Thursday, March 22, 2007

Political Quote For The Day

This is what generally ruins great states -- when each party will stick at nothing to overcome its opponents, and having done so, takes vengeance on them without mercy.
This comes from Gaius Sallustius Crispus, writing in the late Roman Republic, as he was watching his own state fall apart.

Your application of the quote to current events will probably serve as a kind of political Rorschach test of your political leanings.

2 comments:

John Rouse said...

Professor Wharton,

A good quote. Both the optimates populares had the means and will to fight. Do you think that the modern day populares (term loosely applied) would have the means and will?

David Wharton said...

I hope not.