Applauding Destroyers

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A reader sends along this great quote from Gibbon:

“[A]s long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of the most exalted characters.”

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, An Abridged Version, Edited and With An Introduction, by Dero A. Saunders, 1952, p. 32.

4:42 pm on July 9, 2013