Gaius Julius Caesar - Julius Caesar, the father of the Roman Empire, was the most critical element of the transformation of Rome into an empire. Julius Caesar sayings, 1.) “It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.” 2.) "Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.” 3.) “I came, I saw, I conquered.” 4.) “The die is cast.” 5.) “I would rather be first in a small village in Gaul than second in command in Rome."