Quotes for today:

“Is it wise or prudent to wish to glory in the breadth and magnitude of an empire when you cannot show that the men whose empire it is are happy? For the Romans always lived in dark fear or cruel lust, surrounded by the disasters of war and the shedding of blood which, whether that of fellow citizens or enemies, was human nonetheless. The joy of such men may be compared to theĀ fragile splendor of glass: they are horribly afraid lest it be suddenly shattered.”

“The good man is free even if he is a slave, whereas the bad man is a slave even if he reigns: a slave, not to one man, but, what is worse, to as many masters as he has vices.”

“Justice removed, then, what are kingdoms but great bands of robbers? What are bands of robbers but little kingdoms?”