 21 July 356 BC. He was the son of King Philip II of Macedonia and Queen Olympias. His tutor was philosopher Aristotle who is believed to have contributed to his education by introducing him to the ideas of Plato.

Philip’s father tried to unite Greece by strengthening it militarily and politically, while he would try to unite Greece spiritually through a religious campaign.

While Philip had embraced Alexander from early on, Olympias had been skeptical about her husband’s plan to make their son king. Olympias’ offense became even more significant when she heard rumors that her son was not born from her husband’s seed, but from a different man.

She believed her husband had been deceived by another man and she revealed this to Alexander when he was a teenager, which led him to have a strained relationship with his father for a while.

In 339 BC, Philip created a new position for Alexander as the deputy to the throne of Macedonia. Then in 336 BC at Aegae – where the Macedonian capital of Aegae had been founded by his ancestor Aeacus – he was initiated into the mysteries of Dionysian religion.

When Philip showed off Alexander to an assembly of Greek leaders, he paid special attention to his son’s appearance and commented that he looked like a god.

Macedonians could no longer bear it when the Athenians would not allow Alexander to enter the city’s sacred site of Delphi, so Philip declared war. In 335 BC he pushed for a secret treaty with Persia which said that if they joined forces against the Spartans, they could share what was left of Greece after defeating Sparta.

Philip continued to wage war against Athens and its allies, but he was assassinated in the summer of 336 BC by one of his bodyguards named Pausanias. He had also killed Philip’s new wife Cleopatra and their baby daughter so that the throne would be open to Alexander.

Philip II had been called ‘the last great conqueror’ because of his successful campaigns. In 20 years, he had expanded the boundaries of his kingdom from a small state on the northern borders of Macedonia to almost all of Greece. He had also been able to extend Macedonian influence over Thrace and Paeonia, Illyria and a wide region of southern Greece.

Alexander was crowned as king in October 336 BC at Aegae, despite the fact his mother believed this was against Macedonian law. Alexander dealt with Pausanias’ murder by executing his father’s killer immediately after he had been crowned.

As king of Macedonia, Alexander was faced with many challenges – he needed to defend Macedonia’s borders which were still vulnerable in Greece and Thrace; he also needed to complete his father’s political reforms in order to crush Sparta once and for all.

At age 20, Alexander still needed time to mature if he was going to be able to fulfill his ambition of conquering the world. He also felt that at this time – when he became part of the Persian intrigue against Macedonia – it was important for him not to get involved.

Alexander was forced to invade Thrace when the Thracians invaded Macedonia in 335 BC. He defeated them but took heavy losses, which he realized meant that the European Macedonians were not ready for war.

Diodorus says that 40,000 people died in this battle; Alexander lost 3000 of his men and 30 of his officers. He buried the dead with honors, but he also ordered the surrender of the Thracian king Cersobleptes’ son – who was taken to Macedonia to be brought up there.

Alexander believed that this man could fight for him if he wished and then return home because Alexander wanted peace with Thrace. The Thracian people had always been treated with respect by Macedonians, but they followed Alexander in his wars because he gave them the opportunity to carry off rich booty.

After putting an end to these conflicts, Alexander turned his attention back to Greece; this was not completely voluntary since Sparta had brought together allies against him. While he was fighting in Thrace, the Greeks had captured Amphipolis, which was part of Macedonia.

Alexander dealt with this quickly by raising an army and marching into Greece through Thessaly. He took over all the city-states except Sparta without a fight because their leaders were afraid of him. Following his success here he moved south to deal with the Spartans.

The Greeks seemed to be divided into two camps – those who wanted Alexander to rule Greece and those who hoped he would conquer it for Sparta. While it was a simple choice for most city-states, this wasn’t the case with Sparta because they had a long history of fighting Macedonians.

However, the Spartans continued to refuse Alexander’s demands of surrendering their leaders – who were plotting against Macedonia – and giving up the city-states that had sworn an oath of loyalty.

The battle at Lerna was not expected by either side, but it turned into a long siege because the Macedonians couldn’t get past the narrow strip of land between the Lerna marshes and the sea. The Spartans had no problem with this because Alexander’s army was being weakened by illness.

There were also two small battles in which Macedonians were killed, so when Alexander realized that he would have to move on – since his men were beginning to starve – he ended the siege of the city-state.

Plutarch says “Alexander’s courage and intelligence can be clearly seen in the siege of Lerna.” He was determined to take the city, but he didn’t want to do this by force because his troops were already suffering from disease and it seemed that Sparta would yield if he gave them time.

So instead of continuing to fight, he considers the obstacles in his way, finds a solution to them and continues on with his mission.

Facts about Alexander the Great

  • He was a student of Aristotle and was taught by him.
  • In his 15 years of conquest, Alexander never lost a battle.
  • He named more than 70 cities after his name and even he named one city after his horse.
  • When Alexander met his wife Roxanne, it was love at first sight for him.
  • He lived an active love life.
  • He used to smell great.
  • After he defeated the Persians he started dressing like them.
  • The cause of Alexander’s death is one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world.
  • Alexander was a Mama’s boy.
  • Alexander’s body was preserved in a vat of honey.
  • His father was Philip II of Macedon.
  • Alexander the Great was not at all close to his father.
  • Alexander had a struggle to become king.
  • The army of Alexander reached India in 327 BC.
  • His army mutinied after the Battle of the Hydaspes.
  • He was a big drinker.
  • He died at the age of mere 32.
  • His whole empire collapsed into civil war after his death.

Frequently Asked Questions about Alexander The Great

What is Alexander the Great famous for?

He is famous of the changing the whole course of the history. He was a great military general and created a vast empire.

Who defeated Alexander the Great?

Chandragupta Maurya defeated him.

Was Alexander the Great actually great?

Yes he was a great conqueror. In just 13 years he garnered the largest empire in the entire ancient world.

Why did Alexander leave India?

His army got tired after years of fighting and therefore his army mutinied at the Hyphasis River.

Who was the greatest ruler of all time?

It was Genghis Khan who was a Mongolian warrior and ruler. He created the largest empire in the world, the Mongol Empire.

What happened to Alexander’s empire after he died?

As Alexander’s death was sudden, it led to the debacle of his empire.

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