„He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled“

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„Every ruler must remember three things. Firstly, that he rules man; secondly, that he rules according to law, and thirdly, that he does not rule for ever.“

—  Agathon Athenian tragic poet -447 - -401 a.C.
Stobaeus, Florilegium, XL, VI, 24, as reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of Quotations (1897), p. 515.

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„There are two rules of war that have not yet been invalidated by the new world order. The first rule is that the belligerent nation must be fairly sure that its actions will make things better; the second rule is that the belligerent nation must be more or less certain that its actions won't make things worse.“

— Martin Amis Welsh novelist 1949
Context: There are two rules of war that have not yet been invalidated by the new world order. The first rule is that the belligerent nation must be fairly sure that its actions will make things better; the second rule is that the belligerent nation must be more or less certain that its actions won't make things worse. America could perhaps claim to be satisfying the first rule (while admitting that the improvement may be only local and short term). It cannot begin to satisfy the second.

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„He who made us would have been a pitiful bungler, if he had made the rules of our moral conduct a matter of science. For one man of science, there are thousands who are not. What would have become of them?“

— Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Context: He who made us would have been a pitiful bungler, if he had made the rules of our moral conduct a matter of science. For one man of science, there are thousands who are not. What would have become of them? Man was destined for society. His morality, therefore, was to be formed to this object. He was endowed with a sense of right and wrong, merely relative to this.

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„Of the first importance are the people, next comes the good of land and grains, and of the least importance is the ruler.“

—  Mencius Chinese philosopher -372 - -289 a.C.
7B:14. Variant translation: The people are the most important ... and the ruler is the least important.

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„The nature of this melancholy becomes clearer, once one asks the question, with whom does the historical writer of historicism actually empathize. The answer is irrefutably with the victor. Those who currently rule are however the heirs of all those who have ever been victorious. Empathy with the victors thus comes to benefit the current rulers every time.“

— Walter Benjamin German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940) 1892 - 1940
VII, often misquoted as "History is written by the victors" <!--although those words are actually those of Nehru (1946) see The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When (2007) by Ralph Keyes https://books.google.ca/books?id=d6JZryGvfxYC, Macmillan, , 9781429906173 -->

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