Deep thought

“This return to its original principles in the case of a republic, is brought about either by some external event or by its own intrinsic good sense.  Thus, as an example of the former, we see how it was necessary that Rome should be taken by the Gauls in order that it should be reborn and in its rebirth take on alike a new vitality and a new virtue . . .”

Machiavelli, The Discourses

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