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“Thus arbitrary power will have divided men of superior intelligence into two groups: the former will be seditious, the latter corrupt...”

~ Benjamin Constant

Source: The Spirit of Conquest and Usurpation (1814), reprinted in Political Writings, translated and edited by Bancamaria Fontana (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), p. 126. Later editions than the 1814 one had "despotism" instead of "abitrary power."

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