Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander The Great was arguably the greatest military commander in history. He was undefeated in battle.
Alexander The Great was born on July 20, 356 BC in Pella, Macedon, Ancient Greece. As a young boy, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle. After his father, Philip II’s assassination, he succeeded the throne as the king of Macedonia at the age of 20.
Alexander acted swiftly and boldly to unite the whole of the scattered Greek peninsula under his unified leadership. Then he began the conquest of Persia.
Alexander spent the vast majority of his ruling years on unprecedented military campaigns against the Persians and their allies throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He eventually reached all the way to northwestern India, stretching his empire from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River.
Alexander wanted to keep moving forward to reach the “ends of the world.” However, his exhausted and depleted troops demanded that they turn back and return home. Alexander fell sick on the return journey and died in Babylon.
In his short 32 years of life through unmatched boldness, courage and strategic thinking Alexander solidified his name as one of the greatest heroes, military strategists and rulers of all time.
Alexander The Great is to this day one of the most influential people in human history.
Here are 40 of the best quotes from Alexander The Great of Macedon:
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 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
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
True love never has a happy ending, because there is no ending to true love. — 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
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
In the end, when it’s over, all that matters is what you’ve done. — 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
I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity. — Alexander the Great
There is nothing impossible to him who will try. — Alexander the Great
With the right attitude, self imposed limitations vanish. — Alexander the Great
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. — 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
But truly, if I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes. — Alexander the Great
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. — Alexander the Great
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. — Alexander the Great
There are so many worlds and I have not yet conquered even one. — 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
Every light is not the sun. — 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
My logisticians are a humorless lot … they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay. — Alexander the Great
The end and object of conquest is to avoid doing the same thing as the conquered. — Alexander the Great
There is something noble in hearing myself ill spoken of, when I am doing well. — Alexander the Great
On their side more men are standing, on ours more will fight! — Alexander the Great
Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two masters. — 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
Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal. — Alexander the Great
I do not steal victory. — 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 send you a kaffis of mustard seed, that you may taste and acknowledge the bitterness of my victory. — Alexander the Great
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. — 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. 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
We of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. — Alexander the Great
I consider not what Parmenio should receive, but what Alexander should give. — Alexander the Great
I am dying with the help of too many physicians. — 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
At Achilles tomb, O fortunate youth, to have found Homer as the herald of your glory! — 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
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
A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient. — Alexander the Great