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The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

Plato, Πλάτων
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I have had such a sickening of men in masses, and of causes, that I would not cross this room to reform parliament or prevent the union or to bring about the millennium. I speak only for myself, mind – it is my own truth alone – but man as part of a movement or a crowd is indifferent to me. He is inhuman. And I have nothing to do with nations, or nationalism. The only feelings I have – for what they are – are for men as individuals; my loyalties, such as they may be, are to private persons alone.

Patrick O’Brian, Master and Commander

Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.

Napoléon Bonaparte

in sapientia ambulate ad eos qui foris sunt tempus redimentes. sermo vester semper in gratia sale sit conditus ut sciatis quomodo oporteat vos unicuique respondere. (Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.)

Colossians 4:5-6

Historia magistra vitae et testis temporum (History is the teacher and witness of times)

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.

C.S. Lewis

Greeks talk a whole pile of nonsense. Fuck’em.

Lucius Vorenus, Rome Season 2 Episode 10