“A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”
“This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire”
“The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.”
“The law, which restrains a man from doing mischief to his fellow citizens, though it diminishes the natural, increases the civil liberty of mankind.”
“The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.”
“An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.”
Charles de Montesquieu
“Which is more important in world history: The Taliban or the fall of the Soviet Empire? A few over-exited Islamists or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?”
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