The sun never stops setting on the British Empire.
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submitted by SylphofLight, October 25, 2016
A similar phrase has been used with variations to describe global empires which were spread far enough as to always have a part of them in sunlight. Georg Buchmann traces the idea to a speech by Xerxes I in Herodotus's Histories. "We shall extend the Persian territory as far as God's heaven reaches. The sun will then shine on no land beyond our borders." - Book 7: Polyhmnia, in Histories by Herodotus
This quote was added June 27, 2016.