Virtual Bourgeois

Just An Analog Guy Trying to Upgrade For a Digital World

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.”


2 Responses to “I’m Taking This Quote…”

  1. bridgett said

    I always reach for Milton in these circumstances:

    He who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.

    For a dead white guy, he knew his shiznit.

  2. […] of educational triumph.  After throwing the Rochefoucauld and Augustine quotes I mentioned in an earlier post at my high school coop students at the end of our session on Alexander of Macedonia, my question […]

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