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December 26, 2012

In which the end always justifies the means.

One chooses as one chooses because one knows what one wants, and is ready to pay the price.
One chooses classical civilization rather than the Theban desert, Rome and not Jerusalem, whatever the priests may say, because such is one’s nature, and—he is no existentialist or romantic individualist avant la parole—because it is that of men in general, at all times, everywhere. If others prefer solitude or martyrdom, he shrugs his shoulders. Such men are not for him. He has nothing to say to them, nothing to argue with them about. All that matters to him and those who agree with him is that such men be not allowed to meddle with politics or education or any of the cardinal factors in human life; their outlook unfits them for such tasks. -- The Question of Machiavelli by Isaiah Berlin

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 26, 2012 1:12 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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