„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 -448 - -401 a.C.
Stobaeus, Florilegium, XL, VI, 24, as reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of Quotations (1897), p. 515.

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„The man who has been wounded by a chance arrow must not shoot at sight the first man he happens to meet.“

—  Edward Jenks British legal scholar 1861 - 1939
A Short History Of The English Law (First Edition) (1912), Chapter I, Old English Law, p. 7

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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
"The Palace of the End" (2003), 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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„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.
民为贵,社稷次之,君为轻。 7B:14. Variant translation: The people are the most important ... and the ruler is the least important.

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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
1780s, Letter to Peter Carr (1787), 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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„A monarch must sometimes rule even himself:
He who wants everything must risk very little.“

—  Pierre Corneille, Tite et Bérénice
Tite et Bérénice (Titus and Berenice) (1670), Un monarque a souvent des lois à s'imposer; Et qui veut pouvoir tout ne doit pas tout oser. Tite, act IV, scene v.

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„The Egyptian people have free will. they choose whoever they want to rule them. The Army and the Police now are careful for people's will to choose their rulers.“

—  Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Current President of Egypt 1954
2013, Remarks by el-Sisi during a military conference (28 April 2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC93fn9s3-c.

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„The good citizen must be a good citizen of his own country first before he can with advantage be a citizen of the world at large.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
1910s, The World Movement (1910), Context: Each people can do justice to itself only if it does justice to others; but each people can do its part in the world movement for all only if it first does its duty within its own household. The good citizen must be a good citizen of his own country first before he can with advantage be a citizen of the world at large.

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