I’m Taking This Quote…
Posted by Gerald on August 28, 2007
… into next week’s class discussion about Alexander the Great.
“The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it.”
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Of course you cannot beat Augustine (from City of God):
“An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride. ‘What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor.”