If there is one great power, and the great power has taken upon itself the right to preempt and is choosing for itself when and in what circumstances it’s going to do that, obviously it leads people in the rest of the world to wonder how far this doctrine extends.
Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.
I may attempt a novel. I think that no matter what you write, it requires being honest with oneself, and you have to pull yourself out of the whirlwind of daily life.
Men’s indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior.
Popularizing – much less venturing beyond one’s secure turf – was frowned upon for many years. I think I probably internalized the prohibition, even though I was – and knew I was – among the best speakers and writers of my age cohort. I don’t mean I was the best historian – a quite different measure.
Power can shape ‘truth,’ but not forever.
Sertorius was far from being strong enough to renew the gigantic enterprise of Hannibal. He was lost if he left Spain, where all his successes were bound up with the peculiarities of the country and the people; and even there, he was more and more compelled to renounce the offensive.
Big media companies have lots of money and content, but they have no way to tap into a good base of users.
If you are strong, and you are fighting the weak for any period of time, you are going to become weak yourself. If you behave like a coward, then you are going to become cowardly – it’s only a question of time.
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.