„That possession which we gain by the sword is not lasting; gratitude for benefits is eternal.“

—  Quinto Cúrcio Rufo, VIII, 8, 11.
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Non est diuturna possessio in quam gladio ducimus; beneficiorum gratia sempiterna est.

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