…the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.
– Benjamin Franklin, 1787

We must make clear to the Germans that the wrong for which their fallen leaders are on trial is not that they lost the war, but that they started.
– Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, U.S. representative to the International Conference on Military Trials, Aug. 12, 1945 –

Sooner or later, everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

The enjoyment of power inevitably corrupts the judgment of reason, and perverts its liberty.
– Immanuel Kant

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