December 14, 2015

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“The Injuries We Escape We Visit Upon Others:” Livy

“So difficult is it to steer a moderate course in safeguarding freedom. Each man pretends to want equality but strives to better himself at he expense of his fellows; and in taking steps to prevent themselves feeling fear they make themselves feared, and, as if it were necessary either to inflict or to suffer wrong, the injuries we escape we visit upon others.”

Livy: The Rise Of Rome. Books One to Five. Translated by T.J. Luce (London: Oxford Classics 1998)

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