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

Napoléon Bonaparte

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

Qui desiderat pacem praeparet bellum (Let him who desires peace prepare for war)

Vegetius

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring