Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Rulers of the Gentiles Lord It Over Them...

...and it isn't always at the point of a sword.

I was much inclined to abolish the practice of allowing the people corn at the public expense, because they trust so much to it, that they are too lazy to till their lands; but I did not persevere in my design, as I felt sure that the practice would some time or other be revived by some one ambitious of popular favour.

Augustus Caesar, as quoted by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus in The Lives of the Twelve Caesars

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